Remember back in November when Veydra launched the Kickstarter campaign for their Micro 4/3 mini cinema prime lenses? Well, they not only surpassed their goal, but have added a new focal length to their set.
DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post by Convergence Products.
If you don't remember, Veydra built, not adapted, a set of mini cinema primes specifically for Micro 4/3 cameras, like the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera and the GH4, that gave users the quality of a cine lens at a fraction of the cost. In fact, you could get Veydra's entire set of five lenses for the price of a single 35mm cine prime. Clearly they hit a nerve in the filmmaking/photography community, because they obliterated their Kickstarter goal of $50K by well over $200K, which means -- more lenses to add to the set.
They've announced their new 85mm T2.2 Mini Prime, which takes its place among their set of 12mm, 16mm, 25mm, 35mm, and 50mm lenses. This telephoto lens is ideal for capturing detail, especially considering the fact that all of Veydra's Mini Primes exceed 4K resolution and are made with optical glass elements with multi-coating for color consistency. Here's what you can expect from the new 85mm:
- constant volume focus
- 0.8 cinema pitch gears on the iris/focus rings
- same T-Stop as other focal lengths
- plated brass mounts for durability
- common 80mm front diameter and 77mm filter thread for quick lens changes
So, we know that even though Veydra's thing is to provide high quality cinema glass at the absolute minimum retail price, the 85mm prime is not cheap at $899. However, if you've always wanted to shoot on cine lenses, but could never afford to, this might be a great option for you. You can pre-order the 85mm T2.2 prime here.
The release for the 85mm is set for late 2015, and Veydra also says that they plan on adding to their set of wider focal lengths, so expect an announcement of a "lens wider than the currently available 12mm T2.2 Mini Prime" this Spring.