May 14, 2016 at 6:21PM, Edited October 26, 9:32PM
Anamorphic Lenses for GH4 & Speedbooster Alternative
I've never shot anamorphically before. Anything I've shot that wasn't released in 1.78 was cropped in post.
I'd love to take advantage of the GH4's anamorphic capabilities. I understand the basics of how anamorphic recording works. I think. At least what I think I understand seems to make sense in my mind - the squeeze/desqueezing to maximize sensor and pixel use while still being able to produce a wide aspect ratio (in my case, let's assume I want to go with 2.39).
What I'd love is some suggestions for anamorphic lenses for the GH4. I love playing with vintage lenses especially, both for video and photography, and so any suggestions for lenses that fit the bill that I can probably find on eBay would be awesome and much appreciated.
I also own a Blackmagic Pocket, which uses the same mount as the GH4. I've been wanting to get a Speedbooster for my Pocket, and now that I'm getting a GH4, I figured I'd be able to have one Speedbooster for both cameras. But, now I'm understanding that Metabones makes one specifically for the GH4, and one specifically for the BMPCC, necessitating I purchase two of them. Which, as you know, two Speedboosters cost more than either camera body.
Anyway, if it is true that I would need two different Speedboosters, I wanted to consider some (cheaper) alternatives. I hate to do that, because I know Metabones is the best of the best. The only alternative that I currently know about is the Fotodiox Excell+1, which on paper looked awesome, but I've heard that it has major issues with focus and sharpness if you're wider than 2.8 or so. And I've just generally heard many complaints about overall image degradation. I was surprised, because I have several Fotodiox ND throttle adapters for vintage lenses to my (now sold) E-Mount Sony, and I love those things.
Anyway, is there anything else that is, while not Metabones top-of-the-line quality, not a total piece of crap and produces acceptable results?
Thanks so much for any suggestions, opinions, tips, or responses in general. You guys are all very helpful and it's great having a little community of knowledgeable folk that are willing to answer questions and help people like me who are entirely self-taught continue to learn and grow. So, just wanted to thank everyone who contributes to this site.