Commentary on Movies and TV by Brian Holcomb

Sunday, December 02, 2007

New MINI 35mm Adapter from Letus

Well, look at this. The makers of the Letus Extreme, a 35mm adapter with a built-in prism flip for larger sized cameras, have announced the release of their new product, the LETUS MINI. The MINI allows cameras with lens filter sizes under 43mm to take full advantage of the greater depth of field that can be achieved with 35mm lenses. Letus states that this adapter has “absolutely no vignetting” and excellent edge to edge sharpness. Ranging from $500 - $1500 and more, most of the small format 35mm adapters suffer one or more of the following problems: light loss, edge to edge sharpness, an upside down image, unattractive bokeh, and chromatic abrasion. If you trust the reviews online, it seems that the Letus Mini has solved most of these problems. Mount options include the Canon FD, Nikon AI, Canon EF (EOS), Pentax K mount, Minolta MD or the optional PL mount and OCT19 mounts. The price is listed at $1,099.00. Still a bit pricey for me, but if you are a kind and caring soul, you can send me an early Christmas present! Ho!Ho!Ho!

Go to LETUS35.comfor more info.


glenn said...

We've talked about shallow depth of field on a number of occasions in the past few weeks and there IS a place in independent, low-budget films for this equipment, I only wish there was a no-budget version that didn't require me to ground glass and visit home depot. I was definitely thinking about purchasing one, or making my own but unfortunately I'm both poor and a neutral density filter and a macro lens will have to do for the time being.

Brian said...

I agree, Glenn. These are really fantastic devices that transform the DV image into something much more comforting to audiences raised on the look of FILM. But yeah, either it takes a hit on your bank account or requires some significant woodshop skills and motivation to DIY. The macro lens and filter idea is a good substitute.