Angenieux has a long history of creating some of the finest cinema zoom lenses money can buy. Angenieux lenses are true cinema zooms that are parfocal and therefore hold focus from the widest to the longest telephoto, do not change image size, and have the quality of craftsmanship that can hold up to the rigors of daily use in professional cinematography.
The Optimo Style 16-40mm T2.6-T2.8 was introduced in 2008 and is a more affordable version of the Optimo 15-40mm T2.6 lens. On the surface these lenses seem much the same however it is worth noting that the Optimo Style 16-40mm has a variable aperture that ramps from T2.6 to T2.8 therefore making it more challenging for controlling exposure exactly in zoom racking shots or multi camera environments. Many industry experts also note that the Optimo Style 16-40mm has an intangible measurement of less “depth” and “creaminess” to the image. Nonetheless this lens is an awesome cinematography lens at a more affordable price than the premier Optimo 15-40mm T2.6.
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Angenieux has an excellent page for the Style 16-40mm T2.6-T2.8 complete with specifications and user manual download.
We found this article from Film & Digital Times from the release date that has some critical info to how this lens fits into the Optimo line.