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TLS Morpheus 80-200mm and Aurora 24-70mm conversions?


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#1 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 09:19 PM

Hi guys,

I'm looking at moving over to zooms for my work, and am very intrigued by the TLS Aurora and Morpheus Nikon zoom rehousings. 24-70mm and 80-200mm would cover a lot of ground for me in just two lenses (with the added advantage of being Vistavision-ready).

But I can find virtually no feedback on the lenses anywhere online and was wondering if anyone who has used them could share their experiences?

I know they were used to shoot most of the Bourne Ultimatum (but the cuts in that film are literally too quick to judge by), and I heard they also shot parts of Casino Royale and Mr. Turner, so it certainly sounds like they have the right kind of pedigree, but again, I'd really appreciate some first-hand feedback if anyone has any?

I'd also be keen to know which primes sets they cut in well with?

Cheers,

Mark
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#2 James Martin

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 06:50 AM

As you say they are both rehoused from Nikon lenses. I do not believe TLS do any work on the optics beyond making sure they are clean, the majority of their work is in the mechanical side and TLS are world-class.

 

A guy on reduser had some for sale, I believe his name was Pete Barta, he had the Morpheus.

 

Alternatively perhaps you can contact TLS directly - they might have some more factual footage to use?


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Posted 04 June 2015 - 09:06 AM

As you say they are both rehoused from Nikon lenses. I do not believe TLS do any work on the optics beyond making sure they are clean, the majority of their work is in the mechanical side and TLS are world-class.

 

A guy on reduser had some for sale, I believe his name was Pete Barta, he had the Morpheus.

 

Alternatively perhaps you can contact TLS directly - they might have some more factual footage to use?

 

Thanks James, I'll try and track down Pete for a review. I've already asked TLS for some sample footage, haven't heard back yet though. I know the optics are sound (particularly on S35mm sensors), but it'd certainly be reassuring to see focus racks and zoom actions on actual footage.


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