It's now since one week that I own the upcoming new anamorphic lens from SLR Magic, the anamorphot 1.33X - 50.
It's a compact and light 1.33X anamorphic lens, working from 40mm on full frame and 20mm on M43 systems.
It has the particularity of having a focus ring for close focus, it's very convenient because you can use it without diopters. Another difference seems to be the usuability of shooting at fast apertures. I even did a fast test at T0.95 on the SLR Magic 25mm and the image was still usable ! More tests to come.
I've used two cameras with two different lenses on this movie : flickr.com/photos/43243778@N04/sets/72157640826690735/
First the OM-D OM-5 from Olympus. Despite it's not so good video codec, this camera has what the other cameras don't have (yet) : an incredible 5 axis stabilization system. The addition of the Lumix 20mm with the SLR Magic anamorphot on the OM-D make quite the perfect combo. The problem that I still have with the love-able OM-D is finding the best image mode. I'm usually using the "Art3" mode Pale&Light Color (like in this movie), or sometimes "Art4" mode Light tone mode.
Second the new Sony A7, the first full frame hybrid camera. For me this camera is very lovable too. For the first time it's offering the same flexibility than M43 systems : putting thousand third part lenses (such as Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Contax, Leica, M39, M42, Cine lenses, and so on....). And enjoy those lenses in full frame.
The 50$ Nikon 50mm f1.8 is a cheap and very good pancake lens. I've put on the Sony A7 with a Novoflex E to Nikon mount adapter. The result with the SLR Anamorphot is very good too, and there is less distortion on the edges than the Lumix 20mm on the OM-D. It's real obvious when you watch the difference on the flares from the two lenses.
Using the diopters on the SLR Magic anamorphot improve the sharpness of the image. The 0.33X achromatic diopter from SLR Magic seems good and offer more sharpness, but it is not indispensable for close focus, because of the close up focus ring of the lens. The 1.3X gives the possibility to film closer to the subject, and the 3X I'm using too... The three diopters of the movie are reavealing tremendous flares, as you can see at the end of the "Crêpes scene".
Thank you for watching ! Any comment are welcome ! :)
SLR Magic anamorphot 1.33X - 50 anamorphic lens
SLR Magic 0.33X and 1.3X achromatics diopters
Marumi 3X achromatic diopter
on Sony A7 with Nikon 50mm f1.8 E Serie
and Olympus OM-D O-M5 with Lumix 20mm f1.7 pancake lens
1080 24P on the Sony
1080 30P on the Olympus
from 200 ISO (most of the time), 800 ISO (kitchen scene) to 2000 ISO (couch scene)
Apertures from f1.7 to f5.6, most of the shot taken at f2.8
Light Craft mark II variable ND filter
No color correction except slight brightness on the OM-D
Music : Trentemøller "Candy Tongue (Feat. Marie Fisker)" from Lost