A couple days ago, Andrew of SLR Magic was kind enough to let me play with their upcoming anamorphic adapter here in San Francisco and I have to say I was very impressed with the unit. I only got to play with the unit for a brief time and we were pretty much stuck inside a dark room so I didn’t get as much variety or cool shots as I would of liked. I also was didn’t have a tripod so I apologize for the shaky handheld shots. We matched the adapter up with an SLR Magic 35mm 1.4 CINE II. I also tried it on my SLR Magic 12mm 1.6 but unfortunately, it was too wide and it vignetted.
It took me about 10 minutes of playing around to get familiar with the unit’s built in diopter. It has a “Near” and “Normal” mode that you must adjust to get critical focus. I believe anything closer to 2-3 meters must be set to “Near” mode and anything beyond that has to be set to “Normal” to achieve infinity focus. I apologize again if some of the shots seem slightly “soft”, those shots came before I learned how to focus the adapter properly. The adapter can achieve tact sharpness at 2.8 and above. Anything below 2.8 and there is a significant loss in sharpness.
The flares look great as you can see from the examples. Andrew said they used a controlled method of coating instead of just stripping all of the coating away. The flares generated beautiful sunbursts and streaks. Enough talk, check out our video and judge for yourself!GH2 GH3 Cine lens, SLR Magic Anamorphic, SLRMagic Anamorphic adapter