Hey, I’m Tito Ferradans and in this episode I’m gonna teach you a neat trick that turns the Panasonic LA7200 into a much better anamorphic adapter.
Back in the days when these LA7200’s were cheaper (like $500-750), they were very popular adapters. The only issue folks constantly struggled with was close focus and that had a few sources. First, the gigantic front element required a huge diopter. Second, how would you even mount any diopters on a lens that is square and has no threads?
Enter the Kenko 105mm +0.3 diopter. This beast here is big enough to cover the front element of the LA7200, it sets infinity at 3m and works amazingly well with the Panny’s limitations, which has fixed focus at 3-4m. The cherry on top is that the Kenko also fits in the front of the Panny safely by itself!
When this info was made public the Kenko – which was already rare; come on, why would a 105mm +0.3 diopter ever be popular? – vanished from the world. This one here is the first one I come across in four years since I sold my previous one. They used to sell for $300-350 back then, but there’s not enough of them around these days to trace a trend! Have you ever seen one? Do you own one?
Anyway, this hint applies to any 105mm filters, so you can wedge fit anything of that size in front of your LA7200! Or you can follow my instructions and make a front filter holder to screw in 95mm filters. The caveat is 95mm isn’t wide enough to cover all of the front element! So, there’s always a challenge.
This is an early episode of my attempt of having more than one post per week. If you like this initiative, hit the like button below and leave a comment suggesting simple subjects for these episodes! I’d love some insight. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. This channel is all about anamorphic, and the future points towards anamorphic so, stay tuned. I’ll see you on the next episode! Ferradans out.
Heya folks! Tito Ferradans here and if you follow me on instagram or facebook, you know I’m in Japan. Yay! As my voice tells, I’m also a little sick. I went out exploring the used camera shops and while I stumbled on a Hypergonar for a decent price, the true surprise was THIS guy on a !FREE JUNK! box. This is a 55mm Kenko Magic Portrait filter. It does look a lot like anamorphic so I took it for a spin and this is what I got using the 35 and 50mm on the Contax set. I tried on the 28mm too but vignette was obvious.
You can already see the inside edges of the filter on the 35mm shots. The most interesting thing about this filter is, as the name states, that it is a portrait-oriented filter, so performance is designed for close focus. I can’t get sharp infinity, but I can come up really close to my subjects and still get decent focus. It plays really well with high-key scenes, and there’s a diffusion to it that also helps with making nice portraits. You have to stop down your lens, though: I couldn’t get anything close to clean faster than f/4. And yes, it flares.
I didn’t know the stretch factor for it, so I had to figure it out on my own! The result is… 1.10x
As a matter of fact, I didn’t know much about this thing at all. The fact that it’s called Magic Portrait and it makes people thinner is a bizarre concept to me and if it wasn’t for my interest in anamorphics I would’ve never picked this up. A while ago I saw a bit of chat about one of these filters in the Anamorphic Shooters group but I didn’t chase the subject. In terms of price, this one I got for free, but there’s a couple on eBay around $30. Is it worth it? I can’t really tell, but I’m keeping this one as a souvenir!
What do you think of the filter? Is this the true anamorphic on a budget? Do you think it’s a worthy trinket? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and like this video. My schedule in Japan has been insane but I already got to meet some awesome people and I’m hoping to start collaborating with them soon, so stay tuned! Tito Ferradans out.
Tito Ferradans here with updates on SCOPE. If you haven’t figured out yet, SCOPE was, unfortunately, an April’s Fools video. I am not making my own lens yet, but I’d like to address some related topics. Here’s what we did:
First I wanted to come up with something exotic. Everyone wants to go wider on anamorphics so I figured I’d start there. 30mm 2x stretch is super wide. So I wrote my pitch and ran it by Ari a few times, tweaking things here and there. Our main concern was that folks would get super upset once they figured it was a prank. After that I went back to school to use their space and lights to shoot my presentation. Huge thanks to Ari and Renata Batistini on that process.
Then I moved on to create compelling images of the lens. We see plenty of cheap renders out there, all static, all one-image, generic type of thing. To beat that I teamed up with my buddy Paul H. Paulino, texture artist whose work you’re familiar with (Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and we started making the lens.
I did all the modeling based on a mix of references, but the key visuals came from LOMO. All dimensions are accurate to the fraction of millimeter and even the glass inside sort of makes sense. That also helps selling the illusion. From there Paul took over with the textures and we came up with the set together, based on my desk at home, which would make it more believable. It shows up in almost every video.
After this I consulted with another friend who works in animation – Fernão Morato, who also helped me build some of the things in this channel and shows up in a few tests – and he gave me pointers about the virtual camera. Then I hit render. Each of the four shots took about twenty hours to render.
The last thing left was to shoot the actual footage. For that I was planning to use the LA7200 paired with a 28mm on full frame and fix sharpness with diopters, but luck struck and I ended up using an anamorfake Samyang 24mm f/1.5 paired to the Letus AnamorphX 1.33x PRO, which turned out to be the widest combo I’ve ever tested, with an equivalent hFOV of 18mm on full frame, which is wider than 30mm 2x would be on S35. I wasn’t pleased with the amount of flares, so I bumped them up in After Effects, and that was my unique look, comprised of various parts from various pieces.
Now that all of this breakdown is complete, here’s a few words of warning which motivated me to make this video: We’re seeing more and more promises for anamorphic these days. Most of them from unknown folks with no known background designing lenses or relevant presence in our community. My target with SCOPE was the “we want to believe” way of thinking, and that is a dangerous feeling online. There are more bad than good deals around, and with prices skyrocketing, I’d recommend being extra careful with the promises you buy.
The last thing to cover is price. Some of you got really upset that I said $4k is affordable. So I went to check with experts and pros if $4k was too much for a cine anamorphic prime. It was almost unanimous that it would be too cheap or, even worse, fall into the spot in which it’s too expensive for users to buy yet too cheap for rental houses. Because of that I wouldn’t expect anything like SCOPE for less than $5-8k. Making an anamorphic lens consumes a ton of money and time and the market is just not big enough to make it a safe investment.
What did you guys think of the prank and its insights? Do you still hope for a sub-$1K perfect scope? Let me know in the comments below and hit like and subscribe before you go! Oh yeah, and next time I say I’m making a lens, I’ll be ACTUALLY making one. I’m Tito Ferradans and I’ll see you next week.
I made a lens! SCOPE is what I’ve been working on for the longest time.
30mm Lens for S35 sensors
2x Anamorphic squeeze
1.2m / 3’11” Minimum focus distance
Geared focus and iris rings
Single focus operation
Filter Tray for 114mm / 4.5″ filters
Swappable EF and PL mount
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Tito Ferradans here with something that might sound out of the blue. I got tired of watching prices rise and few new anamorphics being added to the market – none of them aimed at the budget market – so I took matters into my own hands and, with an excellent team around me, I created SCOPE.
SCOPE is what I’ve been working on every time I mentioned my LOMO set. A small batch of super-wide, affordable anamorphic lenses. These are 30mm T/2, 2x stretch babies. If you MUST know, the first batch of SCOPE sells for $4000 with delivery scheduled for January 2019. Here’s how the footage looks like.
After experimenting with all sorts of adapters I had a solid idea of what worked and what didn’t. SCOPE’s single focus operation is the same as old LOMOs. To achieve such wide angle the front element is huge – by far the most challenging part of the design. SCOPE features a slot for 114mm (4.5″) filters, minimum focus at 1.2m (4ft), focus and iris gears and swappable EF/PL mount.
The website for pre-orders will be up soon, so make a pledge on my Patreon page to be notified right away. The link is right here on the screen and in the description! I don’t have much else to say. Shoot me questions in the comments below and subscribe to the channel for updates! How pumped are you for an actually affordable anamorphic lens? Tito Ferradans, out.