Robinson Hope Creative, a production company in the United States, has developed an exciting new lens for Canon DSLRs. The lens allows for ultra wide angle (panoramic) shots with no distortion. Anyone familiar with wide angle photography knows that lines in an image, whether horizontal or vertical, always end up slightly warped. With still photography this can be fixed relatively easily using Photoshop (especially with Adobe’s new Adaptive Wide Angle Filter), but getting the shot perfect in-camera is always preferred. For video, where editing is much more laborous, the benefits are compounded.
The new lens has been named the RH-1 Anamorphic Lens, and will be compatible with all Canon EOS cameras. The lens will have an f/2.4 aperture so that shooting in dim light (read sunsets) won’t be a problem. If you have a clumsy assistant, you’ll be happy to hear the lens is made of a break-resistant polymer composite (indestructible plastic). Full specs for the lens will be released at the upcoming NAB Show in Vegas (April 14-19 2012). The final price is yet to be confirmed, but it’s promised to be under $600, a steal if this lens delivers what’s promised.
The lens is made possible with a combination of glass and reflective sublimation… a little lacking in the specifics, but it sure sounds fancy, and there’s a pretty picture to explain.
We’ve been promised a review unit, so stay posted for a full hands-on review later this month.
Update: Happy April Fools’ Day 🙂