April 12, 2015
NAB 2015

Veydra Announces Wide Angle MFT Mini Prime & 3 Sub $5K True 2X Anamorphic Lenses

Veydra revealed earlier today at NAB that they're developing wide angle and anamorphic 2x lenses to round out their already stellar line of true cinema lenses made for Micro 4/3 cameras.

This announcement will most likely get budget filmmakers, namely BMPCC and GH4 users, pretty excited. Veydra didn't disappoint when they came out with their line of affordable cinema quality glass for Micro 4/3 cameras, and now with the promise of an even more complete line of mini cinema primes, things are really starting to get exciting.

Wide Angle Mini Prime

Veydra was bound to make a move toward wide angle lenses, since the widest one in their line right now is a 12mm, and the company explained in their press release that it wouldn't be the optimal option in some shooting conditions.

For this reason, we are pleased to announce our ongoing Wide Angle Project with which we endeavor to make the perfect wide angle cinema lens for Micro 4/3 sensors.  We are in the final design stages of completing a new Wide Angle Veydra Mini Prime. It will be either an 8.5mm or 9mm and likely feature a T2.4 maximum aperture.

The prototype should be completed in the next several months and the expected shipping date will be sometime in early 2016 and will cost around the same as the 12mm Mini Prime, which is $1200.

Mini Anamorphic

Vedra Lens, 25mm Anamorphic outline model
Vedra Lens, 25mm Anamorphic outline modelCredit: Veydra

But even more exciting than the wide angle addition is their plans to develop true anamorphic lenses through the Veydra Mini Anamorphic Project. Why? Because this means that anamorphic lenses, which are notoriously and prohibitively expensive for pretty much any indie filmmaker, will suddenly become accessible and affordable for them.

Veydra says that the first focal length they'll be offering will be the Veydra Mini Anamorphic 2X 25mm T.2.2 M4/3:

This will feature the Veydra Mini Prime 25mm base optics in the rear and have the 2X anamorphic group in front.  All of this will be housed in a single lens with a single calibrated focus scale available in Imperial or Metric focus scale with proper focus gears and movement for motion picture production.

The Mini Anamorphic will be available at the end of this year and plan on developing longer focal lengths to complete a 3 lens set (available in 2016). So, how much will it cost you to shoot anamorphic with Veydra? Under $5000. (I know. I'm drooling, too.)

If you want to know more about Veydra's reasoning behind the development of their new wide angle and anamorphic lenses, check out their press release here.


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If im up any longer im gonna have to call my doctor

April 12, 2015 at 11:13PM

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Vincent Gortho
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This is extremely exciting. Can we get some good ol' fashioned EF mount 2x anamorphics while we're at it??

Seriously though, I am drooling too.

April 12, 2015 at 11:29PM

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Luke Neumann
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Going Full Frame EF mount would quadruple the price, so yeah that's never going to happen. Just look at the cost of the Veydra primes versus any of the other real cine primes. ( I don't count the Samyang cine lenses as they really are DSLR lenses that have been adapted for cine use )

April 13, 2015 at 1:00AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I'm talking in general.

Sigma, Tamron, Rokinon, or even Canon CN-E.

I wouldn't surprised if we see some full frame anamorphics in the lower price range over the next five years.

April 13, 2015 at 1:31AM

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Luke Neumann
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But Canon is the only manufacturer that makes real cine lenses in the list of companies you posted, and their single cine primes start at $4,000+, so an anamorphic cine prime is going to be well over $10,000+.

Veydra is a unique phenomena, in that it's the only company making low-cost real cine primes, and now they are going to add a set of anamorphic lenses that will sell for $5,000 each. Not cheap by Indie standards, but very cheap by anamorphic cine lens pricing.

April 13, 2015 at 7:47PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Bummer that they are only for Micro4/3. I'd love to see a set of an affordable anamorphic set for S35 sensors with a Nikon/Canon (or even PL) mount.

April 12, 2015 at 11:59PM

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Should we feel a little sad that they are only T2.2? (sincere question)

April 13, 2015 at 12:06AM

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Kyson Kidd
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I don't think so. Most single focus anamorphic lenses are right in that range.

It's actually pretty good considering the price. Just hope they perform well and have a good look to them.

April 13, 2015 at 12:20AM

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Luke Neumann
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Well, I wouldn't purport to tell you how you should feel, but I'm not sad about it at all.
T2.2 is pretty good, considering not only their price point but also the fact that the added anamorphic lens elements probably make it quite a bit harder to transmit as much light through the lens.

April 13, 2015 at 12:37AM

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T 2.2 keeps the price way down, and these lenses are almost at optimal performance wide open. I really don't want to pay $4K per lens to get a T1.5 speed rating.

April 13, 2015 at 1:03AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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That makes sense. I guess these are meant mostly for a well lit set and not for an evening shot on the run. At least with the GH4 they wouldn't work very well for that.

April 13, 2015 at 1:12AM

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Kyson Kidd
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"These lenses are at optimal performance wide open"

Didn't these just get announced. Are you referring to the ones they have already produced?

April 13, 2015 at 1:33AM, Edited April 13, 1:33AM

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Luke Neumann
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Yes, I'm referring to the Veydra cine primes that are T 2.2 across the range. These new Veydra anamorphic T 2.2 lenses are going to be $5,000 each, which is still quite cheap compared to the larger Cooke or Zeiss anamorphic lenses that can run over $30,000+ each.

April 13, 2015 at 7:51PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Most anamorphic glass (pre 90s) is slower than a typical prime lens so this seems about right. If your concern is shooting in low light anamorphic probably isn't for you. I can't picture too many run and gun type projects that would benefit from anamorphic lensing. Just light your film. Problem solved.

If you're worried about shallow depth of field then anamorphic is already working for you. The 2x squeeze means your vertical is the same but your angle of view is twice as wide. Therefore you use longer lenses making your dof seem shallower. This lens will give you the same vertical angle as a 25 but will give you a horizontal angle of view closer to a 12.5mm. That would make this probably the widest lens in the set so you are usually shooting twice as long (focal length wise) with anamorphic than with spherical glass giving you an appearance of shallower dof.

April 13, 2015 at 5:15AM

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Jerome Stolly
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What camera will the anamorphics be used for besides the GH4? Is there any other camera with m4/3 mount that records 4;3?

April 13, 2015 at 10:46AM

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Taylor Camarot
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The DigitalBolex d16 has 4x3 mode.

April 13, 2015 at 11:35AM

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Pete Balistrieri
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I would hope BM cameras get the option via firmware upgrade at some point now.

April 13, 2015 at 11:45AM

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Luke Neumann
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correction - d16 is planning 4x3 mode

April 13, 2015 at 12:23PM

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Pete Balistrieri
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New 4.6K URSA has a 4:3 mode as well.

April 13, 2015 at 12:52PM

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Luke Neumann
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A 100mm front is probably a bad move...80mm, 95mm, 110mm, 114mm...? Do these numbers sound familiar? If they're making "cinema" lenses, make them fit a matte box.

April 17, 2015 at 9:09PM, Edited April 17, 9:09PM

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Daniel Mimura
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