Venus Optics has shared a teaser for an upcoming Kickstarter campaign that will see the company raise funds for its new Laowa Nanomorph lenses, a new lineup of 1.5x anamorphic cine lenses that Venus Optics says will be the ‘world’s smallest’ for Super 35 video capture.
The Nanomorph lens lineup will consist of three lenses with patented anamorphic designs: a 27mm T2.8, a 35mm T2.4 and a 50mm T2.4. Each of the lenses will offer a constant 1.5x anamorphic squeeze and be available in both blue and amber flare options so those signature horizontal streaks can match your shooting style. Of course, the lenses will also offer the oval bokeh that’s become a staple of anamorphic shots.
Exact dimensions haven’t been provided by Venus Optics for any of the lenses, but based on the teaser video showing the lenses on various camera systems, these appear to be dramatically more compact than most other anamorphic lenses on the market, such as those offered by Sirui.
Venus Optics says the lenses will feature a ‘short [minimum] focusing distance,’ but doesn’t specify how close in the teaser and accompanying information. What is clear though is that each of the lenses will feature typical cinema-style housing with 0.8 Mod gears for both the focus and aperture rings, as well as distance markers. At launch, the lenses are expected to be available for Canon EF, Canon R, DJI DL, Fujifilm X, L mount Micro Four Thirds, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems.
The Kickstarter campaign is set to launch tomorrow. We will add a link to the campaign in this article once it goes live.
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