Vazen 1.8x Anamorphic – 3 New Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

June 7th, 2019
Vazen 1.8x Anamorphic – 3 New Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

What’s the secret sauce to that cinematic look? One of the ingredients is using anamorphic lenses rather than spherical ones, that’s for sure. Vazen is a new company and their first product is a pretty special lens: A 40mm T2 1.8x anamorphic prime lens designed for micro four thirds sensors.

Vazen

Vazen, or VZ for short, is not the first brand to launch anamorphic lenses for MFT (mirco four thirds) sized sensors. But this Vazen 40mm T2 anamorphic, the first out of a set of three lenses, seems to offer a well-made housing along with very decent optical performance. First tests will tell us more about the quality of this lens but it looks good, indeed.

Vazen 1.8x Anamorphic

This 40mm prime is the first lens of the set of three lenses in total. A 28mm and a 65mm will follow towards the end of 2019. The 40mm will be available by the end of June.

Vazen

The lens itself is pretty heavy (3.97 lbs / 1.8kg), so expect to tweak your existing rig in order to support it a bit if necessary. As you can see below, the Vazen dwarfs an attached LUMIX GH5. You can blame the front anamorphic design and the 110mm front element for this.

Vazen

Both, the focus ring and the iris ring sport standard 0.8mod cine gears and the focus throw is 300°, which is very handy when using a follow focus, but not so much when operating the focus ring with your hand. Minimum focus distance is 2.7′ (82 cm).

The Vazen line of new lenses offers a 1.8x anamorphic squeeze, which is not quite the 2x “Hollywood” squeeze but – given its MFT design – it gives you an impressive 2.39:1 aspect ratio when used with 4:3 MFT sensors found in the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 or the Z Cam E2. The BMPCC 4K can also handle this Vazen lens, yet since it sports a 16:9 sensor some cropping will be necessary in post.

Vazen

According to Vazen, the anamorphic front element creates buttery smooth oval bokeh, signature blue horizontal flare and the widescreen cinematic look.

Since seeing is believing, you can watch two short demo clips of the Vazen 40mm T2 below:

It definitely looks pretty good to my eye, but again, we’ll have to wait for a few more tests and see if the look matches the build quality and how this lens performs under varying conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The first lens (40mm T2) will be available by the end of June and you can preorder it over at vzlens.com for $3,250. The other two lenses (28mm and 65mm) will be ready by the end of this year.

Vazen

Links: vzlens.com

What do you think? Would you buy one of these lenses or do you prefer buying long-standing brands instead? What are your thoughts about anamorphic shooting on MFT sensors? Let us know in the comments below!

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ajmul hoque
ajmul hoque
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October 21st, 2019

China is going to KILL the market.

Corvus Wolf
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June 9th, 2019

3250 dollars ??????

dave
dave
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June 8th, 2019

they look like standard lenses with built in anarmophic adapters.

ajmul hoque
ajmul hoque
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October 21st, 2019
Reply to  dave

But the question is…Are they?

オオタ ケイ | Film Director
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June 8th, 2019

フルフレームを期待する!

Roberto Mettifogo
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June 8th, 2019

Want want! Change my mind please! Have no money

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June 7th, 2019

Woah! What a fantastic price! I’ll definitely be saving up for it. I hope the 28mm is the same price and also f2 aperture.

Forrest
Forrest
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June 7th, 2019

I wish the company would post the tests to Vimeo, the first sample is pretty bad in quality to judge, the second one was better.

But, what is “Hollywood” squeeze? I thought most movies switched from 2.35 to 2.40 (which really is just 2.39)

*On a side note, the article says 1.39 I think its suppose to say 2.39 according to the company’s webpage

Forrest
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June 7th, 2019
Reply to  Olaf von Voss

Gotcha, I ended up doing research for an hour trying to figure out what the math of 2x lenses the 1.33x lens and this 1.8x lens with modern sensors vs super 35 film.

I’m guessing this is the only lens that truly gets the gh5 to a 6k 2.40 image with no cropping at the moment.

Rob
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June 11th, 2019
Reply to  Forrest

I compared to my 2.39 anamorphic. It is the same that I already shoot at. I think your right about it should say 2.39.1

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