Ultra Compact

The worthy successors of the academy awarded Optimo 15-40 & 28-76

The second generation of
Optimo lightweight lenses

The Optimo Ultra Compact lenses replace the famous academy awarded Optimo 15-40 and 28-76 lenses which have been the faithful companions of Directors of Photography for more than 15 years. Thanks to an innovative lens modular design (Interchangeable Rear Optics IRO technology™), both lenses allow the rear lens group to be exchanged between FF/VistaVision format (46.3mm image circle coverage) and U35mm (34.6mm image circle coverage).
This new generation of high-end lenses is fully designed for the FF/VV format. Lightweight and compact, these lenses are among the lightest on the market. Thought for users, these lenses are the perfect addition to the Angénieux high-end Full Frame collection which already included the Optimo Ultra 12X and the Optimo Prime Series.


Standard Standard Wide Angle Wide Angle
Image Format Coverage FF/VV U35 FF/VV U35
Zoom Ratio 2.7x 2.7x 2.7x 2.7x
Focal Length 37-102 mm 28-76 mm 21-56 mm 16-42 mm
Aperture T2.9 T2.2 T2.9 T2.2
Minimum Object Distance 0.6 m / 2 ft 0.6 m / 2 ft 0.6 m / 2 ft 0.6 m / 2 ft
Internal Focus Yes Yes Yes Yes
Image Circle Coverage 46.3 mm 34.6 mm 46.3 mm 34.6 mm
Length (Front to Mount) 235 mm / 9 1/4 in 235 mm / 9 1/4 in 247 mm / 9 23/32 in 247 mm / 9 23/32 in
Front Diameter 114 mm 114 mm 114 mm 114 mm
Iris Full Closure Yes Yes Yes Yes
Metadata Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horizontal Angular FOV 57.3° / 22.7° 57.3° / 22.7° 87.5° / 40.2° 87.5° / 40.2°
Object Dimensions at MOD (mm) 449 x 237 / 159 x 84 447 x 224 / 160 x 84 688 x 353 / 260 x 140 688 x 353 / 260 x 140
Iris Scales 2 opposite scales 2 opposite scales 2 opposite scales 2 opposite scales
Angular FOV (for Full Frame) 40.96 mm x 21.6 mm 30.7 mm x 15.8 mm 40.96 mm x 21.6 mm 30.7 mm x 15.8 mm
Angular rotation of Iris ring 71.4° 71.4° 71.4° 71.4°
Angular rotation of zoom ring 150° 150° 150° 150°
Angular rotation of focus ring 310° 310° 310° 310°
Weight 2.5kg / 5.51 lbs 2.5kg / 5.51 lbs 2.6kg / 5.7 lbs 2.6kg / 5.7 lbs

Main features

The Optimo Ultra Compact lenses will seduce by their ergonomics, their Optimo optical quality including the Angénieux look and their high-precision mechanics.

New Optical design

  • Completely new optical design to enable Full Frame Coverage
  • Superb image quality from T2,9 (in FF/VV) open aperture
  • Well controlled optical performances at each focal length and focus distance by having a good balance between contrast and resolution. Appealing cinematic look.
  • Perfect homogeneity of color, contrast and resolution. Low distortion.
  • No ramping, minimal breathing, very fast for 2.7x zoom ratios
  • Close focus of 2ft / 0.6m enables extreme close-up shots
  • Internal focus, internal zoom, constant lens volume

New mechanical design

  • Completely newly designed mechanics vs. Optimo 15-40 & 28-76
  • Compact (235mm) and very lightweight (2,6kg / 6lbs)
  • Precise and rugged travelling of the zoom and focus groups using Angenieux classic rod mechanical guiding system
  • Precise and ergonomic focus ring with scale rotation of 310°, user-optimized marking design
  • User changeable focus marking rings (focusing scales available in feet or metric)
  • Adapted to extreme shooting environments (passive athermalization from -20°C to +45°C)
  • Available in PL mount
  • Front protective glass (as an accessory)
  • Zoom and Focus gear drive 126 teeth, pitch 32

Multiple Image Format

  • IRO Technology
  • Two versions: Optimo Ultra Compact FF/VV + U35 Only and Optimo Ultra Compact Full Pack (FF + U35)
  • Cooke Metadata: External connector for metadata transfer to an external drive or a display unit

For information about accessories, please download the brochure


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