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Rudolf, thank you very much for the comment!

I know it's harsh, and this was one of the few pieces of the whole article I considered taking out, but well, if I did, I wouldn't have learned this just now! I don't remember where I got that from, still! hahaha. Thank you very much for this, do you have any link, video, magazine, whatever, where I can go more in depth on the subject? I'll be more than happy to fix that.

Regarding the achromats, I didn't know they existed until a couple weeks back, when some popped on ebay and I was able to grab one. HAHAHA. Had NEVER heard of them before - and I spent quite some time looking for both things before writing the paper (Iscoramas and achromats).

The only reason I was able to afford the gear was buying weird lenses and reselling them on the brazilian market. The profit from that eventually was enough to match a unique opportunity to grab the Foton-A. The other LOMO was just blind luck, no other explanation. Paid $800 for it! One thing I took from the process was: the more fucked up the lens, the more you'll learn by trying to fix it up (true for the Foton and Iscorama).

One more thanks for your comment, and I hope you enjoy the episodes!

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Hi Tito, I just watched Zona S. SP. and I am very impressed! Great job. Really, realy well done. I have to say you definitely are the right man to own those fine lenses as it is much better to make good films than boring flaretests and so on  :)

Unfortunately I cannot provide you with any good resources regarding the Iscorama stuff. I know some filmmakers who have decades of experience with Iscos. One in particular knows some engineers from Isco and had a quite close relationship I think. He owns all the good stuff...

Keep up the great work! Hope you have a nice time in Vancouver (heard it is a great city)

 

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Thanks a lot, Rudolf! I'm really glad you liked it! Hahahaha, the idea was to make a test-with-a-point, so I think it worked. :)

Ok, no problem. I'll change the original chapter and add this version as well, so whoever's reading can choose what to believe. Even though the one there sounds more like a hollywood story, yours makes much more sense. Someone might pop up to confirm either one of the theories, or just add another one. hahaha.

I'll be writing some more soon, but school has been hard and there's almost no time to enjoy the city (which is indeed  a great place) so, even less time to write things down...

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wrote a (very) small epiloge of what I have in mind for the future of this research - and no, I won't charge for it. hahah

EPILOGUE - WHAT LIES AHEAD
http://www.tferradans.com/blog/?p=7429

I'm also posting small anamorphic hints and tips about lenses on my instagram every day, so feel free to follow if that interests you!
http://www.instagram.com/hoveringlights

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I finally finished the first of the anamorphic video reviews I set out to do a few months ago. The next ones won't take as long! I present you the mighty Iscorama 54.

Please let me know what you think of it, what worked and what could be improved, which lenses would you like reviewed and if you thought of it as useful or just more of  the same of what we have around the web. 

ANAMORPHIC ON A BUDGET - ISCORAMA 54.
 http://www.tferradans.com/blog/?p=7541

If you haven't watched/read my ground rules for the video reviews yet, check my other post!

ANAMORPHIC VIDEO REVIEWS - GROUND RULES​
http://www.tferradans.com/blog/?p=7508

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That was great Tito! Thanks a lot. But run and gun is not ideal with the '54: I like to pair it with the Tokina 28-70 and lensturbo. That is heavy stuff and therefore I've never really used that combo - ridiculous... What I really like about the '54 is its built quality. Mine fell down and has a only a littly dent on the filter (can still add a filter) otherwise nothing serious happened - works just fine. Try that with a 'Van Diemen Isco'... !

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Thanks Rudolf. Indeed, run-and-gun is not ideal, but it beats any double focus system, no matter how light it is, don't you think? Maybe I'll do the drop test with the VD Isco. NOT. hahahaha! The original 36 would be blown to pieces if dropped, anyway!

Well, life turned out easier than I expected and the second review is up: Iscorama 42.

ANAMORPHIC ON A BUDGET - ISCORAMA 42.
http://www.tferradans.com/blog/?p=7633

For the third review, I'm thinking of the small Century Optics adapter, or the Panasonic LA7200, which are more "budget-like" lenses. The third option is Kowa for Bell & Howell. I'll be working on the Rectilux review on the side.

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Nice one Tito - its good to see someone dedicating their time to creating this resource.

Its nice to see someone else thinking that the 42 is the sharpest of all the Iscoramas & its metal!

I've found that you can run'n'gun with the 54, yes its heavy but that weight really gives you that extra bit of stability. However, as Rudolf has said, its not that easy with the Tokina combo (too long more than too heavy), which I think is my new favourite taking lens. I've also noticed with the 54 that it can be picky with taking lenses, some producing sharper images than others - the Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 producing the sharpest images (its also the funniest match due to the enormous size differences).

Recently, been filming a lot with the Isco Widescreen 2000 in combo with the Mir 24m 35mm f2 + RJ focal reducer on the BMPCC - it has now become my goto R'n'G anamorphic. For some reason I never really felt the love for the WS 2000 on other cameras or perhaps I didn't give it enough time - just glad i kept it.

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You have a great collection of lenses at your disposal Tito! And you are doing great stuff. Thanks for your work and letting people paricipate of you experiences!
Hopefully you did not get me wrong about my VanDiemen comment?! Was not ment offensive. If I had an Isco in bad shape I would for sure have gone the same route. But if it is ok I just think it looses it's versatility which I love very much about it. BTW I would like to know if you guys always have lenssupport with the '54? With the Tokina it has to be of course but who about lighter taking lenses. In the old days the '54 was mounted without support on the Super-8 cameras!

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I've used it once without a lens mount when I first got the 54, it was attached to my 60D & a Helios 40-2 - but not for long, as I soon realised I had 2kg straining on my camera. I now always use a lens mount/support system, as its just not worth the risk & it keeps everything stable when I rack focus. Also, with the Pocket cam and/or smaller lenses, I would think the stress of the weight over prolonged periods of shooting could easily break something.

I've seen some pics of it on Super-8 cameras & it just doesn't look right or safe.

The only time I don't use a mount is when i'm taking pictures with it.

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Thanks Rudolf and Bioskop!

Bioskop, I had an Isco2000 for a long time, and it lived paired to the Helios 44, for the 5D. Light and extremely effective when combined with the proper diopters, so I agree, what you said is a great setup for run-n-gun.

About the Isco 2000's performance, it won my heart when I was able to shoot these tests (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferradans/sets/72157633440760895 ) when all my Iscos were with a friend. 5D3 + Helios or Jupiter 9 + Isco 2000 and diopters (+0.4, +1.25 and +2)

Rudolf, not offended at all, hahaha! Actually, for the 36 video, I'm trying to find a pre-36, a real 36 here in Vancouver, and my VD in order to compare them all and explain the differences! Would be nice to have some more info about that VD Mk2, but no word out so far, huh?

I only used support for the 54 once or twice, for all the time I had it. I usually go run-n-gun, so I always have my hand around it for focusing, or it's pointed down while we change setups. I never got totally friendly with rigs and all, I think it's part of my 3rd-world-cinema-style culture, documentary/handheld looks and that sort of thing. Slows me down too much.

About the super-8 cameras, yep, doesn't look right at all. hahaha

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Forgot to update this thread for a few weeks!

Some more videos online, including a new series - Anamorphic Chop Shop - with shorter videos presenting tips and guides on how to tweak the lenses to your needs.

ANAMORPHIC ON A BUDGET - CENTURY OPTICS 16:9 RATIO CONVERTER.
http://www.tferradans.com/blog/?p=7670

ANAMORPHIC CHOP SHOP - CENTURY OPTICS BAYONET TO 52mm.
http://www.tferradans.com/blog/?p=7708

ANAMORPHIC CHOP SHOP - UNBOXING THE RECTILUX 3FF-W.
http://www.tferradans.com/blog/?p=7694

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Thanks for posting this Tito, I like the footage!  I have the Century 1609 in a Canon Bayonet mount.  I've done the step ring hack, but I also acquired a Canon GL1 lens assembly which includes the bayonet.  I'm considering making casts of the bayonet (probably in brass) and fixing those casts to step down rings, to live on each of my lenses so each lens can be attached quickly by bayonet, as originally designed. (Though I'm still deciding if it's worth the cost/effort}

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Thanks for posting this Tito, I like the footage!  I have the Century 1609 in a Canon Bayonet mount.  I've done the step ring hack, but I also acquired a Canon GL1 lens assembly which includes the bayonet.  I'm considering making casts of the bayonet (probably in brass) and fixing those casts to step down rings, to live on each of my lenses so each lens can be attached quickly by bayonet, as originally designed. (Though I'm still deciding if it's worth the cost/effort}

​That's a cool idea, Bold, there used to be a guy who sold these (Amit), there are plenty of references of him around the web, but I couldn't find a single adapter for sale. If you push forward with this, let me know how it goes! I'd love to offer that option to people, instead of hacking step rings. :)

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​That's a cool idea, Bold, there used to be a guy who sold these (Amit), there are plenty of references of him around the web, but I couldn't find a single adapter for sale. If you push forward with this, let me know how it goes! I'd love to offer that option to people, instead of hacking step rings. :)

Will do!  I know a guy who casts brass in the area, if his costs are reasonable, I would have several thread sizes made.  If enough people were interested I could possibly commission a few batches and sell them for a (modest) profit.  If I can relocate the guy I will let you know!

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Tito, which anamorphics are you going to use the Rectilux with? Gonna be interesting to see how that performs!

​For the moment, I'm just using the Kowa B&H. I don't have any others that fit inside, nor the rings required to swap them. :(

For the near future, I wanted to try the cinelux and rectimascope. If I could get my hands on a Bolex would be awesome too.

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​For the moment, I'm just using the Kowa B&H. I don't have any others that fit inside, nor the rings required to swap them. :(

For the near future, I wanted to try the cinelux and rectimascope. If I could get my hands on a Bolex would be awesome too.

Cool. I've been liking what I saw from the FM lens module so far. Will be interesting to see what the rectilux looks like. Keep us updated :)

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ANAMORPHIC ON A BUDGET - CENTURY OPTICS WS-13.
http://tferradans.com/blog/?p=7723

ANAMORPHIC ON A BUDGET - PANASONIC LA7200.
http://tferradans.com/blog/?p=7877

ANAMORPHIC CHOP SHOP - PANASONIC LA7200 FIX WITH +0.25 DIOPTER - PART 1.
http://tferradans.com/blog/?p=7868

ANAMORPHIC CHOP SHOP - PANASONIC LA7200 FIX WITH +0.25 DIOPTER - PART 2.
http://tferradans.com/blog/?p=7869

ANAMORPHIC ON A BUDGET - PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.
http://tferradans.com/blog/?p=8031

ANAMORPHIC ON A BUDGET - ISCO-OPTIC 16:9 VIDEO ATTACHMENT I.
http://tferradans.com/blog/?p=7901

 

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