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Old December 6th, 2005, 07:10 PM   #16
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Yes Luke, it is an option for a new Letus to have metal mount, for an extra $100, thanks.

Hehe...i sound like quyen
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Old December 7th, 2005, 02:13 AM   #17
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G35 attaches via bayonet mount...just to clear that up. I believe it also has a thread option.
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Old December 7th, 2005, 04:47 AM   #18
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Ben says to you what you need to know, thanks.

I plan to buy a used Nikon SLR that is trashed and extract the metal mount someday. For now, my new plastic mount is working fine.

Ben, is the $220 Century Optics +7 achromatic diopter really worth the money? I am satisfied with the Letus35 image as it is, but I wouldn't mind trying something new if the benefit was significant.
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Old December 7th, 2005, 07:53 AM   #19
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If you're experiencing increasing abbheration as you approach the edge of the image, a better achromat would definately solve the problem--if you watch my One Headlight video, chromatic abbheration from the old stock Letus35 macro is very apparent in some shots. I think the bridge scene in particular (can't quite remember) shows how it gets worse as the bright areas near the edge of the image. This was my motivation to find a better one like the Century Optics. However I don't think the Century Optics is absolutely neccessary, there's got to be a cheaper solution--I just got it because I was able to nail it on ebay for $70. Ask Quyen for what model achromat he's shipping with the 35A, and that should probably work for you.
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Old December 7th, 2005, 02:58 PM   #20
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If you're experiencing increasing abbheration as you approach the edge of the image, a better achromat would definately solve the problem--if you watch my One Headlight video, chromatic abbheration is very apparent in some shots. I think the bridge scene in particular (can't quite remember) shows how it gets worse as the bright areas near the edge of the image. However I don't think the Century Optics is absolutely neccessary--I just got it because I was able to nail it on ebay for $70. Ask Quyen for what model achromat he's shipping with the 35A, and that should probably work for you.
In your video was the abberation with or without the achromat?
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Old December 7th, 2005, 03:10 PM   #21
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Oh, sorry, I reread my post and realized it wasn't very clear which achromat I'm referring to. I shot the One headlight video with the stock Letus35 achromat. I don't have any footage available online demonstrating the Century Optics achromat.
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Old December 7th, 2005, 08:20 PM   #22
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Lots of good info here...I still haven't made a decision.

I have a rod system that is supposedly compatible with the redrock adapter so that is a plus, however I think I am handy enough to adapt a support to work with the letus.

Most of the redrock M2 footage I've seen looks a lot softer than the letus with either more flicker or possibly just noticable grain. The letus stuff seems to have more vinnetting (sp?) overall but seems to be a bit sharper. Also, I hear reports that there is a constant hum that is more noticable with the M2 over the letus.

Also, a wait time of anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 weeks (according to some) on the M2 is really discouraging.

Anyway, I'm still considering both so if anyone has hands on experience with both it would be great.

Oh, also there seems to be more chromatic abberation even on the letus "A" model than on the M2...not sure why.

The G35 has also yet to materialize. Their demo footage looks good as I said but I want to hear from someone who has actually used it before buying. Also, the first gen of anything is bound to have some bugs that need to be worked out.
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Old December 8th, 2005, 02:52 PM   #23
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Just as an add-on to this thread, I wanted to mention that I see a lot of people asking this same question with no good answers. Most of the time the reply is "look at the footage" but that is not really a good measure of a product because the user's skill plays so much into the final result.

It would be really great if some of the more experienced posters here were able to get ahold of some demo units from the 35mm adapter makers and do a side by side "shootout" of them on some common cameras like the dvx100, xl2, etc. I think it would be invaluable to a lot of people.
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Old December 8th, 2005, 10:17 PM   #24
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Hey Ben,

How about a primer on how to put a new macro lens in the Letus35? I think alot of people are becoming interested in a new macro for it...

Just a suggestion...
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If you're experiencing increasing abbheration as you approach the edge of the image, a better achromat would definately solve the problem--if you watch my One Headlight video, chromatic abbheration from the old stock Letus35 macro is very apparent in some shots. I think the bridge scene in particular (can't quite remember) shows how it gets worse as the bright areas near the edge of the image. This was my motivation to find a better one like the Century Optics. However I don't think the Century Optics is absolutely neccessary, there's got to be a cheaper solution--I just got it because I was able to nail it on ebay for $70. Ask Quyen for what model achromat he's shipping with the 35A, and that should probably work for you.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 11:37 AM   #26
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shhh! okay: chromatic aberration. :)
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You are some smart guy for someone who just pastes up bills or placards on walls or billboards, hey Bill Poster?

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Old December 12th, 2005, 11:47 AM   #28
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Ha ha ha

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