September 22, 2016 at 5:02PM

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Can somebody make some affortable anamorphic lenses??

With Sigma, Tokina and rehousing of Otus etcetcetc...

Why arent any of those brands making some more affortable anamorphic 2x lenses in the 5000-10 000 pr lens-range?

With all the S35 cameras out there that can shoot anamorph, there has to be a marked for it? :)

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Veydra is working on anamorphic prime lenses for Micro 4/3 and Sony E mount cameras, that should sell around $5,000 - $6,000 each.

SLR Magic also makes anamorphic prime lenses that cost about $6,500 each.

September 22, 2016 at 8:16PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Veydra announced that they canceled that project. The anamorphic community on facebook also has a disdain for SLR magic's lenses. But those are good thoughts.

Paul Goodyear

September 27, 2016 at 11:14AM

But none of this lenses would cover a S35 sensor...

Per Gunnar Fordal

September 27, 2016 at 12:03PM

It is very expensive to make a good anamorphic lens, a cheap one will simply give you bad footage. Also there is really no market for this.

Frankly I do not see much of a plus using anamorphic lenses, all I see are negatives and difficulties. I suppose you can overcome that by premium lenses and gazillion dollar budgets.

Why not just use a simple lens? If you need more resolution get a higher resolution camera and crop the image in post. And if you want anamorphic light flairs, you can make in post.

September 23, 2016 at 7:27PM, Edited September 23, 7:30PM

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Cary Knoop
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I dare you to call up a rental house (that rents anamorphics) and say that there is no market for Anamorphic lenses.

Luke Neumann

September 25, 2016 at 11:50PM

Shooting on real anamorphic lenses looks better and more organic than trying to fake it in post. You'll never get the bokeh right.

You need to let kubrick, the cohen brothers, tarantino, and all the other highly successful directors who only shoot anamorphic than it is pointless...Cary Knoop thinks you are dumb right?

If you have had actually shot on anamorphic lenses, you would have a different opinion. They can be rented for a reasonable amount, depending on the type of lenses. I have used the kowa anamorphic lenses several times, and I didn't have a gazillion dollars.

Frank Hernandez

September 26, 2016 at 11:17AM

There is a market for anamorphic lenses, and the ones that exist currently are more than enough to fill it.

September 24, 2016 at 9:30PM

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Jacob Floyd
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Just rent per project

September 25, 2016 at 2:00PM

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Easier said than done with anamorphics. Limited sets and rental houses that refuse to split up said sets, draws a line in the sand for most indie productions. Owner/op is the route a lot of people take and there is very much a market for a mid-budget anamorphic lens set. It will happen.

Luke Neumann

September 25, 2016 at 11:48PM

The SLR Magic Anamorphic primes (2x for M43) are a start. The 35mm is all sorts of gritty.

It's tough because (most) lens makers have to keep photographers in mind. So while Anamorphic is big with filmmakers, it isn't as popular with Photographers. If it ever catches on with the photography world (never know...the hipster/Instagram crowd might just jump on) your dream will come true. Until then....they are usually cinema lenses that don't make as much money as hybrid stills lenses do. So why would a company like Sigma knowingly make a lens that doesn't appeal to photographers? If anything, companies like Sigma make lenses for Photography first, filmmaking a distant second.

Part of me thinks a company like RED might jump into this arena. Just...from what I have heard/seen (which is nothing concrete).

September 25, 2016 at 11:57PM, Edited September 26, 12:03AM

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Luke Neumann
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You should join the anamorphic group on facebook. They are making real progress on affordable anamorphic.

September 27, 2016 at 11:15AM

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Paul Goodyear
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Will do. Thanks.

Luke Neumann

September 27, 2016 at 11:40AM, Edited September 27, 11:40AM

>>>Veydra announced that they canceled that project.

On their Facebook page, Veydra states...

"We had to cancel the project due to new anamorphic sensor area specs on the GH5. Our design only worked on the GH4."

So this sounds a lot like the GH5 is going to use a bigger sensor ( maybe a multi-aspect sensor like the GH2 camera has ), and that Vedra might be waiting for the GH5 to come out before making any new anamorphic lenses.

September 27, 2016 at 7:47PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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>>>But none of this lenses would cover a S35 sensor...

On their Facebook page, Veydra states...

"Yes, these lenses cover the super35 sensor area of the Sony FS7"

Which looks like a reference to the anamorphic lenses they were building ( it was the second part of an answer about their anamorphic lens project ), which would make a lot of sense to me because you would have a much bigger market for your anamorphic lenses if they could cover Super35.

So with any luck Veydra's anamorphic lenses are not dead, "they're only sleeping" ( Monty Python joke ), and might wake up once the GH5 is selling in stores.

September 27, 2016 at 7:52PM, Edited September 27, 7:55PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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GH5 sensor will not be bigger but they will use the whole sensor area for 4K.

September 29, 2016 at 10:41AM

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