It’s 3am here in Vegas and I have been up since 6am yesterday. I got up to go to Death Valley to do a nice short. It was great. Stunning scenery, hot and hopefully it will all come together nicely. Already got the music picked out! Anyway, I digress…I have just come from one of the 183 restaurants in the MGM Grand where I finally met Hien Tu Le, one half of Letus.
So, finally I was able to give a face to the voice. I think NAB will be a lot of that. I am having dinner with Steve Cahill on Tuesday and Brunch with Cher on Wednesday.
He showed me the new Ultimate, the latest and possibly greatest adaptor they have made. Hien told me about it at the end of last year and I have been desperate to see it. Tonight I did.
Unfortunately Steven Dempsey beat me to the punch and played with it briefly this week. Tomorrow/ Today/ Whatever the bloody day is, I get it for a day and half before it sits on the Zacuto stand for every Tom, Dick and Harry to drool over, fondle and attempt to pinch.
The best news is it’s a spinner, like the M2 and SgPro but a much much smaller spinning disc. The size and shape are almost identical to the Extreme but it being a spinner means dust is barely an issue now, high shutter speeds are finally possible and you can completely stop the lens down as well.
You also have a superb backfocus adjustment and a dial in speed counter. Also a low battery warning light and a dc in for external power.
I believe the bokeh is better and the light loss is half a stop. It is also going to be much more expensive, but I am trying to talk him down on that!
So, anyway I will get to do some shooting and I will post my results here very soon!