Go Really Wide

April 15

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While not part of the NAB show itself, SLR Magic today announced a product that is dead central to a small group of videographers and filmmakers who’ll be attending the conference: the Anamorphic 1.33x-40. I’m sure that’s not a coincidence.

This new anamorphic lens converter grows to three the options SLR Magic provides for their 25mm t/0.95 (m4/3) and 50mm f/1.1 lenses (E-mount). 

What’s anamorphic, you ask? It’s a squeezed capture, where things in the horizontal dimension are compressed into the capture area while the vertical dimension stays unchanged. In processing or playback, you unsqueeze the data and get a really wide aspect ratio as a result. For this new 1.33x-40 converter, if you shoot in the usual HD video aspect ratio of 16:9 what you eventually end up with is a very theatrical Hollywood 2.35:1 aspect ratio. In essence, the horizontal data is compressed 33% on capture, then you uncompress that in processing or playback.

The converter will be available from SLR Magic’s usual resellers in June for US$849. The SLR Magic Web site it here.

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