Multi Turret – Three Lenses at Once on Your Camera

April 11th, 2019

During NAB 2019, we met Ian Kerr that showed us his one-of-a-kind concept called the Multi Turret. It’s not indeed a “new” concept, as lens turret were very popular back in the Super 16mm film days. But nowadays, there is nothing similar in the market. Let’s take a closer look at it!

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Multi Turret’s Retro Style

If you are not familiar with what a turret is, it’s three lenses attached to the camera at once. By turning the ring, you can quickly switch between lenses. For example, you can go from a 50mm prime lens to a compact zoom or a wide angle lens.

I remember shooting with a lens turret on an S16 Bolex H16 film camera when I was in film school. It is a fun memory and having the ability to switch lenses on the fly is a nice concept. In our digital age, nothing similar exists, until the Multi Turret.

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Three Lenses, One Camera

If you are a documentary shooter, an event filmmaker, or someone that needs a wide zoom range, you probably lose quite some time on every shoot changing lenses. In certain situations, this lens change can make the difference between getting the shot or letting it disappear forever.

To solve this problem, Ian Kerr designed the Multi Turret, that is compatible with all Sony E-Mount cameras. The back of the Multi Turret can be adapted to PL mount if needed. That way, it should support Red or Arri cameras in the future.

Multi Turret Inventor Ian Kerr CSC

On the front, there is 3 EF lens mount. Also, you can change the front mount to Nikon F mount, PL mount, or Leica M for example as long as the flange distance is correct.

The prototype allows full communication and control of EF mount lenses by Sony E-Mount cameras. So, aperture adjustments, lens stabilization, and autofocus will work just like a Metabones adapter. Ian also expects PL lenses metadata to communicate with the camera through the Multi Turret.

The Multi Turret is attached to the camera body lens mount and an additional bracket. There are a few bolts to support the extra weight of the system and not break the camera lens mount. Ian told us that you could install it within 30 seconds.

Pricing and Availability

The Multi Turret is in the prototype stage, so it is not available to buy. Ian Kerr is looking for business partners to develop the product. So, don’t hesitate to contact Ian via his website if you know someone or want to share your improvement ideas with him.

What do you think of the Multi Turret concept? Do you think it can be useful to you? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Richard Metzker
Richard Metzker
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What’s old is new again. Congratulations Ian, the idea has been probably in your mind forever. The steadicam operations may want to look at this since you can balance the rig with 3 lenses and switch effortlessly.

Matt Bianchi
Matt Bianchi
GuestApril 11th, 2019

id shoot primes all day with this lol

Gene E. Balaton
Gene E. Balaton
GuestApril 12th, 2019

the 3 eyed raven exists!

Konstantin Konstantinou
MemberApril 12th, 2019

Input for the designer: If you‘d manage to put the active lens in the middle, below the two others (or at least on the OP side), the operator could actually focus the lens by hand!!!

Roberto Mettifogo
Roberto Mettifogo
GuestApril 11th, 2019

nice idea if you want fast primes while filming events where there is no time to change lenses in a good way.

Dave Knörnschild
Dave Knörnschild
GuestApril 11th, 2019

how sick is that! like in old days..
must be pretty heavy with all that L glass

Jon Grieg
Jon Grieg
GuestApril 12th, 2019

Wonderful for documentary filmmaking on the run, with smaller formats. HOWEVER, for tiny mirrorless cameras, it may be more practical to have an app that can instantly sync all the menu settings – so you can put three CAMERAS on a turret :)))))) .

Oscar Goldman
MemberApril 13th, 2019

No, Ian Kerr.

Johan Nylund
Johan Nylund
GuestApril 11th, 2019

Now where have I seen that before? ;-)

Roberto Mettifogo
Roberto Mettifogo
MemberApril 11th, 2019

Good with AF lenses, I see it more difficult with follow focus and mattebox, unless they also invent something new about it.

Joseph Robba
Joseph Robba
GuestApril 11th, 2019

Going back in time apparently.

OWL BOT
OWL BOT
GuestApril 11th, 2019

Classic!

Sam Kent
Sam Kent
GuestApril 11th, 2019

We’re taking it back in time

Anthony Burokas
Anthony Burokas
GuestApril 12th, 2019

Actually a novel concept, and yes it goes back to the old turret lens solutions, because it solves the same problem today as it did then. But the design needs to not hang below the bottom of the camera.

Easy Flicks
Easy Flicks
GuestApril 12th, 2019

… everything old is new again … ?

Alex Timelapse Rodriguez
Alex Timelapse Rodriguez
GuestApril 12th, 2019

if you hate follow focus, gimbals, mate box… you will love this…

Jeremy Hoare
Jeremy Hoare
GuestApril 12th, 2019

First TV camera I operated had a four lens turret, three not enough. Here;s my first Senior Cameraman, Ron Francis, operating one.

BiginBartel
BiginBartel
GuestApril 12th, 2019

I loved the feature on my bolex. https://t.co/knC6yKF2g5

Lew Fraga
Lew Fraga
GuestApril 12th, 2019

OMG it’s a Bolex!

Tony Glaser
Tony Glaser
GuestApril 12th, 2019

$10k lol

 Pat Monahan
Pat Monahan
MemberApril 12th, 2019

I want this now please!

Florian Brandt
Florian Brandt
GuestApril 12th, 2019

Cool what an innovative idea ;) comment image

Abraham Zuniga
Abraham Zuniga
GuestApril 13th, 2019

That was the talk of the town ?

Stan Garcia
Stan Garcia
GuestApril 13th, 2019

Been waiting for something like this!!!

Kurt Shrader
Kurt Shrader
GuestApril 13th, 2019

What’s old is new again

Steve Mers
Steve Mers
GuestApril 13th, 2019

Keep optometrists out of cinematography!

Victor Lefelman
Victor Lefelman
GuestApril 13th, 2019

Does Bolex ring a bell?…probably Mitchell?

David Stewart
David Stewart
GuestApril 13th, 2019

Let’s see know how can I make my rig heavier?

Henry Fong
Henry Fong
GuestApril 13th, 2019

How heavy and cumbersome is it to operate?

Johnathan Le
Johnathan Le
GuestApril 14th, 2019

SWINGING A LENS

Suresh Kawar
Suresh Kawar
GuestApril 14th, 2019

Good idea ? for run and gun type.

 Mike Andersen
Mike Andersen
MemberApril 14th, 2019

From chicagology.com:

After filmmakers Martin and Osa Johnson lost their camera (built with wood and leather) to termites and mildew in Africa, Bell & Howell released the first ever all metal movie camera in 1912, the 2709 Standard 35mm, also the first with a four lens turret.

A nice picture here:
https://chicagology.com/silentmovies/bellhowell2709/turret.

 Mike Andersen
Mike Andersen
MemberApril 14th, 2019

I really hope it will be produced and for sale
POWER TO THE PRIMES!

 Mike Andersen
Mike Andersen
MemberApril 14th, 2019

… and please, a deluxe model with a gear and focus motor in the middle

 Paul Corneille
Paul Corneille
MemberApril 15th, 2019

exactly like my old 35mm KONVAS 1KCP-1M. Prime POWER \m/

Rency Philip
Rency Philip
GuestApril 12th, 2019

Timothy Fare-Matthews you may need one of those ?

 David Gurney
David Gurney
MemberApril 13th, 2019

Who’s that?

Aline Jihad Haddad
Aline Jihad Haddad
GuestApril 12th, 2019

Fadi Najjar we need this ?

 David Gurney
David Gurney
MemberApril 13th, 2019

Why are you telling US?

Hooman Sadeghloo
Hooman Sadeghloo
GuestApril 12th, 2019

Mehdi Bagherzadeh

 David Gurney
David Gurney
MemberApril 13th, 2019

What is that supposed to mean?

Zachary Ragsdale
Zachary Ragsdale
GuestApril 13th, 2019

Heather ?

 David Gurney
David Gurney
MemberApril 13th, 2019

Very ineffectual spam.

Adam Dawson
Adam Dawson
GuestApril 13th, 2019

Lee Howard imagine with the xeen lenses ?it’s weigh a ton!

 David Gurney
David Gurney
MemberApril 13th, 2019

Who?

Frank Marra Sr.
Frank Marra Sr.
GuestApril 13th, 2019

Kelly Burke, Gary Pillon Everything old is new
again.

 David Gurney
David Gurney
MemberApril 13th, 2019

No, that’s Peter Allen.

Justin Lewis
Justin Lewis
GuestApril 11th, 2019

Oh please – no professional camera person in broadcast or film is going to use this. Even worse it’s being pitched as for handheld work. Good luck with that.

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