GDU Armored RF 50mm and 16mm lenses are Canon’s inexpensive Pancake primes rehoused in an aluminum physique with a built-in lens hood with out the main focus ring. The lenses can be found for $499 and $599 from International Dynamics United, respectively.
The US-based firm International Dynamics United (GDU) is in some methods linked to RED Digital Cinema as it’s owned by Jarred Land. The corporate produces every kind of digicam equipment which can be principally designed to go along with numerous RED cameras. A part of GDU’s product line are rehoused lenses. Already again in 2016, GDU launched two rehoused EF lenses – the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 and the EF-S 40mm f/2.8 “Pancake”. Once I hear the time period “lens rehousing” I often consider classic guide lenses being rehoused in a cine lens enclosure with geared rings, and so forth. Within the case of GDU, it is a bit totally different, however extra on that later.
The corporate lately launched two newly rehoused lenses. These are Canon’s entry-level, inexpensive “Pancake” full-frame RF primes – the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM and Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM lenses. The fashion of rehousing is sort of totally different and a bit unusual in my view. Let’s check out each of those GDU primes.
GDU armored RF 50mm and 16mm prime lenses
Each lenses now sport a brand new enclosure machined from billet 6061 aluminum with an anodized pink lens hood and steel inner masks. Identical to with the beforehand rehoused EF lenses, the brand new RF armored lens physique now doesn’t have a spotlight ring anymore. Focusing can solely be carried out by the linked digicam’s AF system. On RED cameras, the lens can focus and alter the iris through RED CONTROL or the digicam’s inner focus management, and on Canon RF mount cameras the lens will function with AF.
All exterior switches have been eliminated as properly. The thought behind that is to make the lens physique as rugged as potential for mounting it on FPV drones or on crash cams, and so forth.
The inner optical and mechanical construction stays unchanged, so similar to the unique Canon lenses, the rehoused GDU lenses cowl all full-frame Canon EOS R sequence cameras with out vignetting. On RED VV sensors together with the RAPTOR and Monstro VV, the 16mm will cowl till approx. 7K earlier than vignetting. The 50mm covers all the things up till the VV open-gate.
The great factor is that GDU saved the 43mm entrance filter thread. The unhealthy factor is that, in contrast to with the unique Canon lenses, you can not use step-up rings and fix a bigger diameter filter to the GDU lenses anymore. That is because of the built-in pink steel lens hood.
Value and availability
One of many downsides of those new rehoused primes, a minimum of from my standpoint, is the worth. Whereas the unique Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM presently retails for $159, the GDU Armored RF 50mm f/1.8 is priced at $499. The unique Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM presently retails for $299 and the GDU Armored RF 16mm f/2.8 is priced at $599. Each lenses include a custom-sized GDU vegan leather-based zippered lens case with a velvet padded inside.
In the event you really need, you can even buy each of the lenses in a bundle with a GDU 40mm contact & go baseplate for $1,249. All variations can be found for buy proper now instantly from the International Dynamics United webshop.
What do you concentrate on the brand new rehoused GDU Armored prime lenses? Is the worth distinction justified? Do you employ RF lenses on your work? Tell us within the feedback part beneath the article.