Due to their high prices, cinema lenses are usually an item that is out of reach for most low-budget or independent filmmakers. Veydra is looking to put an end to this with the release of mini prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras.
The first two things that you are going to notice about Veydra’s lens line are the cost and size compared to a regular cinema lens. The cost of the lens is about 1/5 of the price of the average cinema lens, and the size averages about 1/3 of its larger counterpart. This is accomplished by being made exclusively for Micro Four Thirds cameras and not having to meet the coverage requirement of a super 35-mm film. This also leads to its one major drawback, which, at the time of writing this article, is that it only works with Micro Four Thirds cameras. There is, however, hope that in the future Veydra will look at expanding their line to other mounts.
The build quality of the lenses is solid, offering full metal lens construction and multi-coated glass elements that provide a superb colour quality. The lenses feature a 0.8 cinema pitch gear on both the focus and T-stop rings, allowing for easy use with cinema rigs that have built-in focus pull. The rings also have an excellent feel to them, moving smoothly throughout rotation and offering precise focus. Another nice feature is that across the entire line of lenses, the front diameter and body is the same on all focal lengths. This means that very few, if any, changes are needed to your set-up when switching between Veydra lenses.
The image quality of these lenses is also quite astounding, offering nearly the same resolution and quality that you would see from a full-scale cinema lens. At shallow depths of field, out-of-focus areas took on pleasant, smooth characteristics and overall rival the image quality of their larger counterparts. The lens did suffer from a slight chromatic aberration at wider T-stops, but virtually disappeared as you stop down the lens. Breathing effects while changing focus were also impressively minimized. No visible breathing occurred until longer focal lengths were used, and even then the effect was minor.
Veydra lenses are an affordable option and should be on the list of any filmmaker with a Micro Four Thirds system looking to take the quality of their footage to the next level. Offering tack sharp resolution and a logical, practical design, these lenses are worth consideration. For more information on the Veydra Lens line, check out www.thecamerastore.com.