January 13, 2014

Check out the First Test Footage & Estimated Availability Date for the Letus AnamorphX-GP

At the time of the announcement of Letus' 1.33X Anamorphic Adapter for the GoPro, the AnamorphX-GP, there wasn't any footage to share in order to show you what you can expect, nor was there a release date. Now, Jared Abrams of Wide Open Camera has uploaded a couple of videos that give his first impressions of the adapter, as well test its capabilities, and Letus Direct says its estimated availability date is set for the end of the month. Continue on to get your first glimpse of some GoPro Hero 3+ footage through Letus' anamorphic eye.

We covered the announcement of the AnamorphX-GP earlier this month and shared all the necessarily specs, but in case you missed it, the adapter, which costs $199, has a 1.33x squeeze factor, converts the 16:9 aspect ratio into 2.39:1 aspect ratio without the need for cropping when the GoPro is in 1080 mode, and allows you to use the 16:9 images in SuperView mode as is without the need to de-squeezed them in post.

As you might expect, you're not going to get the beautiful oval bokeh that you would while shooting anamorphic, because -- well -- you're shooting with a GoPro, which isn't built to give shallow depth of field. But how well does the AnamorphX-GP produce those horizontal lens flares and characteristic "bulge"? Well, this video may not answer the lens flare question, unfortunately. However, though there aren't any horizontal flares to drool over, Abrams does demonstrate the wide aspect ratio. Abrams also mentions that he and his team worked with a prototype that had a slight edge blur on the camera right side. See for yourself in the test video below:

Abrams gives his first impressions of the adapter in the video below:

According to Letus Direct, the estimated availability date for the AnamorphX-GP is January 31st, though they're unavailable to preorder. However, you can sign up to be notified once they do become available here.

What are your first impressions of Letus' AnamorphX-GP? What about Abrams' test footage? Let us know in the comments below.

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41 Comments

Can this work on a Gopro Hero 3???

January 13, 2014 at 12:21AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Joseph Robert Jobe

It should do as the hero 3 fits in the hero 3+ housing

January 13, 2014 at 2:47AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Sky

While I quite liked the idea when first introduced, very little of the resulting image actually reminds me of the much desired anamorphic look, the distortion of the Gopro itself is already so dominant that I believe most viewers will just instantly take it for a Gopro shot, maybe a side by side comparison could clear up things but like this I can't see any advantage on spending the extra 200$ to squeeze the already very squeezed image even further...

January 13, 2014 at 12:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Raul

That is one aspect of anamorphic, but oval bokeh (or semi oval in this 1.33x anamorphic) is pretty much non existent due to the size of the sensor and the wideness of the lens.

Now the increase in vertical resolution is a nice plus for your anamorphic projects.

January 13, 2014 at 6:55AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Never expected oval bokeh from the go pro, but maybe a hint of a flair...

January 13, 2014 at 11:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Raúl

Looks sweet. Jared rules!!

January 13, 2014 at 12:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Lol testing anamorphic adapter without showing lensflares?!?!? They dont know what they are doing.

January 13, 2014 at 1:43AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Kuk

Worst. Video. Ever.
A girl that gets heavily distorted when she reaches the borders of the frame? Really? In SUCH a lighting situation without? Well, you can't show vertically blurred out-of-focus areas on a Gopro, so at least show a flare. Hard to believe the really released this footage to sell anything, looks even less than unspectacular without a side by side comparison.

January 13, 2014 at 2:35AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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lame as hell

January 13, 2014 at 4:42AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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sek

+100

this was pure crap

January 13, 2014 at 12:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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+ 101 True. Seal of approval.

January 14, 2014 at 4:18AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Alexandre

If you want to know what terrible anamorphic footage looks like, watch that video.

I don't know who is more to blame? It is either a terrible product and/or it is being used by someone incorrectly. If it's the latter then it's an issue of competence.

January 13, 2014 at 4:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Kevin Werner

no that is just typical Jared-style footage ... seriously ... he can't do any better
look at the other videos and quick-take videos he produces
not sure why he does that but looking at the footage we know he'd be better doing something else for a day job.

seriously ... that is the worst thing I've ever seen and I'm amazed that it gets mentioned on nofilmschool.

January 13, 2014 at 4:47AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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seb

Sounds personal. Not public. Hit me up via email anytime.
Thanks

January 16, 2014 at 7:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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I always have to say; why? The GoPro is a camera for a very specific purpose and it does it very well, but for general cinematography..............

January 13, 2014 at 7:04AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Greg Nuspel

Funny how a novelty camera can draw such silly comments here. In fact its plain stupid. There was nothing wrong with the footage, it's just a gopro, that's how it looks.

January 13, 2014 at 8:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Anthony Marino

not its the selection of shots, location, dancers and the poor framing

January 13, 2014 at 8:46AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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seb

Why are you so adamant that the footage was poorly shot? I think it does a great job of showing the strengths and weaknesses of the adapter. The dancer is an easy way to show the distortion as somebody moves across the frame. The movement across the stairs shows how perspective and space is felt by the camera. It was obvious that they were trying to use the sunset in the background as a way to test flares, but it doesn't look like the clouds were cooperating. I guess they could have attached the camera to a helmet or moving vehicle to show the effect that the adapter has on footage of the camera being used the way it was designed to be used, but otherwise it's a great test.

January 13, 2014 at 1:39PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Casey

I wonder what he gets paid from Letus for generating all this buzz
hey ... jo... check it out ... check this out ... check check check
hilarious

January 13, 2014 at 9:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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loft

Why they make it for the Hero 3+ Housing ???
LCD Bacpac won't go in this housing !!!

January 13, 2014 at 10:56AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Manji06

No thanks

January 13, 2014 at 11:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Chris H

You're all a bunch of whiners. Its anamorphic! Does any more need to be said? Don't you know anamorphic makes everything better? Chuck Norris eats his breakfast in anamorphic. Michael Bay wears anamorphic sunglasses to make his day dreams more epic. The Hulk became The Hulk by being blasted with gamma rays that travelled through an anamorphic adaptor. The Kraken was forged by the Gods using spears made out of gorgeous horizontal anamorphic flares!

In other news, there are rumors that Letus will next be making an anamorphic adaptor for the famed "Barbie" cam that Philip Bloom used in a recent DigitalRev video - price is rumored to be an affordable $3,000...

January 13, 2014 at 12:31PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Neil

You, sir, are hilarious.

January 15, 2014 at 11:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Gavin

Not only do I love they got a cute girl to dance around for an anamorphic test, I love how at the end the crane bangs into the ground. Basically screams " hey don't rent to us!"

January 13, 2014 at 12:46PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Lee

And the end result is cheezy crap video! Whoohoo.

January 13, 2014 at 12:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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have you expected anything better from Mr. "jo"-"dig this"-"check that out"-Jared ???
:D
embarrassing and annoying

January 13, 2014 at 1:35PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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jabr

It blows my mind how rude some people are in their comments. If you don't like the footage, fine, but saying that the guy would be better off doing something else for his day job is totally unnecessary. Let's see what you can do Seb....

January 13, 2014 at 3:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Mark

Yeah, some of these comments make me want to stop visiting filmmaking sites altogether.

January 14, 2014 at 3:25AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Coty

this is incredibly cool! Never expected this to happen so soon.

January 13, 2014 at 3:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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it would be interesting to see how this would work with some non-fishbowl lens mods that are out there for the gopro. i think there were some that could still fit in the waterproof housing

January 13, 2014 at 4:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Sky

They don't even show what is different than original, plus I don't like the shots they made in the end video as it ugly fisheye effect the whole time. And where are the filmic lens flare he talks about, there is non. Don't see this being sold with this video as a promo.

January 14, 2014 at 9:59AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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the girl was great at letting us into her world - what wasn't awesome about her dancing? the sky looked beautiful as well - I see nothing wrong with the video - never met these people - I've been to museums that make me pay for less of an art feeling than i got watching this short video - I love that they left the crane falling shot for the energy they transmitted --they intentionally broke the narrative -- I see that footage more as a reality simulator style look- like they just plugged me in -- remember all those types of shots in the film 'brainstorm' -- i think that's the look -- i won't compare gopro to kodak 65mm vision3 stock -- though i was surprised how many shades it captured in the warm background colors instead of blowing them all out

January 14, 2014 at 12:38PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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brando

This is a bit like testing a top-of-the-line laser sight on a water pistol.

January 14, 2014 at 6:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Fresno Bob

Here is the frame grabs to so the difference with the adapter and without and also the flares.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.798179810209005.1073741826.116...

January 15, 2014 at 5:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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GT

Thanks for the comments. We did not get paid to do this test. We are excited about the adapter and wanted to show it to you all. We only corrected for exposure and color to show how the adapter works with the GoPro. It has great potential for anyone shooting anamorphic as a "C" camera, POV camera or crash cam. It's a GoPro not a DSLR or Alexa.
Thanks!
Jared

January 16, 2014 at 2:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Thank you for the test Jared. Here's a thought. If you wanted an anamorphic look and were going to use a GoPro, how about this...get a Hero 3+ retrofitted by Back-Bone with the switchable lens option, then put in a wide angle lens that does not distort and put it all in the GoPro housing with the Letus adapter. Am I wrong? Wouldn't this look better?

January 16, 2014 at 5:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Would the gopro still fit into the housing with the back-bone mod done on it?

January 16, 2014 at 6:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Sky

Only with a really tiny c mount lens. :) Don't think so, but I have not tried the back bone yet.
Thanks!

January 16, 2014 at 7:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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For sure. This is only a test. I really like the back bone concept. I think we may see a cine style GoPro at NAB as well. It's great for specific shots. Now it will mesh with anamorphic if necessary. Thanks for the feedback.
Jared

January 16, 2014 at 7:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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is any one know where you can purchase a good deal GoPro used or new don't matter,

January 18, 2014 at 7:46PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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March 18, 2014 at 1:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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nah doesn't look sexy enough...

January 30, 2015 at 6:26PM, Edited January 30, 6:26PM

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