Aputure LensRegain – the All in One Focal Reducer Plus Wireless Lens Control Adapter – Cine Gear 2016

If your working tool of choice happens to be a micro four-thirds camera, then you know the problem. You’ll need some kind of focal reducer in order to make proper use of decent full frame glass like the Canon EF L Series. But Aputure doesn’t stop at that. They just have released their DEC LensRegain adapter, highly anticipated since the NAB 2015, which is not only a focal reducer but a whole wireless camera control! Nino Leitner caught up with them at Cine Gear 2016.

lensregainFocal reducer vs. focus & aperture control

A good year ago, Aputure introduced their DEC wireless focus & aperture adapter. That was (and still is) a cool little piece of gear, suffering from one disadvantage: it isn’t compatible with the Metabones Speedbooster. If you were shooting on a Panasonic GH4, for instance, then you had to decide: you could either use an EF lens with the DEC wireless adapter but with a massive crop factor as a result, or you could reduce the crop factor with the use of a Speedbooster and give up the wireless focus and aperture capabilities.

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The Aputure DEC LensRegain attached to a Lumix GH4

The Aputure DEC LensRegain

So there was always an either/or decicion to be made… until now. The Aputure DEC LensRegain offers both: it is a focal reducer and a remote camera control. First of all this, adapter sports a built-in 0.75x focal reducing optical element, which is a necessity if you want to make good use of EF glass on a micro 4/3 sensor.  On top of that, Aputure merged this focal reducing adapter with their existing wireless control tech from their original DEC adapter in the form of an receiver which connects directly to the LensRegain. With an OLED screen which displays the current (and already calculated) T-stop, this module alone is a very neat little device which also connects wirelessly to the remote tripod-grip style unit.

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The LensRegain gives you not only an extra stop of aperture and the ability to work with a decent crop factor, but also allows you to start/stop the camera from the control handle, as well as wirelessly controlling aperture and focus. You even can program two focus points for precise focus racks. Pretty cool!

The battery life of the receiver module is set to 4 hours and the hand grip unit should last for a week which seems to be more than sufficient. The grip can be operated within a 100m range from the receiver, making it possible to operate in crane setups and other scenarios in which the camera is hard to reach.

The main competitor for this DEC LensRegain adapter is, of course, the Metabones Speedbooster Ultra which sports a 0.71x focal reducing element. The resulting image is a little bit wider than the image from the 0.75x LensRegain adapter. On the other hand, the Speedbooster is a little more expensive ($649) than the LensRegain ($589) and it lacks all the wireless camera control capabilities.

One thing to note, though: you can’t control the aperture manually on your camera while the LensRegain adapter is attached to it. Only the wireless hand unit works and it blocks the manual camera dial.

Pricing and availability

The Aputure DEC LensRegain is available as of now and it retails for $589 with everything you’ll need to get it working.

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  • DEC LensRegain adapter
  • receiver module
  • hand grip
  • mounting clamp for the hand grip
  • hard case

Our European followers can get Apurture’s device from Amazon UK by clicking here or Amazon Germany by clicking here

Also make sure to visit the german distributor Equiprent if you are located in germany.

For more information, please visit aputure.com

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Bernhard Pusch June 15, 2016

Hey, thank you for the news! I am just wondering if you need a lens that supports auto focus in order to be digitaly controlled via the DEC LensRegain adapter. In other words, would be a Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1,4 ZE work? I assume no – will not work..but would be happy to be wrong.

Thank you

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss June 15, 2016

Bernhard, yes that would be nice.. but it would require some sort of magic, I guess. So the answer is no, a manual lens won’t work, unfortunately.

Ryuu Sama Reply
Ryuu Sama June 15, 2016

Can it work on a canon?

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss June 15, 2016

Ryuu, could you please specify your question a little bit?
In terms of compatible mounts on the camera side: This adapter is designed to work with any micro four thirds mount, such as the Panasonic GH4.

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Steve R June 16, 2016

I feel strongly that a rocker switch is the completely wrong control for focus. You can’t do professional focus pulls with a rocker switch. This was a bad design decision on Aputure’s part.

It really should have been a thumbwheel or similar (with programmable stops) – like most wireless focus solutions.

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Evan Shaw June 17, 2016

This company is really rocking man

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Anton Krieger June 17, 2016

Hi there Olaf,

maybe you might consider putting a link to our shop as well, as you are already using our photos in your blog post…

Cheers
Anton

EQUIPRENT Andreas Teichmann GmbH
shop.equiprent.de

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss June 17, 2016

Anton,
I’m very sorry! I thought the images were official product shots by Aputure. I’ve added a link to your online shop.

Thank you

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Jorge Garcia June 22, 2016

Hi there,

I’m trying to find the items necesary to mount the control box on a cold shoe mount and the coaxial extender cable as displayed on the video but with no luck. Can you please share links or name the items. I will really appreciate it. Thanks

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss June 22, 2016

Jorge,

I fear this optional accessory is not quite available yet but should be very soon as is was announced alongside the adapter itself.

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Jorge Garcia June 22, 2016

Awesome! Thanks

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Paolo Rudelli June 23, 2016

Cheap for all features that he give but is a gears for productions who can’t afford serious equip with pro cine lenses and other setup gear.
But if you do a such small production you really need wireless control???

Personaly i will never use a gear like this in a seroius payed production.

If you work in low budget production in how many day you will payback this gear???