Since the introduction of the Type-EZ series at IBC 2016, Angénieux has been proposing Full Frame lenses for two years. Based on the IRO (Interchangeable Rear Optics) technology, the new Optimo Ultra 12x Multi Format lens, for the High End Market segment, covers different formats and is compatible with the new PL & LPL mount Full Frame cameras. The Type EZ series, dedicated to the Entry Level Market segment, is suited for Cine Style, and for ENG-type applications, because of its specifically designed Broadcast type servo unit (the MSU). For Anamorphics, Angénieux enlarged its portfolio with the Optimo 42-420 A2S, a 2nd Long Range Anamorphic lens.
The IRO (Interchangeable Rear Optics) technology
The Interchangeable Rear Optics technology is a modular lens design that enables different lens configurations. The Angénieux IRO technology has been first built into the 10x Optimo zoom, allowing a swap of the lens from its anamorphic version, the 44-440 A2S Optimo, to its spherical version, the 25-250 Optimo Style. It is also part of the new Optimo 42-420 A2S lens. In the case of the Optimo Ultra 12X and the Type EZ zooms, the IRO technology allows different format configurations.
Optimo Ultra 12x for large format feature
Angénieux said to have wanted to offer a new generation of lenses with a higher quality for large format feature and high-end digital content production. The lenses should be modular, retain the Angénieux look, and provide the mechanical feel, robustness andoptical performances. The new Optimo Ultra 12x lens has been developed for those needs. The zoom lens is a multi-format high magnification zoom, because of the IRO technology.
Successor model to the industry reference Optimo 24-290 (and 28-340), the Optimo Ultra 12x is a long-range zoom for productions like Feature Films, TV Series, Live Stage, Commercials, Music Videos. The lens features a new optical and mechanical design, offering high optical performance (high image quality, no ramping, minimal breathing, short MOD) and improved mechanical stability and service ability.
The Optimo Ultra 12x, which comes with the standard PL mount lens, has a sub-mount system in order to be equipped with various mount options including the new LPL Arri mount. Optically, the image quality along the fullfocal length range, the low distortion and its close focus are supposed to convince its users.
Mechanically, the lens features precise and ergonomic focus ring with ability to swap the focus scale ring from meters to feet. It is designed for extreme shooting conditions with a better sealed optical area than on its predecessor reducing dust inhale, and can be used in a temperature range from -20°C to +40°C (-5°F to +105°F). With the IRO technology the lens can be configured to cover 3 different formats: S35 (Ø31.1mm image circle), U35 (Ø34.6mm imagecircle) and FF/VV (Ø46.3mm image circle).
Existing Optimo Extenders 1.4X and 2X can also fit the Optimo Ultra 12x but with some restrictions.
The Type EZ Series
Designed by Angénieux for both Super 35mm (S35) and Full Frame/VV (FF/VV) cameras, the Angenieux Type EZ series zooms have been developed in partnership with Band Pro Film & Digital Inc., and Jebsen Industrial Technology Co. Ltd. The EZ zooms sit between the still photography, and the mid-level zooms such as the Optimo Style series, offering optics with precise mechanics for Cine style applications.
The Angenieux Type EZ Series features two fast and lightweight zooms, both lenses allow the rear lens group to be exchanged between S35mm (up to 30mm image diagonal), and FF/VV format (up to 46mm image diagonal).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 are 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 circleup to 46mm diagonal.
The Angenieux Type EZ-2 is a wide zoom lens with a zoom factor of 2.7x. When configured for S35 mm cameras, the focal range andaperture are 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. Both lenses are built in a full metal casing, with internal thermal drift compensation. Focus / Zoom / T-stop can be controlled precisely due to the wide rotation angle of the 3 control rings, which are also equipped with industry standard gear teeth. The lens size remains consistent across the zoom range due to internal focusing & zooming mechanism. Users can easily configure these lenses to support different imaging formats (S35 or FF/VV), and different lens mounts (PL, EF, or E) on their own, without returning their lenses to service centers. A detachable ENG style broadcast zoom servo grip and other accessories such as a hood are also proposed.