The Veydra Mini Primes are quite unique lenses – not only are they cinema lenses with a robust metal housing, matched optics, unified fronts, long focus throw, geared rings and pretty much all you’d expect form cine lenses, but they are also the only ones available in Micro Four Thirds mount making them the perfect lenses for video work on the Panasonic GH4 and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera. The mid-range focal lengths Veydras – the 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and soon the upcoming 85mm do offer APS-C sensor coverage and according to founder Ryan Avery they will soon be available in Sony E mount and C mount expanding their use onto APS-C NEX cameras like the FS100, Sony NEX-FS700, Sony FS7 and even Sony A7s and new 4K A7r II albeit in APS-C crop mode only. Still, the benefits of shooting 4K on the FS700 or FS7 with an external recorder like the Odyssey7Q+ or the Atomos Shogun are immense, and by adding solid glass like the Veydra cinema primes to the package can only benefit your final images.
The new mount options will be initially offered to Kickstarer backers, and after hopefully extended to purchase over the counter.
In light of the recently announced XEEN cine primes with full-frame coverage from budget maker Samyang, the Veydra’s will be a very welcomed addition for shooters owning/using Sony E-mount cameras. The XEEN’s will retail for $2500, whereas the Veydra Mini primes are more affordable ranging from $900 to $1200 depending on focal lengths. The new mounts are made possible due to the short flange depth, however Canon EF and PL mount are not possible at this stage.
Veydra founder Ryan Avery just posted in the Veydra Kickstarter Update section this:
Good news for you who have invested in our Kickstarter, we will be making a special offer to all Kickstarter backers for our latest product updates which include a new Sony E and C Mount options as well as a lens support.
We often get emails asking for adaptability of the Veydra Mini Primes to other cameras than M4/3. The physical design of the Mini Primes is too small and the flange depth is too shallow (distance of the back of the lens to the sensor) to accommodate adaptation to Canon EF or PL mount. However, we can offer other shallow flange depth mounts like Sony E and C Mount. Therefore we will offer a Sony E mount for the Veydra 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and soon to be 85mm lenses in APS-C mode coverage on all Sony NEX or E mount cameras including the Sony A7s, A7RII, A6000, FS-700, and FS-7.
The Veydra Mini primes represent astonishing value for money, and I wish something like them was available a few years back when I was shooting my debut feature film. Alas, I had to do with what I had, which wasn’t much at all.
If you’re interested in finding out more about some of the really affordable kit I used back then head over here.
Read the rest of the Veydra update below:
We will also offer a C Mount for direct mounting on Super16 film cameras and Digital Bolex cameras with no need for adapters. The C Mount will work on all current Veydra Mini Prime lenses except the 50mm which will require it’s own dedicated C Mount.
There has been some significant discussion online about the inherent loose nature of the Micro4/3 mount. This is not so much as design flaw on the part of camera manufacturers as it is matter of original intention for the mount. PL mounts were made for “positive lock” on cinema cameras for heavy cinema lenses. Micro4/3 mount was meant for very small lightweight still photo lenses and therefore, when we put a heavier lens like the Veydra Mini Prime on it, the lens will move a bit.
We have addressed the issue by making a lens support which we will put on our website soon and send a special offer to Kickstarter backers. This will resolve the twisting of the mount and resulting image shift. When we originally designed the Veydra Mini Primes, we considered adding a built in lens support but it would have increased the size of the lens and complexity of manufacture so we decided to wait and see if a support would be required. Again, we apologize for the delay in this support as we expected to have it completed by now however it proved to be its own design challenge which we have resolved. We will ship the lens support for interface with 15mm LWS Rod systems in October.
Jim and I thank everyone for their patience in all things Veydra on Kickstarter and we are glad to see so many people are happy with their lenses. We will meet our now final September delivery date for the 12mm and look forward to seeing all the awesome content you all have been creating and will continue to create with our craftmanship.
12mm Veydra Mini Prime Update
We cannot thank all of you enough for being patient and waiting for the 12mm to deliver. We have had significant challenges in producing this lens on a mass scale. All wide angle lenses are very difficult to manufacture. Flatness of the focus across the image and accuracy of the focus scale are both big problems for all wide angle lens manufacturers. We are no exception. We have finally resolved the production issues that have caused multiple delays in the shipment of the 12mm.
We will ship the 12mm Mini Prime to every one around the middle of September or as soon as possible. We will never rush a product to market until it ready for your demanding needs and long lasting quality. We thank you for your patience and we are confident in our decision to delay the 12mm until it is ready in middle of September.
To learn more about the Veydra Mini Primes and the development process, we interviewed Ryan on the 4K Shooters Podcast in Season 1 (listed Episode #24 here).
The Veydra Mini primes are available at B&H starting at $899.