Versatile Exposure Control: Genus’ Lens Adaptor with Electronic ND Filtration

September 15th, 2015
Versatile Exposure Control: Genus' Lens Adaptor with Electronic ND Filtration

Genus unveiled a very interesting product at IBC. The prototype is an electronic lens adaptor that will remotely control your lens and most importantly, offers an electronic variable neutral density filter.

Genus Adaptor

ND (or lack of) has been an ongoing saga in the compact camera body world. The DSLR filmmaker was highly trained in the fast operation of switching his/hers variable ND filter as they changed lens. This is a skill that has been carried through to the use of mirrorless cameras; camera manufacturers simply have not, and are not installing any kind of ND system in their compact stills/video cameras.

Third party companies have tried everything to solve this issue; we’ve seen fader NDs, lens adaptors with in-built filter wheels, magnetic lens threads that enable fast mount and remove of filters; there hasn’t been a definitive solution. With the sensitivity of mirrorless camera nowadays, this issue is more apparent than ever.

Genus have a working prototype that looks very interesting indeed, a remote control adaptor with inbuilt electronic variable ND. Our friends at newsshooter.com took a closer look at the new product:

To be clear, this is a prototype. The black box that the adaptor currently sits on will not make the final cut; this is merely proof of concept.

The ND works using a liquid crystal display that when voltage is applied you can accurately dial in the level of ND.

We’ve seen the same kind of technology being implemented in the new Sony FS5 camera that works with a variable electronic ND system as well.

Genus Electronic ND

Genus make a point of this not simply being billed as an electronic ND; it is a remote control lens adaptor. This means you can adjust the aperture and focus of the lens remotely, which is very useful where you can’t reach your camera (drone, crane) and/or you camera doesn’t offer any native wireless support for such features.

Little is given away by Genus in the above interview at this point. It sounds as if they’ve had some issues with color shift (as with many variable ND systems) and won’t disclose anything on sharpness (or reduction of).

Genus Adaptor_2

The ND will be effective around 2 to 12 stops, the prototype is adapting Canon EF to Sony E mount, a very popular conversion in this sector however the interview leads reason to believe that other adaptors will follow.

Genus are hoping to launch the product by BVE 2016 (February) if not by NAB 2016 (April).

via/NewsShooter

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Carmody Matthew
Carmody Matthew
GuestSeptember 15th, 2015

By the time we get this, a cage, a proper XLR attachment, a power brick, a proper monitor/evf and a rig to hold it all the “budget” mirrorless camera will be bigger and more expensive than an fs5. I know which one most people would prefer :)

Martin Bleazard
MemberSeptember 16th, 2015

What you’re saying is true, but my philosophy has always been choose products which are universal in nature, and the body becomes a replaceable element with less investment. The fact is, it is a lower cost to entry, you can add on or strip down all those elements when needed and its small size can be a huge asset in lots of situations. This product is tough because it adds a magical element to the mount, but then is specific to e-mount, so not as universal as a matte box or for me a 77mm vari-nd but could further make the A7 series a better doccie camera then it already is for my purposes.

Phil Dean
Phil Dean
GuestSeptember 15th, 2015

Cool

Atlas Camera Support
Atlas Camera Support
GuestSeptember 15th, 2015

sweet

Jeff Kluge
Jeff Kluge
GuestSeptember 17th, 2015

Awful for mirrorless or DSLRs. Too bulky and clunky. Maybe okay for studio work tho…

Martin Bleazard
MemberSeptember 21st, 2015

Not the final design, the electronics will be built into the mount adapter, I’m pretty sure that box had lots of empty space in it.

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