Cinema lenses: Angénieux – Ultra Compact, Ultra Zooms and Primes – YMCinema

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Here are the key points and highlights from Angenieux’s presentation, as part of the DCS (Digital Cinema Society) discussion, on the “Focus On Cine Lenses From the Buyer’s POV”. Angénieux presents its range of cinema lenses, focusing on the powerful OPTIMO glass: from Ultra-Compact to Primes. Check them out below.

Amanda Wojtaszek wearing the ARRI Amira with the Angenieux Optimo 12x. The Swan – 2020 – Photo by Laine Knox

The DCS (Digital Cinema Society) has once again hosted one of the most exciting discussions about cinema lenses. As DCS stated, “As is our tradition, the primary focus of the event is to explore the market of available cine lenses from a buyer’s perspective.” We at YMCinema Magazine have meticulously watched the presentations in order to serve you the key points and highlights which you can find below. However, all credit belongs to DCS. Read our first chapter (ZEISS) here.

About DEC: the Digital Cinema Societyfounded by cinematographer Jim Mathers, is a non-profit educational cooperative dedicated to the enlightened integration of new technologies by industry. The Oscar winners to aspiring filmmakers, educators and students are joined by artists from all production and post-production disciplines, including dozens of ASC filmmakers, ACE editors, leading technologists and senior executives from manufacturers, studios, exhibitors and networks. The Company’s goal is not to champion digital technology, but to objectively examine all media, solutions, services and technologies without favoring one brand, service or format over another.

The DCS (Digital Cinema Society)
The DCS (Digital Cinema Society)

In this presentation, Band Pro’s Randy Wedick presents the latest lenses from Angenieux, focusing on the OPTIMO range. Here are their main lenses described in the presentation:

The description: As the second generation of lightweight Optimo lenses, the ultra-compact Optimo lenses replace the acclaimed, academy-award winning Optimo 15-40 and 28-76 lenses that have been trusted companions of cinematographers for over 15 years. This new generation of high-end lenses is entirely designed for the FF/VV format. Lightweight and compact, these lenses are among the lightest on the market. They will seduce with their ergonomics, their Optimo optical quality including the Angénieux look and their high-precision mechanics.

Angénieux OPTIMO Ultra Compact zoom lenses
Angénieux OPTIMO Ultra Compact zoom lenses

Special notes by Angénieux: The main specialty of Angenieux is the zoom. When we think of Angénieux, we think of cinema zooms. The most recent zoom lenses are the OPTIMO Ultra-Compact lenses (which have been introduced in July this year). Both are 2.7X zoom, lightweight and compact. OPTIMO glass is characterized by high resolution and lower contrast. Therefore, this allows cinematographers to save the information for further adaptations later.

Angenieux OPTIMO Zoom Ultra Compact
Angenieux OPTIMO Zoom Ultra Compact

The main specialty of Angenieux is the zoom. When we think of Angénieux, we think of cinema zooms.

The description: The Optimo Ultra 12X S35 & U35 spherical lens kit from Angenieux includes the S35 and U35 lenses, as well as the large format FF/VV (full frame/VistaVision) interchangeable rear optics modular lens. The S35 lens is a low distortion long range zoom lens designed for use in feature films, television series, live commercials and similar productions. Each lens is constructed with front and rear caps as well as a focus ring, zoom ring, iris ring, fixed marker and fixed marker cover.

Angénieux OPTIMO Ultra 12X zoom lenses
Angénieux OPTIMO Ultra 12X zoom lenses

Special notes by Angénieux: This is the best-selling lens. It can be defined as a flagship objective. It can be built to cover Super 35 and full frame sensors. It’s a very versatile lens, and it’s the weapon of choice for many productions.

Zoom Angenieux OPTIMO Ultra 12X
Zoom Angenieux OPTIMO Ultra 12X

This is the best-selling lens.

The description: The Full Frame Optimo Prime series is a perfect match for the Optimo Ultra 12X, the industry’s new long-range zoom benchmark. The Optimo Prime series is part of Angénieux’s latest collection of high-end lenses and is ideal for demanding productions requiring a native cinematic design. 70 years after the first Angénieux prime series, the Optimo Prime series is the fruit of decades of proven experience and know-how in high-precision optics and mechanics. Each lens in the 12-piece series (from 18mm to 200mm) has been designed to be incredibly compact and lightweight, most of them at a fast T1.8, with Optimo-class mechanics and a feel that embodies the legendary Angénieux look. Based on feedback from cinematographers, the series provides metadata (Cooke-I, LDS) and unique user features such as the replaceable iris blade unit, internal glass optical element and rear filter . Three types of sets are available for sale depending on budget and applications: Platinum Set of 12 lenses (18,21,24,28,32,40,50,60,75,100,135 and 200 mm), Gold Set of 9 lenses (18, 21, 28, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 and 135 mm) and silver set with 6 lenses (21, 28, 40, 50, 75 and 135 mm)

Angenieux OPTIMO Primes
Angenieux OPTIMO Primes

Special notes by Angénieux: 12 focal lengths. Full frame. They are very different from zooms. They are designed to be customized (by 3 customization points) to provide the specific look desired, and so the glass can provide a range of looks, after specific adaptation. There are 12 OPTIMO Primes lenses. (from 18mm to 200mm). Customization is done by a lens technician in the preparation process. The majority of the presentation (see above) deals with these adaptation options.

Angenieux OPTIMO Prime
Angenieux OPTIMO Prime

They are very different from zooms. They are designed to be personalized (by 3 customization points) to provide the specific look desired.

Have you had the chance to photograph with the all-powerful Zoom Angénieux? Why do you think Anamorphic’s programming wasn’t mentioned in the presentation?

Product list

Here are the products mentioned in the article and the links to buy them from authorized retailers.

  • Spherical lens Angénieux Optimo Ultra 12X S35 & U35
  • Angenieux OPTIMO Prime

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