Two new full-frame Optimo Compact Zooms, a 21-56mm T2.9 and a 37-102mm T2.9, have been announced by Angénieux, designed to complement the existing Optimo Ultra 12X and the Optimo Prime Series lenses.
They use a completely new optical design (compared to the previous Optimo 15-40mm and 28-76mm zooms) to enable full frame coverage (a 46.3mm image circle). They have a zoom ratio of 2.7x, with a 60cm close focus distance and a front diameter of 114mm.
Clément Mondesert, Optimo Ultra Compact project manager, with the 37-102mm
The zooms are claimed to offer a good balance between contrast and resolution, with an appealing cinematic look, and “perfect homogeneity of colour, contrast and resolution”. They exhibit no ramping and minimal breathing.
Both are compact and lightweight (the initially available 37-102mm is 235mm long and weighs 2.6kg), including a precise, ergonomic focus ring with scale rotation of 310°, with user-changeable focus marking rings (imperial or metric). They can cope with extreme shooting environments with a temperature range from -20°C to +45°C. The lenses come with a PL mount and support Cooke /i metadata via an external connector.