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.
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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!
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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
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
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%? ???
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
do not use he range finer unless you want soft footage. I bought one for my 1.33x 50 SLR magic and returned it 4 days later.
With th3 1.33x you don't gt the oval bokeh but it's less distorted/fish eye on wider lenses. Also, I can put a 24mm lens in to my 1.33x with minor vignette.
Hey Great video to see so many Anamorphic Lenses! Which is your favorite to use in terms of look and functionality Tom ?
I'm hoping that Manufacturers take notice and start producing some lower cost single focus Anamorphics soon. It really is an untapped much needed market!
Note: Tom mentioned Double focusing issues with other anamorphic types such as a projector lenses that was never meant for shooting on Digital DSLRs. I have a video i did on Anamorphic Shooting on a budget where i take a double focus set up using an ISCO Red Ultrastar and create my own Single Focus Solution in order to get past that double focusing issue on lower end Anamorphics. If you are an ultra small budget filmmaker or just want to experiment that video could be an option for you.There are a ton of these Projector style lenses on Ebay. Check out my channel for this and other videos if interested!
Those Atlas lenses are soo so nice! Yet, just about any of these are out of range for the enthusiast filmmaker and not the Hollywood kind. But they make for a great rental if it's in the budget!
Kinda didn't touch on vintage adapted anamorphic optics (just the SLR 2x one you put on 50mm lenses), there are quite a few of those around, like Sankors, Century Optics and such that don't break the bank. However, most of these solutions require dual focusing set-ups, which is an absolute pain in th... there are self-contained single focus solutions, like the FM Lens, but they then tend to get really big and bulky and in need of rails. I guess with anamorphic you can't have it all. Also check out Tito Ferradans here on YouTube, he's a great source for anything anamorphic. For me... I've tried back in the GH2 days with a vintage Kalart Victorscope 2x and a Vid-Atlantic clamp adapter. But it was way too cumbersome with the dual focus set-up. Guess you're better off reserving using anamorphics for projects where you have a bit of a budget to play around with. Because well yeah, the look is so so epic!
just the shape of the bokeh is a bit too distort in around the edges and also I really dont like the way they flare... with the light right in the shot you can see almost a shape of a square in the frame formed by the flare.
I will say I love the anamorphic look, and ,most often add 2.35 or 2.85 bars to my shoots, but sometimes I like to have a 2:1 or 1.85:1 matte while maintaining the anamorphic bokeh, and found either the cheap modded Helios 44-2 (like $60 on EBay and built like tanks, thanks Russia!) or the first method you described really gets the best of all worlds if you shoot it right.
That being said, I still want to shoot on real anamorphics just to shoot on them and see how they work.
The Helios 44-2 makes for an awesome and affordable lens with some quirky (bokeh) character to it. With its 58mm f/2 it also makes for a great adapting lens for vintage anamorphic front elements. There's 'Ironglassadapters' that actually mod Helios lenses, they open 'em, insert a colored nylon line, coat the glass elements for some anamorphic traits.
Thanks guys for all your answers! @Lance Perchance thanks for examples and your thoughts that we actually miss that oldschool look while technology is giving us new solutions! So there are no rules, just taste of filmmaker! Same discussion would be probably with frame rates (FPS) 24 is "cinema standard" but Hobbit movie was shot on 48fps because such a decision was made and "rule" was break.
Just an FYI, but those black bars are called "letterboxing."
Also, you mentioned that it might "look amateur" without bokeh/flares. Do not focus on those sort of things until you know what the style you want to achieve is. Bokeh and flares do not instantly make a film more "professional," not even every Hollywood movie is shot anamorphic. A couple examples off the top of my head being Skyfall and Jurrasic World. Actually, Spielberg is known for choosing the aspect ratio that best suited his film. Ex:Jurassic Park was not shot wide so that more dinosaur could fit in the shot.
One thing to keep in mind, is that Directors/Cinematographers have wanted to remove certain things like flares in their films for YEARS. They're considered aberrations or flaws in the equipment. However, after so many years of watching films with them, they became what many consider the "hollywood/cinematic look." Nowadays, it's almost easier to make a "flawless" (in technical terms, not artistic) video than it is to make one with the "flaws" we deem cinematic. Directors/Cinematographers nowadays actually try to ADD IN these "aberrations" because of their aesthetic. Hell, some even add in grain of all things to their films.
So as Tom said with letterboxing, some films look great with them, and some don't. Rather than adhering to some "standard," find the style you find works best.
Side note: I've shot with SLR anamorphot adapters mentioned in this video on a GH4, loved the footage, but I'll be damned if I shoot anything that I don't need to with it. There were more than a few times I wanted to throw the damn thing against the wall, but then I would remember how much they cost.
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