Lenses don’t come much more special than this
There are lenses, and there are lenses. This is one of those lenses that comes around once in a while. Angenieux lenses are a bit different from the norm. The Angenieux lens company was founded in France in the 1930’s. The founder, Pierre Angenieux was not eve out of his thirties when he founded the company! How many people can say that they founded an optics company in their twenties?
Now I am not going to give you a history lesson, but suffice to say the Angenieux name became renowned for extremely high quality optics which found application in the movie industry and various military departments.
During the 1980’s Angenieux made a foray into the film camera lens market, producing lenses for a number of different mounts. As with many decisions made by European camera companies made during the 80’s, this was ill-advised. The lenses were of very high quality, too high in fact and this made the pricing of the manufacture too high to make them competitive. A shame really, as they were outstanding lenses. This particular lens was the last consumer lens to be manufactured by Angenieux before they sold their designs to Tokina (doh!).
This lens in a mammoth beast, and heavy, tipping the scales at over 700g. The build quality is evident from the moment you handle the lens, it is nothing like a regular camera lens.
And just look at that front element, isn’t it pretty? It look like a cine lens, because it basically is a cine lens, except you can put it on your D700 and go wild.
I would add some technical details about this lens, but I cannot find a great deal of information about the make up of this lens. The 2.6 aperture is rather unusual and is said to be prone to vignetting, but I cannot find any info about that either.
This is a rare lens and it is not often you actually see one on the market. This one is available for a discerning collector. If you are interested and would like to know a bit more about this very special piece then you can drop me a line here Angenieux lens.