This Vazen Lens Has Full-Frame Anamorphic Covered

Capture full-frame anamorphic with Vazen's new 85mm lens. 

Vazen is a Chinese lens manufacturer that gained recognition for its affordable Micro Four Thirds anamorphic lenses. Specifically, the 28mm and 40mm 1.8x. In a press release, the company has announced a new full-frame 85mm T2.8 1.8x anamorphic lens

Like the MFT predecessors, it touts a compact and lightweight designit's only 6.89" long and weighs only 3.28 lbs (1.49 kg). The front end element provides a 1.8x squeeze that's going to produce those familiar anamorphic image qualities, like an oval bokeh and horizontal lens flares, while delivering a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. 

The lens has an 86mm front filter thread for NDs and a 95mm front diameter for matte boxes. As you'd expect from cine friendly glass, standard 0.8 mod gears are found on the aperture and focus rings. Unfortunately, Vazen says nothing about the focus throw. However, the lens is equipped with an interchangeable PL and EF mount. 

You can expect the lens to fully cover the sensors of the RED Monstro, ARRI Alexa LF, Kinefinity Mavo LF, Sony VENICE, and Z-CAM E2-F8 cameras. The 85mm T2.8 1.8x is available now for around $8,000 USD. Additionally, a 55mm and 105mm will be released later in 2020. If you can hold off, there might be a discount for the 3-lens set. 

So what do you think of the test footage? Have any favorite anamorphic lenses? Have you used a Vazen lens before? Share your thoughts with the community in the comment section.      

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I'm surprised they didn't do any night shots or shots where you'd see flares (or not). Seems awfully controlled.

August 18, 2020 at 12:06PM

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Patrick Ortman
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Lovely lens but I rather pay 1000 dollars more and own a Atlas Orion anamorphic 2x stretch.

August 19, 2020 at 10:17AM

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Michiel van Zummeren
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The flare seems overpowering IMO...

August 20, 2020 at 12:58PM

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Walter Wallace
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This is my favorite lens comparison, I know there are many.
https://vimeo.com/201617627
If you could only choose one anamorphic focal length, what would it be? I like 40mm the best.

August 20, 2020 at 2:15PM

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We're looking forward to testing out these Vazen Anamorphic lenses. We have been using the Atlas Orion lenses, and love the flares on them. You can see the Atlas flares in this video compared to simulating them in post or with the streak filter: https://youtu.be/BFNq4MODvj0 - hoping the Vazen flares are even better.

September 20, 2020 at 12:22PM

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Billy Boyd
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