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Stuart Hooper

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  1. Yeah, wow, that was bad. The new Pro version could potentially be a big deal, if it's any good. (Love the smaller form factor.) No real hope that it will be tested or rolled out in away that makes getting information easy, however :/...
  2. I'm hoping the all-of-a-sudden sell of of SLR Magics is just because the time for early testers to sell is now allowed or something?
  3. @Sean Cunningham, someone on the BMC forum had walked in and bought one, which is how I knew about it, and mine has apparently been delivered to Florida already, so here's to hoping it's the right thing hahaha...
  4. Just ordered one. One day shipping, should be in Florida tomorrow and Panama I'd say Monday or Tuesday. They are weirdly in stock at Adorama, with SLR Magic still taking paypal preorders for end of April. Not sure what is up with that, hope I'm getting the right thing, haha. Look forward to extensive testing in the run-up to the feature.
  5. Here's another one. Seems to be dealing well with 4k sharpness (not sure what camera it was but it appears to have been 4k.) Not sure about the rest...close-ups, edges, etc.
  6. Er...Tony...I'll be making a movie on this China Anamorphot or one just like it...15 minutes of messing around run and gun is EXACTLY what we needed to see from day one with this thing, and we need to see more of it from other adapters.
  7. Just when I think I've looked everywhere, I find another source and another video...one of the better looking things I've seen with the Letus, but weirdly, suffering from artefacts I'd expect to see on my LA7200. No silver bullet that says, 'buy it', yet. Still torn between diopters for the LA7200 (almost there Tito, sorry), and an SLR Magic...or both.
  8. Ah ok congratulations good to know it's viable in the resale market!
  9. Any chance you could give this thing a whirl on a 12-35 and/or 35-100 Panasonic? Even a "works" or "looks good" from you would set my mind at ease.
  10. Yeah, @procter not sure it's about seeing a blade-runner II so much as seeing something like what Sean just posted for the SLR Magic...5-10 minutes of footage in differing situations focusing on the fly, moving around, etc. Letus has been quiet about answering questions and most clips are short. If you want to sell it, maybe you should shoot some more hahah :)
  11. Wow Sean, thank you. Someone needs to do this for the Letus, too haha. Answers a few questions and just seeing that much natural footage puts my mind at ease. I'd ruled out the SLRMagic for a number of reasons, now I'm trying to figure out how I can buy one immediately and not preorder from England!!! You also do a great job of explaining in one place the benefits of 1.33x adapters, some of which, (vertical field of view and what-not) I had previously filed under 'it just looks different', now I know why :)...
  12. Hi guys... I'm finishing a feature soon that has been shot mostly anamorphic on the LA7200. Lot of documentary and exterior type scenes but now I'm getting into fiction and dialogue and need to really kit the adapter out. I was positive when Letus announced their adapter that it would be the route I would go but I just can't find enough footage to convince me about it...something seems off, Letus won't answer my questions, whole thing is weird. As such I'd like to get the LA7200 at the peak of where it can be. As messed up as it is, it seems to have something special. Remains to be seen if it will hold up in front of a GH4 but I have to try. I cannot find anything on ebay. I can pay via credit card or paypal and shipping is to Florida. I'd be looking for a Kenko +.3 105mm or similar, any of the larger .25 or even .5 options, and/or whatever else you guys suggest but I tend to go wide so smaller stuff won't work.
  13. By tracking behind the scenes fotos on Letus' twitter I was able to find this...90% sure it's done on the Letus Anamorphic and Red Epic (they post behind the scenes photos of the setup and name the music video) My overall feelings remain...mixed.
  14. So I guess it should be OK in it's fashion for 4k!
  15. I've been doing it behind an LA7200 no problem, only that I start vin getting a few millimetres sooner on the wide end.
  16. Thanks Nahua...I am leaning towards the combo of LA and SLR if I can get my hands on one in relatively short order as long as they work on the long end. I am confused by up to 180mm working on a GH2/3 with the LA7200 however?! I get that weird inability to focus much beyond 50mm, have tried a Rokinon 85, Panasonic 35-100 and a few more telephoto options!
  17. We agree on 1.33x lenses in general and I'm also with you on smearing in real life... 'The Mission' is a great inspirational example of this for me, Academy Award Winning Anamorphic Cinematography...edges look like an LA7200 all the time. I know companies can't control what random people put out but these guys got preproduction GH4s and free Letus' to play with and I just think it's a waste of everyone's time. I see enough bad LA7200 videos and know my own results that I suspect the Letus may work for me, but I'd like to know for sure before dropping $2,700. I know people hate Panasonic lenses sometimes but I swear I'm getting a lot of mileage out of a 12-35 and an LA7200. If I had a damn way of using the 35-100mm reliably I think I'd cave for whatever the solution was...even if it means having more than one adapter or some kind of diopter solution. I'm just afraid of being light on close-ups shots and cheating some in and cropping is fine but it's not the same as we know well.
  18. @BurnetRhoades I have to believe some of this is operator error. I cannot believe companies like Panasonic and Letus use these people for tests or let these kinds of things go out...basically useless. In general we know that 1.33x adapters lack full anamorphic character but still provide some advantages over spherical cropping in my opinion. Just wish I could get some hard info on the Letus. My LA7200 works amazingly on the 12-35 F2.8...I want something that works well on the 35-100 as well...maybe I should be buying an SLR Magic and using both of them interchangeably...
  19. Something from Eduardo Angel and the Gh4 and Anamorphx...I guess it's technically OK not loving it but hard to tell if it's letus's fault or theirs.
  20. I don't suppose you'd sell the custom front clamp and diopters and all that separately?
  21. I don't think the aspect ratio shift has been proven. It was only noticed in one review and his unsqueeze process was dubious and he was unable to defend it well on the BMC forums.
  22. There were a lot of issues with that review, if I remember correctly, it came out just after the thing was released and was much discussed over on BMCuser. I have seen a lot of twitter people with their hands on the adapter about to test who suddenly go quiet or have posted nothing. There was one on the GH4 week before last. But no footage. Waiting for some of that before pulling the trigger.
  23. Here are a couple more from twitter today through this fellow in NY...GH4 and Letus...looks manageable...makes forgetting the matte box and using circular NDs behind the adapter all the more tempting (and saving a grand).
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