In this illuminating interview with Canon’s Masaya Maeda by Neil Matsumoto, stuff happens.
I have been out shooting with the SLR Magic Rangefinder.
- 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 will also be familiar with diopters, which are used to correct aberrations and achieve very close focus. Effectively the SLR Magic Rangefinder is a variable diopter and thus a rather brilliant concept as it is capable of taking over focus from the taking lens entirely from 1m (3ft 6″) to infinity.