Vazen has just unveiled a 50mm T2.1 1.8X anamorphic lens, adding an ultra wide-angle option to its full-frame EF/PL 1.8x anamorphic lens line-up. The new Vazen 50mm T2.1 is designed to cover large format cinema cameras like the RED Monstro, ALEXA LF, Kinefinity MAVO LF, and the Z-CAM E2-F8.
The new 50mm features a super compact and lightweight design. Weighing merely 3.42 pounds (1.55kg) and 5.24” long (13.3cm), the unit is one of the world’s smallest 1.8x anamorphic lenses for full-frame cameras. Its compact form factor allows it to be balanced on gimbals and rigs with ease.
The Vazen 50mm T2.1 1.8x has the same focus and aperture position as the 85mm for easy lens switching on set, whereas the consistent 86mm front filter thread is handy for ND filters or diopters installation.
The front diameter is a standard 95mm for matte box mounting. The entire lens is built up of aluminum and the independent aperture and focus rings are incorporated with 0.8 mod cine gears.
The newcomer is available in an interchangeable PL and EF mount. Both mounts and shims can be found with the lens in a Vazen hard case.
All Vazen 1.8x anamorphic lenses feature a front anamorphic design delivering a buttery smooth oval bokeh, signature blue horizontal flare resulting in extremely appealing cinematic look. The lens also features ultra-wide 65-degree horizontal field of view (similar to a 28mm spherical lens) and a 3.6″ focusing distance from the sensor.
The lens delivers outstanding sharpness, even at wide open, which is unparalleled by other PL/EF anamorphic lenses with a similar squeeze ratio according to Vazen. The company chose to adopt a 1.8x squeeze design to balance the anamorphic characters as well as the resolution of the image.
The 1.8x squeeze can produce a cinematic widescreen 2.39:1 aspect when paired up with 4:3 sensors. When paired up with 16:9 sensors, much less data (than 2X anamorphic lens) is needed to be cropped away to create the desired 2.39:1 ratio.
The Vazen 50mm T2.1 1.8X anamorphic lens is currently available for pre-order selling for $8,000.
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