Dzofilm has announced the release of the Vespid 16mm T2.8 Cine Prime ultra-wide-angle cine lens. The optical design of the lens consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, the minimum focusing distance is only 25 cm, and the viewing angle is 270 °, the diameter of the aperture ring is 50 °, the aperture is 16-blade.
Last July, Dzofilm first caught the attention of cinematographers with the release of two affordable Pictor Cine zoom lenses. These new lenses were available with PL and EF mounts. These are the Pictor 20-55mm and 50-125mm T2.9 cinema lenses. However, these zooms only covered Super35 sensors.
The company is now expanding the Vespid series with ultra-wide-angle optics – the Dzofilm Vespid 16mm T2.8 cine lens. The Vespid range includes the following lenses: 25mm T2.1, 35mm T2.1, 50mm T2.1, 75mm T2.1, 90mm T2.8 Macro, 100mm T2.1, 125mm T2.1.
All Vespid lenses, including the new 16mm, cover a 46.5mm image circle. With the original mount or Dzofilm Octopus adapters, the entire lens series can be adapted to PL, EF, and LPL mounts as well as E-mount, L-mount, RF-mount, and X-mount mirrorless mounts.
The new Vespid 16mm T2.8 Cine Prime has good control over distortion and chromatic aberration and produces a beautiful, uniform blurred background and pleasing bokeh, according to the manufacturer.
In addition, the lens also has minimal focus breathing. The new cine lens weighs approximately 930 grams and has a filter front diameter of 80mm, which is the same as other Vespid fixed focal length lenses.
Price and availability
The Dzofilm Vespid 16mm T2.8 Prime Cine Lens is priced at $1,799 and is already available for pre-order via the Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com websites. However, the BHPhoto store is temporarily selling it now at a discounted price of $1,699.
Vespid 16mm T2.8 specifications
- Focal Length: 16mm
- Lens Mount: Canon EF / ARRI PL
- Format: Full Frame
- Image Circle: 46.5 mm
- Maximum Aperture: T2.8
- Minimum Aperture: T22
- Minimum Focus Distance: From Image Plane: 9.84″ / 0.25 m
- Diaphragm Blades: 16
- Front Diameter: 80 mm
- Focus Scales: Metric, Imperial
- Focus Rotation: 270°
- Iris Rotation: 50°
- Electronic Communication: No
- Image Stabilization: No
- Lens Support: None
- Length: 87 mm
- Weight: 32.8 oz / 930 g
Recently, Irix has introduced the 30mm f1.4 Dragonfly wide angle cine lens for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Pentax K. It consists of 13 elements in 11 groups with 3 glass elements with extremely low dispersion, 2 glass elements with high refraction, and an aspherical lens.