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Aputure’s Version of the Speedbooster: The Aputure DEC LensRegain

Norwegian DoP Anders Overgaard takes a look at the Aputure DEC LensRegain. Aputure’s apparent answer to the Metabones Speedbooster.

It’s finally here, Aputures version of the speedbooster, The Aputure DEC LensRegain! People asked for it; Why not combine the Aputure DEC and the Metabones Speedbooster? It would be the perfect combination to have both wireless follow focus, wireless camera control and focal reduction in one adapter. Aputure listened to us and accepted the challenge, and now one year later, the product is ready. And it’s even less expensive then the Metabones Speedbooster!

The Aputure DEC LensRegain is both a focal reducer (speedbooster), adapter, wireless follow focus, wireless aperture control and start/stop recording. The LensRegain adapter makes your full frame lenses and APS-C lenses work on micro four thirds cameras like the GH4 and the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The special glass inside the LensRegain adapter concentrates the light from full frame and APS-C lenses with a focal reduction of 0.75x, which makes the lenses look more like they should do and in addition you get one more stop of aperture. So my Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 turns into a f1.2 lens with the LensRegain adapter, and that’s perfect for shooting in low light.

Wether you shoot with a tripod or handheld with a shoulderrig, you can easily mount the remote controller with the included claw clip. On both the remote controller and the adapter there is a led panel that shows the exposure and focal length. In addition of wireless follow focus you also have the option to set digital focus marks. It will make the perfect focus change for you.

A great way to use the DEC Lens Regain is when shooting on a steadycam since you shouldn’t touch the camera while filming with it. Since the DEC is wireless, it’s solves the problem. In addition it’s perfect when operating a jib. A tip when using the wireless follow focus feature is to use a wireless HDMI transmitter like the Aputure ArrayTrans, to send the video signal to a monitor wirelessly. Then a person can operate the focus while watching the monitor. For more information about the Aputure ArrayTrans, see the video I made from IBC Exhibition 2015 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jQtB…

Overall the DEC Lens Regain is a genius product, and if they manage to get the update for controlling the aperture from the camera as well, I don’t see the need of buying a Metabones Speedbooster. And guess what, the Aputure DEC LensRegain costs less then the Metabones Speedbooster, only 598$.

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