Thales Angenieux, the premier manufacturer of high performance video and cinema lenses, is showcasing its industry renowned line of Optimo 35mm lenses here at NAB 2009. The company’s engineering team received the Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in February, 2009 for the mechanical design of the compact and lightweight Angenieux 15-40mm and 28-76mm Optimo Lenses.
“This Award is a great honor for Thales Angenieux and we are deeply grateful for the Academy’s recognition,” said Mr. Parain, Manging Director of Thales Angenieux, France. “Each year, the high caliber of recipients of this Award demonstrates the remarkable technology achievements attained in our industry and we are proud to be named among those who have led the way in elevating the scientific and engineering side of cinematography.”
Weighing only 4.4 pounds, the Optimo 15-40mm Hand Held Zoom Lens has a range of 15-40mm (diagonal 31.1mm), a minimum object distance (MOD) of two feet and offers constant superior levels of optical performance across the entire 2.7X zoom range. An extremely fast aperture speed of T2.6 provides a very narrow depth of field and allows shooting across a vast lighting range. The lens features mechanics designed for precision and durability and incorporates an exclusive optical design to avoid breathing. Contrast and color reproduction rival the highest performing prime lenses.
The Optimo 28-76mm Lens features an extremely fast (f/2.4) and consistent aperture speed of T2.6 throughout the zoom range, for improved shooting across various lighting conditions. Along with impressive contrast and color reproduction, the sophisticated design of the Optimo 28-76 incorporates an exclusive optical design to avoid breathing. Features designed for the professional user also include a 320-degree focus rotation with more than 25 witness marks for maximum accuracy. The lens is available with both PL and Panavision mounts and features a range of 28-76mm (2.7X zoom ratio) and a close focus range of 0.6m – 2 feet.
For more information on Thales Angenieux in the U.S., call 973-812-3858, fax 973-812-9050, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.angenieux.com.
Thales Angenieux offers a full complement of high precision lenses for a wide range of broadcast and video production applications, including: Optimo Series Lenses for the most demanding HDTV and 35mm production applications; High Definition (HD) Series cine-style, wide angle and studio lenses; High Resolution (HR) Series wide angle and all-purpose ENG lenses including economically priced HD-e series; Studio and Sports/Outside Broadcast (OB) lenses.