Exactly what it says on the tin. I recently acquired an old manual Pierre Angenieux 18-180mm f2.2 lens, but I can't find any documentation for it online. As far as I can tell, it was built for use with TV cameras, given the push-pull focusing mechanism and truly ridiculous size/weight (I don't have a scale, but I'd estimate it's upwards of 7 or 8 kilograms).

Around the end of the barrel are the following labels, stamped into the metal:

TYPE 10X18 J3

Plus serial number 1203891 and aperture/focal length information. The focal length ring also has a label, in English, Lens made in France (implying it was made for export).

This lens has clearly had a hard life - there are numerous gouges in the metal of the barrel, and more than one place where bare metal (vs. the black anodization) is visible, which, at least to my mind, implies a couple of decades of daily use.

As befits its use for TV/cinema, it has a continuous (i.e. not click-stopped) aperture ring.

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That silver bit at the body end of the lens is, I believe, a later addition.

I'm specifically looking for documentation on it - manuals, history, that sort of thing. Or, at the very least, a spec sheet or images of what it's supposed to look like.

UPDATE: I got in contact with Angenieux (and they actually responded this time). They have basically no information on it, and the only things they could tell me were:

  1. These were manufactured between 1963 and 1973.
  2. They were originally made for 16mm film cameras.
  3. They could be (as has been stated in one of the answers) used for Plumbicon cameras.
  • Have you tried to contact anyone one at angenieux.com?
    – Caleb
    Oct 30, 2017 at 18:09
  • @Caleb: I tried their contact form when I first bought this beastie, but never got a response. Maybe I'll try again. Oct 30, 2017 at 18:32

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I have one of these lenses mounted on a Norelco PC-70 studio camera. I believe the plumbicon tubes were 30mm in diameter. The lens would not cover a full frame 35mm unless you were using a telextender, of which I have three, that came with the camera. There is a 1 1/2x, 2x, and a 2 1/2x telextender if I recall. The Norelco was the state of the art TV camera from the late '60s, until the early '80s.

  • Do you have any other information/documentation? Manuals, pictures, anything? I'm basically looking to do a restoration (or have one done), and not having anything to go on presents rather a problem. Oct 30, 2017 at 15:53

This is one of the earlier long range zooms for TV / motion picture.

Many generations later, your lens is now this beast weighing in 13kg and costing $100,000.


I have a similar Angenieux plumbicon zoom, the 15x18E (18-270mm). I removed the (unknown) camera mount and 3D printed one for Micro four thirds (but the lens just covers APSC too, so a NEX mount would be possible). Plus a few prints for 15mm bars and a blanking plate for the prism viewfinder!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5cp0iqr5yluesc8/AADnhMvUPu0_tlaNnnEdhdLsa enter image description here


TV in the early days did not use C mount at all! Each nation used their own and the mount was large, to permit the most light through as the valve technology was in its infancy. Some TV systems would cover Full Frame, 135 format. These lenses come onto the market and even their manufacturers do not know what mount was used nor the sensor coverage. They were horrendously expensive and the tech meant they became obsolete quickly. Zooms were even more expensive.

French TV zooms might even have ended up in the UK and there were joint ventures between the two countries later on as seen in Sopelem tv lenses.

There is no known way to mount such lenses. Primes are much easier to mount, but generally, German lenses were used in the USA for example, often Exa mount, as unbeatable for price and performance. UK lenses were generally Rank who took over Cooke Taylor Hobson. Ortal lenses resulted and a few others. Very esoteric!

  • Every lens that isn't too short on flange distance can be mounted given enough effort :) Oct 16, 2021 at 15:23

It seems that this zoom is 18-180mm / 2.2

Focal length is encoded as 10x18 (18mm-10x18mm), i get this from searching through ebay.

As cinema lens, it probably has C-mount and smaller field of view (up to 22mm in diameter when FX is 43mm). This means some limitation on adaption this lens for photography on DX and FX cameras.

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