Angénieux Style Zoom Lenses
Angénieux introduces a new line of lenses and the Angénieux Servo Unit (ASU) at NAB. The new Optimo Style series will consist of 3 zooms: 2 handheld, 1 full size.
The 16-40 and 30-76 are lightweight at 4.2 lb each and well-balanced for shoulder or handheld shooting.
The 25-250 is an all-purpose, classic-range zoom for most production situations. It is a 10x zoom with a wide angle of 25 mm, and weighs 16 lb. It was presented at IBC 2013 with a temporarily name “25-250 Optimo DP.”
The Style series of zooms are designed to be fully compatible with the latest and next generation of digital cameras, as well as spinning-mirror cameras, providing the look of the Optimo line at an affordable price. In other words, there is no protruding rear element as there was on the Optimo DP zooms.
The Optimo DP line (30-80 and 16-42) introduced in 2008 and 2009 is being discontinued, except as 3D kits.
Of course, the Optimo Cine lenses (15-40, 28-76, 45-120, 19.5-94, 28-340 and 24-290) continue to be manufactured.
Optimo Style zooms are compatible with existing Optimo accessories: 1.4x and 2x extender, DSLR mount, and Wide Angle Attachment 0.75x (for Optimo Style 16-40 only). Easily interchangeable mounts will be available for PL, Canon EF, Panavision cameras.
Optimo Style lightweight zooms 16-40 and 30-76 will be offered with or without the optional ASU Angenieux Servo Unit.
An Angénieux executive said, “The new Optimo Style lenses inherit the virtues of our Optimo Cine lenses. The rise of multimedia viewing and trend to Ultra definition television is escalating the demand for high quality motion picture content. More productions are demanding a cinematic look with 4K quality and equipment that’s adaptable to a large variety of cameras, configurations and budgets.”
ASU Angénieux Servo Unit
Angénieux 16-40 and 30-76 Optimo Style lightweight zooms will be offered with or without the optional ASU—which provides control of zoom, focus and iris.
- The ASU works with broadcast remote handles, cinema remote controls, and existing wireless remotes like Preston or others (on request).
- It generates lens metadata based on the Cooke /i technology protocol.
- The ASU is not a rocker-zoom control handgrip. It weighs 1.5 lb / 0.7 kg.
- The ASU and lenses are matched and calibrated at the Angénieux factory.
- The ASU will also be available as an option for the Optimo Lightweight Cine Zooms: Optimo 15-40, Optimo 28-76, and Optimo 45-120.
The Optimo Style line will be available around Summer 2014. As announced at NAB 2013, the first Angénieux 56-152 2S anamorphic zooms have been delivered in United States, Asia and Europe.