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Filter System Coming for the TS-E 17 f/4L? [CR1]

Filter System Coming for the TS-E 17 f/4L? [CR1]

From Lee Filters
We’ve been told that Lee Filters will soon announce a filter system for the Canon TS-E 17 f/4L. Such an accomplishment would be very welcomed in the photography world.

No word on pricing or how the system would work.

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Introducing the MōVI Stabilizer

MōVI M10
Vincent Laforet began hyping this product this week, and here it is.

Says Vincent about the MōVI
“….the beauty of this device is how quickly you can also make more simple shots.   A push or slide is done in seconds and near perfectly.   You can add a tilt or pan to that too to make it even fancier if you’d like with little effort.  And the speed at which you can work is hard for many producers (including a friend and long time producer I worked with on a commercial this week… until he sees the results and how quickly you can get them.)  Then you run down stairs, walk across a busy intersection, or ride in a vehicle and your head will certainly spin…”

About the MōVI M10 (From Freefly Systems)
A handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal, so advanced, it redefines the possibilities for camera movement. The heart of the gimbal is Freefly’s proprietary high performance IMU and brushless direct drive system. The gimbal is 100% custom designed in-house by our engineering team. No compromises were made to accommodate off-the-shelf brushless motors, motor drives or IMUs. Creating the gimbal from scratch allowed Freefly to precisely execute our vision for the next generation of stabilized camera gimbals. In creating this camera gimbal, we aim to empower a new era of stabilized cinematography. Freefly MōVI – “The New Moving Picture.”

MōVI in Action
Below Vincent Laforet and Freefly systems talk about the advantages of the new stabilizer. In practice it looks extremely cool and the results seem to speak for themselves. The entry level M5 is $7,500 and the mid level M10 is $15,000.

Freefly Systems | Vincent Laforet Blog

More coverage can be found at Planet5D. Check it out here.

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What does Vincent Laforet Think is a Game Changer?

A teaser from Laforet
Apparently Vincent Laforet is going to share a product shortly that he calls a “game changer” for the video shooter. He swears it’s not a camera.

In case you didn’t know, Vincent Laforet did the “Reverie” video that changed the DSLR world when the 5D Mark II launched.

Says Vincent…
“I’m predicting that this device will follow a very similar path and will stir things up (in a positive way) in our industry.  I know it has already changed the way I shoot.  And while it will be more expensive than the Canon 5D MKII was, its price will pale in comparison to the current tools that it will come to compliment or perhaps even replace.”

I guess we’re going to know shortly.

Read the teaser on Vincent’s blog

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Frankenstein’d EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses

Wow!?
Robert Benson wanted to use a Noctilux 50 f/1.0 on a digital camera, and couldn’t afford a Leica M9 at the time. He decided to figure out a way to make an EOS 5D Mark II take M lenses, which requires a lot of modification to the 5D Mark II.

This is a pretty astonishing accomplishment, and I love when people follow through on an “impossible” idea.

The Other Canon EOS “M” – Click for Larger

Robert also offers a HDMI wireless video monitor kit for your DSLR.

Read More about the 5D Mark II “M” Camera

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EdMika Launches the FDn to EOS Adaptor

EdMika Launches the FDn to EOS Adaptor

From EdMika
This new EdMika adapter fits many more lenses than previous kits we have made. This conversion kit includes 1x EdMika FDn-EOS-A brass adapter body, 1x EdLink, 1x EdShield and 1x rear EOS cap. You only need to have your own good quality small phillips screwdriver to do the conversion. The main brass adapter body will fit most FDn mount lenses but will not fit any of the older FD lenses that are the silver ring/breech lock mounts. So far I have full kits for the lenses listed in the chart below. These kits allow you to replace the original mount with an EOS mount that will give infinity focus AND will allow you to control the aperture as well. This give you much better image quality compared to the usual FD-EOS adapters available for sale. Those cheap standard adapters use corrective lenses to give infinity focus and with that you lose so much detail as well as a stop of light that it is just not worth using.

Buy the EdMika FDn to EOS Adaptor | View Other EdMika Adaptors

Read more about compatibility and learn how to install these fine adaptors after the break.

If you have Canon FDn mount lenses that are not on this list you will still be able to mount the brass adapter and get infinity focusing on most of them but you would not have aperture control, you would have to shoot wide open only. The FDn 7.5mm Fisheye has a different bolt pattern so I will be making a different adapter for it. I am still working on many more lens kits and plan on having the FDn 50mm 1.2L and FDn 85mm 1.2L kits soon after I develop an EdTraveller to hold the rear aspherical lens element in those lenses. I will also be coming out with kits for the 20-35L and 50-300L zooms and many more as I develop the EdLinks needed to control the aperture. There will not be a kit for the FDn 20mm 2.8 or the FDn 85mm 1.8 since they are missing the holes and screws I normally attach my EdLink to. There is a way to make the 85mm 1.8 work but you would have to get the EdMika kit for the 100mm f/2, grind down the height of the EdLink by about 4mm and find a cheap/broken donor FDn lens and use the grey ring from it instead of the original no hole one in the 85mm 1.8.

As always each EdMika adapter comes with the latest Generation 4 Dandelion chip that will come to you preprogrammed with your lens focal length and reporting the maximum aperture. These chips are mostly useful for proper light metering and EXIF data reporting but they are also focus confirmation chips. I recommend using 10x live view for most accurate focus or getting a good focus screen. You can program the chip through your camera and calibrate the focus spot but I find accuracy is so so.

360 Brass was chosen over stainless steel or aluminum because brass is softer than camera and lens flanges ensuring no surface damage yet it is still strong enough to hold on through even heavy abuse. It also allowed us to skip coatings so we could maintain higher tolerances because of the variability of a coating process and because glue holding af-confirm chips bonds well to bare metal but poorly to coatings.

Some of these converted lenses come in contact with the thick mirror of the 5D2 and less thick mirror of the 5D3 and a couple contact the 1D4. This does no damage to the lens or mirror (I have hit thousands of times now) and can be overcome by focusing closer, going to live view and then focusing up to infinity. All crop sensor bodies are safe with no mirror hits on any lens at any focus distance. The below chart gives an idea of distances before mirror contact on which lenses and bodies. Some full frame shooters shave the mirror slightly to overcome the contact issue if they don’t want to use the live view workaround.

Compatibility Chart | Click for Larger

When you purchase this adapter kit you must include a PayPal note with the type of lens from the above list that you want to convert so I can send you the proper EdLink and proper EdShield. If there is no note included I will attempt to contact you through your paypal email address to ask this question again and if I do not get an answer within a day I will Include the EdShield and EdLink that will only work for the FDn 50mm 1.4 lens. If you include more than one lens in the note for a single adapter purchase I will send the parts for only the first one you mention. For now we are not selling extra EdLinks or EdShields separately from adapter bodies.

Buy the EdMika FDn to EOS adaptor on eBay

 

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