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A morning with MTF… E ver wondered what that little blue ring you see between the camera body and lens is? Lens adapters are not unique and are available from many people for many applications, what however makes, MTF a bit different, and what sets their products apart as being arguably the best in the world…and made in the UK? Before visiting MTF I sought the advice of a few cameramen who were mostly at a loss of questions to ask and one even admitting he found the whole lens adapter scenario pretty boring!! Bear with me though. A quick history... When MTF first started trading in 2005 it was largely with the designs that its founder, Mike Tapa, had created whilst working with Optex and upon the demise of Optex these lens adapters were resurrected and so began MTF’s journey. In the early days of 2004-2005, most cameras in use were small chip, 1/3”, 1/2” and 2/3” and that was it, any one putting a still lens on these cameras would give the user an angle of view similar to a much longer lens such as extreme telephoto for use in wildlife or maybe niche surveillance uses. As the chips of the cameras get bigger they get closer to the format the stills lenses were designed for, so the lenses behave as they were originally intended. This has now opened up everything with the introduction of large chip cameras such as Panasonic AF101, Sony F3, Sony FS 100 and now Canon C300. These cameras have been designed in such a way that the register is much shallower than the older cameras which in turn give the space to add an adapter. The manufacturers have really done people like MTF a favour by designing them in this way and now virtually any lens will fit on those cameras. Do you work with camera manufacturers? Well manufactures like Sony have actually been really supportive and when speaking to the right people we have forged great relationships with them and we have often given them MTF product to have on the stands at shows. We have close links with many individuals and often get a good insight to new cameras coming out. A recent example was the Nikon adapter we made for the Sony F3 which was actually available before the camera was. Users could then pre order the camera and have the adapter in their hands ready and waiting! With the introduction of the C300 and the like, will there still be a requirement for DSLR? An old model JVC camera with one of the original MTF adapter’s against the new MTF EFFECT 76 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE Looking back to the early days of the smaller chip cameras, apart from the fact it was hard to get adapters on due to the deep register, the thing everyone was crying out for was shallow depth of field and before the DSLR came along you had the depth of field adapters like the P+S Technik for example which were big cumbersome bits of kit that would literally hang off the camera. When the DSLR came along it effectively killed the old business overnight as all of a sudden you can get your shallow depth of field with the big chips. Now these big chip cameras have started to kill off the DSLR side of the industry which means the tide is now turning our way, as luck would have it, due to the new cameras. When did the bigger chip revolution begin for you? The Lumix stills camera came along, this was the start of the micro 4/3” for which we did PL and Nikon adapters, then the Sony NEX, again more PL and Nikon mounts (the world’s first as it happens) and now we are playing catch up to keep up with the Panasonic AF101, Sony F3 and so on… With so many permutations where do you start? It is relatively easy for us to design a new adapter but the time from design to delivery can cause issues with so many cameras on the market. Everything is designed and built in the UK, the designs are done here at MTF and the drawings are sent off to 2 or 3 manufacturers in the UK and then the assemblies are then returned part built here where we do the final assembly, test, QA and despatch. We’ve just launched a B4 adapter for Canon EF and I worked with Alistair Chapman who had the idea and came to us. We managed to get this up and running quite quickly and the official launch is at BVE. This allows you to put a B4 lens on the smaller Canon 7D and C300. but with the additional Canon EF to F3 you can go from B4 to F3 and B4 to FS100 so it’s like 3 products in 1. We also recently did a PL version (B4 to PL) and this was done in just a few days. We recently had a cameraman working on Springwatch wanting to shoot macro footage using a medium format lens on his 2/3 camera (B4 mounts) and we came up with a solution for him, we have since made a few more and added to our range for others with the same problem. >>