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Thales Angénieux Lens Lineup Brings Content to Life at 2014 NAB

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Thales Angénieux Lens Lineup Brings Content to Life at 2014 NAB

Press release date: April 4, 2014

New Optimo Style Series Added to Award-Winning Portfolio

Las Vegas, NV – At NAB 2014, Thales Angénieux will highlight the appeal of their Optimo lenses, capturing the art of cinematography around the world. Featuring unmistakable performance and unique characteristics, the comprehensive lens exhibit will allow visitors to see, touch and experience the industry's leading zoom lenses.

Debuting at the show is the Optimo Style series of zoom lenses featuring three new zooms – two hand-held; Optimo Style 16-40 and 30-76 and one full size Optimo Style 25-250 – to support new production needs for the migration to a more cinematic look with 4K quality. Highlighting Angénieux's ongoing innovation is the new Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 mm 2S (2x squeeze) zoom lens for cinemascope production. Long focal range zoom lenses are showcased with the industry reference Optimo 19.5-94mm, 24-290mm and 28-340mm lenses, while lightweight hand-held lenses are represented by the Optimo 15-40mm, 28-76mm and 45-120mm lenses. The exhibit also features the Angénieux Servo Unit (ASU) which provides control of zoom, focus and iris; and the AB Live system featuring a unique "plug and shoot" 3D solution for live broadcast applications.

"From our game-changing Optimo Style series to our award-winning zoom lens lineup, our NAB exhibit showcases the breadth of class-leading optics that makes Thales Angénieux the market leader," said Pierre Andurand, President and CEO, Thales Angénieux. "It's a culmination of more than 75 years of innovative design and technology that have set the standard for excellence in both the film and television industries – and now in a wide spectrum of productions including feature films, TV series, sports and cultural event recordings, music videos and commercials."

The Optimo Style 16-40mm and 30-76mm zoom lenses are extremely lightweight at only 4.2 pounds each, allowing perfect camera balance for on the shoulder or hand- held configurations. The Optimo Style 25-250mm lens, weighing 16 pounds, is an all-purpose zoom featuring the desirable 25mm wide angle position and a 10x zoom range to meet a variety of production needs. This lens was previously introduced at IBC 2013 as the Optimo DP.

The first of the Angenieux anamorphic lenses to be introduced, the light and compact Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 mm 2S (2x squeeze)zoom lens lends a film-like, dimensional character to images with lower distortion than other anamorphic zoom lenses. With 2x squeeze, a fast aperture of T:4 and no ramping, the Optimo Anamorphic 56-152mm 2S delivers stunning optical performance. Angenieux will be showing a prototype of their Optimo Anamorphic 30-72mm 2S at IBC 2014, with a third anamorphic lens to follow.

The Optimo 19.5-94mm, 24-290mm and 28-340mm long focal range zoomlenses have quickly become an industry standard, delivering impressive contrast and color reproduction. They are the perfect lenses for high-end productions requiring speed, precision, dependability and superior optical results. Both the Optimo 19.5-94mm and 28-340mm lenses perfectly fit the latest new generation large sensor digital cameras.

The Optimo 15-40mm, 28-76mm, 45-120mm hand-held zoom lenses feature high performance characteristics that include fast aperture, no ramping and minimal to no breathing. The combined focal length of 15mm to 120mm grants unmatched versatility within the most usable focal range, while reducing production time and cost.

Angénieux's 1.4x and 2x Optimo extenders are an ideal way of increasing focal length at a cost effective price without sacrificing anything to the original quality of the lens. The focal length is multiplied by 1.4x or 2x with only one or two T-stop loss at full aperture.

An option for all light weight Optimo or Optimo Style lenses, the Angénieux Servo Unit (ASU) provides control of zoom, focus and iris and is compatible with broadcast remote handles, cinema remote controls and wireless remotes. It generates lens metadata based on the Cooke/i technology protocol. To help ensure flawless performance, the ASU and lenses are matched and calibrated at the factory.

The AB Live system is a joint creation by Thales Angénieux and Binocle 3D that offers a unique "plug and shoot" 3D solution for live broadcast applications.

About Thales Angénieux
Thales Angénieux, a Thales subsidiary, is a world-renowned manufacturer of high-tech optical and optronic systems. Awarded three times by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1964,1989 and 2008, and by the Society of Camera Operators in 2012, Angenieux lenses are utilized all around the world by the most demanding image professionals for the production of features, commercials, dramas, documentaries, music videos, sports or cultural event recordings in live 3D or 4K and beyond.

For more information on Thales Angenieux in the U.S., call 973-812-3858, fax 973-812-9050, e-mail or visit

For more information on Thales Angenieux in the rest of the world, call +33 (0)4 77 90 78 00, fax +33 (0)4 77 90 78 03, e-mail or visit

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