The newly announced 65mm T2 1.8x makes it the third lens in the series.
It was over a year ago when Vazen launched its first Micro Four Thirds anamorphic lens, a 40mm T2 1.8x. The company followed suit with a 28 mm T2.2 1.8x and has now added a third lens to the series, a 65 mm T2 1.8x.
The 65 mm T2 1.8x follows a similar optical design as the other Micro Four Third lenses in the product range and advertises a characteristic blue but not excessively saturated image characteristic, a horizontal flare and a cinematic widescreen look.
1.8x printing creates an aspect ratio of 2.39: 1 when used with MFT sensors such as the Pocket 4K Cinema or Panasonic GH cameras.
According to Vazen, the lens is also sharp wide open, which is ideal for those who want to take pictures with its fast T2 aperture. The lens has standard 0.8 mod gears for focus and aperture rings, which makes it cinema-friendly. Unfortunately, the rings on the series don't match, so you'll have to adjust your setup when changing out a lens. In addition, the 86mm filter thread and front diameter of the 65mm T2 1.8x does not match the 28mm or 40mm. So keep this in mind when implementing accessories.
The manual focus lens has distance markings and T-stop values on the barrel and is quite light at 1.68kg. For those looking to get up close to a subject, the minimum focusing distance at 1.09 m (3.6 feet) is respectable.
Vazen has become a specialist in anamorphic lenses as they also introduced their first full anamorphic image with the 85mm T2.8 1.8x. We assume that they will continue to expand this full-frame series.
Anamorphic lenses can create a unique look and are especially important to consider when shooting low budget music videos. There are few affordable anamorphic lenses for Micro Four Thirds. Vazen has set itself apart from the competition with SLR Magic lenses with double pressure.
The price for the 65mm T2 1.8x is $ 3,250. If you already own a 28mm or 40mm model, Vazen is offering a substantial $ 400 discount.