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Our lead sponsor for ON THE COUCH is B&H – a camera and accessories retailer everyone knows, in fact the largest in the United States. In this special episode, I talked to Gabriel Biderman from the marketing department of B&H, to hear about his impressions from this year’s NAB and the big trends that they notice (and which they have a lot more insight in as they know what sells best). Be it 4K, octocopter drones or camera movement – Gabriel knows exactly what their customers like.

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B&H has a huge superstore in New York (covering an entire street block!), where customers can try out all kinds of professional photo, video and audio equipment in person before they buy – and their orders ship from either there or their warehouse in Brooklyn – Gabriel talks about how it feels like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” for gear geeks like all of us …

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Above: beautiful new film from Seb Farges shot with the SLR Magic Anamorphot on the Sony A7 and Olympus E-M5.

SLR Magic have officially announced the Anamorphot developed with feedback and technical assistance from EOSHD and the anamorphic community.

SLR_Magic_Anamorphot50

I have now received a set of the first diopters to ship, which SLR Magic have developed especially for the lens for very close focus, in addition to the close focus mechanism built into the lens.

I’ll be covering these soon on EOSHD, using them on the Anamorphot as well as my Iscoramas to see how they perform vs the popular Tokina diopters much adored by the anamorphic community. These Tokina diopters were adored so much we created another hellish price bubble for them. Suffice to say the SLR Magic ones are half the price – you can buy the pair for $299.

I highly recommend the Anamorphot for anyone currently using an older LA7200 anamorphic or vintage dual-focus anamorphic. This lens is superior in my opinion. The anamorphic lens by itself costs just $899. Advanced users can buy it in a complete Special Edition kit with the diopters, stepping rings and SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 for $1899, a saving on buying the individual pieces separately.

I am lucky and own several Iscoramas but these are priced in the region of $3000. The Anamorphot does not quite give you the same vintage anamorphic feel as the Iscorama but it is 1/3rd of the price and has a unique style of its own.

Here’s the press release from SLR Magic -

Hong Kong, China (Feb 10, 2014) – SLR Magic is proud to announce the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 for indie filmmakers.

In the past, many indie filmmakers who wanted to shoot anamorphic had to depend on rare vintage lenses, which was not always reliable. In hopes to provide a reliable and available solution for indie anamorphic shooters, we had active feedback Personal-View forum users as well as technical assistance from http://www.eoshd.com for the past two years.

To achieve the much loved 2.35:1 scope aspect ratio, which gives a very pleasant, epic effect, filmmakers must crop off the top and bottom of standard 16:9 footage when using spherical lenses with modern digital cameras. As a result, 25% of sensor/negative information is discarded.

As a commitment to the film industry, SLR Magic developed this 1,33x anamorphic adapter to help filmmakers maximize their image quality by preventing this 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 Anamorphot 1.33x – 50 does this by compressing a 33% wider field of view to fit the width of the 16:9 sensor/negative without compressing image height.

Modern professional cinema cameras have large sensors capable of capturing an image in the 2.35:1 format directly, using spherical lenses, but film makers still desire the anamorphic “look” which often limits them to using rare vintage lenses. These present a number of difficulties in practice such as size, weight, lack of close focus, availability, and high price. We sought to overcome such issues with the SLR Magic Anamorphot.

The SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 create a unique “artifact” such as horizontal lens flare, commonly referred to as anamorphic streaks, and may create slightly elongated bokeh when achromatic diopters are used. Over the history of cinema, these same stylish effects have contributed to the cinematic “look” of epic motion picture photography. Characteristics that shape this anamorphic “look” come from “front-mounted” anamorphic adapter designs such as the SLR Magic Anamorphot while “rear-mounted” anamorphic designs have more suppressed anamorphic characteristics.

We will offer The SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 in two editions. The standard edition may have slight cosmetic imperfections such as small dust motes which has no observable impact on image quality. It usually takes a lot of imperfections to perceptibly degrade the image quality of a lens. Feedback from the “Most wanted ANAMORPHIC lens” forum topic showed many indie filmmakers wanted an affordable anamorphic lens option over rare vintage anamorphic lenses to use as “tools” for filmmaking. Cosmetic perfections lead to long labor hours in making an anamorphic lens and it is the main reason for high cost of new anamorphic lenses. It was a practical decision we made to offer two different editions to cater for these two consumer needs. The standard edition will have no material or optical compromises over the the SPECIAL EDITION. The SPECIAL EDITION will be sold in Hong Kong only and it is the same as the standard edition in terms of the materials used and optical image quality but extra effort would be put into the assembly process where it would be free of any dust motes (at the time of purchase only). The SPECIAL EDITION would be made “by order” basis.

The SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 and SLR Magic 77mm Achromatic Diopter Set (+0.33, +1.3) will be available from authorised SLR Magic resellers by March, 2014.

There is currently a pre-order offer for people who follow our twitter handle @anamorphot and email it to support@slrmagic.com by Feb 14th (GMT +8).

The Anamorphot will be available for viewing at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan from Feb 13-16 in the Video Area for Professionals at the “Digital-hobby” booth.

The SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 and SLR Magic 77mm Achromatic Diopter Set (+0.33, +1.3)

Technical Data:

SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50
Lens Type: Anamorphic adapter
Compatible Cameras: All micro four thirds mount cameras
Magnification: 12-36x
Objective front filter thread: ?77
Objective rear filter thread: ?62, ?58, ?52, ?49
Lens Coating: Multi Coated
Close Focus: dependant on taking lens compatibility
Weight (oz./g): 13.4/380
Optional accessories: SLR Magic 77mm Achromatic Diopter Set (+0.33, +1.3)

Suggested taking lens based on sensor size:

17-85mm focal length can be used for S16 sensor.
20-85mm focal length can be used for mFT sensor.
35-85mm focal length can be used for S35 and APS-C sensor.
40-85mm focal length can be used for Full Frame sensor.

Taking lens compatibility

Lenses with non-rotating front filter threads must be used. The front element of the taking lens should be as close to the rear element of the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 as possible without making contact. It isn’t necessary for the taking lens to have an internal focusing mechanism. Trial and error will be involved but, in general, the SLR Magic Anamorphot is best paired with a prime lens whose front element (not to be confused with its filter thread) is smaller than 50mm in diameter.

MSRP : $1,899 for SLR Magic Anamorphot SPECIAL EDITION 1,33x – 50
: $899 for SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50
: $299 for SLR Magic 77mm Achromatic Diopter Set (+0.33, +1.3)

Samples by testers and volunteer users using the standard edition of the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50:

by EOSHD
Anamorphic sample footage shot with the SLR Magic Anamorphot – and which lenses go best with it?

by Eyepatch Entertainment
SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter 35mm T1.4 Tutorial Video
SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphic – Tip for near focus mode
SLR Magic Anamorphic vs LA7200 Flare and Resolution comparison
SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphic – Sunset BMCC RAW

by Seb Farges
One Week with SLR Magic anamorphot (OM-D & Sony A7)
http://vimeo.com/85849379

by Ed Arnaud
SLR Magic 1.33X Anamorphot Test 1
http://vimeo.com/85588187
SLR Magic 1.33X Anamorphot Lens Flare Test
http://vimeo.com/85066650

by Brad Proudlove
SLR Magic Anamorphot Demo

by P13 Digital Media
Kascarade – The Long Kiss Goodbye – Acoustic version
http://vimeo.com/85010380
Bradford at night – Anamorphic – SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33 x 50 – F2.8
https://vimeo.com/85206248

by Edwin Lee
Dark Side (SLR Magic anamorphic)
http://vimeo.com/83319046

by Peter Prevec
Frozen
http://vimeo.com/86176821

by 3d-kraft.com
Anamorphic Project – First Tests of the final SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x – 50, Part 1
http://3d-kraft.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=152&catid=40&Itemid=2

by Orlando Benedicto
Chinese New Years 2014 – SLR Magic Anamorphot + Canon 5D mkIII RAW – Night Extended Footage
http://vimeo.com/85808761

by Jordan Levy
SLR MAGIC ANAMORPHIC ADAPTER TEST

The post SLR Magic Anamorphot-50 officially announced appeared first on EOSHD.com.

All credit is given to author EOSHD.comAndrew Reid

Click here to view the embedded video.

Above: beautiful new film from Seb Farges shot with the SLR Magic Anamorphot on the Sony A7 and Olympus E-M5.

SLR Magic have officially announced the Anamorphot developed with feedback and technical assistance from EOSHD and the anamorphic community.

To order: there is currently a pre-order offer for people who follow the Twitter handle @anamorphot and email a screen grab of it to support@slrmagic.com by Feb 14th (GMT +8).

SLR_Magic_Anamorphot50

I have now received a set of the first diopters to ship, which SLR Magic have developed especially for the lens for very close focus, in addition to the close focus mechanism built into the lens.

I’ll be covering these soon on EOSHD, using them on the Anamorphot as well as my Iscoramas to see how they perform vs the popular Tokina diopters much adored by the anamorphic community. These Tokina diopters were adored so much we created another hellish price bubble for them. Suffice to say the SLR Magic ones are half the price – you can buy the pair for $299.

I highly recommend the Anamorphot for anyone currently using an older LA7200 anamorphic or vintage dual-focus anamorphic. This lens is superior in my opinion. The anamorphic lens by itself costs just $899. Advanced users can buy it in a complete Special Edition kit with the diopters, stepping rings and SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 for $1899, a saving on buying the individual pieces separately.

I am lucky and own several Iscoramas but these are priced in the region of $3000. The Anamorphot does not quite give you the same vintage anamorphic feel as the Iscorama but it is 1/3rd of the price and has a unique style of its own.

Here’s the press release from SLR Magic -

Hong Kong, China (Feb 10, 2014) – SLR Magic is proud to announce the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 for indie filmmakers.

In the past, many indie filmmakers who wanted to shoot anamorphic had to depend on rare vintage lenses, which was not always reliable. In hopes to provide a reliable and available solution for indie anamorphic shooters, we had active feedback Personal-View forum users as well as technical assistance from http://www.eoshd.com for the past two years.

To achieve the much loved 2.35:1 scope aspect ratio, which gives a very pleasant, epic effect, filmmakers must crop off the top and bottom of standard 16:9 footage when using spherical lenses with modern digital cameras. As a result, 25% of sensor/negative information is discarded.

As a commitment to the film industry, SLR Magic developed this 1,33x anamorphic adapter to help filmmakers maximize their image quality by preventing this 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 Anamorphot 1.33x – 50 does this by compressing a 33% wider field of view to fit the width of the 16:9 sensor/negative without compressing image height.

Modern professional cinema cameras have large sensors capable of capturing an image in the 2.35:1 format directly, using spherical lenses, but film makers still desire the anamorphic “look” which often limits them to using rare vintage lenses. These present a number of difficulties in practice such as size, weight, lack of close focus, availability, and high price. We sought to overcome such issues with the SLR Magic Anamorphot.

The SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 create a unique “artifact” such as horizontal lens flare, commonly referred to as anamorphic streaks, and may create slightly elongated bokeh when achromatic diopters are used. Over the history of cinema, these same stylish effects have contributed to the cinematic “look” of epic motion picture photography. Characteristics that shape this anamorphic “look” come from “front-mounted” anamorphic adapter designs such as the SLR Magic Anamorphot while “rear-mounted” anamorphic designs have more suppressed anamorphic characteristics.

We will offer The SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 in two editions. The standard edition may have slight cosmetic imperfections such as small dust motes which has no observable impact on image quality. It usually takes a lot of imperfections to perceptibly degrade the image quality of a lens. Feedback from the “Most wanted ANAMORPHIC lens” forum topic showed many indie filmmakers wanted an affordable anamorphic lens option over rare vintage anamorphic lenses to use as “tools” for filmmaking. Cosmetic perfections lead to long labor hours in making an anamorphic lens and it is the main reason for high cost of new anamorphic lenses. It was a practical decision we made to offer two different editions to cater for these two consumer needs. The standard edition will have no material or optical compromises over the the SPECIAL EDITION. The SPECIAL EDITION will be sold in Hong Kong only and it is the same as the standard edition in terms of the materials used and optical image quality but extra effort would be put into the assembly process where it would be free of any dust motes (at the time of purchase only). The SPECIAL EDITION would be made “by order” basis.

The SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 and SLR Magic 77mm Achromatic Diopter Set (+0.33, +1.3) will be available from authorised SLR Magic resellers by March, 2014.

There is currently a pre-order offer for people who follow our twitter handle @anamorphot and email it to support@slrmagic.com by Feb 14th (GMT +8).

The Anamorphot will be available for viewing at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan from Feb 13-16 in the Video Area for Professionals at the “Digital-hobby” booth.

The SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 and SLR Magic 77mm Achromatic Diopter Set (+0.33, +1.3)

Technical Data:

SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50
Lens Type: Anamorphic adapter
Compatible Cameras: All micro four thirds mount cameras
Magnification: 12-36x
Objective front filter thread: ?77
Objective rear filter thread: ?62, ?58, ?52, ?49
Lens Coating: Multi Coated
Close Focus: dependant on taking lens compatibility
Weight (oz./g): 13.4/380
Optional accessories: SLR Magic 77mm Achromatic Diopter Set (+0.33, +1.3)

Suggested taking lens based on sensor size:

17-85mm focal length can be used for S16 sensor.
20-85mm focal length can be used for mFT sensor.
35-85mm focal length can be used for S35 and APS-C sensor.
40-85mm focal length can be used for Full Frame sensor.

Taking lens compatibility

Lenses with non-rotating front filter threads must be used. The front element of the taking lens should be as close to the rear element of the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50 as possible without making contact. It isn’t necessary for the taking lens to have an internal focusing mechanism. Trial and error will be involved but, in general, the SLR Magic Anamorphot is best paired with a prime lens whose front element (not to be confused with its filter thread) is smaller than 50mm in diameter.

MSRP : $1,899 for SLR Magic Anamorphot SPECIAL EDITION 1,33x – 50
: $899 for SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50
: $299 for SLR Magic 77mm Achromatic Diopter Set (+0.33, +1.3)

Samples by testers and volunteer users using the standard edition of the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50:

by EOSHD
Anamorphic sample footage shot with the SLR Magic Anamorphot – and which lenses go best with it?

by Eyepatch Entertainment
SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter 35mm T1.4 Tutorial Video
SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphic – Tip for near focus mode
SLR Magic Anamorphic vs LA7200 Flare and Resolution comparison
SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphic – Sunset BMCC RAW

by Seb Farges
One Week with SLR Magic anamorphot (OM-D & Sony A7)
http://vimeo.com/85849379

by Ed Arnaud
SLR Magic 1.33X Anamorphot Test 1
http://vimeo.com/85588187
SLR Magic 1.33X Anamorphot Lens Flare Test
http://vimeo.com/85066650

by Brad Proudlove
SLR Magic Anamorphot Demo

by P13 Digital Media
Kascarade – The Long Kiss Goodbye – Acoustic version
http://vimeo.com/85010380
Bradford at night – Anamorphic – SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33 x 50 – F2.8
https://vimeo.com/85206248

by Edwin Lee
Dark Side (SLR Magic anamorphic)
http://vimeo.com/83319046

by Peter Prevec
Frozen
http://vimeo.com/86176821

by 3d-kraft.com
Anamorphic Project – First Tests of the final SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x – 50, Part 1
http://3d-kraft.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=152&catid=40&Itemid=2

by Orlando Benedicto
Chinese New Years 2014 – SLR Magic Anamorphot + Canon 5D mkIII RAW – Night Extended Footage
http://vimeo.com/85808761

by Jordan Levy
SLR MAGIC ANAMORPHIC ADAPTER TEST

The post SLR Magic Anamorphot-50 officially announced appeared first on EOSHD.com.

All credit is given to author EOSHD.comAndrew Reid

The Sony EA50 was announced two months ago (LINK) and impressed us with its very interesting and ergonomic looking design, the zoom rocker functionality and a good price-point.

What we didn’t know was how it performed before we got a chance to see it and play with it (LINK)

Now Johnnie Behiri got a chance to test the Sony NEX-EA50 large sensor camera and shared these nice clips and some insightful thoughts with us.

In Johnnie Behiri’s own words:

I had the camera (pre-production model) for a day and wanted to come up with a small story as test footage. Though not earthshaking, I hope it can help anyone who might be interested in the camera to try it for him/herself when it’s available in the market.

Sony acknowledged the need for a modestly priced shoulder mount large sensor camera for the news/documentary/corporate/weeding film makers and wisely introduced the NEX-EA50.

The camera is very lightweight yet feels comfortable on the shoulder.
Lightweight means you can easily mount it on your existing HDSLR accessories like a slider or tripod.

Needless to say that by having a shoulder mount video camera the need for a rig and external audio device is eliminated.

The most striking weakness of this camera is the absent of a built-in ND filter.
I would love to go out with one of the camera engineers and film outdoor in normal lighting conditions and see his response to the footage while shooting without ND filter.

Picture quality is good for the price. Be aware that rolling shutter is severe, so plan your shots accordingly when possible.

Configuration for this video:
1080/25p “Cine 1″ picture profile. Footage is NOT color corrected.

(The new power zoom lens was not available for test).

Strengths:
- APS-C sensor
- ENG type camera body with buttons positioned where you expect them to be
- Cost
- Sony E mount lens system (a very flexible one with the some adapters)
- 1080/50, 60p
- 2 channels XLR audio connectors
- Clean HDMI output
- 2 “Cine” picture profiles
- Aliasing and moiré are there but reduced from what we are normally seeing with most HDSLR’s
- LCD/viewfinder quality
- PAL-NTSC switchable

Weaknesses:
- No ND filter
- Severe rolling shutter

Accessories used in this video:
- Sachtler ACE L tripod
- Samyang 35mm, 85mm (samyang.pl)
- Tokina 11-16mm
- R.J NEX to EOS electronic adapter
- Kessler slider
- Light craft Vari ND
- Litepanels 1×1
- a variety of Kata bags

Johnnie Behiri is a BBC freelance cameraman/editor operating from Vienna.
When not BBCing, Johnnie is filming documentaries, commercials, music videos and testimonials/image videos (johnniebehiri.com).

The NEX-EA50 is expected to ship in December
The pricepoint is $3599 and it’s available for pre-order here:

All credit is given to author cinema5D newsSebastian

Adobe CS6 will be launched today! Read on to see all the features.

The newest and most feature-packed version of Adobe’s design tools, Creative Suite 6, is around the corner. The official launch event is held today at 10 am pacific time [UPDATE: live NOW] (live stream page).

Together with CS6 Adobe is also launching their new creative cloud service. Basically it’s the whole creative suite, but you’re paying on a monthly basis ($49.99 and $29.99 for students) to use an online version of the applications. That means the cloud version of CS6 will set you back $600 a year while the retail version of the whole bundle is $2599.

Key features:
• Sleek new editing environment + powerful Adobe Mercury Playback Engine (now supports OpenCL on MacBook Pro)
• After Effects CS6 is faster and more responsive. Global Performance Cache = previews are saved and ready to go.
• Adobe® Prelude™ CS6 streamlines logging and ingest workflows in post-production, Adobe SpeedGrade contains finishing tools for film and color grading.
• Audition CS6 accelerates audio post-production: real-time clip stretching, Automatic Speech Alignment introduces a powerful new engine for automated dialogue analysis.
• New 3rd party API for hardware integration – Adobe Mercury Transmit – allows broadcast video monitoring to connect directly into the Mercury Playback Engine via third-party cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, and Matrox.

Adobe has already started pre-orders for CS6 and they will begin shipping on May 7th.

Pre-order the Adobe CS6 products internationally at the Adobe page: LINK
or at B&H:

Awesome overview by Vincent:

Commercial overview by Adobe:

All credit is given to author cinema5D newsSebastian