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Thales Angenieux shows 19 x 7.3 HD lens series
At IBC Thales Angenieux unveiled a new series of lenses that offer improved focal range and are available in full HD, an economically priced HD-E version, as well as an SD version. The new series paves the way for professionals to make the move to HD production with the performance and convenience of a 19 x 7.3 AIF general purpose zoom lens for ENG/EFP applications.
The 19 x 7.3 AIF series lenses are suitable for both field and studio use and deliver optimum performance and quality in a compact package.
With precision optics and a focal range of 7.3mm to 139mm, and weighing only 4lbs with 2X extender, and 3.7lbs in the HD-E version, the lens’s 19X zoom range allows close-up images with optimized definition and clarity. In addition, the 7.3X wide angle capability of the lens is ideal for panoramic-like wide shots not possible with conventional ENG lenses.
Angenieux’s 19 x 7.3 AIF series lenses also offer digital features including memorized focus and zoom positions, an anti-backlash system, auto cruise zoom function, digital laws for focus and zoom, serial communication, optional built-in focus (SSD version) and an optional 16-bit output optical encoder (SSDE version).
The ergonomically designed lenses are equipped with rectangular sunshades to minimize light interference and the sturdy construction makes for a durable and highly reliable product, shielding the lens from rain, condensation and dust.