Angénieux has announced the introduction of the new EZ 3 lens in collaboration with its long-time partners Band Pro Film & Digital, Inc and Jebsen Consumer Products Co Ltd. Third in a series of multi-format lenses, the new EZ3 lens is designed for cinematographers using Full Frame or S35 cameras.
After the Standard 30-90 (S35)/45-135 (FF) EZ1 lens and the Wide Angle 15-40 (S35)/22-60 (FF) EZ2 lens, the new 45-165mm T2.3/T3 (S35) or 68-250 T3.5/T4.5 (FF) EZ3 is a Tele-lens addition to the versatile, future-proof EZ series. Originally designed for independent filmmakers and productions (short films, documentaries, music videos, corporate) Angénieux EZ zooms have enjoyed success with cine rental houses and professional cinematographers too.
Using Angénieux’s IRO (Interchangeable Rear Optics) Technology, the EZ series features dedicated rear optical groups customised for both S35 and Full Frame sensors, and provide interchangeable PL, RF, EF & E mount compatibility on demand. Their S35/FF modularity and flexibility make them suitable for all levels of filmmaking.
Despite its longer focal length, the new 45-165mm T2.3/T3 (S35) or 68-250 T3.5/T4.5 (FF) EZ3 lens remains compact. In terms of aperture, like the EZ1 and EZ2, the lens shows a fast aperture. Ramping, which is common for this category of lenses, is also well managed with a constant T stop across the entire zoom range when iris is set to T3 (S35) or T4.5 (FF). The optical quality and the mechanics are the EZ series one associated with the same cinematic look, which is so much appreciated by EZ users.
The new EZ3 lens includes improvements such as a new quick IRO mechanism (user configurable) and a dual focus scale ring (feet/meters). On the EZ3 lens, the change from S35 to FF ifaster than on EZ1 and 2 and can be done in only five minutes. Same for the focus scale. It is extremely quick to swap from meters to feet and vice versa. The lens is also compatible with the accessories of the EZ series.
The lens is being officially launched for the first time in Europe at IBC2023 on the Angénieux stand (No. 12F30), next to the EZ1 and 2 and the rest of the Full Frame range of lenses by Angénieux including the unique Optimo Ultra 12X, the customisable Optimo Prime Series with IOP and the new lightweight Optimo Ultra compact zooms.