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Ultimate Guide to Anamorphic Video & Lenses

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Become a Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/TomAntos I am in love with the anamorphic look. In this video I will take you through different ways you can achieve that look on various budgets from $1 to $100,000 dollars. Special thanks to ShareGrid and Old Fast Glass for the footage from The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test: https://s.sharegrid.com/1Px5sJ More info ➡ https://wp.me/p8IV72-4vh My filmmaking gear kit ➡ https://kit.com/TomAntos In-depth info on the gear I recommend ➡ https://goo.gl/ZrPxTM My camera gear picks on B&H ➡ https://goo.gl/fSWk1X Exclusive tutorials ➡ https://wp.me/p8IV72-4vh CineMorph filter from Vid-Atlantic https://www.vid-atlantic.com/products/cinemorph Anamorphic Adapters from SLR Magic https://bhpho.to/2CjYce3 Anamorphot-50 2.0x on B&H https://bhpho.to/2gv1OzD SLR Magic 2x Anamorphot-CINE Lens Set https://bhpho.to/2Cl1ptO You can rent lenses and camera gear from ShareGrid here https://s.sharegrid.com/1Px5sJ Lomo Anamorphics https://goo.gl/MeDg1A Orion Anamorphic Lenses https://atlaslensco.com/shop ARRI Zeiss Master Anamorphic Lenses https://bhpho.to/2Ds73JO Cooke Anamorphic Lenses https://bhpho.to/2CksxsX Instead of buying these lenses you can save yourself a lot of $ by renting them out like most filmmakers do. You can get those here: ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/yloSM7 Cineovision Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/4bTbwb Cooke Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/6HZWoM Hawk Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/d2plj9 Kowa Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/j3Gcka Lomo Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/Ojxv5N If you want to see the in-depth lens tests by ShareGrid then check out The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test https://s.sharegrid.com/ygrhsg Also check out ShareGrid: https://s.sharegrid.com/MhSrIY & Old Fast Glass: http://oldfastglass.com/ Music I use is from Artlist http://bit.ly/ArtlistDeal Sign up to get 2 months free! ⬇️Submit your video to Filmmaking Times Live⬇️ http://tomantosfilms.com/filmmaking-times-live-submit/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Remember, in filmmaking there's no problems, just a lack of solutions! Follow me on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/TomAntos Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TomAntosFilms Google+ http://bit.ly/18oyRJB My name is Tom Antos. I am a film director and cinematographer with over 20 years experience in VFX & animation. Jak się masz?! I'm originally from Poland ;) Check out my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/polcan99 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ What is anamorphic? It usually refers to shooting a wide aspect ratio video or film but on a much narrower image sensor. Anamorphic is actually pretty old, was first used pre world war one, but it wasn’t really used in cinema until the 1950’s when television became popular and filmmakers were looking to bring the audience back to the cinema by offering widescreen epic looking films. This was achieved by using lenses that can capture a wide aspect ratio by squeezing the image horizontally onto a narrow film strip. Over time the anamorphic look became associated with many of the big epic films that used that technique. It doesn’t mean it is the best way to capture video. In fact anamorphic lenses have many artifacts and imperfections that give it that anamorphic or film look. Aside from the obvious wider aspect ratios, the most common to the anamorphic look are the horizontal lens flares. Also the vertically stretched bokeh and the distortion that happens, especially with the wider focal lengths that give the anamorphic footage an almost 3D feeling. Remember that when shooting anamorphic your image will look squeezed horizontally, so in order to view it properly you will need to de-squeeze the image. This is very easy today in any editing program. Back in the day it was done by projecting the films through an anamorphic lens. Hope you guys enjoyed this tour of shooting anamorphic in today’s world and if you did make sure to leave me a comment bellow. Thanks!
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Text Comments (179)
finallyanime (8 days ago)
the footage from the nikon lens & adapter are terrible...really wish youd have used a better taking lens....seriously. whats the deal.
Tom Antos (8 days ago)
Thanks for watching and commenting! The nikon lens is actually very sharp and clean. It's the anamorphic adapter that introduces the artifacts. I just show what it's capable of so u can see for yourself the difference between the many anamorphic options
Alexander Alcaraz (29 days ago)
this is p orn
Jerry Sommer (1 month ago)
Love the videos Tom👍
Tetraskele (1 month ago)
Fantastic review. You deserve a reward for putting this much work into a presentation. Wow.
The Reel Virginia (2 months ago)
Very helpful. Really prepared me for my shoot. And thanks for going into the history a bit 😃
aaron holder (2 months ago)
I don't know how you managed to get all these lenses to do this video but kudos to you. Very useful.
Sai Kelly (2 months ago)
Love this thanks Tom. Would love to see which cameras were also paired with which lenses in the shots.Thanks.
V. Striemer (2 months ago)
thanks a lot ! nice Guide !
Karel Dlabač (3 months ago)
Great review! 😊👍👍👍
Digital Cam (3 months ago)
Is the scene from 7:02 a movie, short, etc? I’m really curious about watching that whole thing! I really liked that color grade and want to get a closer look? Can anybody help me here?
AGOSTA BROS. PICTURES (3 months ago)
Great posting.....thanks.
GAJOWY (3 months ago)
Ill just crop my video then.
Rino Febrian (3 months ago)
I love how you still use nikon 50 on production
Rabah Hidous (4 months ago)
Thank you very much for this beautiful dream tour..
Dee Yammy (4 months ago)
You are the first person who managed to coherently explain to me what anamorphic is and how it applies to the real world. Thank you.
Michael Frymus (4 months ago)
If I use a 50mm on an APSC (85mm on FF), what size anamorphic would be closest to that size and the best choice? Orion Series (2x) has a 50mm and a 65mm. Because anamorphic are wider, would the 65mm be better?
A Canadian Woodworker (4 months ago)
I used the Vid-Atlantic & Sigma 18-35 extensively on a project and it really does provide a nice look with well-formed oval bokeh
Duong Khac Linh (5 months ago)
Whats the difference when using a plugin in Final cut that does lightstreaks?
NeueHouse (5 months ago)
Thanks for the info and no usual YT huckstering!
Mkmed Khaled (5 months ago)
Russian made so far from perfect Ouch I am not Russian and felt hurt from this Tom I like you a lot But plz think before you say
Saber Wasel (4 months ago)
Oh really 😂😂
Seth Damany (5 months ago)
the “$1 option” works pretty well, I really recommend it if ur on a budget. i shot a couple music vids with that set up if anyone wants to check out examples (lil brown town - ejac and evac; Ben senseless - highland chronicles)
EVARATE (5 months ago)
I'd like to ask a dumb question. Why the hell are lenses so damn expensive? I get that probably a lot of handwork goes into them and they have to be very precise but some of them are more expensive than a car. It almost feels like a scam.
William Dax (5 months ago)
I would like too and hear your thoughts on the Moment anamorphic lens since it came out a few months after this video.
Warapox (5 months ago)
Great video! It help me a lot to understand about this lens! Thank you!
Andie deRoux (6 months ago)
great video!
scott minnis (6 months ago)
Great video! Learnt a bunch there in a really clear and effective manner, thanks! :D
Gift Mlondi Nkosi (6 months ago)
Legendary Tom - love your tutorials
Brennan Martin (6 months ago)
"Subtle distortion" on the anamorphot HA! It looks totally unusable to me.
Alfie Knight (6 months ago)
Rob Productions (6 months ago)
thank you tom as always! I learned a lot from you over the years. nice clean video, right to the point! which is hard to find in 2018
Tom Antos (7 months ago)
Become a Patreon & join me on set + get one-on-one mentorship for filmmakers! https://www.patreon.com/TomAntos
Jordan Montgomery (4 months ago)
what video is referenced in the kowa example section.
Terry G. Seney (4 months ago)
Enjoyed your views on Anamorphic Lens but, I wished you had mentioned my Isocorma Pre-36 50mm F2.8 Lens. [email protected]
the unseen (7 months ago)
For a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV what recommend?
MTM MG (7 months ago)
Very insightful. Thank you
Yarnell van der Horst (7 months ago)
4:54 what brand/ model tripod is this, I'd like to purchase one ASAP. Please reply :)
Khotta Bogard (8 months ago)
I thought lenses were only about sharpness, number of blades, fast apertures and overall image clarity, until i knew that tilt-shift and anamorphic lenses existed....
Neb6 (8 months ago)
The Kowa, Cooke, and Panavision anamorphic lenses definitely have the nicest looks to them. And I find that the lens distortion really helps sell pans and tilts. Something about the 'movement' is magical.
Tom Antos (8 months ago)
Yes I agree. It's distorted hence not perfect but also why it doesn't have that perfect and clean digital look.
HeathenFPV (9 months ago)
3:09 and beyond
Alex Powers 2.0 (9 months ago)
Tom, if you get the Blackmagic Pocket 4K, do you have any plans to test it out with the SLR Magic 2x anamorphic MFT lenses? I am considering purchasing them as well as the pocket 4K, but am not sure how it would look. As far as I know, there is no 4:3 mode for the pocket, like there is with the GH5 and I don't know if shooting in 16:9 would be too wide. I don't mind the footage I shoot having an aspect ratio that resembles "The Hateful Eight", but I don't want it ridiculously narrow.
ibookje (9 months ago)
How about lenses for the iPhone like made by MoonDog and Moment? Can these be taken serious for amateur cinematographers?
I looked up Anamorphic lenses and I ended up here.
Tyler Skillings (10 months ago)
Hi Tom! Where is the footage of the kowa anamorphics from? Would love to see the full content thanks!!!
araagona98 (10 months ago)
I know this might be a stupid question but I was wondering: I have a Sigma 10-20 mm f/4-5 EX DC HSM lens. It's a wide-angle lens. Is it also an anamorphic lens? Does anybody know that?
The Reel Virginia (2 months ago)
From my experience that is not an anamorphic lens. Wide angle lenses are different from anamorphic both physically and in the way they distort an image.
Evaquiel (10 months ago)
pause at 2:45
Sandeep Deswal (10 months ago)
Really good explanation . summarised amazingly.
Blou Bear (10 months ago)
The number of kidneys I can buy if I sell one of that Zeiss lens.
Mohammed (10 months ago)
Tom, you're awesome. Very much informative!
RJ Films (10 months ago)
3:13 the shot with the lady... am i correct here, that this shot has a bad cromatic aberation? the colors seem strange.
Edgar Sardón Sáenz (9 months ago)
Everything seems strange and unreal I don't know why he likes it.
Henry Chan (10 months ago)
If I don’t want the anamorphic artefacts, is it a good idea to just shoot on a wide angle lens then just… crop it like a noob?
Eugenio (10 months ago)
Great quick review I love anamorphic look I have a few of the cheap lenses Thanks for the video
Slim Yelow (11 months ago)
I am Michael Mann. How do you explain the vertical flares on my later movies? - Heat
Slim Yelow (11 months ago)
great video! loved it
Evan Theodosopoulos (11 months ago)
Hello Tom. Nice topic. Im trying to find out how to make the round flares and which lens make them.
Michael Filmakers ZONE (11 months ago)
What is the video they say when they talk about the kowa lens?
Murdock (11 months ago)
HELP pls: Shotting on GH5, (wedding), I need a anamorphic solution for run and gun without double focus. I need something compact for run and gun that can fit in a helicoper. any Ideas? for the sake of lightweigh I am running mainly 12-35mm and 35-70mm Lumix M4thirds. ideaas would be great.
DChaveit415 (11 months ago)
Samyang seems to be in the works of an Anamorphic lens! A little known fact is the 1974 movie " Chinatown " with Jack Nicholson, was filmed only using ONE lens. A 40mm Anamorphic Lens. If youve never seen this movie, you need to ! Top notch film , story and acting. https://www.cinema5d.com/development-samyang-anamorphic-lenses-spotted/
photographim (11 months ago)
anTOMorphic Antos :-) Great video, thanks!
Tom Antos (11 months ago)
photographim haha I like that!
Vinod Salian (11 months ago)
Thanks a lot for education.
Andrew Clunie (1 year ago)
Interesting - I love the look of the pre-36, but really hate the look of the SLR Magic range. You have the opposite opinion :) Nice content as usual.. been watching you since your old tutorials.. inspired me a lot :)
binh nguyen (1 year ago)
Thank you, what tripod & slider do you use at 4:54?
Desmond Cook (7 months ago)
@Yarnell van der Horst nah
Yarnell van der Horst (7 months ago)
Did you find out what tripod this is?
thebolivianguy (1 year ago)
Thanks a lot! Amazing video... objective, clear, nice voice and great explaination
what movie was that
Emeka Mbadiwe (1 year ago)
Hey Tom, at 7:23 what movie is that? Is it online?
Emeka Mbadiwe (1 year ago)
You're wonderful. Thanks so much. I also noticed at 7:07, there is some BTS. Is that availble online as well?
Tom Antos (1 year ago)
Emeka Mbadiwe it's the cage watch it here https://youtu.be/VddWFfA3qcE
Film Maniac (1 year ago)
Vinnie Camilleri (1 year ago)
Watched this video so many times, love it some beautiful lenses here.
Roman Sapronov (1 year ago)
Great video Tom! You forgot to mention the DIY Kowa 8Z (16H) + Rectilux Hardcore DNA anamorphic setup. It will cost 2000$ per set and you still can swap the taking lens. The quality is much better than SLR magic and it's very sharp same as Kowas anamorphics
Jay Duffle (1 year ago)
Great thanks!
Arbaaz Patwari (1 year ago)
There's actually about a £120 anamophic lens on kickstarter that go finded in under and hour
edkfilms (1 year ago)
I have that too
edkfilms (1 year ago)
love it
edkfilms (1 year ago)
I have the anamorphic plus I have a Carl Zeiss lens from natural lighting
Cristian Priboianu (1 year ago)
there are new anamorphic lenses aviable now for mobile camera and they really impressed me for the price
George Stratigis (1 year ago)
T'Challa (1 year ago)
You didn't cover Hawk Anamorphics
T Sizzle (1 year ago)
You must be really excited about the new Moment Anamorphic Lens that was just announced!
Doktor Play (1 year ago)
Thanks for the nice overview to Anamorhic Lenses.
Hernan Cascabelo (1 year ago)
Using GH5S which 4:3 Anamorphic Mode. with SLR Magic Anamorphot-50 2.0x 1) If I use a SLR Magic 50mm T0.95 Lens with MFT Mount and 62mm Filter Thread, I won´t need any adapter for the connection and it should work perfectly, shouldn't it? 2) On the other hand, if I use a SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 (MFT Mount) Filter Thread 52mm with 52-62mm Step-Up Adapter is it going to work correctly? Will it have one single focus? 3) Using SLR Magic 10mm T2.1(MFT Mount)Filter Thread 77 mm with an step-down 77-62mm adapter, am I going to have vignette? If I have vignette, my question is, what is SLR Magic thinking by creating a lens and an adapter that doesn´t work efficiently? 4) Regarding the 3 cases I detailed previously, am I going to need the Rangefinder Cine for everything to work correctly? 5) Does the Anamorphot-50 multiply by 2.0x the Focal Length? For example, the SLR Magic 10mm (MFT Mount) has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 20mm. Does this mean that the focal lenght is going to be 40mm? Thank you very much for your time Best regards
Avidcomp (1 year ago)
Question: On the higher end options such as the Atlas. How common is it for people to raise the money to purchase a set for a production, and then pretty much get back the investment by selling them on again; i.e. so long as you sell them in the same condition you bought them, do they sell quickly? 100% what you paid, 80%? ???
Best Media (1 year ago)
Thank you
Jonny Soza (1 year ago)
Can u do a video on anamorphic lens under $300 like moondog labs x Beastgrip x Ironglass Adapters. Etc.
Travis Bickle (1 year ago)
I had my doubts when u mention the slr magic but the video gets much better thanks
Tom Antos (1 year ago)
Thanks! Glad you stuck around to watch the rest.
Ricardo Coronel Ruiz (1 year ago)
Awesome! Thanks!
Randall Priester (1 year ago)
Excellent Excellent Excellent! I can tell you put an incredible amount of effort in this video and it is greatly appreciated an incredible amount of information! Thank you. rp
BRIGHT MOON (1 year ago)
Pls my best I like ure but pls let ask sam questions in your email
Cheeky (1 year ago)
Great video I Thank you ;)
so anamorphic is the last man standing in the digivideo revolution. i am going to rent some next week...
Photographic elements (1 year ago)
Great video, thanks!
peniku8 (1 year ago)
I'm gonna buy an anamorphic lens and only shoot greenscreen videos for maximum heresy
Basil Glew-Galloway (2 months ago)
@Tom Antos LOL!
Tom Antos (1 year ago)
Noooooo!!!! Don't do it!!!!!!
Geoff Longford (1 year ago)
Thanks Tom. Thanks for your no nonsense approach. No hype. No "what's ups". No chipmunk music. By far my favourite channel for no BS content.
GONE IN 60 (1 year ago)
Tom Antos (1 year ago)
GONE IN 60 Thanks!
Tito Ferradans (1 year ago)
Heya Tom, very nice video! About SLR Magic's adapters, I love how available and (sort of) accessible they are, but don't you think the bokeh gets too "diamond-y" when you're using faster apertures? You should give the Kowa B&H + Rectilux HCDNA a try when you get the chance, it's a truly amazing combination. As for shooting, do you think the camera makes a lot of difference? You mentioned your GH4 and GH5, both of which have anamorphic modes, but most mirrorless/dslrs out there lack such features. What would you say is the best camera to shoot anamorphic these days?
Tito Ferradans (1 year ago)
Thanks for checking out my channel, Tom! As for the Kowa B&H, it can be fitted with a single focus solution. If you already have the Rangefinder, that will work, but the Rectilux HCDNA (HardCoreDNA) is one of the Rangefinder's competitors and from my tests it's a much better performer, affecting image quality very little. About the cameras, your argument is pretty good. I want to add camera tests to my videos and was wondering where to start. Everyone is craving for GH5 videos, but the Ursa Mini 4.6K is indeed a stronger option. Too bad none of them are really fit for low light. hahaha. Lastly, if you don't mind helping me with a bit of research, if you had to pick ONE characteristic from the anamorphic look as your main reason to shoot anamorphic, what would it be? Thanks!
Tom Antos (1 year ago)
Tito Ferradans as far as cameras the GH4 and GH5 are good for low budget projects but they are limited because of the M43 image sensor. I would say the best in terms of budget and quality ratio is the URSA Mini 4.6K. It's actual super 35mm sensor that shoots in anamorphic mode also.
Tom Antos (1 year ago)
Tito Ferradans yes you are right Tito the bokeh does look like a diamond. Still from that price range those are the easiest to use. But I wouldn't honestly use it for a paid job. I did once and had too many problems. I will stick with actual anamorphic lenses for pro work. Unfortunately that's only on the jobs where the budget allows it. You have a great channel Btw! And a nice anamorphic adapter selection. Will try to get my hands on the lens you mentioned and do some tests with it... can that lens be setup with a single focus solution?
jan film (1 year ago)
Very nice video ,
Do you us anamorphic on your a7r3 and what do recommend for this camera?
Tom Antos (1 year ago)
Adventures in Fabrication no i only shoot anamorphic on cameras that have anamorphic mode. Otherwise the aspect ratio is too wide
major holland (1 year ago)
7:01 What's the name of this film? Please give credit to the video sources.
fhturner3 (1 year ago)
Dumb question: that rack-focus shot in Super 8 at 11:07...is the anamorphic bokeh effect what causes the background items that were in focus but shifted out of focus to stretch vertically? IOW, is that vertical stretch specific to rack focusing w/ anamorphic, or just rack focusing in general? I've noticed that before and always thought it was cool looking...kinda enhances that rack focus.
kupoa kupoa (1 year ago)
Thank you so much Tom for this fantastic Review of Anamorphic Lenses and cheaper Solutions! I buy for my future projects an 1.33 Adapter from SLR Magic. Hope we have better Weather soon here in Germany so i can test out the Anamorphic possibilitys with this Solution and my Lenses on my Ursa 4.6
BlueHouseBurning (1 year ago)
@ 0:05 — It’s not a secret, Tom. We all know 😀
Luciano Di Gennaro (1 year ago)
Epic comparison
Camera_Shit (1 year ago)
I’m using a moondog labs anamorphic adapter with a 37mm filter thread on my GH5. I made a review about it here https://youtu.be/rIQDN4qM32A While other anamorphots are quiet expensive, this is really affordable.
dcphoto80 (1 year ago)
Are there Leica anamorphic lenses?
Tom Mills (1 year ago)
Nicely done Tom.

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