by Thomas Price | 29th March 2016
Duclos Lenses, a family-owned business operating out of California, have just announced the Duclos 2x Tele-Extender—an impressive piece of kit that can effectively double the focal length of a cinematographer’s lenses. Let’s take a closer look! A Little bit about Duclos Lenses Duclos Lenses still very much see themselves as a small, family orientated business and I find that quite refreshing. Founded by Paul Duclos in 2002, they soon began creating a successful range of lens accessories and that trend has continued for almost fifteen years—with two moves to bigger locations in that timeframe giving us an idea of how well their products have done. The Duclos 2x Tele-Extender As the name implies, the Duclos 2x Tele-Extender is designed to double the focal length of a shooter’s lens, giving a narrower field of view while ensuring that image quality is still of the highest quality. Quick and easy field adjustments are enabled thanks to an integrated back focus adjustment. The Duclos 2x Tele-Extender was designed and manufactured with quality in mind; anodized aluminium with stainless steel PL mounts and Japanese glass form a robust, high-quality extender. According to Duclos, the extender “excels at maintaining resolution throughout the field for Super 35 format lenses.” As with any other 2x extender, users can expect to see a 2-stop light loss when putting the Duclos 2x Tele-Extender to the test. Duclos 2x Tele-Extender Specs Focal Length: 2x Taking Lens Max Aperture: -2 Stops Coverage: Super 25, APS-C Mount: PL Length: 2” If you’re curious as to whether it will fit your lens, consider using Duclos’ check gauge to check. If you have any more questions about the Duclos 2x, or any other Duclos product or service, consider shooting them an email—they state that questions will be answered immediately during business hours, so it is worth a shot. Delivery of the Duclos 2x Tele-Extender is expected to begin shortly (Spring 2016), and it is currently available to pre-order for $4,995.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 28th July 2010
I stopped by Duclos Lenses and asked Matthew Duclos a few questions. The Duclos modified Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 Zoom Lens has been around for some time. They are in the process of converting the new Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 into a cinema style lens. The new lens will no longer have a “reverse” focus. The iris will be click-less and manually controlled. The Vibration Reduction has been removed and there will be proper cinema markings on the exterior of the lens. It will be available in PL, EF or Nikon mounts. The newly designed lens should be available this winter. No mention of price yet. Duclos has been modifying lenses for some time and they have a really cool delrin lens gear that is pressure mounted. The delrin gear will fit on most lenses and is only around $100 mounted. Matthew also discuses image shift, or what is commonly know as “breathing” in still lenses versus cinema lenses.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 19th November 2009
Duclos 11-16mm T2.8 Zoom Lens. Duclos Lenses in Los Angeles, CA. has been re-tooling the Tokina 11-16mm Zoom with a cinema housing for a while now. They add a manual iris, and gears to the zoom, focus and newly installed iris ring. They also install a PL mount for RED users. This can be had for a pricey $4k, however if you simply want a Canon EOS Mount and Focus gear it will only set you back $750. Tokina 11-16mm T2.8 Duclos 11-16mm T2.8Read more
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