The highly anticipated DOF Adapter MK2 and Pro Series 1.33X Anamorphic lens add a cinematic, film-style look to any smartphone camera.
The campaign is now funded!
With the amazing support of the Kickstarter community Beastgrip has surpassed their funding goal in less than 24 hours.
"We can't believe how much support and excitement we've received already for the new gear. With the mobile photography/filmmaking, live streaming and mobile journalism movement coming into full swing, creators have realized that smartphones are 'real' cameras and the demand for professional quality gear has grown exponentially. Smartphone camera technology improves daily, and we're dedicated to creating the best gear in the world to push the envelope on smartphone image quality... and we've only just begun." - Vadym Chalenko, CEO
Anyone can still grab Beastgrip's latest gear at a fraction of the retail price until their Kickstarter campaign ends on Friday, June 30th at 12:00PM CDT, though the Early Bird specials are almost gone.
Des Plaines, IL., April 26th, 2017 - Beastgrip is proud to announce the DOF Adapter MK2, the next generation of the best-selling DOF Adapter that allows photographers and filmmakers to mount a real SLR or DSLR lens to a smartphone for a stunning bokeh, shallow depth of field and manual focus control.
"Smartphone cameras are great, but they have substantial limitations. Without true depth of field, larger sensors and/or the option to add lenses or camera gear, most photos/videos that are shot with one all look the same," said CEO Vadym Chalenko. "We're here to change that."
"Using lenses and depth of field adapters with your smartphone give you an entirely new look, by changing the focal length, perspective, and emotion of your shot so you can focus the viewer’s attention on what’s most important," VP of Business Development Sean Lawrence explains.
The original DOF Adapter has been a monumental advancement in "phoneography." Since it was released on Kickstarter back in 2015, professional filmmakers have been pushing it to its fullest potential with films like Ghost Digital Cinema's "MALTO," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' "No Love Like Yours," National Geographic's "Wasfia," and Boat Magazine's "Of Land and Sea."
"We couldn't be happier to be a part of these projects, but we knew that the DOF Adapter could be - and should be - better, so that creators of any skill level can harness its power in their workflow," added Chalenko.
New Features for the DOF Adapter MK2
The new design dramatically improves the image quality from the first version and provides a simple, user-friendly experience. The MK2 also boasts the following new features:
- Custom optics that dramatically reduce vignetting/hotspotting, chromatic aberration and distortion.
- Compatibility with a much wider range of full-frame SLR/DSLR lenses, such as zoom lenses.
- Sealed focusing screen and components for a maintence-free user experience.
- Durable, black anodized aluminum casing with a rotating barrel that aligns the focusing screen and bayonet mount in one simple motion.
Beastgrip also created a rail support for attaching additional accessories like a follow focus to the DOF Adapter MK2 for a complete filmmaking system with the same features found on professional camera rigs.
Pro Series 1.33X Anamorphic Lens
Following the recent release of the Beastgrip x Kenko Pro Series .75X Wide Angle lens, Beastgrip is adding a 1.33X Anamorphic Lens to the Pro Series Lens Collection as well. This lens transforms videos into a widescreen 2.4:1 aspect ratio and adds a more dramatic perspective without the need to crop, resulting in a high resolution, cinematic look and creative lens flares like seen in Hollywood films.
All three products will be launched on Kickstarter in May '17. The exact date is currently TBD.
"We owe all of our success to the amazing community on Kickstarter... it was a no-brainer to launch our new gear there again," says Chalenko. This will be Beastgrip's third campaign with Kickstarter since 2014, raising over 300K in funding.
About Beastgrip, Co.
Beastgrip, Co. is an innovative hardware company dedicated to creating advanced mobile photography, filmmaking and live streaming equipment. In 2013, Beastgrip, Co. introduced the world's first universal smartphone lens adapter/rig system with a completely new and unique approach in design and functionality that has been awarded with a number of patents. Since then, Beastgrip continues to expand the capabilities of smartphone cameras as one of the leading companies in the phoneography industry. Beastgrip products are trusted and used in productions from many global companies in the broadcasting/news, live streaming, film production, photography and marketing industries.
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