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Canon's 800mm 5.6 coupled to a RED One Camera with a RedRock Micro lens support system.

Allow me to introduce the Big Kahuna.

I mentioned that I was working on a few prototypes/gadgets for this production with Jamie O’Brien – here is one of the first things that I can share.

The Red EOS Mount by Wicked Circuits was created by Andy Lesniak and Richard Wardlow.  It allows you to control both Iris (Aperture) and focus control of any Canon EF Lens mounted to a RED One  (Link to Wicked Circuits to come.)   This will allow us to shoot 4K, 3K and 2K footage at up to 120 fps.  The lens (w/ the crop factor) will be the equivalent of a 1280mm 5.6 and up (depending on the resolution we set.)   Needless to say – I can’t wait to see what this looks like on the beach!

This “little guy” is supported by a RedRock Micro lens support system – also customed configured for this project (microLensSupport and the just released microOmniMount).   The setup is remarkably stable and works perfectly so far.

The Red EOS Mount allows you to control the Aperture in 1/3 stop increments and also allows you to focus the lens with the rotating dial at 3 speeds (slow, normal and fast – through the switch to the right of the unit.)  Push to go between the two modes – and a third time to lock down the settings.  Very very slick.

A big thanks to RED, Canon, Wicked Circuits, and RedRock for their support in making this come together.