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#1 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 27 June 2005 - 06:27 AM

Check this out:

http://www.smartlens...play.asp?pID=17

Looks like a glorified tilt and shift, but where the focus isn't bound by a plane and can be applied to isolated parts of the frame. Interesting - particularly like that it improves close focus ability of the lens beyond it's scale.

Anybody heard of it before?
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#2 Allen Achterberg

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 12:52 AM

that is really interesting...
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 01:40 AM

I saw it at CineGear. It basically has two groundglass screens, one moveable but with a clear hole for sending the sharp area to the second groundglass. Moving the one with the hole farther away from the second throws the area outside of the hole more out-of-focus. You can also position the sharp area where ever you want in the frame.

The image is flipped on film, either requiring a digital or optical flop, or a second Hylen Smart Lens device in front of the other to reflip the image. That's how they did it at CineGear so you could see it correctly oriented in the viewfinder.

It was fun but it seems like a way of spending time and money on the set to do something that could be done with Power Windows and Defocusing. Unless you were shooting for a feature with no D.I. -- but then you'd have to flop the image or stack two of these things.
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