Shooting a test which started at 5:17 am.
my first real test using the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33X - 50 adapter, with their new CINE II 35mm T1.4 as a taking lens on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Each of these shots were taken at 2.8, which is the recommended aperture by SLR Magic. fwiw i experimented wide open with good success, however familiarity/experience with dual focus is necessary for really sharp images wide open. i'll shoot some more on some other lenses shortly as well as wide open and even shots with speedbooster.
These were taken with the BMPCC handheld, without any external monitor, to see suitability for run n gun/travel, etc. I will definitely say focussing on the BMPCC with *any* dual focus anamorphic adapter is is going to give much better results with an external monitor, since the monitor is so small. BTW i also find when using an external monitor, using the standard 16:9 mode, instead of 'anamorphic' mode makes focussing heaps easier.
As i already own several anamorphic adapters (including Bolex Anamorphot 16/32/1.5x, Proskar 16a 2x, and a few different Iscorama 1.5x), i wasn't looking to run out and shoot a bunch of 'hey look, flare' shots. i already know it flares quite well. i was really interested to see how it is as an adapter for everyday use. This is the second 1.33x adapter i've used (the Optex 1.33x).
I'll start by saying i really love this adapter. the build quality is fantastic. the focus is smooth, although a little 'scratchy' (you'll know what i mean if you are familiar with any of the SLR Magic CINE lenses. The focus ring itself is big with the right amount of throw, for a relatively small total focus amount. Overall, this adapter is big and heavy - i can see why they released a new 'reinforced' version of the CINE 35mm. I also used the SLR Magic +0.4 and +1.3 coated diopters. these things are BIG. but work perfectly and stack nicely.
The lens comes with 3 very cool step-up rings - if i remember correctly, it's 49, 52, and 58mm. I just know they're sitting on SLR Magic 25 T 0.95, the 35mm T1.4, and the Voigtlander 17.5mm f/ 0.95. The adapters are cool in that they have curves as finger grips, making them extremely easy to remove. The Adapter itself has an integrated mount system. I have been a long time fan of Redstan mounts, but the integrated mount is more 'fixed' and secure (far lower propensity to rotate accidentally). So you simply screw on, adjust the alignment, and shoot. There is a registration mark on the top, but it's going to be more accurate to align with a bright light.
While this is not a fantastic clip, the bmpcc screen and my choice of shots in available light that let me down, rather than the adapter. With good lighting, rig, and evf or monitor, this experiment would have been better. I will definitely be using it on many projects to come.
desqueezed in FCPX
Bedok Jetty, Singapore
"Snow Drop" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)