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As a filmmaker who uses Micro 4/3 cameras, your lenses need to give you absolute quality and control. Enter Veydra Mini Primes.
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12mm Shipping Soon, Sony E Mount, C Mount, Universal Lens Support Details

Posted by Ryan Avery (Creator)
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Hello Everyone,

Thank you all again for your patience.  We are pleased to announce that the 12mm will ship soon and we will complete this Kickstarter in the next few days.

12mm Shipping Update

We will begin shipping 12mm lenses (Imperial Scale Only) this Friday, September 4th!  The Metric focus scale 12mm lenses will arrive from our factory next week around September 10th so we will ship everyone who ordered Metric lenses sometime around September 15th per our last promised delivery date.  Everyone should receive their 12mm lenses by end of September pending delivery times via the carrier chosen and your chosen shipping location.  If you have changed your shipping address since March, please send us a private message with your latest shipping details.

Veydra Mini Prime Universal Lens Support, Sony E, and C-Mount Pictures

We announced the Universal Lens Support, Sony E mount, and C-Mount in our last update.  Here are images of them.  These can also be purchased on veydra.com just click on the title of each to go to that page.  We have sent all Kickstarter backers who purchased lenses a private discount code for a generous discount on these new options.  Check your email and look for an email from Veydra Sales email address for the code.  If you didn't receive the code, private message us and we will send it to you again.  This private discount code is one time use so please order all your required mounts and supports at once.  Also please note that the code expires on October 30, 2015.

Veydra Mini Prime Universal Lens Support - $119 USD List Price

The Veydra Mini Prime Universal Lens Support clamps onto all Veydra Mini Primes at the middle of the lens and allows for it to be secured to a 15mm LWS Rod Support via a 1/4-20 threaded screw post support (not provided).  This allows for stabilization of the inherent play in the Micro4/3 and other photography oriented camera mounts that were never intended for motion picture use.

Veydra Mini Prime Universal Lens Support
Veydra Mini Prime Universal Lens Support
Veydra 12mm T2.2 Mini Prime with Universal Lens Support
Veydra 12mm T2.2 Mini Prime with Universal Lens Support
   

Veydra Mini Prime Sony E Mount Only - $99 USD List Price

The Veydra Sony E Mount Only is a metal adapter ring that is user-changeable via a few small screws and removal of the existing Micro4/3 mount.  Simple remove the MFT mount and install the Sony E Mount on the 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm Veydra Mini Primes for coverage of Sony APS-C sensors or Full Frame sensors in the APS-C Crop Mode.  The Sony E Mount will mount on the 12mm and 16mm lenses but will vignette on Super35 sensors, only offering 2K crop coverage, and not cover the full Super35 sensor or crop modes on most Sony cameras.  No shims are required, simply loosen 3 screws on the focus scale and slide the focus scale around to the proper infinity mark if required.

Veydra Mini Prime Sony E Mount Only
Veydra Mini Prime Sony E Mount Only
Veydra Mini Prime 25mm T2.2 Sony E Mount on Alpha A7RII
Veydra Mini Prime 25mm T2.2 Sony E Mount on Alpha A7RII

Veydra Mini Prime C-Mount Conversion Kit - $99 USD List Price

The Veydra Mini Prime C-Mount Conversion Kit offers a user changeable experience for converting a Micro4/3 mount Veydra Mini Prime to C-Mount for Super16 Film cameras and direct mounting on the Digital Bolex D16 Cinema Camera.  Simply remove the MFT mount plus sub-mount and install the C-Mount two piece set as pictured below.  The C-Mount is compatible with all Mini Primes except the 50mm (requires special mount with glass in it) and will not vignette on most Super16 film cameras and the Digital Bolex D16 Cinema Camera.  A separate C-Mount with a glass element is required for the 50mm lens however the price is the same on veydra.com.

Veydra Mini Prime C-Mount Conversion Kit
Veydra Mini Prime C-Mount Conversion Kit
Veydra 16mm T2.2 Mini Prime with C-Mount
Veydra 16mm T2.2 Mini Prime with C-Mount

Stay tuned for more updates including a new video and any future accessories or focal lengths we may launch to continue to support this Kickstarter and all of you whom backed us with such great faith in our abilities to deliver a quality product.

Thanks,

Ryan Avery and Jim Zhang

12mm Mini Prime Delivery Update, New Sony E and C Mounts, Lens Support

Posted by Ryan Avery (Creator)
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12mm Mini Prime Delivery Update

Hello again everyone.  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.

New Sony E and C Mounts, Lens Support

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. 

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.

Thanks,

Ryan Avery

NAB 2015 Product Announcements and 12mm Mini Prime Delivery Update

Posted by Ryan Avery (Creator)
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Hello everyone!

It's been a crazy few months since we released the first four focal lengths of Veydra Mini Primes to you.  The response has been overwhelmingly positive and everyone has seen the amazing quality and performance we have delivered for an amazingly low price. Veydra Mini Primes remain the world's first true cinema prime lens exclusively for the Micro4/3 format.  We could not have done these lenses without everyone here on Kickstarter so we thank all of our Backers for stepping up and making this happen.

NAB Show 2015 Announcements

We had an amazing NAB Show in Las Vegas.  We met many of you from here on Kickstarter who made the trip and made some new friends as well.  We announced the Veydra Wide Angle Lens project where we will make either an 8.5mm or 9mm Mini Prime giving everyone the true wide angle they seek for the complete cinema style shooting experience.  We hope to give everyone a look at the new Wide Angle in a few short months time and hope to ship it in early 2016.

Also coming in early 2016 is the exciting new Veydra 2X 25mm Mini Anamorphic lens. We received Best Optical Product from Newsshoter at NAB 2015 for this announcement and we continue to work hard making this lens a reality.   We have finished the mechanical design and we did receive some of our first anamorphic elements from our factory to begin prototype testing.  We hope to show a working version of this lens later in 2015.  We are still aiming for early 2016 release.  We are offering this lens for sale via our trusted dealers so visit veydra.com/dealers for info.

Veydra 25mm 2X Mini Anamorphic M4/3
Veydra 25mm 2X Mini Anamorphic M4/3

Veydra 12mm T2.2 M4/3 Delivery Update

We are working hard on the 12mm T2.2 M4/3 lens for everyone.  We initially announced a June delivery date.  We worked to make this happen but unfortunately we have hit a delay in production which pushes us back a few weeks in delivery. We here at Veydra believe in offering the highest quality cinema lens regardless of price so our standards are very high.  We are working on finalizing the some focus mechanism issues which has pushed us back about 4 weeks on delivery.  We will begin shipping the 12mm T2.2 M4/3 to all of our backers around the 3rd or 4th week of July 2015. 

We apologize sincerely for the delay as we know many of you are shooting projects and expected this lens sooner but just like our 25mm lens which we delayed a few weeks, we feel the same high quality result will come from holding the 12mm for a few more weeks.

We did have a couple of 12mm preproduction versions in circulation so we sent them to Adam Wilt a few weeks ago and you can see his review here.

Matthew Duclos also of course had a 12mm preproduction model which you can find his thoughts on it on his Circle of Confusion blog very soon according to Matthew.

You may notice that the 12mm production version we have pictured in these blogs has two differences from the Kickstarter.  The first difference is the missing chrome machined line on the focus ring.  This is merely preproduction versus production differences.  You will find the chrome machined line in the production version of the 12mm.  The second difference is the overall length of the 12mm.  Shorter focal length lens optical elements must be closer to the sensor to achieve infinity focus so for that reason we were forced to make the 12mm about 4mm shorter in body length than the other Mini Primes.  You can resolve this length difference by adding a UV filter or an empty metal filter cell if it causes your problems with Matte Box setups.  The 0.8 module rings for follow focus use will also be 4mm further back however we feel this is not an issue as most follow focus have a 10mm to 20mm wide gear which more than make up for the distance and should not cause you problems when changing lenses.

Where to find Veydra Cine Gear 2015

If you are attending Cine Gear 2015 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood California this year, you can find Veydra Lenses a number of places including Duclos Lenses, Panasonic USA, and Red Rock Micro.  We do not plan to have the 25mm 2X Mini Anamorphic on display just yet but we hope to show it at another expo later this year or in early 2016 as delivery gets closer.

Future Products

One last note, we thank you all for your many comments and suggestions on what we should make next for the cinema lens market.  We remain focused at the moment on finishing the Mini Prime line up with the production of the 8.5mm/9mm, 85mm, and 25mm 2X Mini Anamorphic.  These projects alone will carry us well in to 2016 as the it takes at least a couple years under normal development schedules to produce lenses that meet Veydra quality standards.

Nevertheless, we remain focused on the future and we are in the workshop planning some new projects which will continue to be innovative products that are missing from the current true cinema optics landscape.

#HailVeydra

Ryan Avery

Delivery Timing Continued, new 85mm Mini Prime, JVC LS300 Compatibility, More D|Focus Accessories

Posted by Ryan Avery (Creator)
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Hey Everybody!

My sincere apologies for the delay in an update.  We've had a lot going on and we have some fun new stuff for you here.   

Delivery Timing Continued

Down to what everyone cares about; "where are my lenses?".  We had some delays in shipping the the 4 and 5 lens sets due to an intentional withholding of the 25mm and 50mm lenses until they were perfect.  We've had the 6 Lens Case, Formatt Firecrest Filters, D|Focus Accessories and the 16mm and 35mm lenses for a couple weeks now but we wanted to deliver everything at once for a complete experience.

We will be shipping to all Backers on Monday and Tuesday February 23rd and 24th.  We apologize for the delay but we did what we felt was in everyone's best interest.

We have already shipped to many of you for single lens rewards and the response has been very positive so we are assured you all will greatly enjoy our quality and workmanship.

New 85mm T2.2 Mini Prime!

We are pleased to announce the all new Veydra 85mm T2.2 Mini Prime! We've been working hard on making some new lens calculations and we are happy to announce that we will be shipping a new 85mm focal length at the end of this year.  The 85mm T2.2 M4/3 Mini Prime will have the same features as the other lenses identical length, focus/iris gears in the same position, plated brass mount, 80mm front diameter, and 77mm filter thread.  The 85mm is available for pre-order on Veydra.com and we will be sending a special offer for priority delivery to Kickstarter Backers.

We will also announce later this Spring a wider focal length than our current 12mm for those of you that desire something even wider.  We finalize the design on this lens and announce it in the coming months.  We hope to deliver everything we announce in the coming months before the end of the year.

Veydra 85mm T2.2 Mini Prime
Veydra 85mm T2.2 Mini Prime

JVC LS300 Compatibility

We are pleased to announce that all current Veydra Mini Primes have been tested by JVC here in North America and they are compatible with the new LS-300 camera.  The Veydra Mini Primes in 25mm, 35mm and 50mm all cover the effective portions of the sensor on the LS300 with no sensor mapping required and the 16mm and 12mm also cover due to the variable sensor mapping technology found in the LS300.  We have had several Backers ask us about this camera due to it's larger S35 sized sensor in the native M4/3 mount and we are pleased to have had it tested by JVC here in North America directly to get confirmation.  If this camera meets your needs, then we are happy to say the Veydra Mini Primes appear an excellent match for true cine style shooting.

Veydra Mini Primes on JVC LS300
Veydra Mini Primes on JVC LS300

D|Focus V4 and D|Rails Available

In addition to all the great things we have going on over here at Veydra, we continue our partnership with D|Focus Systems and we are pleased to offer their D|Focus V4 on Veydra.com and offer a special 20% off coupon to all Backers with code kckacc20.

The D|Focus V4 has been specially made for us without the D|Gear to keep the price down and also as the D|Gear is not needed for our lenses since we feature the 0.8 module focus and iris rings built into the lens.

D|Focus V4 Follow Focus
D|Focus V4 Follow Focus

The D|Rails is also a great add on for your kit as you can add a 15mm LWS rail mount to your D|Cage or your BMPCC or GH4 directly.  Our kit includes 6" Rods which we find to the be the perfect length for Veydra Mini Primes.  We offer the same 20% discount if you use code kckacc20 on checkout at Veydra.com

D|Rails on BMPCC
D|Rails on BMPCC

That's it for now folks.  Check back soon or feel free to drop me a message if you have any other questions.

I am very excited to have lenses in all your hands in just a few short days.

--Ryan Avery

Delivery Timing and Accessories

Posted by Ryan Avery (Creator)
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Hello Everyone!

It's been a busy few weeks since the conclusion of our funding.  We are overwhelmed by the support and we officially raised 544% of our goal!  Very exciting and we are committed to continuing to support the Micro 4/3 format with more lenses and some new ideas in the coming months and years.

We are currently doing market research on the next big thing from us and while we can't comment yet, I am very excited for what is to come.  We will keep making announcements here and our website.  Don't forget to go to Veydra.com and sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to catch the latest updates.

Delivery Timing

Regarding delivery, we ran into some quality control issues with the 25mm focal length.  We decided to withhold delivery of the 25mm by about 2 to 3 weeks to fix some excessive drag issues with the focus rotation.  We feel it is better to fix this issue in production than to rush delivery to meet our January promised date.  We apologize for the delay but we feel this is in everyone's best interest.  We will begin delivering some of the single lens rewards and T Shirts in the next two weeks.  Below is the current projected timing for delivery;

  • $25 T Shirts Reward only will be shipped by January 30th
  • Single Lens Rewards for Imperial focus scales except the 25mm should be shipped by January 30th
  • Single Lens Rewards for Metric focus scales and all 25mm Lens Rewardsshould be shipped by February 13th
  • All 4 and 5 Lens Set Rewards for Imperial focus scales should be shipped by February 13th
  • All 4 and 5 Lens Set Rewards for Metric focus scales should be shipped by February 20th
  • Rental Rewards should be shipped to LensProToGo by February 16th
  • The 12mm both Metric and Imperial versions should ship by June 2015

Accessories

Illya Friedman over at Hot Rod Cameras has designed us all a very nice 6 lens case for the Veydra Mini Primes.  Illya has been designing custom cases for lots of big names in Hollywood for the last 10 years or so and we trust his judgement in case selection and layout.  Illya has brought us this excellent quality Seahorse SE-720 hard case with custom foam cut out and low-pile top surface for 6 Veydra Mini Primes.  The cut outs feature finger holes on either side as you can see in the pictures below.  

The retail price for this case with the custom foam is $259 USD but we will offer it on Veydra.com for $199 and we will have an even better special offer price for all Kickstarter backers which we will email you each a special discount code.  If you would like this case be sure to order it on Veydra.com before your lenses ship so we can ship with your lens order.

We are having a Veydra logo decal made for these cases which will be ready when the cases ship with the lenses.  We are choosing not to put the decal on the case because many professionals prefer not to identify what is in a case for security purposes.  We will ship each case with the decal and you can decide if you want it on the case or not.

Seahorse SE-720 with 6 Hole Custom Foam
Seahorse SE-720 with 6 Hole Custom Foam
Seahorse SE-720 Custom Foam Close Up
Seahorse SE-720 Custom Foam Close Up

Despite the prototype screw-in lens cap images above (which get stuck on lenses easily), we also went with a new lens cap design that we felt was better for a production environment.  We will be shipping all Veydra Mini Primes with the 77mm photo style center pinch cap pictured below.

Veydra 77mm Lens Cap
Veydra 77mm Lens Cap

We also have finished the packaging for all Veydra Mini Primes and we really like the design.  All lenses will ship in these boxes pictured below with the text and image appropriate to each lens.

Veydra Mini Prime Box
Veydra Mini Prime Box

We are adding some new accessories to Veydra.com due to popular request of backers. We have partnered with Veydra backer and fellow manufacturer DFocus Systems at dfocussystem.com to offer some of their innovative cages for the GH4 and BMPCC.  We will have special offers for these cages on Veydra.com shortly and will send a discount code to each backer for purchase of these cages.

DCage for BMPCC
DCage for BMPCC
DCage for GH4
DCage for GH4

We have also partnered with formatt-hitech.com to offer their revolutionary Firecrest Neutral Density filter in 77mm size in multiple densities from ND.3 (1 Stop) to ND2.1 (7 Stops) for direct threading onto Veydra Mini Primes.  The Formatt-Hitech Firecrest ND is an all new filter that is manufactured of Schott Water-White glass and features the electrolytic deposited hyper neutral carbon coating which makes these filters fully IR protected and the most neutral filters available on the market today.  We will have a special discount code for all backers on these great filters as well.

Formatt-Hitech Firecrest ND0.9 MC 77mm Filter
Formatt-Hitech Firecrest ND0.9 MC 77mm Filter

We thank everyone for their patience and we are hoping to get these lenses into your hands as soon as possible.  Stay tuned here for more updates and exciting announcements as we move forward.

--Ryan