Zoom Lens for HDTV cameras.

Press Release Summary:

Optimo 12 x 9.7 HD lens is suitable for use with 24 frame cameras in cinematography and video production. Zoom lens features advanced optical design combined with proprietary high-resolution glass. Fast aperture speed of f/1.4 provides narrow depth of field and large range. Lens produces good contrast and color reproduction. Optical design avoids breathing.

Original Press Release:

Thales Angenieux Introduces Optimo 12 x 9.7 HD Lens

Delivers Highest Quality Performance Available For 24 Frame HDTV Cameras.

Las Vegas, NV (April 8, 2002) - Thales Angenieux is displaying its new Optimo 12 X 9.7 HD Lens that offer the highest optical quality available for HDTV cameras. The new zoom lens features an advanced optical design combined with proprietary high-resolution glass that results in unparalleled performance. It features the same optics as Thales Angenieux's highly acclaimed Optimo 12 X 9.7 24 to 290mm Film Lens, which was introduced last year at NAB. The Optimo 12 X 9.7 HD Lens is ideal for the new 24 frame HDTV cameras that have quickly gained popularity in the cinematography and video production markets.

"The quality and performance of our new Optimo 12 X 9.7 HD Lens offers the same high performance optics as its film equivalent," said Chris Beauparlant, U.S. Sales Manager at Thales Angenieux. "The performance of our Optimo lenses is only limited by the capabilities of the cameras they will be used with."

The Optimo 12 X 9.7 HD Series Lens provides outstanding optical quality across the longest zoom range available. The extremely fast aperture speed of f/1.4 provides a very narrow depth of field and vast range. The lens also produces impressive contrast and color reproduction that rivals the highest performing prime lenses. The mechanics employed in the Optimo Series Lenses are designed for both precision and durability and feature an exclusive optical design to avoid breathing.

For more information on Thales Angenieux in the U.S., call 973-812-3858, fax 973- 812-9050, or e-mail angenieux@tctus.com. You can visit Thales Angenieux's web site at www.angenieux.com.

Thales Angenieux offers a full complement of high precision lenses for a wide range of broadcast and video production applications including: Optimo Series Lenses for the most demanding HDTV and 35mm production applications, High Definition (HD) Series cine style, wide angle and studio lenses; High Resolution (HR) Series wide angle and all purpose ENG lenses; Studio and Sports/Outside Broadcast (OB) lenses; and a revolutionary prime lens adapter.

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