by Nic Divischek | 26th April 2017
SLR Magic introduces the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 40 (Compact) adapter for indie filmmakers, as well as a new SLR Magic CINE 25mm F1.4 wide angle lens. SLR Magic are renowned for challenging the anamorphic lens market for indie filmmakers, aiming to provide great-quality glass at an affordable price. They have introduced two new products at NAB. Here they are in detail: SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33X – 40 Adapter The problem with trying to achieve a 2.35:1 aspect ratio when using spherical lenses on a 16:9 sensor is that this means cropping off the top and bottom of the footage. As a result, 25% of the sensor information is discarded. In order to help filmmakers maximize their image quality by preventing loss of vertical resolution, SLR Magic developed the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 40 (Compact) adapter. It is a small, lightweight, single-focus anamorphic adapter designed to be front-mounted to most camera lenses beyond 40mm (35mm equivalent). The unique 1,33x squeeze factor uses the entire 16:9 sensor area to achieve the desired 2.35:1 aspect ratio. It does this by compressing a 33% wider field of view to fit the width of the 16:9 sensor without compressing image height. The SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 40 adapter will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers from the end of May 2017 for a retail price of $499 US. Also Introduced: SLR Magic CINE 25mm F1.4 SLR Magic also has extended its full-frame lens lineup with the SLR Magic CINE 25mm F1.4 wide angle lens for FE-mount and E-mount. This focal length is generally a great choice for interior, architectural and landscape cinematography and photography. The SLR Magic CINE 25mm F1.4 will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers from the end of May 2017 for a retail price of $399 US. What do you think of the new adaptor? Will it be a handy piece of kit to have in your arsenal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.Read more
by Tim Fok | 14th May 2015
The Batis lens line from Zeiss announced last month are now available for pre-order. The FE mount (Full Frame E-Mount) lenses are a worlds first to include a PMOLED screen to display focus distance for use in lowlight. Like many Zeiss lenses, it’s just nice to sit for a while and stare at the sheer beauty: Zeiss absolutely nail their aesthetics, simple sleek and classy. The Batis line is the epitome Zeiss in this regard, yet in others offer features that are unusual and “out of character” for both the company and any other lens manufacture. I’ll speak of the obvious first, the inclusion of a PMOLED screen. The same technology found in eBook tablets, the screen offers a low power solution that is viewable in bright daylight. Gone are your traditional etchings or perspex window meaning the design is sleek and minimal without the pitfall of lost information. The second glaring factor is the inclusion of autofocus and image stabilization (latter 85mm only); very rare for a Zeiss lens. It’s no secret that Sony and Zeiss have a heavy affiliation, and this partnership has produced many auto focus lenses in the past, but these are usually made by Sony under Zeiss’ specifications as Sony provides the electronics needed for the auto focus capabilities. Yet it seems the Batis line is a proud child of the main Zeiss family (unlike all other Sony/Zeiss E-mount lenses the Batis line show up on Zeiss’ main website). Zeiss are renown for their solid manual focus manual aperture lenses, so this Batis line becomes a very interesting venture. Like the Loxia line, Zeiss have announced two Batis lenses to start. Thankfully they chose two focal lengths not covered by the Loxia pair, a 25mm f/2 and a 85mm f/1.8. Both lenses are FE mount, meaning they will fit on any E-mount camera, supporting both full frame and APS-C sensors; I can’t wait to try these out on my Sony A7S. Here’s the spec of both lens: Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Aperture Range: f/2 – f/22 Camera Mount Type Sony E (Full-Frame Angle of View 82° Minimum Focus Distance 7.87″ (20 cm) Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5.2 Elements/Groups 10/8 Auto Focus Filter Thread Front: 67 mm Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.19 x 3.07″ (81 x 78 mm) Weight 11.82 oz (335 g) Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Aperture Range: f/1.8 – f/22 Camera Mount Type Sony E (Full-Frame) Angle of View 29° Minimum Focus Distance 2.62′ (80 cm) Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.9 Elements/Groups 11/8 Image Stabilization Auto Focus Filter Thread Front: 67 mm Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.19 x 3.62″ (81 x 92 mm) Weight 1.05 lb (475 g) Combined with the Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2 there is now a really credible set of primes available for the full frame E-mount. It’s great to see E-mount taken seriously as theirs many great cameras now sporting this lens format (Sony FS7, A7S, FS700). I’ve used a handful of FE Sony/Zeiss lenses and wasn’t impressed with the build quality or feel of the focus ring. The weather proofing on the Batis line is an immediate step forward, I just hope the focus ring is up to the usual Zeiss par, as stopless focus rings can be a right pain for video.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 18th December 2011
Disclaimer: This is not a scientific test, merely a look at the sensors behaviour under the given condition. This is a quick test to get a feeling for the sharpness of the Scarlets Mysterium-X sensor. And to make sure sharpness is not suffering from lens type I tried some PL lenses with a Scarlet PL mount as well. More on that later. Setup: Contax Zeiss 28mm T2.8 Recorded at 4K, ISO 800, 25fps, 1/25th shutter, Aperture 5.6 +1/2 Result (100% quality jpeg): download jpegRead more
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