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Mosaic Engineering filters for 550D/T2i and similar, plus 60D


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Mosaic engineering have released VAF-TXi anti-aliasing / anti-moiré filter for Canon T2i (550D), T3i (600D), & T4i (650D). Designed to cut down aliasing, moire and false detail, resulting in a much better picture.

http://store.mosaicengineering.com/VAF-TXi-Moire-Aliasing-Filter_p_14.html

you can see Andrew's example of the version for 5D here:http://www.eoshd.com/content/7120/canon-5d-mark-ii-mosaic-engineering-vaf-5d2-anti-aliasing-filter-review

I have mine on the way, I'll let y'all know how it works ;)

JG
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It's a good point! For me it's a matter of familiarity, I know Magic Lantern and 550D, my lenses etc. inside out, so it makes sense to chuck in a little to improve the quality quite a bit, but yes for first timers it'd be a little silly! I've always been a fan of getting everything you can from gear before upgrading...
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Yea, the idea is really great. There are some problems, though (cinema5d.com/news/?p=12190).

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There are four minor things you should be aware of:
1. The closest focusing distance of your lenses is changed. The Tokina 11-16mm used here could initially focus as close as 30cm, with the filter applied the closest point was 100cm. On the Canon EF-S 55-250mm it raised from 1.1m to about 1.5m
2. Focusing by using the zoom-in button on your 7D is not as easy as it was before. During zoom your image appears only about a third as sharp as without the filter. Focusing accurately is still 100% possible.
3. You cannot take useful photos while the filter is in.
4. Not intended for 720p mode.
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The image out of camera loses some false-detail sharpness but responds a lot better to sharpening, by the looks of it.

I noticed this about anamorphic too, the softening effect of the wide stretch lets the footage respond nicely to sharpening, and you can push a lot harder than with spherical lenses. The humble 550D also denoises in a far nicer way than the FS700, I think, though it doesn't have the 422 or ultimate sharpness.

Combined with ultra-hacked I-frame bitrates on 600D I think this filter will help to peak this generation of cheap and cheerful EOS! I think there's still life in it yet ;) and there's whole new generation of film-makers with even less cash and even fresher ideas yet to come...
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Let us know what its like, as i've had my eye on this for ages.
It took them almost a year to come up with this option for other cameras & it might be a little bit late in the day.
Unless its really worth it, the nearly £200 price tag is a bit steep - i would have paid it, in a heart beat, last year, but now...not so sure!
Thanks in advance
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same here, i watched it for a long time, never seemed to arrive then suddenly, boom!

Yes it is late in the lifespan, but I'm excited to try it out for sure, I don't see myself parting with the EOS just yet, in fact I'm swapping out the 550D for a 600D soon rather than picking a different camera system. Anything over the 1Kpounds mark i tend to rent, which gives away that when I have a budget it's not my body that's used (though almost always my lenses).

I don't often do test videos, but I'll be sure to pop one up when I get the filter in a couple of weeks.
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Cheers, much appreciated.
Just watched the vids on their site again & it should make a lot of a difference.
I'm with you on sticking with EOS (2in1 camera) & renting, just makes sense - oh, & ML is just hands down the best hack.
I'm waiting for the 5D mk2 to hit below £1k - real bargain with that filter.

Interesting & his stuff on the 5D workflow is good (scanning 1080 to 2k):
http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2012/11/canon-5d-still-a-workhorse/

The ML hacked 7D could be a goldmine if they get it right & it's hit the £1k mark, but needs to drop more.
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