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Optimo zoom lenses for Roger Waters

In cinemas worldwide from October 2 to 6, 2019 “Roger Waters Us + Them”, a film by Sean Evans and Roger Waters - concert visuals and live actions production by Grasshopper Films. Roger Waters is an English rock musician, singer-songwriter, and composer. He is best known as the bass player, co-lead vocalist, lyricist and the principal songwriter in the rock band Pink Floyd (

Cinematographer Brett Turnbull ( photographed Roger Waters’ concert in Amsterdam at the Ziggodrome during the “Us and Them” tour on June 19, 2018, as well as all the other scenes of the film. Brett Turnbull has an incredible experience in filmmaking : music videos, drama, documentaries, but also multicamera live events, mainly concerts: Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Coldplay, U2, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Paul Mc Cartney, Iggy Pop, The Who, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Peter Gabriel, David Gilmour, Radiohead, Nick Cave, The White Stripes, One Direction, Queen , Pet Shop Boys, Kings of Leon, Bjork, Noel Gallagher, Shakira, Kylie Minogue, Tom Petty…

Angenieux zoom lenses have always been “a staple choice” for his work all along his career.
We had the privilege to get his feedback on Roger Waters’ concert shooting.

“Overall technical requirements for live event productions vary greatly for this kind of work. Typically we'll be shooting with anywhere between 6 to 24 cameras, depending on the scale & ambition of the show. Combining a variety of grip solutions, from traditional cranes & dollies, to specialist robotic & aerial systems. One constant factor is always the need for versatile, fast, high quality zoom lenses. Filming any live event with a paying audience, the director and cinematographer do not have the freedom to put cameras wherever they want, or move them at will during the performance. So every camera position needs to offer a variety of shot sizes, often in low light."

EVENT HISTORY 2019/07/15

Apollo 11 mission : Destination Moon for Angénieux !

On July 20, 2019 in the US, July 21 in France, the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The retransmission of the incredible images of the success of this mission remains one of the most significant broadcast events of all time. To create these images, NASA selected, among other equipment, the lenses of a small French company: Angenieux optics. The Angenieux 6x25 zoom mounted on a Westinghouse camera and Angenieux 75mm prime lens on a Maurer 16mm camera were on-board the command module of Apollo 11.

EVENT 2019/06/04

Back on Angénieux ExcelLens 2019 Ceremony

On May 24, 2019, one day before the closing of the Cannes Film Festival, Angénieux paid tribute to the director of photography Bruno Delbonnel (AFC and ASC) and for the second consecutive year, also highlighted the work of a young cinematographer during the Ceremony.

TECHNOLOGY 2019/05/29

Angénieux goes prime!

After 50 years almost fully dedicated to high-end zoom lens design and production, Angénieux chooses the Cannes Film Festival to announce a complete set of high-end Full Frame prime lenses – the Optimo Prime Series, in partnership with Band Pro Film & Digital, Inc and Jebsen Industrial Technology Co LTD.

COMMUNITY 2019/05/24

Interview in Cannes of Bruno Delbonnel, AFC* ASC**, the seventh recipient of the Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography award

Just two days before receiving the 2019 ExcelLens award at Cannes, Bruno Delbonnel talked exclusively to Angénieux about a wide range of topics, including the various professions that make up a film crew, the role of directors of photography and the recognition they receive, the digital transition, equipment choices, and his advice for young people.

COMMUNITY 2019/05/23

Young Indian cinematographer Modhura Palit to receive the 2nd Angenieux “special encouragement” award at the Cannes Film Festival

Young Indian cinematographer Modhura Palit  EICA (Eastern India Cinematographers Association), IWCC (Indian Women Cinematographers Collective) will receive the 2nd Angénieux “special encouragement” award on May 24th, 2019 during the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival. This recognition will allow Modhura the opportunity to use the most sophisticated Angénieux lenses on an upcoming project. She told us more about herself and her vision of cinematography.

EVENT 2019/04/26


Since 2013, as an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival, Angénieux has been paying a tribute to a prominent director of photography during the « Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography » ceremony. This event turns the spotlight on worldwide masters of light, directors of photography, without whom cinema would not exist.

HISTORY 2019/04/09

in book stores “Angénieux and Cinema, from Light to Image”!

For quite some time, Angénieux has been thinking of doing a book to trace the incredible rise of the Angénieux brand, since the creation of the company in 1935 by Pierre Angénieux. The dream has actually come true and the 270-page book with a French and an English edition previewed at NAB 2019 before its international release in book stores.

COMMUNITY 2018/11/07


Contrary to the conventional belief, it is not always complicated or expensive to shoot in Anamorphic if you use an Angénieux lightweight lens, as expressed by Kathryn Brillhart in her testimonial. Kathryn defines herself as ‘a director, cinematographer, and innovator in experimental media. Her body of work explores deeper human issues by pushing the boundaries of visual poetry, movement, and mixed media’. [1]

COMMUNITY 2018/09/28

Only I asked to the production “Get the Monster Glass!”  says Shu Hirayama – Director of Photography ON BORN IN HEAVEN

A DP review of Optimo Anamorphic 42-420 A2S

"First of all, I’m very satisfied about what the Optimo Anamorphic 42-420 A2S brought to this movie Born In Heaven. It gave me, the DP, various creative options in preproduction and these came true on the set as well as in postproduction.