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Sean Cunningham

SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x - 50

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(VIMEO version: https://vimeo.com/90143707)

I've been shooting and experimenting with the Century Optics 1.33x adapter for over a year now. While definitely not ideal I was pretty happy just to be shooting anamorphic and combined with the Tokina achromat I could get results that were workable enough for indie filmmaking. When SLR Magic announced they were developing a new anamorphic adapter some critics predicted it would be not much more than a copy of either the Century Optics or LA7200 adapters. They couldn't have been more wrong.

For starters, it's virtually impossible to get sharp edges free of chromatic aberration on the Century Optics adapter without sacrificing infinity focus and using diopters. The SLR Magic Anamorphot has very even performance across the frame, free of CA and can be used with bigger stops on longer focal lengths than is possible with the older adapters. In fact, you can use it with stops that are a major challenge for pulling and maintaining focus without a camera assistant if your camera/monitoring combo doesn't offer peaking.

The Anamorphot flares easily and has a similar blue-streak look most people associate with Panavision. SLR Magic maintained coating characteristics on their matching diopter set (+1.3 and +.33) so that the cool look of your flares is maintained if you happen to be using them in a close-up situation. The great thing about this adapter though, they're optional rather than compulsory.

In this video I alternate taking lenses between my Nikkor 24mm f/2 at stops between f/2.8 and f/4/5.6 and my F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 shot mostly at f/2.8 which was impossible on the Century Optics adapter without stacking multiple diopters. Focus is a real challenge at these stops and on a legitimate production I would always have an assistant pulling focus. Anamorphic filmmaking generally requires a 1st AC unless you're using a dual-focus adapter designed for projection which mandates rigorous camera and subject blocking and as little relative movement as possible. Or being really stopped down, and who wants that? Show less
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