Veydra proprietor Ryan Avery has reported the theft of over 200 Veydra Mini Prime manual-focus cinema lenses purpose-designed for Micro Four Thirds hybrid cameras and camcorders from his premises in Los Angeles. Please be on alert for the sudden appearance of heavily discounted Veydra lenses in your area and email Mr Avery if necessary.
Veydra Mini Primes are the only purpose-built cinema-quality native Micro Four Thirds lenses, with five out of the current seven-strong lineup having the same dimensions for fast, easy swapping in and out of follow focus rigs.
Being colour matched, Veydra lenses have the same colour rendering characteristics, eliminating the need for painstaking, time-consuming shot-by-shot colour matching in your non-linear editor or colour grading software.
All Veydra lenses have a common front diameter allowing for industry-standard 77mm diameter filters and step-up rings, 0.8 pitch cinema gears for follow focus devices, constant volume focus, constant T-stops and are available in metric or imperial measurements. Their specifications exceed 4K resolution.
Given they are the product of a small, independent design and manufacturing team, Veydra Mini Primes are a remarkable achievement bringing true cinema-quality lenses within the reach of self-funded, low-budget independent moviemakers.
A six-lens kit of Veydra M43 lenses from 12mm through to 85mm costs about the same as one major brand Super 35 cinema lens adapted with, say, a Metabones Speed Booster.
A Super 16 feature film marriage made in heaven?
Given the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5’s 5-axis in-body image stabilization, recently put to the test by Gordon Laing of CameraLabs, non-stabilized lenses like the Veydras have become even more attractive, especially when making feature films. Consider a Veydra, GH5, 8Sinn cage and Fotga follow focus combination as below, for example.
Although Sol March of Suggestion of Motion suggests that we not rely too much on stabilized lenses, some documentary moviemakers like Rick Young of Movie Machine are fans of stabilized zoom lenses such as Panasonic’s Lumix G lenses.
One thing is certain, stabilized or non-stabilized lenses, cinema primes, stills primes or zoom lenses, whichever brand they are, the advent of in-body image stabilization on the GH5 is a game changer permitting even wider lens choice and I hope that Fujifilm follows suit on IBIS with its rumoured Super 35 “best APS-C camera for video work”.
- B & H Explora – Hands-On Review: 3 New Veydra Mini Prime Cine Lenses for Sony E Mount
- CameraLabs – Panasonic Lumix GH5 review-in-progress
- Movie Machine – Shooting 4K video with the Panasonic Lumix GX8
- Noam Kroll – Veydra MFT Cinema Lens Kit Review & Rokinon Cine Lens Comparison
- Suggestion of Motion – Are you a slave to stabilized lenses?
- Suggestion of Motion – Optimize Fotga’s DP5002S follow focus for fly-by-wire lenses
- TheCameraStoreTV – Veydra Mini-Primes Hands-On Field Test
- The Cine Lens – Veydra, First To Offer M4/3 Cinema Primes
- Zacuto – Follow Focus Basics – Staying Focused
Header image concept and hack by Carmel D. Morris.