Module 8 is a company founded by Iain Neill and Mike Thomas that has introduced a unique and innovative product called “The Tuner.” The Tuner is a set of three tuners that each has a distinct look and is inspired by vintage lenses. It has been designed to emulate classic lenses, but it allows you to adjust the strength of the look from minimum to maximum. This feature is powered by the patented Vari-look technology, which is a platform that can be built upon to create any look that customers desire.
The Tuner is more than just an adapter, as it is a platform that enables the company to design any specific aberration into the lens or any combination of aberration for truly unique looks. It can add third and higher-order spherical aberration and subtle chromatic aberration to create a beautiful bloom and glow that is highly sought after in today’s projects. Additionally, it can add coma, astigmatism, and other aberrations to render the edges of the frame in a softer way and create unusual depth-of-field effects.
The sophisticated CAM mechanism and custom electronics board allow the company to create an incredibly compact device that can be used on any mirrorless camera. The Tuner is compatible with EF to E and EF to RF electronics, making it significantly easier to use than traditional vintage lenses. The Tuner currently works with any EF mount lens, with or without electronics. The company’s software has been tested on Canon, Sigma, and Tamron lenses, and they have the ability to update the firmware to ensure long-term compatibility with EF lenses.
View a comprehensive compatibility list here.
The Tuner weighs only 400 grams, making it significantly easier to carry than a set of traditional lenses. It is powered by Iain Neill’s Vari-lTune technology, which he has spent the past five years developing. The technology enables the company to actually zoom the look of a lens from a mild effect to something much more impactful, all while maintaining your focus. The Tuner is like a precision zoom lens, but for aberrations.
The Tuner has been designed by two optical nerds and a mechanical engineer who love a good laugh and a great optical product. Iain Neill has 13 technical Academy Awards, including the Gordon Sawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, three Emmy’s, and the Fuji gold medal. He holds over 50 US patents and is considered a world expert in zoom and cinematography lenses. Mike Thomas is the technical founder behind Moment’s lenses and has spent the last 30 years designing and building custom lens systems, optical manufacturing, and vertical supply chains. He has been involved in every aspect of optical design and production from AR/VR optics, through photo/cine, industrial, and medical products.
In conclusion, The Tuner is an innovative product that has been designed to provide customers with a unique and customizable look. It is compatible with any EF mount lens, with or without electronics, and weighs only 400 grams, making it significantly easier to carry than a set of traditional lenses. Its patented Vari-look technology enables users to manually adjust the strength of the look from minimum to maximum. The sophisticated CAM mechanism and custom electronics board allow for an incredibly compact device that can be used on any mirrorless camera. The Tuner is the first optical product that lets you manually change the strength of the look and has been developed by two optical nerds and a mechanical engineer who have spent their careers designing optical products for everyone else.
You can find more info and order via the Kickstarter which just went live today here.