Now that the 2015 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 17th and going until the end of the month I will be doing a spotlight on what was good at the show. Each day I’ll focus on something new or exciting that I saw. These are being released in no particular order.
*Got behind in April, so these posts are leaking into May.*
Veydra Mini Primes
With the rate that camera technology is advancing a lot of people may find better value in investing in a good set of glass. But dropping thousands (sometimes tens of thousands) of dollars on a single lens is way outside the realm of feasible for most shooters. Enter the Veydra Mini Primes; small, compact, affordable cine primes that are well-built with great optics.
The Veydra Mini Primes are a Micro 4/3 mount set of prime lenses that are built for cinema applications; so all us shooters using stills glass can enter the world of cinema lenses. As of right now the Veydra lenses are M4/3 only, so they won’t cover a full frame sensor; but I was talking to Ryan Avery and he said “something big” is on the horizon. He didn’t specify what, but I’m hoping for Super 35 or Full Frame for the Veydras. (Hint hint, wink wink Ryan).
Most common focal lengths are covered; the Veydra set hits 12mm, 16mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm. All of the Veydra lenses open up to a maximum of T2.2 (roughly F1.8 depending on your light) which is plenty open enough for most applications. And when you order one, you get a choice between imperial readings or metric for anyone outside the USA.
At about a pound each, the Veydra Mini Primes are definitely on the light end of cine primes; making them the perfect solution for Panasonic GH4 or Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera users looking to keep their rigs small. All of the Veydras also have a 77mm filter thread and an outside diameter of 80mm, so using a matte box or swapping filters is quick and easy.
I got a chance to play around with the Veydras a bit in their suite and I was really impressed by the build quality of the lenses. They felt like they would be able to take a beating and still keep shooting. Like any good cine lens should, the Veydras have focus and iris rings built into the lens with .8 pitch, making them compatible with most standard follow focuses.
The Veydra Mini Primes have been available for order since the success of their Kickstarter campaign and can be picked up on the Veydra site. With the exception of the 12mm and 16mm the Mini Primes all run $900 US (12mm is $1200 and 16mm is $1000), putting them well in the range of affordable. Veydra has a ton more information about the lenses and are happy to answer any questions via their site.