Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.
Mitakon Announces New Version II of The 0.95 Speedmaster 35mm Lens
To most of us, these ‘Speedmaster’ 0.95 lenses are usually more of a gimmick than an actual tool you would use on a regular basis. Optically, they just usually aren’t very high quality when shot wide open, so you have to stop down; you might as well just buy a cheaper lens.
Well, Mitakon has announced a new and improved 35mm 0.95 Speedmaster lens which they hope may change this stigma. Not only is the new lens smaller and more compact than its version 1 brother, but it also has an improved optical formula, which should improve the overall image quality possible with this lens.
Just as with the version 1, this new version comes in three mount options: Sony E Mount, Fuji X Mount, and Canon’s EF-M mount. It is meant for APS-C sized sensors, so sadly A7 series owners will need to shoot in crop mode or find a different option.
The new lens is also available immediately, either directly from Mitakon themselves or through authorized retailers. The US price is $599, which is actually much better than I was expecting (I’m lookin’ at you, Sony/Zeiss 35mm F/2.8!!).
// Stay Tuned for B&H order links //
SLRMAgic Announces New 1.33x Anamorphic lens set
The look you get from anamorphic lenses is something else, which is why I am a little excited to see SLRMagic announce their new 1.33x Anamorphic lens kit.
This new kit includes 35mm, 50mm, and 70mm lenses and should be a killer addition to any videographer’s kit.
This 1.33x anamorphic lens help filmmakers maximize their image quality by preventing loss of vertical resolution. The unique 1.33x squeeze factor uses the entire 16:9 sensor/negative area to achieve the desired 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT-CINE 1.33x does this by compressing a 33% wider field of view to fit the width of the 16:9 sensor/negative without compressing image height.
- SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT-CINE 35mm T2.4
- SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT-CINE 50mm T2.8
- SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT-CINE 70mm T4
- Lens Type: Anamorphic lens
- Squeeze factor: 1.33x
- Objective front filter thread: Φ82
- Mount: Titanium PL compatible with optional SLR Magic EF/F/mFT/E-mount
- Titanium adapter.
- Lens Coating: Multi-Coated
- Close Focus: 3’6
- Weight (oz./g): 38.8/1,100
- Length (cm): 13.5
- Diameter (cm): 10
- Image Circle: S35 for 35mm T2.4, FF for 50mm T2.8 and 70mm T4
The new kit will be available for $1249 (a killer deal) and should be shipping soon!
Easily Remove chromatic aberrations and color fringing
Chromatic Aberrations and Color Fringing is the bane of all wildlife and landscape shooters’ existence. Trees and other greenery are breeding grounds for these optical issues, and only the most expensive, latest glass truly controls it to satisfaction.
So the video above does a great job of showing you how to remove it manually, in Photoshop. Enjoy!
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