Great Joy 50mm T2.9 1.8x Anamorphic Lens Review – Newsshooter

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The Great Joy 50mm T2.9 1.8x Anamorphic Lens was recently announced and it now joins the growing list of new anamorphic options hitting the market. Recently we saw the Samyang 50mm T2.3 XEEN Anamorphic that will retail for $19,999 USD, well the Great Joy is at the opposite end of that spectrum and the lens will cost between $1,119 to $1,360 USD depending on the mount.

The sample footage that was released looked pretty decent, especially for a lens at this price point. Under $1,400 USD is not a lot of money to pay for any lens so the reward probably outweighs the risk. I wanted to look at this lens a little closer so I got hold of one for review.

If the name Great Joy sounds slightly familiar it should. Last September they announced a 60mm T2.9 Full Frame 1.33x Anamorphic Lens & 1.35x Anamorphic adapter.

Their latest offering, the 50mm T2.9 1.8x Anamorphic covers a 33×24 mm image circle. If you are shooting open gate 4:3 you can get a 2.4:1 image without any vignetting on a camera with a full-frame sensor.

I did, however, find that you did get some slight vignetting when shooting open gate on certain cameras, but if you are cropping to get a 2.39:1 aspect ratio then you won’t see any of that slight vignetting.

Concept

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The 50mm T2.9 is Great Joy’s first foray into making 1.8x anamorphic primes and it is designed to cover full-frame cinema cameras. The whole concept behind this lens is to bring an affordable full-frame anamorphic lens to the masses. Most anamorphic lenses, especially those that cover full-frame are expensive. Great Joy bucks this trend and the price almost makes it sound too good to be true.

Great Joy isn’t just going to release a 50mm, they also have a 35mm and 85mm in the works so you don’t have to worry about buying a lens and then worrying if any more focal lengths will appear. I would imagine that if these lenses prove to be popular then there may well be other focal lengths available in the future to further expand the set.

I think it would be fair to say that Great Joy is probably trying to attract owner/operators of mid-tier and lower-cost digital cinema cameras and mirrorless hybrids that are capable of shooting in open-gate anamorphic modes. They could also very well find themselves on more expensive cameras as well.

At $1,279 USD you can absolutely classify this lens as affordable. In the anamorphic space, they are certainly a lot more affordable than other options that are available. To put the price in perspective, the Vazen 1.8x anamorphic costs $8,000 USD.

Size & Weight

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The 50mm 1.8X anamorphic lens features a reasonably compact and lightweight design. It tips the scales at 1.04-1.09 kg / 2.29-2.40 lb depending on the mount choice. This makes it lighter than the Vazen 50mm T2.1 which weighs 3.42 lb / 1.55 kg. The idea behind keeping the size and weight to a minimum was so that the lenses could be balanced on gimbals and other stabilized platforms.

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You may well find that the lens is a little heavy if you are putting it on a smaller-sized camera such as a mirrorless hybrid, but I thought it was easily manageable on those types of cameras.

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