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Meet the Angenieux Optimo Ultra 12x Multi-Format Monster

As dependable as ever, Angenieux has released another perfect lens. The Optimo Ultra 12x cine zoom is really the next bar to measure other zoom lenses against. This time, they’ve created a multi-format monster that can cover 3 sensor sizes — including the new and exciting Full-Frame format that is on track to be this year’s summer jam.

As the format can change, the zoom range also changes slightly in regards to which lens element you’ve chosen. The options are for standard Super 35, Ultra 35 — a format created for S35+ formats like ARRI Open Gate, Sony Venice 5.7K 16:9, 6K RED Dragon, 8K RED Helium — and Full-Frame/Vista Vision targeted at large format cameras like the ARRI ALEXA LF, RED Monstro, RED 8K Vista Vision, and Sony Venice Full-Frame 6K.

The zoom ranges break down into these groups, and you’ll see that change in speed as well:

  • S35 [31.6mm] 24-290mm T2.8
  • U35 [34.6mm] 26-320mm T3.1
  • FF/VV [46.3mm] 36-435mm T4.2

Tests below are from the Sony Venice at 5.7K 16:9, with the Ultra35 format.

26mm [note the vingette is only visible in the “look around” setting at 16:9, and is not recorded].

 

320mm

This flexibility in format is exactly what rental houses are looking for — a lens that you can depend on, and that can change to fit your format needs from job-to-job. Just let your Rental Agent know which camera you’re using, and we can make sure it matches up.

The build quality is exactly what’s to be expected from the Optimo line-up, which is a visually near-perfect parfocal zoom that is very pretty, very heavy, and very expensive. No, this lens won’t be the everyday shooter’s go-to, but commercial and episodic productions will certainly get use out of this artillery-style zoom. With the 12x range, this isn’t something that’s meant to be taken off the camera that often. It’s your “on sticks, workhorse zoom”, just like the previous 24-290 models.

What excited me most about this lens is the Ultra 35 option. Yes, S35 is the standard, and, yes, Full-Frame sure is the cool, new kid on the block; but so many cameras have odd, non-standard sensor sizes. Having a lens that works well, specifically for Venice 5.7K, RED Helium 8K, and ARRI Open Gate is pretty phenomenal. Of course, designing a lens just for these odd sizes would be insane, which is where the flexibility of the multi-format option saves the day. I don’t know what the future will hold for imager sizes, but I do know that this lens will probably fit them.

More good news: You can take this lens for a spin at a 25% off in June. Just contact Rentals for details.

– Alex Enman, Engineer

 

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Rent the Angenieux Optimo Ultra 12x Zoom Lens at 25% Off in June

The best just got better! Rent the Angenieux Optimo Ultra 12x Zoom lens at 25% off all-month-long!

The Angenieux Optimo Ultra 12x Zoom Lens, with new optical and mechanical design, delivers unparalleled optical performance and mechanical reliability.  

Angenieux’s Interchangeable Rear Optics technology allows for the lens to be switched between 3 modes of coverage: Super 35mm, Ultra 35mm, and, coming soon, Full Frame/VistaVision.

Features include improved optical and mechanical design, no ramping, minimal breathing, superior optical characteristics, 321 degree focus ring with over 70 marks, and top carry handle. Click here to read Alex Enman’s blog post on this “multi-format monster”. 

Rent it for 25% off the regular rental rate of $695/day in June! Contact Rentals by email or phone at 800-rule-com for details, including multi-day rates.

Panasonic EVA1 Roadshow – Boston

Join Panasonic at Red Sky Studios for an exclusive look at the new AU-EVA1 cinema camera, coming this Fall to Rentals!

At this evening event, you’ll:

• Director/DP Elle Schneider will discuss shooting her short film, “Near To Superstition” with the EVA1

• Learn from key Panasonic Cinema Specialists + Technicians

• Get hands-on access to the EVA1

The compact and lightweight EVA1 is a 5.7K handheld cinema camera that contains Dual Native ISOs of 800/2,500, records footage to low-cost SD cards, and captures 14-stops of dynamic range. It’s tailor-made for a number of shooting applications, including narrative, documentary, music videos, live events, and more. See the event flyer here.

Click here to register with Panasonic. FREE with Limited Seating.  Reserve your spot today. We’ll see you there!

LEARNING LAB: Canon C200 Digital Cinema Camera with Ryan Snyder and Paul Hawxhurst

PLEASE NOTE: THIS LEARNING LAB WILL NOT BE LIVE STREAMED! WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US IN PERSON!

Join Ryan Snyder and Paul Hawxhurst for an overview of the Canon EOS C200, the latest “ready-to-go” production camera from Canon, delivering outstanding image quality, performance and versatility, and making it ideal for film, documentary and television production, corporate and event photography, and newsgathering.

Ryan and Paul will also cover the many features of the C200, including:

  • Internal 4K UHD and Full HD Recording in MP4
  • Internal 4K RAW recording with New Cinema RAW Light
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology with LCD Touch Panel
  • HDR Viewing and ACES 1.0 support
  • Built-in WiFi and LAN for camera control and FTP

10am-12n • FREE with Breakfast  • Click here to RSVP and here for the C200 event flyer.

The C200 is Coming Soon to Rentals, and Sales is currently taking pre-orders. Contact us at answers@rule.com or 800-rule-com for details.

Click here to watch our new IN THE SHOWROOM video series featuring the latest in production and post-production equipment and technology.

PARKING FOR RBC EVENTS:

If our parking lot at 395 Western Avenue is full, please park at the Brighton Mills parking lot at 360 Western Avenue, Brighton. Please be sure to RSVP so we can forward the parking pass for your dashboard if you park in this overflow lot, or click on RBC PARKING PASS to print your own. Thanks!

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Now Taking Orders for the Canon EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera

Coming Soon to Rentals and Now Taking orders for Sales! The Canon EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera is the latest “ready-to-go” production camera from Canon that delivers outstanding image quality, performance and versatility, making it ideal for film, documentary and television production, corporate and event photography, and newsgathering.

Features include:

• 8.85 Megapixel Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS sensor that supports 4K (DCI) recording with a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels

• Fully compatible with new and existing Canon EF-Mount lenses

• Built-in Viewfinder with LCD Touch Panel, Camera Grip and Handle Unit

• Dual DiG!C DV 6 Image Processors

• Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology

• Internal 4K RAW Recording with New Cinema RAW Light

• Internal 4K UHD and Full HD Recording in MP4

• Full HD 120P / 100P Slow Motion Recording

• Professional Workflow

• HDR Viewing

• ACES 1.0 Support

• Wide Range of Connectivity Options

Sales is taking orders. Contact sales@rule.com or 800-rule-com for details. We’ll be adding the C200 to our Rental inventory as soon as it’s available. Stay tuned for more details.

First Look at the Canon C700 – 10am and 2pm Sessions

Join Canon’s Ryan Snyder and Paul Hawxhurst for a first look at the new EOS C700 Super 35 format camera designed for a variety of shooting scenarios. 

Choose a morning (10am-12n) or afternoon (2-4pm) session for an overview of the many features of Canon’s new flagship camera including:

• Both internal 4K ProRes and XF-AVC recording

• Capable of recording 4.5K up to 100fps and 4K up to 120fps, both uncompressed RAW, with the optional Codex CDX-36150 recorder

• Available in both Cinema Lock EF and PL versions

• Dynamic range of 15 stops

• Dual Pixel CMOS AF

• Global shutter model estimated 2nd half 2017

Click here to RSVP.  This event is free.

Interested in buying or renting the C700? Click here to email us or call 800-rule-com.

Missed a Learning Lab? Watch here!

PARKING FOR RBC EVENTS:

If our parking lot at 395 Western Avenue is full, please park at the Brighton Mills parking lot at 360 Western Avenue, Brighton. Please be sure to RSVP so we can forward the parking pass for your dashboard if you park in this overflow lot, or click on RBC PARKING PASS to print your own. Thanks.

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