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#1 Ian Coad

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 09:54 PM

has anyone used the elite anamorphic lenses - or does anyone know of any films available for viewing that i could check out? hell, i'd even be happy if i could just see some stills.

any advice or personal stories would be great.

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 10:23 PM

has anyone used the elite anamorphic lenses - or does anyone know of any films available for viewing that i could check out? hell, i'd even be happy if i could just see some stills.

any advice or personal stories would be great.

-ian.

I tested a set along with a set of Hawks. I did not like them. The set I got was poorly maintained and I imagine or hope you could get a better set. I did not like the overall look. They were uneven, the colors didn't match from lens to lens. They were just not very good. The Hawks were nice but big and heavy. I'm just one person so maybe someone else had a better experience.
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Posted 01 December 2009 - 10:29 PM

I was a second AC on a shoot that used a set of Elites on the RED. I think the director just finished the edit so I will post any update I see about it. They were nicely maintained and sharp. We got them from Handheld in NY. The only problem is sometimes they wouldn't sit completely horizontal in the mount and so the image was a little crooked. Obviously we fixed that before we shot but it did require more force than we would've liked.
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#4 Ian Coad

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 10:40 PM

I tested a set along with a set of Hawks. I did not like them. The set I got was poorly maintained and I imagine or hope you could get a better set. I did not like the overall look. They were uneven, the colors didn't match from lens to lens. They were just not very good. The Hawks were nice but big and heavy. I'm just one person so maybe someone else had a better experience.


could you tell me what rental house you got these from? secondly, i wanted to ask where i could get hawkes from because i've had a lot of difficulty finding a house that rents them in the LA area.


and rob, to see any photos would be great.
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#5 Tom Jensen

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:37 PM

could you tell me what rental house you got these from? secondly, i wanted to ask where i could get hawkes from because i've had a lot of difficulty finding a house that rents them in the LA area.


and rob, to see any photos would be great.


I don't remember the guys name. Russian guy, here in LA. I think Camtec may still have a set of Hawkes.
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Posted 02 December 2009 - 05:34 AM

has anyone used the elite anamorphic lenses - or does anyone know of any films available for viewing that i could check out? hell, i'd even be happy if i could just see some stills.

any advice or personal stories would be great.

-ian.

Elite Optics - the new, modern generation of russian anamorphic lenses, to take the cradle of design a LOMO anamorphic lenses.

Contacts:
Address: 52 Sofiyskaya street, St. Petersburg 192241, Russia
Phone: +7 812 708-7502
Fax: +7 812 708-8239
E-mail: optika-elite@mail.ru
Web site: http://www.optica-elite.com

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North America: DILLER / SERVICE CENTER
Slow Motion, Inc.
Anatoly Taldykin
Phone: (818) 982-4400
Fax: (818) 982-8500
E-mail: Anatoly@slowmotioninc.com
slowmotioninc@sbcglobal.net
Web site: http://www.www.slowmotioninc.com


I wish underline.
The any anamorphic lens, LOMO, Elite lenses too - this is complex system of mechanical and optical parts.
If you wish have high quality of image, the lenses must be serviced, adjusted and tested.
That's why, the serviced lenses can show or real result of quality of image.

About problem , wjat had Rob:
"The only problem is sometimes they wouldn't sit completely horizontal in the mount and so the image was a little crooked. "
The horizontal adjusting of anamoprhic lens - one step of standard procedure of adjusting of anamoprhic lens.
If the lens had do not correct horizontal adjusting - the lens do not serviced at full, or lens mount of camera have do not standard position.
Any case, the horizontal adjusting of LOMO lens do not complex procedure, need unsecrew of one screw on a few turns only , to change of horizontal position of lens mount and jam of screw.
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#7 Olex Kalynychenko

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 05:32 AM

has anyone used the elite anamorphic lenses - or does anyone know of any films available for viewing that i could check out? hell, i'd even be happy if i could just see some stills.

any advice or personal stories would be great.

-ian.


Elite Optics - the new, modern generation of russian anamorphic lenses, to take the cradle of design a LOMO anamorphic lenses.

Contacts:
Address: 52 Sofiyskaya street, St. Petersburg 192241, Russia
Phone: +7 812 708-7502
Fax: +7 812 708-8239
E-mail: optika-elite@mail.ru
Web site: http://www.optica-elite.com

Territorial representative.

North America: DILLER / SERVICE CENTER
Slow Motion, Inc.
Anatoly Taldykin
Phone: (818) 982-4400
Fax: (818) 982-8500
E-mail: Anatoly@slowmotioninc.com
slowmotioninc@sbcglobal.net
Web site: http://www.www.slowmotioninc.com


I wish underline.
The any anamorphic lens, LOMO, Elite lenses too - this is complex system of mechanical and optical parts.
If you wish have high quality of image, the lenses must be serviced, adjusted and tested.
That's why, the serviced lenses can show or real result of quality of image.

About problem , wjat had Rob:
"The only problem is sometimes they wouldn't sit completely horizontal in the mount and so the image was a little crooked. "
The horizontal adjusting of anamoprhic lens - one step of standard procedure of adjusting of anamoprhic lens.
If the lens had do not correct horizontal adjusting - the lens do not serviced at full, or lens mount of camera have do not standard position.
Any case, the horizontal adjusting of LOMO lens do not complex procedure, need unsecrew of one screw on a few turns only , to change of horizontal position of lens mount and jam of screw.
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#8 Olex Kalynychenko

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 05:30 AM

could you tell me what rental house you got these from? secondly, i wanted to ask where i could get hawkes from because i've had a lot of difficulty finding a house that rents them in the LA area.


and rob, to see any photos would be great.


Elite Optics - the new, modern generation of russian anamorphic lenses, to take the cradle of design a LOMO anamorphic lenses.

Contacts:
Address: 52 Sofiyskaya street, St. Petersburg 192241, Russia
Phone: +7 812 708-7502
Fax: +7 812 708-8239
E-mail: optika-elite@mail.ru
Web site: http://www.optica-elite.com

Territorial representative.

North America: DILLER / SERVICE CENTER
Slow Motion, Inc.
Anatoly Taldykin
Phone: (818) 982-4400
Fax: (818) 982-8500
E-mail: Anatoly@slowmotioninc.com
slowmotioninc@sbcglobal.net
Web site: http://www.www.slowmotioninc.com


I wish underline.
The any anamorphic lens, LOMO, Elite lenses too - this is complex system of mechanical and optical parts.
If you wish have high quality of image, the lenses must be serviced, adjusted and tested.
That's why, the serviced lenses can show or real result of quality of image.

About problem , wjat had Rob:
"The only problem is sometimes they wouldn't sit completely horizontal in the mount and so the image was a little crooked. "
The horizontal adjusting of anamoprhic lens - one step of standard procedure of adjusting of anamoprhic lens.
If the lens had do not correct horizontal adjusting - the lens do not serviced at full, or lens mount of camera have do not standard position.
Any case, the horizontal adjusting of LOMO lens do not complex procedure, need unsecrew of one screw on a few turns only , to change of horizontal position of lens mount and jam of screw.
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#9 Olex Kalynychenko

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 05:46 AM

P.S
Sorry for doubling of my post.
My computer had lineout and i don't see of my post.
I will glad, if the moderator delete of unnecessary copies.
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#10 Matt Garrett

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 01:50 PM

used a set on a red music video a year ago.
Only got three lenses that matched really well from slow motion inc in l.a.
Probably the same place as Tom.

Here are some stills
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#11 Ian Coad

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 03:41 AM

those lenses do have an interesting contrast. clean and sharp. thank you.
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#12 Shawn Martin

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:29 AM

"The Secret Life of Bees" used them along with Cookes from JDC.
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:14 PM

has anyone used the elite anamorphic lenses - or does anyone know of any films available for viewing that i could check out? hell, i'd even be happy if i could just see some stills.

any advice or personal stories would be great.

-ian.


I used them on a recent short in NYC shot on Red One. I quite liked them.

The Director and I tested a set from Du All Camera against a set of S4s, Zeiss super speeds and Red Pro primes. We found, at least for this project, that the Elite Anamorphics performed as well as the other sets, matched well and had a look to them that was very appealing.

Some stills from the shoot are up here:

http://blog.localher...ies-part-3.html

We did run into minimal amounts of problems with the lenses sitting in the mount straight. Once one is aware of this though it is easy to look for and fix. Also they are quite heavy and large making the red look like a canon and a impractical for large amounts of handheld or shooting in extremely tight spaces. (We shot part of the film down the galley of big boat and ran into this issue)

There was a little chromatic aberration on the 24mm and the 50mm was out for a tune up so I can only speak for the 35mm, 75mm & 135mm focal lengths but I would definitely use that set again.

Hope this helps.
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#14 Rob Vogt

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 11:14 AM

Sorry that this thread has been dead for a while, but the trailer for that short I mentioned is now up here... It also got into Cannes Short Film Corner
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#15 Jesse Cairnie

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 10:29 AM

I am revivng this thread as I am curious if more people have used them since? Thinkin also to put them on the Red..

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#16 John Sprung

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 04:18 PM

Has anybody heard from Anatoly of Slow Motion Inc? The web site has been gone for a while, is he still in business?





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#17 Shawn Martin

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 03:23 PM

Their website seems to be fine: http://www.slowmotioninc.com/ You just have to click on the "Continue to..." link in the bottom right corner. That takes you to the main site.

I emailed them a little while ago, to ask if their Elites were used on a particular film, and Anatoly responded that they were. Nice guy.

And the film in question was "Jolene", which will be out on Blu-ray soon. I know that crazy Greek movie "Dogtooth" also shot on them.

Edited by Shawn Martin, 23 March 2011 - 03:26 PM.

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