Angênieux 12 x 10 T2.1

Angenieux 10×12 12-120mm T2.1 HEC

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  • Focal length: 12-120mm
  • Focal length usable for Super-16: 40-120 (at minimum focus distance. covers nearly full zoom range at infinity focus.)
  • Photometric Aperture: T 2.1
  • Geometric aperture: f 2.0
  • Minimum focus: 1.5 meters, 4 feet 10 inches
  • Minimum focus with diopter 1.6: 36 inches
  • Focus markings: Feet and meters. Feet scale repainted in yellow to improve visibility.
  • Front element diameter: 65mm
  • Rear element diameter: 14.5mm
  • Front accessory diameter: 80mm
  • Note: 80mm adapter can be removed to use 72mm threaded accessories.
  • Length: With 80mm adapter: 181mm
  • Without 80mm adapter: 171mm
  • Focus gear diameter: 78mm
  • Zoom gear diameter: 90mm
  • Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Diameter of zoom motor compatible with bracket: 33mm (including eccentric compatible with Heden motor and 33mm eccentric or Cinema Products J-5 motor and eccentric)
  • Lens mount: Arriflex stainless steel bayonet, calibrated to flange focus 52.00mm +/- 0.005mm
  • Coating: Angênieux High Efficency Coating (same as used on 11.5-138 T2.3 HR and 25-250 T3.5 HR) each surface of each element is multicoated.
  • Glass: Angênieux Fluophosphate low dispersion glass
  • Color Rendition: Neutral.Identical to Zeiss primes and 10-100 T2 zoom
  • Optical Quality: Comparable to Zeiss 10-100 T2 or Cooke 9-50. Intercuts well with Zeiss primes. lens can be used without limitation at maximum aperture of T2.1

Angênieux Logo 12-120 Logo Color photo of lens Color photo of lens


Looking for a sharp fast 16mm zoom lens but don’t want to spend $7000.00 for a Zeiss 10-100 T2.0? This is the next best thing, the Angênieux 12-120 T2.1 H.E.C. multicoated zoom.

Don’t confuse this lens with the old 12-120 T2.5 from the sixties. Although this lens shares the basic mechanical design with the old 12-120 (which is considered by many technicians to be the most reliable 16mm zoom ever made) it uses the same High Efficiency Coating and fluophosphate glass used in the $17,000 Angênieux 11.5-138mm T2.3.

The new optics give a maximum aperture of T2.1, Just a sixth of a stop less than the 10-100 T2.0. The sharpness and color rendition are identical to the Zeiss zoom. The 12-120 HEC intercuts perfectly with Ziess superspeed primes. I’ve shot tests to confirm this.

This lens is set up for production work. It is equipped with metal focus and zoom gears, and a bracket to hold a zoom motor (Microforce Heden or CP J-5). It has a stainless steel Arri Bayonet mount, and the front end is adapted to 80mm for compatibility with Arri accessories.

All glass surfaces are perfect with no cleaning marks on the coatings, and the exterior of the lens is near-mint.

Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain an exceptional example of this rare lens.

A zoom control system consisting of a CP J-5 motor converted to the Microforce compatible Lemo connector socket, and a CP J-5 handgrip zoom control converted to work as a handgrip on an Arri 16SR, with a Microforce cable is also available.

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