Angenieux 11.5-138mm HR T2.3 Super 16 Zoom Lens

Angenieux 11.5-138mm HR T2.3 Super 16

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Angenieux 11.5-138mm HR T2.3 Super 16 Zoom Lens W/ Custom Lens Support, Custom Zoom Gear and Dual-Sided Zoom Scale, PL mount. Completely overhauled in August 2002 by Horizon Optics. Price $10,950.00.

The Angenieux 11.5-138mm HR was developed from the design of the 10-120mm T2.0. The 10-120mm was Angenieux’s answer to Zeiss’ very popular 10-100mm T2.0. Angenieux upped the ante by going to a 12:1 zoom range design, at the same T stop, and used a much larger focus scale which was much better suited for “production” film work, (episodic televison, music videos, feature films for blow-up to 35mm, etc.), as opposed to the very compressed focus scale on the 10-1 Zeiss zoom.

The 10-120 lens incorporated Angenieux’s new High Efficiency Coating (HEC), first introduced with the 25-250mm HP T3.7 zoom for 35mm. This extremely efficient HEC multicoating, transmitting 99.8% of light, greatly increases the sharpness and costrast of zoom lenses. The 10-120mm was the first zoom lens that Angenieux was able to market at being “equal to or better than the finest fixed focal length lens”. This lens offered diffraction limited performance at T4, which means that all lens abberations are fully corrected, and the only limit on resolution is the bending of light rays (diffraction) around the edges of the iris blades. Truly remarkable performance for a zoom lens.

Angenieux increased the focal length by 1.15x which gave enough extra coverage to cover the larger Super 16 aperture. This is one of the sharpest zoom lenses ever made for Super 16 cinematography. Resolution in the center of the image is 200 lines per milimeter. This zoom lens outperforms many prime lenses for Super 16, especially at the edges of the frame! One of the few U.S. network Prime Time television shows shot on Super 16, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was shot exclusively with the 11.5-138mm. See the advertisement below for more information:

Century Precision Optics advertisement for 11.5-138 HR in American Cinematographer. (PDF file).

When Century Precision, then the exclusive dealer for Angenieux film lenses in the U.S., introduced these lenses in 1993, they were priced at $16,950.00. In 1999, Angenieux discontinued the 11.5-138 HR, in favor of their new 7-81mm HR Super 16 zoom lens. List price in 1999 was $19,700.00.

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