DZOFILM Releases Set of Full Frame Prime Lenses

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DZOFILM Releases Set of Full Frame Prime Lenses

DZOFILM — known for its “Linglung” series of MFT zooms and its “Pictor” range of Super35 Zooms — announced its new “Vespid” set of Full Frame prime lenses.

I love lenses. Having a background in optical engineering before I went into filmmaking helped me understand and appreciate how much work goes into the design of a lens to make it perform the way it does.

But aside from the technical aspects: If you ever have been on a movie set, looking around might have been disappointing. As soon as you look through a lens, the same set transforms into something real. It starts to look “like a movie”. I’m convinced there is a bit of magic in lenses — in some more than in others.

Hard to tell how much magic is in DZOFILMs new series of Full Frame prime lenses without using them, but on paper, they don’t look bad at all.

A Closer Look

The Vespids come in six focal lengths: 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, 90mm (macro), 100mm and 125mm. Except for the 90mm macro, which has a maximum aperture of T2.8, all the lenses feature a T2.1 maximum aperture.

NOTE: If the lens aperture is given in f-stops it is purely a calculated value based on its geometry. T-stops or “Transmission”-stops also account for light-loss through refraction, diffraction, and absorption inside the lens. So the T-stop of a given lens will always be a bit lower than it’s f-stop. Most cine lenses are marked in T-stops.

While 24mm is a good wide-angle focal length on full-frame, it’s a bit tight with Super35mm sensors. Luckily DZOFILM is working on a 16mm wide-angle lens that is due to arrive in the Spring of 2021.

DZOFilm Vespid 25mm T2.1 Full Frame Prime Lens Kit
DZOFilm Vespid 25mm T2.1 Full Frame Prime Lens. Image Credit: DZOFilm

The Vespid Full Frame primes have a unified front diameter of 80mm and consistently placed lens gears (0.8mm pitcher)which is a good thing. Because that makes swapping lenses a lot easier. DZOFILM claims that the housings are solidly built with all-metal mechanics and smooth rotation. A focus-throw of 270° makes focus-pulling much more precise and manageable than with stills lenses.

Currently, the lenses are only available in EF and PL mount versions, but additional PL or EF mounts will be available later. Unfortunately, we have no information on wether the mounts will be user-exchangeable or not.

The Specs

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: All the lenses cover an image circle of 45.5mm which should cover all Full Frame sensors out there.

Focal
length
25mm35mm50mm75mm90mm100mm
(Macro 1:1.5)
125mm
mountPL/EFPL/EFPL/EFPL/EFPL/EFPL/EFPL/EF
apertureT2.1-T22T2.1-T22T2.1-T22T2.1-T22T2.8-T22T2.1-T22T2.1-T22
near
focus
0.3m/1ft0.3m/1ft0.37m/1.2ft0.6m/2ft0.258m0.7m/2ft4″0.79m/2ft7″
weight940g834g732g865g800g890g924g
FilterM77M77M77M77M77M77M77
Some of the Vespid specifications released by DZOFILM

The Look

What’s most important with lenses is how they look. All the lenses have a 16 blade diaphragm that should provide a smooth round bokeh. DZOFILM also states that they are balanced between modern lenses with a slightly vintage look to them. Something that sounds very appealing to me.

I don’t like uber sharp lenses that are “coated to death” and look sterile. But judging that from promotional material is not possible.

DZOFilm Vespid PL-mount
DZOFilm Vespid PL-mount. Image Credit: DZOFILM

Pricing and Availability

The 25/35/50/75/100/125mm T2.1 (PL or EF) lenses can be pre-ordered on BH from November 6th and will be shipped by the end of November and cost $1249. The 90mm (PL or EF) will be shipped later in December for $1499.

DZOFilm Vespid 7 Full Frame Prime Lens Kit
DZOFilm Vespid Full Frame Prime Seven Lens Kit. Image Credit: DZOFILM

DZOFILM offers a special discount if purchasing a whole set (seven lenses PL or EF) for only $7799 (packed in a hard case) and $6499 for 25/35/50/75/100/125mm T2.1 (PL or EF) if you don’t need macro.

DZOFilm Vespid 5 Full Frame Prime Lens Kit
DZOFilm Vespid Full Frame Prime Five Lens Kit. Image Credit: DZOFILM

I’ll definitely keep an eye out for those lenses and hope to get the chance of testing them, as I am looking for an affordable set of primes for ages.

Are you in the market for Full Frame prime lenses? What do you think of the DZOFILM Vespid primes? Have you used their Pictor or Linglung zooms? Let us know in the comments!

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Jeremy Solterbeck
Jeremy Solterbeck
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November 5th, 2020

Nice to see more competition in this price range of primes. I like your comment about magic – please tell us what you think are some magical lenses? Would love to know thanks –

Andreas Schwarz
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November 2nd, 2020

These lenses look very intresting…Do they come with shims?

Florian Gintenreiter
Florian Gintenreiter
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November 2nd, 2020

As far as I can tell, no. But they don‘t have additional mounts available yet. My guess ist that they‘ll offer shims when those are shipping.

Chris Joseph
Chris Joseph
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October 30th, 2020

Looking forward to an in-depth review of these.

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