At the most recent NAB, there was a bit of a buzz around a new set of lenses called the Veydra Mini Primes. Here’s a bit of background on what these are:

  • Originally a Kickstarter campaign, it was funded up to about $272,000!
  • They are small, compact cinema-style lenses, which means they have geared focus and exposure rings
  • Consistent diameter threading
  • T-stops down to T2.2
  • A fraction of the size, weight, and cost of traditional full frame cinema lenses
  • Made for micro four thirds, so compatible with the GH4, BMMCC, and others

The video above was shot mostly with the primes, and the guys from TheCameraStore thoroughly review and analyze the physical qualities as well as the visual qualities of these lenses, including a quick mention about the Rokinon cine primes that some filmmakers have taken to. (SPOILER: they like the Veydras better since they don’t breathe when focus pulling.)

The Veydras are exclusive to the m4/3 crowd, which means they can get away with smaller components and come in at a much more reasonable price (relative to full frame cinema primes from makers like Canon and Zeiss). For filmmakers who are using the GH4 or Blackmagic systems for cinematic productions, these are going to be a great choice for smaller, affordable lenses. Right now these lenses are on B&H for about $900-$1,200 each. Focal lengths include 12mm, 16mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm.