*Final version test now available: vimeo.com/edwinlee/darkside *
The first ever user test of SLR Magic's prototype (v.2) anamorphic lens with 1.33x ratio.
The lens is for Micro Four Thirds and utilises their 35mm f1.4 Cine II as rear taking lens.
As SLR Magic is based in Hong Kong it's only befitting that a local crew took her out to play and show off our city.
Shawn and I had a few precious hours to shoot something so our little film test took place in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, the most densely populated district on earth. What results is a man's burgeoning quest for 'relief'.
Shot on Panasonic GH2 (unhacked). Nearly every shot at f2.8 and maximum 1600 ISO.
By the way the last shot with the ice cream turned out blurry - was due to sloppy focusing on my part.
Personal notes about the lens:
As mentioned above, this is a prototype lens. I cannot reveal images of it but I can say it's light and compact. Built to operate like a single lens, it allows shooters to pull focus to a certain degree. It also has a neat close-up function that allows you to shoot up to about 1 meter.
Right now, the flares are a little too scattered for my liking - I'm just too used to the Hypergonar and Lomo styles. However, SLR Magic has yet to apply any lens coating so I hope to see something that suits my taste.
See my old examples: Hypergonar HiFi 2 - vimeo.com/15464649 LOMO square/roundfront - vimeo.com/20677336 vimeo.com/27936376
Other than that, it's great to see a company dishing out anamorphic glass for the prosumers. Get ready to toss out your projection lenses! (Or else if you have $$$ for the top stuff).
AGAIN - this is a prototype lens and still under development.
SLR Magic is quite active on Personal View so you can join in the discussion there: personal-view.com/talks/discussion/4466/most-wanted-anamorphic-lens/p1