I know, it looks like a bulky version of that elegant Jedi weapon—the lightsabre—but it is a quite genius piece of gear. Everybody who works as a one man band knows the unpleasant situation of having to change a lens while holding another one and the camera body, too. That’s where the CaptureLens comes into its own! Peak Design, a well-known manufacturer of camera accessories—some of them successfully funded via kickstarter—has just released a very useful piece of equipment: the CaptureLens. Announced in summer 2015, it’s now ready for delivery. The idea is to have a lens mount which is capable of having two lenses attached to it at the same time handy—one on the top, one on the bottom. If you want to change lenses, use both of your hands to detach the lens from your camera body, as per usual. Then, attach the lens to one side of the Capture Lens Clip and rotate the whole thing. The now top faced lens is ready to detach with easy one hand operation, and you can attach it to your camera body. Job done! The set consists of two pieces, the CaptureLens and the Lens Kit, which is available for various lens mounts, such as Canon EF, Nikon F or Sony E/EF mount. The CaptureLens device is compatible with the existing clip system by Peak Design, so you can switch back and forth between a broad range of mounting options. The clip part can be attached to any strap up to 3’’ (7 cm), and it is compatible with other Peak Design clips such as the Capture Camera Clip system. Another neat feature is the rotating 4-way locking swivel which ensures a freely rotating device as well as four lock positions for securing your unused lens. Check out the video below. It becomes very simple to understand how it works when watching it in action. Also, make sure to check their product page for more info. I think it’s an ingenious piece of gear—though it might look a little weird on your belt. What is your opinion of such a device?Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! In the second part of this episode featuring lens manufacturers ZEISS, SLR Magic and Samyang, we covered different philosophies when it comes to designing lenses. I started out by posing the question whether it’s possible or not to design a lens that satisfies both filmmakers and photographers, being able to switch the amount of focus through the lens barrel has. Due to the mechanical design of most professional lenses this is something that seems impossible to achieve though, according to Andrew Chan. We moved on to lens flares, which are imperfections in lenses that cause light flares when pointed at light sources at some angles. ZEISS and SLR Magic have very different opinions on this topic – where ZEISS tries to eliminate any flares to make lenses “perfect”, SLR Magic invests a lot of time in “getting the flares right”. JJ Abrams sure loves his flares – here a still frame from “Star Trek” (2009) (copyright Paramount Pictures, all rights reserved) The final topic covered in this part was the multitude of lens mounts available, and the difficulty this poses for lens manufacturers and customers alike. Samyang for instance offers 12 different lens mounts for their lenses. Andrew from SLR Magic mentions how a lot of customers have problems moving between camera systems because of their prior investment in lenses with a specific mount – which they cannot always change or adapt to the new system. Watch all other episodes of ON THE COUCH so far by clicking here! Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology, Røde Microphones, Movidiam, FilmConvert & F&V.Read more
I reported about the MTF EF-mount last week, a device that would soon enable you to use a Canon EF lens with your favourite large sensor camera (F3, FS100 or AF100). For a long time, well ever since these cameras are out people have been waiting for someone to develop a mount that will give them aperture control on Canon lenses. It was great news at IBC when MTF announced that they’d have a sub 1100€ unit available in a couple of months, but it looks like the company Redrock Micro has also been working this. And the price looks pretty interesting.Read more
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