DZOFILM Vespid 16mm Prime Cine lens
Image courtesy: DZOFILM

Chinese lens manufacturer DZOFILM has launched a new 16 mm prime cine lens. It is the latest addition to the company’s Vespid Prime range of lenses. The other lenses in the series cover the focal lengths 25 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 75 mm, 90 mm, 100 mm and 125 mm.

Full-frame

The DZOFILM Vespid 16mm Prime Cine Lens has an image circle large enough to use on cameras with full-frame sensors. The lens is available in either PL or EF mounts. However, using DZOFILM’s Octopus adapters, you can adapt it for LPL, E, L, RF or X mount cameras. The Vespid 16 mm lens weighs just under 33 ounces.

DZOFILM 25 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 75 mm, 90 mm, 100 mm and 125 mm.
DZOFILM’s Vespid Prime range of lenses. Image courtesy: DZOFILM

8K

DZOFILM claims the DZOFILM Vespid 16 mm lens is suitable for shooting resolutions up to 8K. The lens has a total of 14 elements in 10 groups. These include one aspherical element and three extra-low dispersion glass elements.

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Maximum aperture

The DZOFILM Vespid 16 mm lens has a maximum aperture of T2.8. In addition, it has a 16-blade aperture, which should give an attractive circular bokeh. The lens is manual and the iris ring has a 64-degree rotation.

Focus throw

The lens’ focusing ring has a 270-degree focus throw. This long travel means it will be easier for you to focus accurately. In addition, DZOFILM states it designed the lens to ensure it has minimal focus breathing. The close focus distance of the lens is also a useful 10 inches. Both the aperture and focus rings have standard gears for use with a follow focus.

Early Bird Discount

The DZOFILM Vespid 16mm Prime Cine Lens can be bought on its own for $1,799. It is also available as part of a set of all eight Vespid Prime lenses for $10,489.

DZOFILM is running an Early Bird Discount offer until January 20th, 2022. During the discount period, the 16mm lens is available for $1,699 and the complete set of Vespid Prime lenses is $10,298. The 16 mm lens will start shipping from January 20th, 2022.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.