April 14, 2015 at 7:27PM

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The Anamorphic Trend

Why use anamorphic filming method on digital cameras? Does anyone have a good side-by-side comparison?

I cant even tell the difference between a barrel distortion/corner sharpness/etc. and an anamorphic lens effects other than the accidental lens flare.

I mean we just dealt with the raging 4k wars, and now this...

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Anamorphic is definitely not new, I think the reason it is getting associated with a "trend" now is because it is becoming more accessible to filmmakers. Cheaper lenses, vintage adapters, the new SLR Magic adapter, etc.
It's really just a very distinguished look. You can get similar effects in post but it's hard to truly match the slight distortion and mainly lens flare the anamorphic lens gives.
Also, a main reason is to get most out of your sensor. Instead of cropping in post to 2.39 (or whatever flavor you'd like), you are essentially squeezing every single possible pixel into the image, which adds a nice bit of extra resolution in there. It basically turns your 1080p image into a (estimated) 2.5K image.
I would check out eoshd.com, Andrew Reid who runs that site has tons of good anamorphic advice and information.

April 21, 2015 at 12:31PM

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Ben Meredith
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Here is a blog I have discussing and comparing Spherical and Anamorphic Formats.

https://acinematographersjournal.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/part-1-optical...

March 28, 2016 at 12:09PM

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John Dimalanta
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