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2741 SLR Magic Rangefinder footage – kiss goodbye to lens breathing AND Kowa anamorphic goes single focus

I have been out shooting with the SLR Magic Rangefinder. Key features: It completely takes over focus from any lens Solves lens breathing (reduces to such low level it isn’t noticeable) Adds cinema standard 240 degrees focus ring with FF gearing and hard stops Reduces minimum focus distance of all anamorphic lenses to 1m (even long-throw projector lenses) For those who shoot anamorphic especially this will be music to your ears. These shooters…

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3335 SLR Magic Rangefinder converts “dual focus” anamorphic (aka Kowa) to single focus – and solves lens breathing

I have just received my SLR Magic Rangefinder which is a groundbreaking concept. It transfers focus away from the main lens focus ring onto a dedicated buttery smooth geared 240 degree cinema lens focus ring and attached to the main lens like a screw on filter. With the main lens set to infinity, focus is done purely through the SLR Magic Rangefinder. This means that the awkward to focus Kowa 2x…

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0 SLR Magic Anamorphic 2x on the Panasonic GH4 (4:3)

At Photokina 2014 I gave my first impressions of the prototype SLR Magic Anamorphic 2x on the GH4. Now I have a newer version of the lens with me in Berlin to see how it compares to my other anamorphic lenses. Unlike the previous SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x, this is a 2:1 anamorphic, which is the cinema standard (and the look that goes with it).

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0 Interview with Panasonic – raw HDMI output may be coming to future GH4 firmware plus anamorphic aspect ratios in firmware V2.0

New firmware for the Panasonic adds higher vertical resolutions in various aspect ratios, making further use of the camera’s 4K video ability. For photographers also a brand new in-camera workflow is now available to extract high resolution stills from “4K Photo Mode”. For 4K video, resolution increases from 2160 lines in 16:9 for standard 4K to 2336 lines in 3:2, 2496 lines in 4:3 and an enormous 2880 lines in 1:1. By comparison…

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0 Last call for the Van Diemen Iscorama V2.0 upgrade!

If you want your Iscorama to join an elite of less than 20 in existence – high performance ones with greatly improved handling and construction, then you have until Tuesday 2nd September to join the EOSHD / Andrew Wonder group buy! Email EOSHD here to join the list. The modification made in the UK by cine lens specialists Van Diemen will build into the lens a brand new focus movement, for a…

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0 Iscorama owners! Convert your lens into a cinema anamorphic with the Andrew Reid / Andrew Wonder group conversion

Iscorama owner or simply interested in anamorphic lenses? Join the EOSHD Anamorphic Forum here The Iscorama is a wonder of vintage optics. No focus breathing, a unique patented focus mechanism, small size and sharp at fast apertures. The beauty is the sheer number of primes you can use it with. Whilst an Iscorama may look expensive at $3000 a pop (used!), a full set of Zeiss master anamorphics cost an eye watering $305,000 ($43,600 per lens). Now…

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0 SLR Magic Anamorphot-50 officially announced

Above: beautiful new film from Seb Farges shot with the SLR Magic Anamorphot on the Sony A7 and Olympus E-M5. SLR Magic have officially announced the Anamorphot developed with feedback and technical assistance from EOSHD and the anamorphic community. To order: there is currently a pre-order offer for people who follow the Twitter handle @anamorphot and email a screen grab of it to support@slrmagic.com by Feb 14th (GMT +8).

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0 2013 – 10 things which have impressed me – and some that haven’t!

Psst… I’m having an end of year clear out Where would we be without the end of the year and the impending doom that is Christmas? Enjoying summer? Revelling in the most fruitful year for filmmakers and camera geeks on record? I’d much rather 2013 just carried on! Alas the year is starting to wind down now for the Holidays and this seems like a good moment to look back at the…

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0 Anamorphic sample footage shot with the SLR Magic Anamorphot – and which lenses go best with it?

(The anamorphic footage starts around 10 seconds in) The new SLR Magic Anamorphot 50 jointly developed with the help of EOSHD is here in it’s final non-prototype form and I’ve shot the above video with it (Sony FS100). This should give you an idea of how the flare moves around during a shot and the general anamorphic aesthetic you are able to get with the adapter. Also part of the…

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0 On test – the final SLR Magic Anamorphot 50 x 1.33

View 10 frames from a rehearsal shoot with Bunny Suit, a Berlin based band I’m currently working with on a music video Disclosure: I have worked closely with SLR Magic in refining the flare and have a close relationship with SLR Magic, but I am approaching the lens objectively in my articles. It’s here! The finished lens.

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0 $60 Pentax that’s actually a $800 Zeiss by designer of Stanley Kubrick’s NASA glass

The Contax Zeiss Distagon ‘Hollywood’ 28mm F2.0 is a classic fast wide for full frame and is incredible on Super 35mm as well. Wide open it’s one of the sharpest F2.0 wide angle lenses available and it has very little distortion. The Contax Zeiss version fetches $800 on eBay but there’s a $60 wolf in sheep’s clothing called the Pentax PK 28mm F2.0 which has a fascinating story behind it.

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0 2.5k CinemaScope anamorphic raw on the 5D Mark III

Get the EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide for a comprehensive guide to anamorphic lenses, which ones to use, how to get them and how to shoot Download the 2.5k 2560×1280 Vimeo file and playback on a 2.5K or 4K display for best results Download a pack of DNG frames from the original raw files to judge quality The spec sheet is impressive. 14bit linear bayer raw is sub-sampled from a 6K sensor,…

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0 The Canon 1D C review

Iscorama anamorphic on the 1D C and my test footage at Vimeo I shot with the Canon 1D C and Canon C100 Cinema EOS cameras recently with SlashCam in Berlin. The 1D C is the most Jekyll and Hyde camera I’ve ever used and a difficult camera to review. The 1D C is a marriage of beautiful 4K images and an unwilling partner who hasn’t shifted an inch to accommodate it.

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0 Electronic follow focus revitalises dual-focus anamorphic lenses

Discussion of the prototypes on the EOSHD Anamorphic Forum Many anamorphic lenses especially the affordable ones require the prime lens to be set to the same mark as the anamorphic on the focus barrel, making a focus rack during a shot impossible by hand and shot setup awkward. Now an ingenious electronic follow focus by Markus Houy has been created making our dual-focus anamorphic glass single focus like high end Iscoramas…

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0 DJANGO UNCHAINED – Anamorphic is Tarantino’s preference – how DP Robert Richardson shot masterpiece ‘spaghetti southern’

Thanks to Volker for spotting the info. Image credits and further reading: Django Unchained / Robert Richardson at The American Cinematographer Magazine ~ Django Unchained echoes spaghetti westerns at Kodak camera and television Learn the ropes and unholster your gun – The EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide I honestly can’t remember the last time I was so gripped by a mainstream piece of cinema. For the first half I had a permanent grin etched on my…

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0 Forum hot topics – Anamorphic, Metabones Speed Booster, raw GH3 footage and more

“They each have their own unique character. Which image do you prefer?” Iscorama VS Iscomorphot 8 2x VS Iscomorphot 8 1.5x by QuickHitRecord. This is a new weekly series on EOSHD. The forum is really booming at the moment. A while ago on the site I decided to redirect the article comments system into the forum and that has seen a big increase in the number of people using it not just…

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0 Shooting guerrilla style in Berlin with Iscorama 54 and Blackmagic Cinema Camera

The Lens Whilst Canon L lenses are like a fleet of company Lexus cars. This isn’t really what I want in my films. I need something different. Something with character. For this reason I’ve long been using anamorphic lenses. I recently shot some test footage with the Iscorama 54 anamorphic. This is essentially an Iscorama 36 but instead of a 36mm rear element it is 54mm. Even though the whole…

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0 All aboard the Juice Train, an anamorphic train journey from Florida to New York

Check out more of Andrew Wonder’s work here Director, cinematographer and DSLR user Andrew Wonder talks to EOSHD about his latest anamorphic spot for G.E… The technology behind the shoot is rather interesting. Two Sony F3 cameras mounted on the front of the train, remotely controlled and recording to e-sata drives in the control carriage, kitted out with Joe Dunton / Panavision anamorphic lenses from London. Joe Dunton is a…

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0 Shooting a feature with the Panasonic GH2 and LOMO anamorphic lenses

A guest post by director Roberto Miller. Andrew asked me to write a brief article for EOSHD about the experience of making my feature film, Mandorla, now in post, with a pair of GH2s and LOMO anamorphic lenses. I’m happy to do so because, truth is, it’s Andrew and the EOSHD community that inspired me to go the GH2-anamorphic route, which achieved a cinematic look and vibe that I never thought…

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0 Hawk go spherical in a big way with F0.95 / T1 Vantage One creative cinema lens range

These look like they’re going to be a great rental option for creative filmmakers looking for that dreamy low light look. Hawk, famous for their anamorphic lenses have launched a new range of standard spherical cine glass. The aperture is F0.95 following in the footsteps of Voigtlander with their 25mm and 17.5mm for Micro Four Thirds. Unlike Voigtlander however, Hawk have gone all out and done a massive range of…

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0 LOMO anamorphic goes Super 35mm – my music video shot on the FS100

Get Dreamleaver by Herdwhite on iTunes Embedded video not showing? Click here to view or download on Vimeo A big thanks to Ciecio7 for donating his superb OCT19 to E-Mount lens adapter for this shoot. This is available on eBay. We shot this with the young German movie actress Lili Zahavi (IMDB) and theatre actor Niklas Brubach. A big thanks to both of them for their performances. This is a music video…

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0 SLR Magic Prototype Anamorphic footage and feedback request

Above: A message from Andrew of SLR Magic SLR Magic are stepping into the world of anamorphic lenses. Developed afresh, this will be a 100% new custom designed anamorphic lens for filmmakers but priced accessibly for DSLR filmmakers as well as pros. The footage above is from the early prototype and I have been speaking to Andrew Chan of SLR Magic about the early development of the lens.

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0 Latest Magic Lantern brings anamorphic live preview to 5D Mark III, clean HDMI out and tons more

Get the new firmware here for the 5D Mark III The 2nd Alpha release of Magic Lantern for the 5D Mark III brings a very useful feature for anamorphic shooters such as I, a real-time anamorphic aspect ratio preview in live view. This is extremely useful for shooting bare bones with an anamorphic lens, or for those with no monitor / EVF that supports anamorphic de-squeeze.

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0 How Blackmagic can add anamorphic recording mode to their Cinema Camera the easy way

Above: the BMD Cinema Camera pictured in a photo from PhotoCineRent in France. I have pre-ordered mine. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is nearing release and final sensor calibration / firmware adjustments are taking place. When I last spoke to beta shooter John Brawley about his involvement with the camera, he had this to say on an anamorphic mode… “We have discussed the possibility of doing anamorphic. They’re aware that it’s a…

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0 Zeiss – “We’re Back in the Anamorphic Lens Business” and new Compact Zooms “for HDSLRs”

Zeiss are to release a set of new 2x T1.5 anamorphic lenses according to the Film & Digial Times via Hot Rod Camera’s Illya Friedman on the EOSHD Forum From the magazine: “Christian Bannert took great pleasure in asking me to guess the third surprise coming from Carl Zeiss. An 1800 mm T1.3 lens perhaps?…I had no clue. “We’re back in the Anamorphic Lens business,” he said.

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2 The secrets of anamorphic Blade Runner

Ridley Scott will direct the sequel to Blade Runner soon and a screenplay is currently being prepared. Find out what Scott and cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth were thinking when they shot the incredible original with anamorphic lenses.

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34 Zen – Shooting anamorphic in Shanghai with an Iscorama and $20 lens

Find out more about anamorphic shooting in my book, the EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide 2nd edition I was in Shanghai for most of November. Shanghai is a monstrous megapolis of concrete really and not quite what I was expecting. It is FAR rawer than Tokyo or Taipei and a lot of the old cultural relics have been swept away – but it was a very interesting place to visit and…

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9 Sneaking in the anamorphic back door with CineMorph

Buy it now (in US) Grab the new EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide 2nd Edition just $19.99! The Cinemorph adapter is a very simple custom built filter for $140 + shipping with a cat’s eye front and flare generator. It is designed not just to simulate the flare of anamorphic lenses but the stretched bokeh. Here, EOSHD tests the adapter against a real $3000 anamorphic lens for widescreen cinematic images using…

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4 New anamorphic Arri Alexa Studio and Alexa M

Interview with James Cameron at IBC 2011 – “Sterographers and 3D convergence pullers are history” It’s interesting that at the highest level of digital cinema hardware two DSLR video trends have become the cornerstone of the new Arri Alexa designs. Downsizing and anamorphic.

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12 EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide updated!

Click here for details of the EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide – 2nd Edition It’s been just over 6 months now since the launch of my first book about anamorphic shooting on DSLRs and in that time almost 1000 people have bought it – so first of all a big thank you to those that chose to adventure with me into anamorphic. Since the book is still popular I’ve decided to…

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9 Anamorphic shoulder rig with Half Inch Rails handlebar

New 2nd edition of the EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide is now available, click here to read more! I haven’t seen very many documentaries, TV shows or news reportage shot with anamorphic lenses. Some of this work of course isn’t suited to a cinema aesthetic – but some projects would really benefit from it. I have assembled a quick to use anamorphic ENG rig for handheld footage.

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11 2.66:1 for 2x anamorphic on GH2 rebooted

With the latest PTools 3.61d there are some new anamorphic shooting and workflow options. Key to this is a big improvement to the 480p MJPEG mode that I first shot with a few weeks ago. The good news is it’s now capable of proper HD video in 4:3 and not just upscaled 480p. It also does the squeeze in-camera so you can edit the clips straight off the card without…

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13 Discount on my anamorphic book this week + Sony HX9v anamorphic test

For this week I’ve decided to do a new 33% discount on the EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter’s Guide, down from $29.99 to $19.99 as it was in the weeks after launch. Anamorphic lenses are becoming harder and harder to find so this may help with your search. It contains a buyer’s guide, as well as advice on technique and using the lenses. You can buy the guide on eBay here

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1 Turning the LA7200 into a focussing anamorphic on the Canon 5D Mk II

This is an ingenious manipulation of the Panasonic LA7200 anamorphic adapter, on the Canon 5D Mark II. The LA7200 works well at wide angles, especially on crop sensor cameras but at fast apertures, with close focus and on full frame DSLRs like the 5D Mark II it isn’t really usable since it isn’t a focussing anamorphic like the Iscorama and you get a blurry image.

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