Thursday, April 14, 2011

Angenieux Introduces New Lightweight Zoom

With the Steadicam in the back of their minds, Angenieux unveiled its newest lens in their line of lightweight zooms at the NAB convention in Las Vegas. The 45-120 weighs in at 4.3lbs and is only 8 inches long from the PL mount in the rear to the 114mm front element housing. Joining its lightweight predecessors, the 15-40 and 28-76, the new lens completes a DP's need for a substantial range of focal lengths, and a Steadicam operator's need to not carry around a 2 foot long, 12 pound piece of glass on the front of their rig.

Although rod support is an option, these lightweight zooms can easily fly unsupported, with a clip on matte box, allowing for a Steadicam setup to be built without heavy sliding base plates and studio matte boxes - saving many unnecessary pounds.

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