“Great Joy” launches full-frame 60mm T2.9 1.33x Anamorphic lens and 1.35x Anamorphic adapter

Oct 15, 2021

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

“Great Joy” launches full-frame 60mm T2.9 1.33x Anamorphic lens and 1.35x Anamorphic adapter

Oct 15, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Seems to be a big anamorphic thing going on lately. We’ve had the launch of Sirui’s full-frame 50mm T2.9 Anamorphic lens, stacking Anamorphic lenses with Anamorphic adapters and now we’ve got the new “Great joy” 60mm T2.9 1.33x Anamorphic lens and 1.35x Anamorphic adapter being launched through Kickstarter.

The new Great Joy 60mm T2.9 lens offers a 1.33x anamorphic aspect ratio. The adapter provides a 1.35x anamorphic aspect ratio. When stacked together you’ve got 1.8x anamorphic, offering some pretty wide field of view. Of course, like other anamorphic adapters, you can also put this one onto a regular lens to give it that anamorphic look.

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The lens is available in four mount options – Sony E, Canon RF, Nikon Z and Leica L. It provides full-frame coverage and offers a 1.33x anamorphic aspect ratio, which you can see demonstrated in the video above. Of particular note is that there’s little-to-no focus breathing on this lens, which is pretty impressive with a focus range of 70cm to infinity.

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Focal length60mm
Max apertureT2.9
Min apertureT16
Angle of view45.2° (H) / 22.7° (V)
FormatFull-Frame
MountCanon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E, Leica L
Lens type1.33x Anamorphic
Focus typeManual Focus
Focus throw196°
Min focus distance70cm
Optics13 elements in 10 goups + 1
Filter size67mm
Aperture blades11
Dimensions70.4 x 120-124mm
Weight~780-800g

Where things get a little more interesting, though, is that they’ve also launched a Great Joy 1.35x Anamorphic adapter. This essentially goes onto the end of your lens, turning anything into an anamorphic lens – or increasing the horizontal field of view of an already anamorphic lens. It has a fixed aperture of f/2.8 and offers a massive 264° focus rotation.

But what makes it really interesting is the price. When you look at other Anamorphic adapters like those from Letus, you’re looking at $2,500+. This one, at least on the Kickstarter campaign, is only $489. And even when it hits retail, the MSRP is $599. So, it’s a literal bargain compared to what else is out there. To give you an idea of the difference it makes, here’s the adapter stacked on top of the Greay Joy 60mm T2.9 1.33x lens, which you can compare to first video of the lens alone.

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You don’t have to stack it on top of an existing anamorphic lens, though. You can stack this thing on just about any lens that has a 67mm filter thread (or another size you can adapt). The company has also posted some examples of the adapter in use with other anamorphic and regular rectilinear lenses, too.

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It sure is interesting seeing anamorphic coming back in such a big way lately when just a few short years ago, people like “anawhat? Nah, it’s not needed anymore”. Now everybody wants it. I have to admit, the lure of anamorphic is strong. It sure does offer a very nice look, no matter which brand you go with. Maybe I’ll have to start looking at anamorphic when some of my lenses need to start being replaced!

The Great Joy 60mm T2.8 1.33x Anamorphic lens is currently available for $789 through the campaign and it’ll be $999 once it goes retail. The Great Joy 1.35x Anamorphic adapter is $489 through the campaign and $599 retail. The two together as a kit is $1,239 through the campaign or $1,598 retail. You can find out more on the Kickstarter campaign.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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