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    Angenieux Lens

    Has anyone used French made Angenieux camera lens?
    If so how was your experience with them?
    I always assumed they were just standard sub par third party lenses, but from what I have read they may be quite good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDKodak View Post
    I always assumed they were just standard sub par third party lenses, but from what I have read they may be quite good.
    Their cine lenses are mostly outstanding. Their zooms for 35 mm still cameras -- is that what you're asking about? -- were seen as outstanding when new, still command high prices.

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    I have had several of them(all prime lenses) drop into my lap as part of a Alpa collection recently and was just wondering what peoples experiences were with them. Should I set aside the Nikon lens for the summer and use Angenieux instead? LOL.

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    You own the lenses and you are asking us how they perform? Ok, here goes; I have never owned or used a Angenieux for 35mm but I guess they will have moderate to good flare control, with excellent center sharpness at f5.6. The wide angle lenses will be moderate to good at the corners with moderate distortion and moderate light falloff. The lens barrels will be aluminum and the focus will be somewhat stiff. Can we guess which focal lengths you have also?

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    I ask because I have not used them yet. The reason being I have trouble seeing thru older cameras and it is hard for me to focus, so I tend to stick AF and may or may not get around to using the lenses.

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    I read some reviews yrs ago that said the (zooms, I think) were a litle soft. My Angenieux 48mm enlarging lens is a little soft but it's brillance is fabulous!

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    I don't know about good, but the FD-mount Angenieux lenses often go for twice the price of their Canon L equivalents on eBay. There must be more than hype to it.
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    Angenieux once was a leading company concerning lens design.

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    Angenieux Cine Zooms are the best in the world, their still lenses are good but not as good as their retail price would suggest. I wouldn't call them sub-par though they still are better than most third party lenses and some OEM lenses. The fact that Alpa chose those lenses should tell you that they are far from bad. Use them they often have their own character. Dominik

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    Angenieux are still a leading company making lenses for the motion picture industry as well as specialist industrial and military lenses. Alpa never made their own lenses but used lenses from some of the best manufacturers of the day including Angenieux and Kern (who were also well respected in the cine field). I have seen some pictures taken with a couple of Angenieux lenses of the 1970s on an Alpa and from memory and in my opinion they were every bit as good as could be achieved with the best Leitz, Zeiss, Nikon or Olympus lenses of the time. Again, from memory they were erring more towards the Leitz softer contrast rather than the harder contrast of the Japanese lenses. I can't remember which lenses these were precisely by I was impressed at the time (1980s) so I would recommend you try the lenses out.
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