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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.

Ian McCausland
Camera Tech Specialist / Lead Trainer, AbelCine LA

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