Aputure DEC VariND – FS5-like ND & EF Control for any E-Mount or MFT Camera

September 12th, 2016

Aputure is about to raise the bar once again, this time with a DEC VariND version of their popular line of lens adapters. This thing is capable of bringing the functionality of Sony’s FS5-style electronic ND filtration to any E-Mount camera.

The DEC VariND Lens Adapter

We just have discovered another very interesting device, this time at the Aputure stand at this year’s IBC. The new version of their lens adapter, the DEC VariND works just like the DEC Lens Regain focal length reducer, but instead of a lens they’ve put in an electronic Variable ND filter.

VariND

This allows you to smoothly dial in just the right amount of ND reduction for any given shot. It works quite similarly to the vari ND built into the Sony FS5 camera, where liquid crystals are used to achieve the smooth transition without the weird colors and cross-effects caused by manual variable NDs. With this adapter, you can upgrade any E-Mount camera to support a variND filter, which is very cool indeed. Plus, it also allows you to control focus and iris with most EF lenses, just like with the other versions of the DEC adapter.

You control the DEC VariND with the included wireless control grip or, if you’re using it on a shoulder mounted setup, you have controls directly on the adapter itself. No need to use the wireless control unless you want to do so.

To me this is a really straight forward product which bridges the gap between the very innovative electronical VariND of the Sony FS5 and other cameras still lacking it.

It will be available in about 2 to 3 months and it will be around $650. For more information, make sure to visit Aputure’s website and watch out for updates.

UPDATE: I’ve forwared your questions regarding the DEC adapter to Aputure’s Ted Sim. Here are his (very promising) replies:

1. On release there will be two versions: an EF to E-Mount and EF to MFT Mount.
2. You are able to control the adapter without the remote control. There is a wheel on the adapter itself to control everything except focus, which can be adjusted just manually.
3. There’s an On/Off switch.
4. At the minimum setting, there will be 1 stop of ND applied. However in the future we think we can make it so the ND is removable when needed.
5. Battery life: 4 hours for the receiver/adapter, about a week for the remote control handgrip. The adapter can be charged via 5V USB, even while in use (you can use a gimbal for charging it while shooting, for example).

cinema5D at NAB 2016
HedgeF&VB&HTiltaBlackmagic Design

 

Advertisement

24
Leave a Reply

avatar
16 Comment threads
10 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
16 Comment authors
Joseba GarciaRoberto TakaoChase BauerVanWeddings Inc Recent comment authors
1
1
- 2
Filter:
all
Sort by:
most voted
Beebee Lestr
MemberSeptember 12th, 2016

This hits the market at just the right time.

There will be hoards of Canon 5D video users that are unimpressed with the Mark IV, who will be jumping ship to Sony’s A7Sii.

This Aputure device will let them take their EF glass to the Sony.

Bertrand Lassallette-Desnault
Bertrand Lassallette-Desnault
GuestSeptember 12th, 2016

Jonathan Burnside… We want…. ?

Pierre Hinz
Pierre Hinz
GuestSeptember 12th, 2016

Great product thanks for introducing it to us! Two questions are missing for me. Can I control it manually without the phone and can I turn it completely off?

Alonso Aliaguilla
Alonso Aliaguilla
GuestSeptember 12th, 2016

At a $690 price point, I think people rather walk around with an entire case full of filters. I was excited…

Beebee Lestr
MemberSeptember 12th, 2016

Do you know how much a bag full of high quality ND filters cost? Probably more than this $690 device.

You’d need a number of ND filters to match it. Plus, regular ND filters often cause severe infrared artifacts.

There’s a lot of appeal to Aputure’s approach.

Jonathan Pais
Jonathan Pais
MemberSeptember 12th, 2016

will this work with EF lenses to MFT? I would buy one in a heartbeat!

 the SUBVERSIVE
the SUBVERSIVE
MemberSeptember 12th, 2016

It would be nice if there was a way to get to “clear” without having to either take the adapter or the ND off.

Nathan Lee Bush
Nathan Lee Bush
MemberSeptember 12th, 2016

Wow.. game changer. Is this only for Canon lenses?

 David OShea
David OShea
MemberSeptember 13th, 2016

Any idea of the battery life?

Nick Lam
Nick Lam
GuestSeptember 13th, 2016

But it can’t be turned off?

Zac Gordon
Zac Gordon
GuestSeptember 13th, 2016

Daniel Kwabena Craig

Asraful Mondal
Asraful Mondal
GuestSeptember 13th, 2016

Asraful Mondal .m.no 09749103942 may contok canon camera

 VanWeddings Inc
VanWeddings Inc
MemberSeptember 13th, 2016

regular vari-ND has an effect on reflections due to being stacked polarizers. is this free of that side effect? it could potentially achieve better skin tones. very exciting!

 Chase Bauer
Chase Bauer
MemberJanuary 27th, 2017

Hey Olaf, I was really excited to hear about this product in September, but I haven’t heard anything since and can’t find any info about a release date. Do you have any intel on when this might be released?

 Roberto Takao
Roberto Takao
MemberJanuary 29th, 2017

Hi. I have a Blackmagic Ursa Mini camera and would like to know if it works on my camera with Sigma 24mm 1.4 art lens. Thanks !!

1
1
- 2
Filter:
all
Sort by:
most voted

Take part in the CineD community experience

mode_comment24