Leica Macro-Lux Line Expands with +0.5 and +2 Diopters

Leica announced the original +1 Macro-Lux Diopter last year and it has quickly become the go-to clamp-on diopter for a wide range of productions. If you didn't catch the announcement at NAB 2016, I'll recap for you really quickly... The Macro-Lux +1 is essentially a super high quality clamp-on diopter. If you're not familiar with diopters, think of them as a very quick way to achieve closer focus than what's normally possible. A +1 is a pretty standard magnification which is why Leica released this one first. Now you can achieve even greater artistic goals with the +0.5 and +2 Macro-Lux. [caption id="attachment_4491" align="alignnone" width="6000"]L1020709 Throw-back to NAB 2016 with the launch of the +1 Macro-Lux, seen here, stacked three deep for an ultra close focus effect. [/caption] Traditionally, diopters allow you to focus much closer, but at the expense of image quality. But what happens when Leica designed and manufactures such a product to typical Leica standards? You get a product that performs better than any other diopter on the market. I've seen a lot of cheap diopters over the years and I usually expect to see some degradation in resolution, especially in the corners - but the Leica Macro-Lux line of products nearly eliminate this compromise. Even stacked three deep (see above), image quality is well maintained. MacroLux_All_right_side1 So what's the catch? There are, of course, limitations to this particular product. It only clamps onto 95mm lenses (or 80mm with an exclusive Duclos Macro-Lux Reduction Ring) and it's relatively expensive compared to lower quality diopters, weighing in at $1,500. But beyond that, it's quite simply a good, well made piece of glass. So which one is best for you? All of them! Remember, all of the Macro-Lux diopters are stack-able giving you up to a +3.5 diopter for extra dramatic close focus effects. The results are something you need to see to believe. The closer you bring your focus, the more dramatic your bokeh becomes as a result. macro-lux-looks-22-of-36-1400x720 MacroLux +1 In Action 05The original Macro-Lux +1 as well as the new Macro-Lux +.5 and Macro-Lux +2 are all available to order directly from Duclos Lenses. Shipping begins April, 2017. We'll be sure to grab some additional samples during NAB 2017.

 

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