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 anamorphic lenses are now as usable as an Iscorama. It means Nikon glass can finally focus the ‘right’ way! It also gives closer focussing abilities for lenses that have a …

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UPDATED: Blackmagic URSA Mini looks ergonomic! 15 stop dynamic range, 4.6K, anamorphic support!!

  Update – pre-orders are now available at B&H and CVP Group At B&H – 4.6K sensor version, EF mount – $4995 At B&H – 4K (old URSA sensor) version, EF mount – $2995 With an FS7 style magnesium body and powerful 4.6K Super 35mm sensor (switchable between rolling shutter and global shutter), the URSA Mini looks to be a real winner. Is this the true spiritual successor to the Cinema Camera we’ve all been waiting for?

Panasonic GH4 firmware update brings 24p Anamorphic, V-LOG coming in later update / watch footage

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/124684805[/vimeo] Here’s the first footage, from Hot Rod Cameras (follow on Facebook here) shot with a beta-firmware GH4 in V-LOG. The update is coming out later, but first we have V2.2 to look forward to almost immediately. This brings anamorphic support in 24p and more.

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 Now I have a newer version of the lens with me in Berlin to see how it compares to my other anamorphic lenses.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).

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 the Red Dragon in 6K records up to 3160 lines vertically (2:1 aspect ratio). An anamorphic lens is needed to take advantage of the resolution gain in squarer aspect ratios …

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SLR Magic 2x Anamorphic – my footage and first impressions

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/106772619[/vimeo] What informs the film look? Of all the technical aspects that do, I think it comes down to three key ingredients. 24p, a wide dynamic range and a 2x anamorphic lens. I and many other filmmakers chase that look. Well, I’ve just returned from Photokina in Cologne, Germany with a surprise. 2 years on from my first visit to SLR Magic at Photokina in 2012, they are back with a 2x anamorphic lens in 2014. This lens has the potential to revolutionise the consumer market for cinema-standard anamorphic.