On Nov. 25, 2020, the first 6-lens Silver Sets of Full Frame Angénieux Optimo Prime lenses left Angénieux facilities in France to join some of the most prestigious cinema rental houses worldwide.
Originally announced at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, and following the previous successful collaboration on Angénieux Type EZ zoom Series, the Optimo Primes Series is another joint effort by Band Pro Film & Digital Inc., Jebsen Industrial Technology Co LTD, and Thales LAS France SAS.
Seven first cinema rental houses worldwide to receive Optimo Primes will be coordinated through Angénieux regional sales partners Band Pro Film & Digital Inc., Jebsen JCinecast, Vocas, Camera Nordic, with deliveries going to Keslow Camera, Hand Held Films, Koerner Camera, TCS (USA), Beijing Hai Yang You Chuang Television & Culture Development Co Ltd (China), Camalot (Netherlands) and Ljud & Bildmedia (Sweden).
Drawing on over 85-years of Angénieux cinematic excellence, Optimo Primes represent a long-awaited step in the evolution of professional optics. The result of decades of proven expertise in high precision optics and mechanics, Optimo Primes finally capture the signature Angénieux look in a complete prime lens set. The series was designed to meet the growing worldwide demand from professional cinematographers for high quality full frame primes. The six-lens Silver Set includes 21mm, 28mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm and 135mm focal lengths. The following six focal lengths, 18mm, 24mm, 32mm, 60mm,100mm and 200mm, will be delivered between now and Spring 2021.
Designed to give today’s cinematic artists the freedom to work on the largest possible canvas, Optimo Primes provide minimum coverage of 46.5mm image circle. All focal lengths are PL mount. Engineered as smart lenses, Optimo Primes support both Cooke/i Technology and Arri LDS for metadata and feature common gear size and position across the entire 12-lens set. Each lens in the 12 piece series from 18mm to 200mm was designed to provide the best compactness and weight (ranging from 1.7 kg to 2.3 kg or 3.75 to 5.07 lbs) while offering aperture at a fast T1.8 (with the exception of the 18mm and 200mm, at T2 and T2.2 respectively).
Providing cinematographers with the freedom to create unique custom looks, each lens in the Optimo Prime series features Angénieux’s new Integrated Optical Palette (IOP) technology. The IOP lens customization system includes interchangeable internal optical elements, variable blade iris subassemblies, and rear filter design (sold separately).
The Optimo Prime Series provides a perfect match to Angenieux’s Industry-standard Optimo Ultra 12x zooms.
Christophe Remontet, Managing Director, Cinema Optics noted; “Following the EZ entry-level Full Frame zoom lens series, Angénieux is now offering a completely new high-end solution, zoom and primes, covering Full Frame. Ideal for demanding productions requiring native cinema design and new creative abilities, Angénieux Optimo Primes should meet the highest interest of productions and cinematographers and take cinematic creativity a step further.”
Sales and distribution of Optimo Prime lenses will be overseen in the Americas by Band Pro, in Europe, India and Africa by Angénieux, and in Asia by Jebsen JCineCast.