Laowa’s 65mm and 80mm Nanomorph are now available to buy through Indiegogo
Laowa’s range of compact Nanomorph series is an intriguing set of anamorphic lenses. Until earlier this year, it comprised three lenses of 27mm T2.8, 35mm T2.4 and 50mm T2.4. In April, two new 65mm T2.4 and 80mm T2.4 lenses were announced.
DIYP had the opportunity to see the new 65mm and 80mm lenses while at NAB 2023 this year and they are quite nice. Now, the lenses are finally available for sale. Except, you can’t just buy them. It’s an Indiegogo campaign.
Laowa Nanomorph 65mm & 80mm T2.4
Above is the latest promotional video for the two new lenses, highlighting their specs, features and capabilities, along with some sample footage. Here’s a little more sample footage from the initial launch announcement earlier this month.
The two new lenses have the same maximum T2.4 aperture as their older 35mm and 50mm siblings. They offer a consistent 1.5x squeeze ratio throughout the focus distance range, so things won’t change shape when you rack focus. They also come in three different flare options (blue, amber and neutral silver)
A compact unified lens series
All of the lenses in the Nanomorph range are designed to complement each other. They all have unified gear positions, letting you quickly and easily swap from one lens to another without having to adjust your follow focus and aperture motors. The lenses are different sizes, though, so you may need to adjust matte boxes or rebalance gimbals when swapping.
The Nanomorph lenses are also compact enough that Laowa even suggests that they’d be suitable for drone use. The lenses only cover the Super 35mm format, so you won’t be able to use them on full-frame, but they are available in Sony E / Fuji X / Canon RF / Nikon Z / MFT / DJI DL / L mount options for mirrorless cameras, as well as PL and EF mount.
Laowa Nanomorph 65mm & 80mm T2.4 Specs
|Nanomorph 65mm T2.4 1.5X Cine
|Nanomorph 80mm T2.4 1.5X Cine
|15 elements in 13 groups
|14 elements in 13 groups
|Mirrorless Mount versions
|67 x 132mm
|67 x 142mm
|Canon RF, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, DJI DL, Nikon Z, Leica L, Fuji X
|PL/EF Mount versions
|84 x 95mm
|84 x 110mm
|Canon EF/ARRI PL
Laowa 1.33x Front Adapter
Laowa has also announced the new Laowa 1.33x Front Adapter. This brings the squeeze ratio of the entire Nanomorph set up to 2x for some ultra-wide aspect ratio anamorphic shooting. You can also use the 1.33x adapter on regular lenses (up to 77mm thread diameter) to turn any of them into a 1.33x anamorphic lens.
There are limits on what lenses you can use with the adapter. Laowa says it’s compatible with full frame lenses, including their range of Ranger Cine Zoom lenses. It adds anamorphic capability with very little light loss. Laowa does say, however, that it’s optimal in a 48-100mm focal length range.
Price and Availability
As mentioned, the lenses are currently on Indiegogo. At present, the Laowa 1.33x Anamorphic adapter is listed for $713. The Laowa Nanomorph 65mm T2.4 and 80mm T2.4 have pledges starting at $1,064 for mirrorless or $1,452 for EF/PL mount.
You can get the 2-lens 65/80mm Nanomorph set for $1,834 for mirrorless or $2,568 for EF/PL. The complete set of all five Nanomorph lenses, including the 27mm, 35mm, 50mm, 65mm and 80mm lenses, is also listed for $3,986 for mirrorless and $5,849 for EF/PL.
All items are scheduled to ship in September 2023.
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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.