Took the new SLR Magic Anamorphot and 35mm T1.4 for a shoot at an abandoned train yard. Shot with a Panasonic GH2 with Driftwood's Moon T7 Hack. A Fader ND filter has been applied during the whole shoot. Some shots were shot with the camera mounted on a monopod, which were then stabilized in post.
Footage has a good mix of different apertures, the fastest at T2.8, and there was a good combination of T4, T5.6 and T8. The Anamorphot is simply sharp at the said apertures, and I intend to test out faster apertures in future night/low light shoots.
The focusing system on the Anamorphot takes minimum time to get used to. There are two modes: NORMAL vs NEAR. NORMAL allows focus to infinity, but has trouble focusing distances ~4 yards or closer. Focusing closer distances requires switching to NEAR mode, but anything closer than ~2 yards will need the use of the +1.3 and +0.33 diopters. Once I got the hang of the distances and modes, it was a breeze. Focusing with the Focus Assist feature on the GH2 also helped (shot lightweight w/o monitor).
The overall feel of the Anamorphot is solid, and the construction of the lens is sturdy. It's light enough to run and gun with a monopod while attached to the SLR Magic 35mm T1.4. However, using both diopters in front of the Anamorphot adds considerable weight and length, which would stress the relatively small MFT camera mounts. Therefore a rail support system is recommended with that setup.
Very happy with the Anamorphot set thus far. I'll be testing the flares and oval bokehs next.
Music: Hogan Grip - Stance Gives You Balance