8,000 cameras, lenses and accessories were used on Marvel's Shang-Chi – Digital Camera World

Digital Camera World is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more
By 08 November 2021
Marvel’s Shang-Chi hits Disney+ this week – and almost 8,000 cameras, lenses and accessories were used in its production
Almost 8,000 items of camera equipment were used to film the Marvel Studios mega hit, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings
The blockbuster entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring Simu Liu in the titular role of Shang-Chi, was shot by storied cinematographer Bill Pope – whose credits also include The Matrix and its first two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions
• Read more: 7 Marvel movies shot on Canon cameras
Pope went to Panavision to provide camera and lens package used on the production, which was predominantly filmed at Fox Studios Australia. Accordingly, Panavision Sydney outfitted the feature’s main, second, visual effect and drone units with 7,934 items – including cameras, lenses, and a vast array of accessories. 
Pope – who previously worked on the pre-MCU Marvel hits, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 – shot Shang-Chi on Panavised Arri Alexa LF and Mini LF digital cameras, on which Pope predominantly mounted Panavision Sphero 65 large-format lenses. 
“Featuring modern mechanics for ease of use and specialty coatings that make them less susceptible to flare and glare, the Sphero 65 optics offered the cinematographer a classic look with pleasing skin tones complemented by subtle aberrations and rounded out-of-focus properties,” according to Panavision.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings hits Disney+ on 12 November, with new episodic MCU series Hawkeye debuting on the streaming service on 24 November. And if you haven’t yet subscribed, now is the perfect time to try the service as Disney+ is just $1.99 / £1.99 for this week only! 
The offer is only valid for new and eligible returning Disney+ subscribers, who are 18 years of age or older, and after a one-month promo period the service auto-renews at the current monthly retail price (which is $7.99 / £8.99 right now) until cancelled. The offer is valid until 23:59 PST on Sunday 14 November – check it out below!
Read more: 
Best movies about real-life photographers
Top films about fictional photographers
Best TV shows about photography
Best streaming services
Best Black Friday camera deals
Best Cyber Monday camera deals
The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L’Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show. An Olympus (Micro Four Thirds) and Canon (full frame) shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a particular fondness for vintage lenses and film cameras.
Get the best camera deals, reviews, product advice, competitions, unmissable photography news and more!
Thank you for signing up to Digital Camera World. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.
Digital Camera World is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Visit our corporate site.
© Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10036.