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Header image for article At the Bench: Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 44-440 A2S Zoom

At the Bench: Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 44-440 A2S Zoom

Angenieux has created three zoom lenses in their Optimo Anamorphic lineup: the 30-72, 56-152, and the 44-440. In this video, I take a closer look at the 44-440mm.

For this series of lenses, Angenieux has placed the anamorphic elements in a modular assembly at the rear of the lens, giving the lenses a unique "convertible" ability. This allows them to be to be used as anamorphic or, with a quick trip to the optics bench, spherical lenses.

Additionally, Angenieux has extended the creative possibilities of this lens with an optional blue anamorphic element. The effect is best seen when a strong light source is pointed directly at the lens, such as headlights at night. To demonstrate the possibilities of this option, we lit a scene and used a flashlight to emphasize the effect. Check it out at the end of the video.

In the video above, Megan Donnelly, our Chicago Training Manager, paired the Angeniuex 44-440mm with the Varicam LT. Below, she explains a little more about her process and thoughts about the lens.

I wanted to test the anamorphic bokeh, flare capabilities, lens sharpness in a practical environment, and overall look in a visual environment. More specifically, I wanted to test the flares at different focal ranges and iris settings. While watching, take a look at the different flares I was able to capture as they are all unique and dynamic, without being too artificial. I really enjoyed the creamy texture of the look I was able to get while still being sharp. This allows the lens to be used for many different styles of productions, including narrative and commerical. The rack focus tests proved very little distortion. The zoom range which is the largest anamorphic zoom range allowed me to achieve many different sizes with one lens.

Ian McCausland
Camera Tech Specialist / Lead Trainer, AbelCine LA

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