For cinematographer Jamin Conn, the staggeringly beautiful visuals found throughout Alaska have provided the basis for a treasure trove of stock footage for his Anchorage-based production company, Envisioned Studios. He has captured the images in photographs, on film and now with an S35mm digital camera with Optimo zoom lenses.
In addition to shooting his own stock footage, Conn is also called upon regularly to work as a DP for the many television commercials shot in Alaska and for shoots that use the wildlife and breathtaking scenery as a backdrop for product placements. He uses Angenieux Optimo zooms for these projects to help ensure the quality and creativity of his work, depending on their consistent performance even in Alaskas sometimes extreme conditions.
He says, I really like the glints and flares we get with the Optimo glass. And when we use the Optimos for rotoscoping or keying on the green screen, the lens is far more accurate than any lens we have used previously. In fact, we have had to dumb down the Optimos with a inch soft filter to get them to match other brands of glass.
For most productions, Conn primarily sets up on dollies or booms and occasionally hand-held. For every setup, the flexibility of the Optimo zooms means he doesnt have to stop and swap lenses, enabling the production to move quickly. The Angenieux zooms are designed with a combination of optimum resolution and high MTF. Added to this is a fast aperture and minimal or no breathing. Other design features include the need for reliability and durability to withstand the rigors of on-set production or extreme temperature conditions.
Studio work can be dark, making it hard to read the numbers on a lens barrel, said Conn. The Optimos are easy to read with white text/numbering on black.
Conn first started using the Optimo zoom lenses at the start of 2011 and quickly became a fan. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work with both the Optimo zoom lenses and the Optimo DP series of digital zoom lenses and has developed a high regard for both. He says, In both cases, the glass is super sharp and high quality. And shooting is really easy with the Optimo lenses. There is no better.
He adds, Because Ive enjoyed working with them on our productions here in Alaska, I have every intention of holding all other lenses up to the Optimo lens family as a contemporary standard.
The Angenieux Optimo series includes the 24-290mm, 17-80mm, 15-40mm, 28-76mm, and the new 45-120mm lens. The Optimo DP series includes the 16-42mm and the 30-80mm lenses.
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