The lens you need, precisely when you need it.
Switch lenses on the fly, while you continue to shoot.
Use the camera you want with the lenses you need, the moment you need them.
Created by Cinematographer Ian Kerr, CSC.
A classic, reinvented.
WHERE CAN I ORDER ONE?
The MultiTurret™ is still in the prototype stage. We’re in discussions with a number of partners to find the best way to bring it to you soon.
WHY A MULTI LENS TURRET?
There are a number of advantages:
-Switch quickly between lenses (primes or lightweight zooms) without an assistant, lens case or incurring the wrath of a director who won’t wait for a conventional lens change.
-Select from multiple focal lengths while still using primes and the depth of field/ low-light capabilities they provide.
-Select from a wider range of field of views (and speeds) than any zoom can provide. An example would be mounting 20mm, 50mm and 105mm high-speed lenses.
-The length , weight and centre of gravity of the system is reduced compared to larger ratio zoom lenses. Great for shooting in cars or handheld.
-The MultiTurret™ allows for the conversion of lens mount types and camera mount types. For example, you could mount a PL mount lens, and EF lens and an F mount lenses on the same turret and switch rapidly between them.
-Love that unique visual “swing” effect that occurs when you switch between lenses.
-Customize your lens package for the scene you’re shooting. Wildlife at night? All long primes! In-car work? A short zoom, a 20mm and a 35mm or whatever you prefer. Throw a Swing/ Tilt or Lens Baby in the mix.
ARE ELECTRONIC CONTROL AND COMMUNICATION WITH THE LENSES POSSIBLE WHEN MOUNTED ON THE MULTITURRET™?
Our latest prototype allows for full communication and control of EF mount lenses via Sony FS7 and A7S/R cameras and we’ll be testing Venice soon. We expect that we’ll also be able to convey metadata from PL lenses etc. via the MultiTurret™.
ISN’T THAT HEAVY?
A MuliTurret with three lenses feels about the same as a cinema verite zoom (eg Cabrio). The weight of the MultiTurret is approximately 2 lbs (1 kg) plus the lenses you choose. A set of three Canon L-series lenses plus the MultiTurret is roughly 9 lbs - similar to the weight of a Canon 17-120 T3 zoom but half the length (requires less counterweight/ length on the back of the camera).
WHAT CAMERAS WILL THE MULTITURRET™ WORK WITH?
Our prototypes have been successfully tested on Sony FS7Mk1 and Mk2, A7S/R, Venice and other E-mount cameras. We expect to extend support to Arri Mini and Red DMPC2 shortly.
The best cameras for compatibility have short flange distance mounts and larger (S35+) sensors.
WHAT LENSES WILL THE MULTITURRET™ WORK WITH?
Our prototype has been designed to work with Canon EF mount lenses (including the electronic control of focus, aperture, IS, etc) but PL , F , K and other mounts are likely also possible.
HOW ARE THE EF LENSES CONTROLLED?
Our prototype permits the installation of any E-EF mount adapter (eg. Metabones) to achieve the Alpha-EF protocol conversions. No modification to the adapter, camera or turret is required.
HOW QUICKLY CAN THE MULTITURRET™ BE INSTALLED AND REMOVED?
Our prototype turret is installed on E-mount cameras (Venice, Fs7Mk2, A7S/R) via the camera body lens mount and an additional bracket, with 1-2 bolts to support the weight of the system. The overall system will be designed to be installed or removed within 45 seconds.
WHAT ELSE CAN IT DO?
We’re looking at including the ability to add optical filters or auxiliary optics between the mounted lenses and the camera body. A7s/r users would love the filters we suspect.
Right now we’re also looking for feedback so please let us know what you like/ hate.
*ALL SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Designed with Love
“This turret began as an exasperated joke. A frustrated, hands-thrown-up-in-the-air reply to the problem I’ve encountered again and again since verite documentaries began to shoot on larger (S35) sensors: I can’t get a wide shot and then, a moment later, a close-up. “