Introducing the SLR Magic anamorphic lens – hands on with new V3 prototype

At the beginning of the IFA show in Berlin, Andrew from SLR Magic dropped by at my studio and dropped off the V2 and V3 anamorphic prototype lenses the company are working on. As long time EOSHD readers will know I am a passionate advocate and shooter of anamorphic.

The SLR Magic anamorphic is the first new lens of it’s kind to be announced in many years.

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New SLR Magic prototype anamorphic lens footage surfaces

SLR Magic are working on a 1.33x anamorphic adapter. Hong Kong based shooter Edwin Lee has tried it out. The lens is ‘compact’ and attaches to the front of your prime. SLR Magic say it works best currently with their 35mm F1.4 on Micro Four Thirds and the Canon EF 50mm F1.4 on full frame.

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Speed King – SLR Magic 35mm T0.95 Review and 5 Axis Stabilisation samples

http://vimeo.com/71346820

Note: video is shot with no rig on an outstretched hand.

The SLR Magic 35mm T0.95 is an ultrafast manual focus lens targeted at cinematographers. It is a Leica M mount lens with bespoke adapters for mFT and Sony E-mount.

Until now I had been using this lens on my Sony FS100 but Olympus recently updated their OM-D firmware to support 5 axis stabilisation in video mode with all manual focus lenses.

Move over MoVI…

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$60 Pentax that’s actually a $800 Zeiss by designer of Stanley Kubrick’s NASA glass

The Contax Zeiss Distagon ‘Hollywood’ 28mm F2.0 is a classic fast wide for full frame and is incredible on Super 35mm as well. Wide open it’s one of the sharpest F2.0 wide angle lenses available and it has very little distortion.

The Contax Zeiss version fetches $800 on eBay but there’s a $60 wolf in sheep’s clothing called the Pentax PK 28mm F2.0 which has a fascinating story behind it.

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Digital goes back to the 70’s – 1st impressions of Dog Schnit Optiks Flare Factory 58 lens and sample photos

The Flare Factory 58 is modified lens by fellow British filmmaker Richard Gale, and a regular member of the EOSHD forum. A few weeks go Rich sent me one of the first of the lenses, a Flare Factory 58 (serial 004). Humorously branded Dog Schidt Optiks (the ‘n’ is silent), Rich is modifying Helios 44-M 58mm F2.0 lenses making versions with a unique character which can be customised on order. They are hand assembled and modified in England.

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Metabones Speed Booster adapter – full review

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Buy the E-mount Metabones Speed Booster – $599 for Canon EOS lens adapter, $399 for others

The Metabones Speed Booster adapter brings the full frame look to Sony mirrorless APS-C and Super 35mm E-mount. (Indeed it will bring the Super 35mm look to Micro Four Thirds but not until March).

It also gives you an extra stop of light. F2.8 becomes F2.0 and F2.0 becomes F1.4. F1.2 becomes a lightning fast F0.90.

It would appear the full frame sensor is now rather pointless. Is there a catch, a trade off in image quality?

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“Hurt Locker” lens Canon 8-64mm T2.4 PL zoom – perfect companion for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera?

UPDATE: Shane now seems to say it vignettes at 8-12mm. Take all this with a pinch of salt until he makes his mind up

Usually most Super 16mm cinema glass won’t cover the larger sensor in the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The sensor is closer in size to the Panasonic GH3. However Shane Hurlbut has had a rather useful discovery, in shooting with the Canon 8-64mm F2.4 on the BMCC he found it covers the sensor just fine without vignetting.

Canon 8-64mm T2.4 PL / Arri on eBay US

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