The Anamorphic lenses have become even more important in the digital age, where cinematographers are seeking a distinctive look to enrich every project. The Angénieux anamorphic zoom lenses add a dimensional character to the image with the traditional 2x squeeze, with controlled background and an aesthetically dimensional foreground, yet minimizing breathing and distortion by adopting a modern optical design. Angénieux anamorphic lenses also bring what many refer to as a “creamy and organic look”.
The Optimo 44-440 A2S anamorphic zoom lens offers an aperture of T4.5 across the zoom range without concern about loss of quality which is unusual for such a long range lens.
It has a close focus of 4ft 1in (1.24m), and is one of the lightest lenses in its class at 16.6 lbs (7.55kg). It features built-in encoders providing metadata (focus, zoom, T-stop) via the industry standard /i Technology interface paveloped by Cooke.
Based on the Optimo 44-440 A2S lens the new Optimo 42-420 A2S has a different focal length and has even less distortion than the 44-440, which already was minimal. The lens provides the specifications that made the Optimo 44-440 A2S lens so popular and some different image characteristics.
The two short anamorphic zooms, Optimo 56-152 A2S and Optimo 30-72 A2S, are the lightest and most compact anamorphic zoom lenses ever made.
The Angénieux A2S zoom lenses blend perfectly not only with the complete range of Angénieux lenses, but also with most spherical and anamorphic prime lenses of the market. The cylindrical optical elements are integrated in the rear part of the lens. Their unique mount design allows a quick swap between PL and PV mounts and the focus scale ring is easily interchangeable from feet to meters.