The beginning of August saw the introduction of the new Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 44-440mm A2S to many cinematographers in Mumbai on set, during a special event in the WICA and within Cineom premises (Angénieux authorized distributor). The reputed cinematographers included Anil Mehta, Avik Mukhopadhay, Sudeep Chatterjee, Ravi K Chandran, Chirantan Das, Setu and many others.

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Cinematographers at the launch of the Optimo Anamorphic 44-440mm A2S in Mumbai

With its 7.5kg, this 10x anamorphic zoom lens (2x squeezed) has a very limited distortion on edges, a very well controlled breathing and no ramping; it can be used full aperture (T4.5) without any chromatic aberration. More details here.

Joining the Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 A2S, released in 2014 (already available in Mumbai), and the Optimo Anamorphic 30-72 A2S introduced in 2015, the Optimo 44-440 A2S is the third lens of the Angénieux Optimo anamorphic 2x Squeeze series. Complementary to a set of primes or to the lightweight Optimo A2S zooms, the new Angénieux 10x anamorphic zoom lens brings speed and flexibility of the long range zoom to the set.

1 lens, 2 options: a true benefit for rental houses

Angénieux has designed the new Optimo 44-440 A2S thanks to inputs received from hundreds of cinematographers all over the world but also with the idea to support rental houses which could be hesitant to invest in a new anamorphic lens.

Thanks to an innovative lens modular design – Interchangeable Rear Optics IRO technology™, the lens can be converted from anamorphic to spherical.

In just about 30mns, at rental houses’ premises, the Optimo 44-440 A2S (T4.5 – MOD 4.1ft) can be converted into a 25-250mm (T3.5 – MOD 4ft) spherical lens by exchanging the rear optical element and the Focus, Zoom and T-stop markings: a true benefit for rental houses.

Anamorphic on screens

On October 7th, Mirzya, one of the first Bollywood movies shot with the new Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 A2S will be on screens! It is produced and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Check out the trailer and discover why Indian cinematographers will love to shoot in anamorphic again!

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Earlier this summer, Sultan (produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar) had also been shot with the Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 A2S!

Salman Khan in and as Sultan

Salman Khan in and as Sultan

Worldwide, many other productions have been shot with the Angénieux Optimo Anamorphic A2S lenses. Here are a few of them