Vazen expands its full-frame anamorphic lineup with the new $8,000 50mm T2.1 1.8x lens

May 14, 2021

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Vazen expands its full-frame anamorphic lineup with the new $8,000 50mm T2.1 1.8x lens

May 14, 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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Chinese lens manufacturer Vazen has now officially announced their new 50mm T2.1 1.8x Anamorphic Lens. Designed to cover large sensors like those found in the likes of the Red MonstroAlexa LFKinefinity Mavo LF and Z-Cam E2-F8, the new lens is full-frame. It’s part of a 3-lens set which includes the 85mm T2.8 announced a few months ago, and a yet-to-be-announced 135mm.

The new 50mm lens, Vazen says, features a “super compact and lightweight design”. Weighing in at 1.55kg, it doesn’t sound very lightweight for a lot of folks, but when you consider that it’s a full-frame anamorphic lens… Well, yes, it kind of is. Vazen says it’s one of the world’s smallest 1.8x anamorphic lenses for full-frame cameras, too.

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The lens comes with an interchangeable PL and EF mount, with shims for mounting on various cameras. At 1.55kg, it actually comes in a touch heavier than the company’s 1.35kg 85mm T2.8 1.8x Anamorphic Lens announced last year. It also comes in at the same price as the 85mm T2.8, at $8,000.

Focal length50mm
Max apertureT2.1
Min apertureT16
Angle of view65°
FormatFull-Frame / Vista Vision
MountPL/EF (user interchangeable)
Lens type1.8x Anamorphic
Focus typeManual Focus
Focus throwUnspecified
Min focus distance1.1m
OpticsUnspecified
Filter size86mm
Aperture bladesUnspecified
Dimensions95 x 133mm
Weight1.55kg

Vazen says that all of their 1.8x anamorphic lenses feature a front anamorphic design that delivers “buttery smooth oval bokeh, signature blue, but not oversaturated, horizontal flare and the widescreen cinematic look”. The 50mm T2.1 offers a 65° horizontal field of view (similar to a 28mm spherical lens) and features built-in 0.8 mod gears on independent aperture and focus rings.

The Vazen 50mm T2.1 1.8x Anamorphic lens is available to pre-order now for $8,000 and begins shipping in August. You can find out more about the lens on the Vazen website. Vazen says that the 135mm 1.8x Anamorphic Lens should be announced within the next couple of months.

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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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