At Cinec 2016, Angénieux presents its new Optimo 44-440 A2S, the third lens in the Optimo Anamorphic 2x Squeeze Series and introduces the Type EZ Series, a new range of two zoom lenses, integrating an innovative lens modular design (Interchangeable Rear Optics IRO technology™) to cover S35 mmm and larger image formats for cine and broadcast productions, while showing the full lines of its high-end spherical or anamorphic Optimo and Optimo Style zooms.
The Optimo 44-440 A2S, the Renaissance of the long range anamorphic zoom.
Following its introduction at NAB 2016 and its 2016 Cine Gear Expo Technical Award in June, the new Optimo 44-440 A2S is now presented to the European market at IBC and now Cinec. The Optimo 44-440 A2S zoom lens features traditional 2x horizontal squeeze, minimum breathing and distortion, and a fast aperture of T:4.5 across the zoom range. It has a great close focus of 4ft 1in (1.24m), and is one of the lightest lens in its class at 16.6 lbs (7.55kg). The lens creates a unique image that combines controlled background with an aesthetically dimensional foreground. The Optimo 44-440 A2S brings what many refer to as a “creamy and organic look” that Angenieux zooms are known for.
Following NAB and Cinec announcements, the first production units of the Angénieux Optimo 44-440 AS2 have been delivered and are already available at some of the most prestigious rental houses in the world.
- Arri Rental New York (US)
- Otto Nemenz Los Angeles (US)
- Keslow Los Angeles (US)
- Camtec Los Angeles (US)
- TCS New-York (US)
- Scenefone Beijing (China)
- Ludwig Münich (Germany)
- Ljud & Bildmedia Stockholm (Sweden)
- Storyline Oslo (Norway)
« The Angénieux Optimo 44-440 A2S is the best 10-1 rear anamorphic zoom I’ve ever seen in my 25+ years working in the business. The only big zoom with a built in system for metadata, which will make
spherical mode useful as well. » – Dan Lopez (Otto Nemenz)
The Optimo 44-440 A2S has already been part of the equipment list of several major productions.
It was used for aerial shots (by Active Camera Systems with GSS equipment) of feature film Reloaded / release in 2017
« It all went really well. I was very impressed with quality of the lens. We utilized the whole zoom range from 44 to 440 in our shots » Pat Longman -Active Camera Systems Inc.
« We are really happy everything went well with the integration and resulting production shoot » Jason Fountaine – GSS Managing Director
The Angénieux Optimo 44-440 A2S lens conversion innovation (IRO technology™), a true benefit for rentals
Joining the Optimo 56-152 A2S released in 2014, and the Optimo 30-72 A2S released in 2015, the Optimo 44-440 A2S is the third lens in the Optimo anamorphic 2x Squeeze series.
Complementary to a set of primes or the short Optimo A2S zooms, the new Angénieux 10x anamorphic zoom lens brings speed and flexibility of the long range zoom to the set.
Another strong benefit of this lens, which generated a real enthusiasm among the rental houses, is the lens modular design (IRO technology™) that allows the lens conversion from anamorphic to spherical.
The Optimo 44-440 A2S (T4.5- MOD 4.1ft/1.24m) can be converted to a 25-250mm (T3.5 – MOD 4ft/1.21m) spherical lens by exchanging the rear optical element and the Focus, Zoom and T-stop markings
Technical video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9SMkKxHMqg
“The switchable rear option (anamorphic to spherical) is a fantastic option for a rental house – I wish we could do that for the LW zooms too. Anamorphic does go in trends and it’s nice that if we are in a dry spell for anamorphic shooting, we can still rent the lens on other jobs…While we do see commercial shots on anamorphic primes only, we frequently see longer projects carrying a zoom. In that case the Angenieux 44-440 fills a void and more so than the lightweight zooms because that is the most requested range.” – Oliver Schietinger (TCS)
New Lens Line introduction covering S35mm and larger image formats
Thales Angénieux, in collaboration with Band Pro Film & Digital Inc., and Jebsen Industrial Technology Co. Ltd., is also very pleased to present at Cinec 2016 its Type EZ Series for cine and broadcast productions.
Designed on the basis of a same modular concept (IRO technology™) as for the Optimo 44-440 A2S, the Type EZ Series can fit either Super 35mm digital motion picture cameras or cameras with larger sensors such as Full Frame or VistaVision. The new Angénieux Type EZ series will fill the wide gap between basic still photography zooms, and the highly acclaimed OPTIMO / OPTIMO STYLE family of lenses used in the motion picture industry. The unique series will address the requirements of independent videographers and cinematographers, who are seeking for cost efficient tools that enable cinematic expressions.
The exceptionally fast T2 lens opening provides tremendous control of depth of field, only previously found in prime lenses. Thanks to the Angenieux innovative system, the ability to convert lens mounts, and the image circle size makes the Type EZ lens series a solid investment to all industry professionals. For the first time, ENG-style productions will get the flexibility necessary for run-and-gun shooting, combined with high optical quality at an affordable price.
The Angenieux Type EZ-1 is a standard zoom lens with a zoom factor of 3x. When configured for S35mm cameras, the focal range and aperture is set to 30-90mm F1.9 / T2. By exchanging the rear lens group, the lens becomes a 45-135mm F2.8 / T3 covering an image circle up to 46mm diagonal.
The Angenieux Type EZ-2 is a wide zoom lens with a zoom factor of 2.7x. When configured for S35mm cameras, the focal range and aperture is set to 15-40mm F1.9 / T2. By exchanging the rear lens group, the lens becomes a 22-60mm F2.8 / T3 covering an image circle up to 46mm diagonal.
Deliveries are expected to start from the 1st quarter of 2017 through selected distribution partners.
Prototype lenses will be shown at CINEC 2016, at both Thales Angenieux 3 -D01, and BandPro Münich 3 –A01 booth.
Lens preorders will be accepted at the show. Prices are:
. 9500€/10,500$ for one EZ 1 S35 or EZ 2 S35 (PL mount)
.12100€/13,500$ for EZ 1 S35 (PL) or EZ 2 S35 (PL) + FF/VistaVision rear group
. Other beneficial sets are available