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Laowa launches trio of compact, light-weight and low finances 1.5x anamorphic prime lenses


Venus Optics has introduced a brand new line of low finances light-weight 1.5x anamorphic prime lenses for EF and PL mount cameras in addition to seven completely different mirrorless mounts. It’s known as the Nanomorph sequence and consists of 27mm T2.8, 35mm T2.4 and 50mm T2.4 1.5x anamorphic lenses. Curiously, they’re out there with a selection of “flare choices” – amber or blue – letting you select your required look.

They declare to be the “world’s tiniest anamorphic lenses” and in mirrorless type, they’re. The Canon EF/PL mount variations are a bit bigger and heavier, however not by a lot. In complete, they’re out there for 9 completely different digicam mount methods and the mounts are person interchangeable (however there’s a caveat that we’ll get to down under).

Surprisingly, Laowa’s not simply placing these out on the market like they usually do. As an alternative, they’ve taken to launching these ones on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Apart from the truth that they’re so small, what makes the lenses significantly fascinating is that they’re out there in two color choices. And I don’t imply the color of the lens however the color the lens sees within the flares. The everyday anamorphic look is for these blue lens flares so generally related to the likes of JJ Abrams. However in addition to the usual blue flare possibility, Laowa has launched these with an amber colored flare possibility, too.

The standard blue flare

A extra moody amber flare

If you find yourself deciding to purchase lenses in each flare color choices, although, don’t fear. It’s simple to identify which lens is which, as famous by the color of the ring across the lens. Natrually, the blue ring signifies that it offers a blue flare whereas the orange ring signifies the amber flare.

The scale, although, is one in all their massive promoting factors. Being so compact and light-weight, these Tremendous 35mm (APS-C) format lenses provide an ideal vary of versatility. The truth that they’re out there in 9 completely different mount choices additionally supplies for optimum compatibility with at the moment’s cinema and mirrorless cameras. Naturally, they’re out there in Canon EF and PL mount however they’re additionally out there in Micro 4 Thirds, Canon RF, Sony E, Leica L, DJI DL, Nikon Z and Fuji X mount, too. Oh, sure, they usually’re interchangeable. By the person.

Now, so far as interchangeability of mounts goes, there are limits. The Canon EF/PL mount lenses are bodily completely different to the mirrorless mount lenses. So, when you get the EF/PL mount model, you possibly can solely swap the mount between EF and PL. You’ll be able to’t convert it right into a mirrorless mount lens. Likewise, when you purchase a mirrorless mount model of the lens, you possibly can swap between the seven completely different mirrorless mounts out there, however not Canon EF or PL.

Whichever one(s) you get, although, the sunshine and compact design of the lenses, although, signifies that if you wish to pack tremendous light-weight however nonetheless have the capabilities that cine lenses provide – like in-built 0.8 Mod gears for a comply with give attention to a compact gimbal – then you possibly can. And every of the three lenses additionally retains a unified gear place for focus and aperture, permitting you to rapidly swap from one lens to a different in a rig with out having to regulate your comply with focus and different units that interlock along with your lenses.

They’re additionally mild sufficient that you need to use them on Micro 4 Thirds mount (and DJI DL) cameras constructed for drones and anticipate them to steadiness and maintain fairly nicely with out placing an excessive amount of pressure on the motors. Discovering good MFT lenses for drones isn’t at all times simple, particularly if you wish to go anamorphic!

The lenses function each metric and imperial scale measurements for the main focus distance and there’s a Focal Again adjustment screw, that means that you can rapidly high-quality tune the backfocus utilizing an included 0.9mm Allen key making certain that you simply get correct focus in any respect distances when you swap the lens from one digicam to a different that’s barely off.

Nanomorph 27mm T2.8 1.5X Cine Nanomorph 35mm T2.4 1.5X Cine Nanomorph 50mm T2.4 1.5X Cine
Focal Size 27mm 35mm 50mm
Format Tremendous 35mm Tremendous 35mm Tremendous 35mm
Aperture Vary T2.8-T16 T2.4-T16 T2.4-T16
Optics 15 components in 13 teams 15 components in 13 teams 15 components in 13 teams
Diaphragm Blades 13 blades 13 blades 13 blades
Min Focus 43cm 50cm 70cm
Mirrorless Mount model
Entrance Diameter 58mm 58mm 58mm
Filter Diameter 55mm 55mm 55mm
Dimensions 60x90mm 60x90mm 60x100mm
Weight 313g 360g 390g
Mounts Canon RF, Sony E, Micro 4 Thirds, DJI DL, Nikon Z, Leica L, Fuji X
PL/EF Mount model
Entrance Diameter 80mm 80mm 80mm
Filter Thread 77mm 77mm 77mm
Dimensions 84x67mm 84x75mm 84x75mm
Weight 490g 520g 550g
Mounts Canon EF/ARRI PL

The common retail worth on the lenses is $999 every for the mirrorless mount variations and $1,499 every for the EF/PL mount variations. Bundles containing all three can be $2,699 and $3,999 for mirrorless and EF/PL mount variations respectively. Whereas it’s on its crowdfunding journey, although, you possibly can stand up to 10% off – there have been higher offers, however they bought out just about instantly – the price of both the entire set or particular person lenses.

To seek out out extra and possibly again the lenses for your self, head on over to Indiegogo. Lenses are anticipated to ship in August and September.



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