The Musashi Optical 40.6–332mm T4.8 Full Frame Cine Zoom is the latest lens from the boutique Japanese manufacturer. It was unveiled back in November 2019, but it is now shipping and a price is available.
- Constant T4.8 aperture
- Covers image circles up to 46.3mm
- 9 aperture blades
- Industry-standard 0.8 pitch gears
- 280 degree focus rotation
The lens features a constant T4.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. It covers image sensors up to 46.3mm which allows this lens to be used on cameras such as the RED MONSTRO 8K VV and ARRI ALEXA LF.
The lens weighs in at 9.2kg (20.28 lb) and is 41.3cm long (16.26″) long.
The 40.6–332mm lens has 9 aris blades and the minimum focusing distance is 1.22m (4.1 ft). The lens has a front lens diameter of 138mm.
The closest competitor to this lens would be the ARRI 65-300mm T2.8 Signature Zoom Lens with 1.7x Extender or the Angenieux Optimo Ultra 12x. The 12x has a focal range of 36-435mm and a constant aperture of T4.2.
Price & Availability
The lens is now shipping and the retail price is 3,650,000 JPY (around $35,000 USD). This makes the lens less than half the price of the ARRI 65-300mm T2.8 Signature Zoom Lens with 1.7x Extender or the Angenieux Optimo Ultra 12x. The 12x has a focal range of 36-435mm and a constant aperture of T4.2.
Their first cinema zoom
Musashi Optical’s first cinema lens was the Super35 Takumi 23.9–195mm T2.9 Musashi Optical is not new to optics, they have been specializing in 4K/8K optics for broadcast and cinematography for a long time, but they are mostly known for their optical extenders.