Vazen’s 50mm T2.1 1.8x anamorphic lens covers full screen mode.
In a press release emailed, Vazen officially launched the 50mm T2.1 1.8x anamorphic lens, which can cover large format sensors and is available in an interchangeable PL or EF mount.
The 50mm T2.1 1.8x is Vazen’s second anamorphic full screen mode. The 85mm T2.8 1.8x was released last year, and during that time the company suggested bringing out a 55mm and 105mm in the future as well. Obviously, that changed a bit with the 50mm T2.1, and instead of a 105mm, they’ll be releasing a 135mm in the coming months.
The 50mm T2.1 1.8x shares the design features of the 85mm with a consistent 86mm front filter thread and 95mm front diameter for matte boxes.
Both approved lenses can cover RED Monstro, Alexa LF, Kinefinity Mavo LF and Z-CAM E2-F8. While Vazen didn’t provide an accurate image circle measurement, it does say it can cover the RED Open Gate and the Alexa LF Open Gate, so it has to be at least that way 46.31 mm.
In terms of size, the 50mm lens weighs 1.55 kg and is 13 cm long. This makes it one of the smallest 1.8x anamorphic full-frame lenses on the market. For perspective, the Cooke 50mm T2. 1 1.8x is 8 “long. The compact lens makes it easy to balance gimbals and handheld devices.
The lens is made of an aluminum design with independent focus and aperture rings that have standard 0.8 mod gears for easy lens change on set. For work with close focus, the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 1.1 m.
Tito from Anamorphic on Budget was able to check the lens and the footage looks fine. In the video above, you can see that the flares are more bluish than cyan. When shooting 4: 3, printing 1.8 times produces a wide 2.39: 1 aspect ratio.
It’s clear that Vazen wants to be the low-cost alternative to Cooke Anamorphoses, which is a good angle. There aren’t many full frame anamorphic lenses without a high price tag of over $ 10,000. The Atlas Orion lenses come to mind, but they’re 2x. The same goes for the Xemuls Apollo, which cost around $ 12,000 for each lens.
The Vazen 50mm T2.1 1.8x is priced at $ 8,000, making it an affordable alternative for shooters. The company is also offering a $ 2,000 discount on purchases of 50mm and 85mm over its website.
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