UK-based dealer Cine Gear Pro is now taking pre-orders for the DZOFilm LingLung budget cinema zoom lenses 10-24mm T2.9 and the 20-70mm T2.9.
Designed for the latest generation compact MFT mount cinema cameras such as the BMPCC 4K and the Z CAM E2C as well as hybrid cameras like the GH5/GH5s, these two lenses are really pushing the boundaries when it comes to what’s considered affordable these days.
Priced at less around the £1,400 + VAT each, (about $1,700 US) it baffles me how cheap these are for what appear to be a “proper” cinema housing, pitch geared rings, ample focus travel distance, and overall form-factor. They also claim “near zero breathing”, which is more than impressive, but this is something that requires to be tested.
I’ve shot with the 18-35mm T2 and the 50-100mm T2 cine zooms from Sigma, which are considered budget cine lenses, and both breathe quite a lot. The Sigma’s offer smashing image quality though and are sharp even wide open.
But this is not to compare the two, just using the Sigma’s as a reference. There are other companies from Asia focusing on budget cine lenses, and I am sure I’ve seen the DZOFilm lenses under a different brand, but I can’t quite make out which one.
Regardless, I think there would be a lot of BMPCC and GH5 folks interested in picking up those lenses. At T2.9 they don’t appear to be terribly slow, and even offer back focus adjustment. The lenses have a 270 degrees focus throw, which should be plenty for a focus puller or a self shooter with a compact follow focus unit pulling focus on their own with something like a Tilta Nucleus Nano or similar.