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October 21, 2013

Letus AnamorphX Adapter is Shipping Soon, Here's What It Can Do

Letus Anamorphic-x-1Letus officially announced their 1.33x anamorphic adapter back in September, and as the release date inches closer (apparently some should start shipping sometime in the next week or two), more videos have been popping up showing off just what it can do. While an anamorphic adapter is made first and foremost to take an image and squeeze it to get a wide and sharp image without cropping, many of the unintended consequences of that squeezing are desired characteristics for certain shooting situations, like horizontal light flares and oval light sources in the background. A number of shooters have been able to test out the adapter, so click through to check out those videos below.

Features of the adapter in case you missed it:

  • 1.33x squeeze, which will work with all current crop of 16:9 cameras, bringing it to a standard 2.39:1
  • Works with current prime and zoom lenses
  • Custom optical components
  • High resolution
  • 0.8 mod pitch gear for critical focus
  • Both Multi and Single coated for superior image quality with elegant flare.
  • CNC aluminum housing
  • Mounting solution for 114mm outside diameter lens like Zeiss CP* and adapting ring for smaller lens like 77mm, 82mm, etc.
  • Can be mounted to standard 15mm support rods instead of directly to lens
  • 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 mounting points
  • Made ready with matte box (Optional)
  • Patent pending clip on 2-stage filter (Optional)
  • 2-Stage filter accepts both 4x4 and 4x5.6 glass
  • Will work with 30mm - 135mm focal length lenses for full frame sensors and 14mm - 135mm focal lengths for super35 and smaller sensors (full compatibility list coming soon)

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Here is  with his 3-part review (this was the single coated version):

A different sample video from Mike Collins of  (also single coated):

Here's a video from  using the Letus AnamorphX:

The single coated version of the adapter still suppresses flares to a great degree, so if you're looking for a flare-fest, you might want to look at something a little different. I think this adapter is going to be more welcome as an everyday option because the "adverse" effects of squeezing the image are minimized to a certain extent. If you have no coating on the lens part of the adapter, flares can get downright distracting, but for different shows that may be the look you're going for. I think some examples we've seen of uncoated anamorphics can be a little out of control, and obviously Letus agrees, which is why they aren't shipping something without any coating:

The 1.33x crop on 16:9 sensors gives you right around the 2.39:1 aspect ratio that is now the DCP standard for movie projection, but obviously if your piece doesn't need to be shown in a theater, you can make it whatever aspect ratio you'd like.

The 2x squeeze has been used far more in movie productions because 4 perf Academy Standard 35mm film was more of a square format, and thus needed a larger squeeze. The 2X squeeze is dramatic with more extreme-looking oval bokeh, and while you can put 2X anamorphics on many current cameras, only those like the RED EPIC, ARRI ALEXA, and Sony F65 (as well as a few others) have settings that let you see and shoot in the proper 1.2:1 aspect ratio for 2X anamorphic. This means that you're left with an extremely wide aspect ratio when pairing with 16:9 sensors, something closer to 3.55:1, like with this video:

While you could always crop the image to 2.39:1 if you were shooting with 2X anamorphics on a 16:9 sensor (you'll lose a bit of resolution in the process), Magic Lantern RAW should actually allow for a more correct aspect ratio to be shot in-camera when using 2X squeeze adapters or lenses.

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Based on the price, it's a little more of a serious purchase for most people, so it makes sense that it's made to be sharp and control flares. Depending on how you shoot, you can probably exaggerate the bokeh a bit more, but flares are difficult to control if it's not already built into the adapter. Right now the Letus AnamorphX can be pre-ordered with a deposit, but according to their website, they are scheduled to start shipping October 26th. Pricing starts at $1,700, but that's just the adapter. If you want the mattebox and lens support, it's going to bring the price over $2,000. Apparently if you purchase an adapter now, they are offering a special program:

Letus Exclusive "Early Adopter" Program

Buy with confidence with our early adopter program. Your purchase is 100% protected. If an updated or new version of the AnamorphX is released in the future, early adopters can trade in their adapters for FULL credit toward a new one. This offer is limited by serial number on the production run. When the offer is discontinued, this notice will be removed from the site. Offer can end without notice.

I think that's a great option for people who might be on the fence about improvements made in the future, so if you got one now, and Letus makes a better version, you'll be able to trade it in. Read more about the adapter or purchase one of your own over at the links below.

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Rental item for me- pretty darn cool though.

October 21, 2013

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Austin Mace

Looks like a great product!

October 21, 2013

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James

Damn, I was reading the article and I got exited, I needed to have this. Then I kept on reading till the pricetag came along 1700$, jesus christ i thought this would be below 300$...

October 21, 2013

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Visual

This is priced like a high end professional cinema camera accessory and appears marketed toward DLSR shooters - heck it's roughly half the price of the RED global shutter/electronic variable ND mount!

I'm not too sure about the build quality or ease of use of this "gimmick". It can be darn tricky and time consuming to focus two separate elements and get critical focus. If this housing had a swing away design, included flags for the matter box and a modular and rotatable filter holder design... I'd consider it.

As is, it just looks like an expensive poorly thought out headache. No Thank You

October 21, 2013

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It does solve the "filmic" desire for your regular DSLR/Mirrorless cam user, even if he doesn't screen his own little flick at Cannes.

October 21, 2013

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DLD

I was confused a little bit with sharpness on longer lenses and portraits (Test part 1). Is it just because of a prototype? Cause I am super excited and want to invest right now, but this is the only thing, that holds me.

October 21, 2013

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Hang on, I have never really understood how this works, so I can put this adapter in front of say a micro four thirds 12-35mm Panasonic zoom and it will squeeze the image to give me an anamorphic field of view, or do I have to have anamorphic lenses which are then squeezed by this adapter to fit a DSLR sensor?

October 21, 2013

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James

James, you can put something like this on a 12-35 and it will squeeze your image.

I am a bit disappointed but the apparent overall softness, though it's hard to tell when shot with a 7D.

October 21, 2013

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Stuart

This was a nice surprise to see my test end up on No Film School. I can say it's relatively easy to use and pop on the camera. I used it primarily with a Duclos modded Sigma 30mm and a Rokinon Cine 24mm. I didn't have the right step up ring to use the Rokinon 85mm. For me the adaptor is cool because it lets me shoot in a more cinematic aspect ratio. I wasn't going for insane flaring because I wouldn't really do that in my real work. I used it on a Canon C100 and used a Small HD AC 7 to do the unsqueeze so I could actually compose my shots. The adaptor is a bit heavy and you need to put it on rails but other than that I didn't find it hard to use. We had it on my camera and out shooting in Downtown Portland inside of a half hour. We got stopped a ton by people asking what kind of camera it was so it's not something remotely subtle :) Happy to answer any questions people have as best I can.

October 21, 2013

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Did you have a chance to try it with longer-portrait lenses? If yes how was it? Was it sharp enough?

October 21, 2013

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Only used the Sigma 30 and the Rokinon 24. Letus sent me the AnamorphX to shoot with in NYC so I will try other lenses.

October 21, 2013

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Will be waiting on that, man! Thanks!

October 22, 2013

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Great test Mike! Glad to hear that it's simple to use.

October 21, 2013

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Thanks Joe. You set the focus on the adaptor and then dial it in on the lens. We didn't have any issues with focusing. It screws right onto the lens and you are good to go. It's really nice to actually shoot that ratio rather than just cropping for it.

October 21, 2013

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Does this mean a rack focus would involve focusing the adapter first, then the lens? If so, sounds hard to do smoothly. Also, looks like you have to avoid parallel lines in the outer fifths of the frame (like in Cinema Mercantile test at 0:29). Would love to rent this.

October 22, 2013

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Taylor

It's like they built this for me. :-)
I look forward to trying out this and the SLRMagic one.

October 21, 2013

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marklondon

Can all this be done with wide angle lenses and some VCP Optical Flares?......... the footage would be a lot sharper I think.......and cheaper to accomplish.......but what do I know.

October 21, 2013

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Al

...mostly yes, but you wouldn't get the same bokeh and field of view characteristics. While anamorphic flares are cool and the obvious/overused aspect of anamorphic lenses; it really is the bokeh and the field of view characteristics that are the desired effect of the cinematic anamorphic look. It's hard to replicate those aspects.

By using a lens that is half the focal length and a custom iris you could get closer. For example, a 24mm lens and an oval iris (or the vidAtlantic CineMorph filter) and cropping in post would give you a similar look of an anamorphic 50mm.

You'd end up with something similar to this:
https://vimeo.com/74082976

Which looks pretty sweet to me.

October 25, 2013

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This is just made for the GH2. It would be a killer combo that only the Arri Alexa could beat.

October 21, 2013

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NormRasner

There's a set of Arri Isco anamorphic primes on eBay. Asking $45,000. Free shipping though.

October 22, 2013

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DLD

And the BMCC. And the C300 etc etc

Yes, I am a proud GH2 owner too, before you ask!

October 22, 2013

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Fresno Bob

if its soft it a waste of money your better off cropping

October 22, 2013

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Drew

Great product. Way too overpriced tho. Shooters are ready to pay for quality... but this is ridiculous.

October 22, 2013

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Agreed. When you think about the old Panasonic adapter this isn't that much of an improvement to warrant this price. Improved yes, but not that much. I might pay $500 for it.

October 24, 2013

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Steve

hmm, so this converts any lens to anamorphic?

October 24, 2013

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I just buy a Foton zoom 37 to 140mm on PL made in 1986 from a seller in Ukraine ( Sovjak on ebay )
in mint condition. This zoom was made for the Russian Konvas and Kinor how used LOMO lens a copy of the zeiss at this time i like the color of those lens.( the 2 first number on the serial are the year the lens was made )
They made also a anamorphic attachment look very similar to transform those zoom in scope a rear attachment and a front attachment ( 2 way to get the zoom in scope ) the best it's the front attachment. For a very good one today and they are rare you need to pay 1500 $ to 3900 $. The zoom it's small 5 inches and 1/2, it's 3 year i am looking for this, i pay mine 837 $ USD in mint condition with the shipping but this included the follow focus ring and the hood the front and the back cover and a universal mount on PL arriflex mount. This zoom cover the super 35mm on film.For this foton you need to pay over 400 $ to get one in order
you got hot color and less sharp compared to the zeiss of today and sharper vs the angenieux of this period.
The advantage it's the lens have no part how get in the camera it's near a flat end, Rafael Pankratau in Belarus do some lens mount for it originally the lens was sold on a OST 18 lens mount it's a very versatile lens a 3.5
on digital you just increase the asa ! ( some extremely rare are on m42 )
The lens mount available are PL ( a standard ) Oct 19 (Konvas M2 and Kinor 35mm movie Camera) Ost 18 or Oct 18 ( a Konvas M1 with 3 lens ) Canon ef and soon the 4/3. you have one screw to unscrew and a lens ring how lock the lens mount and you change the mount.
Do a search on google with the word Foton 37-140mm zoom 3.5 if the front it's square a scope attachment is on.
Rafael web site for the lens mount http://rafcamera.com/adapters/canon-ef-eos
Rafael sold on ebay and on is web site he do not have his best lens i buy few thing from him including a camera Ostcam 35mm a Konvas M2 modified in 1992. Sovjak on ebay sell a lot of lens some zeiss converted to PL Sovjak name is Serhij Piskunov Kiev Ukraine i buy 2 lens from him this year.
You have a forum on Russian gear call www.konvas.org

October 25, 2013

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Pierre Samuel Rioux