Laowa releases 1.33x Rear Anamorphic lens adapter and 1.4x Full Frame Expander

Mar 29, 2021

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Laowa releases 1.33x Rear Anamorphic lens adapter and 1.4x Full Frame Expander

Mar 29, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Laowa has announced available for its new 1.33x Rear Anamorphic Adapter and 1.4x Full Frame Expander Adapter. Both the front and rear of each adapter features a PL mount, letting you add anamorphic capabilities to your PL mount lenses on your PL mount cameras, or expand the field of view of Super 35mm PL mount lenses to cover a full-frame sensor.

Laowa 1.33x Rear Anamorphic Adapter

The Laowa 1.33x Rear Anamorphic Adapter essentially expands your 16:9 aspect ratio into a 3.32:1 cinematic widescreen camera while maintaining the full resolution of your camera’s sensor. This  can then be “desqueezed” in post to correct the aspect ratio, like you would with any other anamorphic footage.

Laowa does say that it doesn’t offer the oval bokeh and expand the horizontal view the way front anamorphic lenses do, but that it introduces many of those anamorphic characteristics, creating a distinctive look to lens flares and bokeh. They also say that you’ll eat a half stop of light loss when using the adapter.

It’s compatible with the Laowa OOOM 25-100mm T2.9 cine lens and with the following 3rd party lenses…

  • Angenieux 28-340mm Optimo Zoom T3.2
  • Angenieux 24-290mm Optimo Zoom T2.8
  • Angenieux Optimo Style 16-40mm T2.8 Zoom
  • Angenieux Optimo Style 30-76mm T2.8 Zoom
  • Carl Zeiss Supreme Prime 25 mm T1.5
  • Carl Zeiss Supreme Prime 29 mm T1.5
  • Carl Zeiss Supreme Prime 35 mm T1.5
  • Carl Zeiss Supreme Prime 50 mm T1.5
  • Carl Zeiss Supreme Prime 85 mm T1.5
  • Carl Zeiss Compact Prime 15mm T2.9
  • Carl Zeiss Compact Prime 18 mm T2.9
  • Carl Zeiss Compact Prime 25 mm T2.1
  • Carl Zeiss Compact Prime 28 mm T2.1
  • Carl Zeiss Compact Prime 35 mm T2.1
  • Carl Zeiss Compact Prime 50 mm T2.1
  • Carl Zeiss Compact Prime 85 mm T2.1
  • ARRI 18-80mm Alura Studio Zoom T2.6
  • ARRI 45-250MM T2.6

Laowa 1.4x Full Frame Expander

The Laowa 1.4x Full Frame Expander, as mentioned, allows you to use Super 35mm lenses on a full-frame camera. It’s essentially the opposite of a 0.71x speed booster (like you might use when using full-frame EF mount lenses on APS-C Sony, for example). As the name implies, it offers a 1.4x expansion, so you’re losing a stop of light (again, the opposite of a 0.71x speed booster, which gains you a stop).

This essentially means that the Laowa OOOM 50-200mm T2.9 effectively becomes a T4 lens offering a focal range equivalent to a full-frame 35-140mm lens. A quick switch button is provided to allow easy conversion of focus and t-stop scales, and there’s easy back-focus adjustments to ensure accurate and consistent focus (no shims!).

Like the 1.33x Rear Anamorphic Adapter, the 1.4x Full Frame Expander is compatible with the OOOM 25-200mm T2.9, as well as these third party lenses…

  • Angenieux EZ-2 15-40mm T2.0
  • Angenieux EZ-1 30-90mm T2.0
  • Angenieux EZ-1 45-135MM T3
  • Angenieux EZ2 FF 22-60mm T3
  • Canon CN-E 15.5-47mm T2.8 L S Wide-Angle
  • Cinema Zoom
  • Canon CN-E 30-105mm T2.8 L S Telephoto Cinema Zoom
  • ARRI Ultra Prime 85mm T1.9
  • Carl Zeiss Supreme Prime 29 mm T1.5
  • Carl Zeiss Cinema Zoom 15-30mm

Both adapters are PL to PL mount for now, although other mount versions are expected to be released in the future. The 1.33x Rear Anamorphic Adapter and the 1.4x Full Frame Expander Adapter are available to buy now for $999 from the Laowa website, or both are available together as a bundle for $1,800. They should be arriving at the usual retailers soon.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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