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Angenieux AngeNews: Andurand and Sprauel

Pierre Andurand (above left) was in LA last week to introduce his successor Emmanuel Sprauel (right) to key Angenieux partners. Pierre has been CEO and President of Thales Angenieux for a little more than 5 years. He moves on to a VP position at Thales Air Systems. This is a natural progression—successful Thales  executives are usually promoted within the Group every five years. Among Pierre’s accomplishments at Angenieux, he was responsible for key decisions in the renewal and growth of the Angenieux lens portfolio (30-72, 56-152 and 25-250, 44-440, Optimo Style and Type EZ series… and more to come)

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Angénieux Type EZ Zooms: FF and S35

Here are two new, convertible, compact zooms from Thales Angénieux. They cover both Super35 and Full Frame/VistaVision. This is a new paradigm for Angénieux: an affordable zoom lens filling the gap between the DSLR and Cinema lenses for the growing corporate, documentary and owner-operator markets. At IBC, Angénieux debuts two models. Type EZ-1 is a standard 3x zoom. Type EZ-2 is a wide-angle 2.7x zoom. Both lenses have exchangeable rear lens groups and hence the ability to be swapped between Super35mm format and Full Frame/VistaVision. read more…

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Angenieux 44-440 Anamorphic Zoom Update

At NAB 2016, Angénieux introduces their third anamorphic zoom lens, the Optimo 44-440 A2S long range anamorphic T4.5. Three years earlier, at NAB 2013, Angénieux unveiled their first anamorphic zoom: the Optimo 56-152 A2S T4. Their second anamorphic was announced at IBC 2014: the Optimo 30-72 A2S T4. The timing is auspicious. Almost half of all successful films released in the US last year were anamorphic. The Optimo 44-440 A2S zoom lens has a dedicated rear group with cylinders and spherical elements that provide a traditional 2x horizontal squeeze with superb optical performance, minimal distortion and negligible breathing. The aperture is T4.5 across the entire zoom range. It can be used wide open without concern about loss of quality. Close focus is 4’ 1” (1.24m), and it is relatively lightweight at 16.6 lb (7.55 kg).

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Angenieux Anamorphic 44-440 T4.5 Zoom

Here’s a new lens: the Angénieux Optimo 44-440 A2S T4.5 long range anamorphic zoom, to be shown at NAB. This is the 3rd A2S anamorphic zoom from Angénieux. The other members of the family are the Optimo 56-152 A2S T4 and the Optimo 30-72 A2S  T4. The Optimo 44-440 A2S zoom lens has a dedicated rear group with cylinders and spherical elements that provide a  2x horizontal squeeze with high optical performance, minimal distortion and negligible breathing. There’s almost no geometric distortion or chromatic aberration. The aperture is T4.5 across the entire zoom range. It can be used wide open without  loss of quality. Close focus is 4’ 1” (1.24m), and it is 16.6 lb (7.55 kg). read more…

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Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC Interview about Cannes ExcelLens Cinematography Award

This year is the 80th anniversary of Angénieux. Three years ago, the company became an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and established the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” Award and Ceremony. It’s named after the founder of the company, Pierre Angénieux, whose designs and inventions in zoom lenses have been used by cinematographers since the first Angénieux 16mm format 17-68 mm f/2.2 1956 was built. The first 35mm Angénieux Zoom was the 35-140 f/3.5 in 1960. Download our Angénieux History 12 MB PDF here. Tonight Roger will be honored by the Cannes Festival, by Angénieux President Pierre Andurand, colleagues, and some of the many directors and actors with whom he’s worked. Here’s an interview with Roger.

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Paulette Dumerc at Angénieux

Paulette Dumerc  has been appointed Thales Angénieux VP Sales & Marketing, Cinema/TV.  Pierre Andurand, President and CEO of Thales Angenieux, said, “Paulette will lead the worldwide sales organization of Thales Angénieux, responsible for continuing and developing the company’s momentum in the market. Paulette brings with her over 20 years’ experience in the high-tech and media industries, supporting and developing sales at a worldwide level, with the customers as a priority. Paulette is going to be a valuable addition to our team, and I’m pleased to welcome her on board.” read more…

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Roger Deakins to be honored at Cannes

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC will receive the Pierre Angénieux Award at the Cannes Film Festival this May. Thales Angénieux is a Cannes Film Festival Official Partner, and honors a prominent cienmatographer each year. Prvious recipients have been Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, HSC. Roger Deakins was born in Torquay, Devon, England. He attended art college and the National Film School, and began… read more…

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BSC Bert Easey Award to Angénieux

Thales Angénieux got the British Society of Cinematographers Bert Easey Technical Award at the annual BSC Operators Night on Friday, November 28, 2014. The award is named in honor of Bert Easey, who was head of the camera department at Denham and Pinewood Studios in 1947, and was a key force in the formation of the BSC. The award is given to “an individual or company who has… read more…

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50 Years Ago Today: Ranger 7

50 years ago, on July 31, 1964, Ranger 7 took the first pictures at close range of the Moon. These pictures were made with Angenieux 25mm f: 0.95 M1 lenses. Ranger 7 was the first US space probe to successfully transmit close images of the lunar surface back to Earth. It was also the first completely successful flight of the Ranger program. Launched on July 28, 1964, Ranger 7 was designed to achieve a lunar impact trajectory and to transmit high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface during the final minutes of flight up to impact. Ranger 7 reached the Moon on July 31, 1964. read more…

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Vilmos Zsigmond honored in Cannes

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC was honored this evening at the Cannes Film Festival with  the  Pierre Angenieux EXCELLENS in cinematography award. We spoke last week about cinematography, Cannes, lenses, and life. read more…

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Delivering Anamorphics

TSF (headquarters in Paris) and Movietech (at Pinewood Studios London) have received their first sets of Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses: 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 mm T2.3. EMIT delivered the first set in France to TSF’s Danys Bruyere. TSF has been busy buying anamorphic lenses lately. They  just received one of the first Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 mm T4 Anamorphic Zooms. More lenses to… read more…

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Angenieux Style

Angenieux’s stylish annual NAB party for distributors, customers, and rental houses took place Tuesday night at Tryst. The usual notable suspects were twirling on the dance floor,   enjoying the ambiance and fine dining, and watching Yoginis floating by in bubbles: Denny Clairmont, Otto Nemenz, Tng Sieu Moi, Robert Keslow, and many more. Pierre Andurand, President of Thales Angenieux, gave… read more…

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Angénieux Style & Servos

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… read more…

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Clairmont gets Optimo Anamorphic

The first Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 mm T4 zoom lens was just delivered to Clairmont Camera Hollywood. “We just checked it out and it looks great,” said a happy Denny Clairmont. “It’s ready to go out on any one of a number of anamorphic shows we’re prepping.” This is a lightweight zoom with 2x anamorphic squeeze—approximately the size and weight of… read more…

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Yasuhiko Mikami joins Angénieux

Yasuhiko Mikami has joined Angénieux as VP of Cinema/TV Business Development & Asian Operations. He will be based at the Thales Japan Tokyo office. “Over the past 27 years, Yasu has been at the center of the digital imaging industry–driving the birth of HDTV, 24P, digital 35mm cameras, and 4K. His profound knowledge of the industry and technology trends will be… read more…

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Angénieux History Updated

Our Angénieux History special 64-page report has been updated with additions and corrections. The new 25-250 Optimo DP is included. New Angénieux Optimo DP 25-250 mm T3.5 Zoom   The 25-250 mm zoom range has been a de-facto standard since Angenieux introduced the famous 25-250 T2, HP and HR lenses between the 60s and the 90s. At IBC 2013, the new Optimo… read more…

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Angenieux 25-250 Optimo DP

Still a few hours to go before the cone of NDA silence lifts on the new zoom from Angénieux — covered, above. This zoom lens is an update and reboot of the famous 10:1 zoom that first came on the scene and on locations everywhere in 1962–and sparked the Nouvelle Vague, the New Wave. It was used on Claude Lelouche’s… read more…

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Pierre Andurand Interview at Cannes

Pierre Andurand is President and CEO of Angénieux. Jon Fauer interviewed him at Cannes about Angeniéux as a festival partner, the cinematography award to Philippe Rousselot, anamorphic lenses, and the relationship of cinematographers with a company that supplies the windows on their worlds. read more…

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Angenieux Zooms on Cannes Films

 The Cannes Palme d’Or winner, La Vie d’Adele (Blue is the Warmest Color), was shot on two Canon C300 cameras fitted with Angénieux Optimo lightweight 28-76 mm T2.6 zoom lenses. The Canon cameras, supplied by PhotoCineRent/PhotoCineShop Paris, were purchased with Canon EF mounts. (The choice is PL or EF.) The Angénieux zooms therefore came with EF mounts. This is a well-known,… read more…

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Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC, ExcelLens

It was the best of times. It was about time. Victoria Abril declared, “the award was not a moment too soon.” This is the first time the Cannes Film Festival has honored the work of a cinematographer. The first annual Pierre Angenieux Award for Cinematography at Cannes was presented Friday, May 24, to Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC by Angénieux President and CEO… read more…

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