Cannes, France. Thursday May 23.
Angenieux announces Optimo Prime Lenses.
- Full Frame 46.5mm image circle coverage
- Maximum aperture 1.8 T-stop.
- 21mm, 28mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm and 135mm for the initial 6-lens production run scheduled for delivery Fall 2020.
- The complete 12-lens set will include the above focal lengths and 18mm, 32mm, and 100mm lenses delivering Winter 2020; and 24mm, 60mm and 200mm completing the set in Spring 2021.
- Fully interchangeable mounts including LPL, XPL, PL, Canon EF, Nikon F and Panavision XL.
- Support both Cooke/i and Arri LDS
- Common gear size and position across the entire 12-lens set.
What does Angénieux know about primes lenses?
Lots. Actually, in 1951, Angénieux built their first 35mm Cinema Lens. The 18.5 mm f/2.2 (T2.5) Retrofocus R2 prime lens was the first Angénieux lens made specifically for 35mm cinematography. It had 7 elements in 5 groups. Aperture range was f/2.2-16. Minimum focus was .75 m / 29.5 inches.
Orson Welles loved this lens. See interview in FDTimes News column.
Sales and distribution of the new Optimo Prime lenses will be handled in the Americas by Band Pro; in Europe and Africa by Angenieux; and in Asia by Jebsen CineCast.
Band Pro released this announcement today:
BURBANK, CA – Band Pro, in partnership with Angenieux and Jebsen CineCast, today unveiled their latest lens project: Angenieux Optimo Primes. Drawing on over 80-years of Angenieux cinematic excellence, Optimo Primes represent a long-awaited step in the evolution of professional optics, capturing the signature Angenieux look in a complete prime lens set. First unveiled at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Optimo Primes will be on display at Cine Gear LA at both Band Pro’s booth #70 and Angenieux’s booth#40.
Band Pro’s President and CEO, Amnon Band said: “Band Pro has a history of actively developing the next generation of cinematic tools. Partnering with Angenieux on Optimo Primes is nothing short of a milestone achievement. We’ve worked hard to capture the essence of classic Angenieux glass; and paired it with the most advanced modern optical engineering to make a lens unlike any other.”
Jebsen Industrial is part of Jebsen Group, founded in 1895, a privately-held marketing and distribution company established in Greater China. For more information, visit www.jcinecast.com.
Thales Angénieux, a subsidiary of Thales, is the renowned manufacturer of high-tech optical and optronic systems. Angénieux is a respected brand of lenses for motion picture production. For more information, visit www.angenieux.com, facebook/AngenieuxLenses, twitter/@AngenieuxLenses and Instagram/AngenieuxLenses
Preorders in the Americas are available now on a first come, first-served basis at 1-888-BAND-PRO or by emailing email@example.com.
Details, specifications and prices to be announced at Cine Gear in the Angenieux and Band Pro booths.