Just recently we showed you some sample footage taken with one of the first prototypes of SLR Magic’s upcoming 1.33x anamorphic adapter. Well, it seems that Letus, a company that mainly produces videography accessories, is aiming at the exact same market niche right now. According to No Film School, the company is about to introduce their own 1.33x anamorphic adapter, and we might be seeing it very soon. Clinton Harn mentions some of the (preliminary) tech specs on his blog.
1. Works with current prime and zoom lenses
2. The adapter has 3 fixed positions: Close Focus, Mid Focus and Far Focus replacing the need for add-on diopters. For critical focus the user can fine tune further using a 0.8 mod pitch gear on the adapter.
3. High resolution. Said to be capable of at least 2K with most lenses
4. Custom optical components
5. Multi-coated for superior image quality but still retain elegant flare. (a single coat option will also be available that will flare more. The multi-coat version has higher resolving power)
6. Made ready with matte box
7. Patent pending clip on 2-stage filter
8. Mounting solution for 114mm outside diameter lens like Zeiss CP* and adapting ring for smaller lens like 77mm, 82mm, etc.
9. 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 mounting points
10. CNC aluminum housing
11. 1.33x squeeze, which will work with all current crop of 16:9 cameras, bringing it to a standard 2.39:1
The price is said to be around the $1,700 mark, which makes the adapter a viable solution for indie filmmakers and other videographers that dig the anamorphic look, but can’t afford proper anamorphic glass. This is an interesting development, and could mean serious trouble for SLR Magic.
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