Angénieux Optimo Prime Lens SeriesBy Bokeh Rentals | September 20th, 2021
Angénieux has spent decades cementing its name in film history as one of the world’s top optical manufacturers. It’s been making cinema-centric lenses since the 1950s—and its new collection of large format primes is something to behold. The French optical brand has spent the last year releasing its new Optimo Collection, an impressive line of full frame, fast-as-could-be cinema primes. After being first announced in May 2019, the Optimo line has been released a few lenses at a time—which makes sense, considering the sheer size of the full package (not to mention the supply chain challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic). The comprehensive package of lenses include:
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- Rear filter design
- Not only is the rear filter placement useful for any attachments enabling sensor compatibility, but it could free up valuable rig space. With rear filter capabilities, it may become unnecessary to put a matte box at the lens’ front. This could save you space on set, which could drastically change the calculus in a close-quarters filming situation.
- Replaceable iris blade
- Because of the ability to replace iris blades, DPs are essentially given customization of their bokeh. For now, there’s a three-blade iris for vintage, triangular bokeh; a six-bladed oval iris for faking anamorphic, and a round iris. Check out a bokeh test on our Instagram feed.
- Internal glass element
- There are lots of possibilities to creatively sweeten images with the removable optical element feature. For example, users can insert a clear filter that they’ve drawn over in metallic marker, like the fellas from C.V.P. did in their remarkable test.
- Our Angénieux Optimo Prime test
- Read the full specs