July 3, 2016 at 1:24PM

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Creating the Anamorphic look on DSLR

After seeing Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon" - I really wanted to shoot a short film with the aesthetics of anamorphic lenses. However, my camera is Canon 650D and I have no idea, whatsoever, how I would get an anamorphic look with this camera.

I looked around a little on CineMorph filters but I still don't know what's compatible with my camera.

So, what I would really love is some input from someone with some expertise in this area. I want to know if I need to buy a new lens or if I can make it work with a CineMorph filter. Also, please be very specific!

I'm aware that the CineMorph filter doesn't work with all focal lengths so I would love to be pointed in a direction as to which lenses would work on my Canon 650D to make it compatible with a CineMorph filter.

Thank you in advance!

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You can simulate the bokeh and flares of shooting with an anamorphic lens with the CineMorph filter, and then crop your Canon 650D image to get a traditional anamorphic 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Generally these filters only work with longer than normal lenses and require that you shoot a specific F-stops in order to get the right look.

The cheapest way to shoot this with a real anamorphic lens would be something like this...

1- SLR Magic Anamorphic Adapter ( $899 US )
http://goo.gl/tkftGt

2- Panasonic GH4 in Anamorphic Mode + Anamorphic Lenses
http://goo.gl/ZdufRp

3- MoonDog Labs anamorphic lenses for the iPhone
The feature film "Tangerine" (2015) was shot with these lenses.
http://www.moondoglabs.com/

July 3, 2016 at 6:44PM, Edited July 3, 6:48PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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How long is "longer than normal lenses"? Any example lenses you could link me to?

Isak Olsson

July 4, 2016 at 10:54AM

>>>How long is "longer than normal lenses"?

For crop sensor cameras ( Micro 4/3 and APS-C ) the CineMorph people are recommending a 50mm f/1.8 lens, which is a short telephoto lens on a camera like your Canon 650D. (a 30mm or 35mm lens would be considered a "normal" lens for your 650D)

Here's a sample shot with the Cinemorph filter using a Canon 550D and a cheapo Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E lens. ( this Nikon lens can be bought used for less than $50 )
https://vimeo.com/19796520

This sample was made with a Full Frame Canon 5D Mk2 using an 85mm f/2.0 lens. ( a 50mm lens on your Canon 650D is pretty much equivalent )
https://vimeo.com/20257510

July 4, 2016 at 11:28AM, Edited July 4, 11:28AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I am so grateful for all your help! I wanted to mention that my budget is around $300-400 so, knowing that, do you have any more suggestions on which lenses would work best for me?

Isak Olsson

July 4, 2016 at 1:33PM, Edited July 4, 1:33PM

>>>I wanted to mention that my budget is around $300-400 so, knowing that, do you have any more suggestions on which lenses would work best for me?

I would start with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, and if you want to get a second lens then I would look at finding a used Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens which is good for close-ups and when you want to isolate your subject from the background.

July 5, 2016 at 1:18PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I found a used Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, however, it has "II" at the end of it. Is that a newer version of the lens?

The actual name is Canon EF 50mm/f1,8 II.

Isak Olsson

July 5, 2016 at 2:00PM

>>> Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Yes, this is the version 2 model of this Canon lens. Optically it should perform the same as any other Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens. Most likely either the electronics or the lens housing was improved to make a version 2 of this lens.

50mm lenses are so common to find used that you should expect a good discount when buying used. I would also bring your camera with you when you buy to make sure that the lens works perfectly with your camera. Also check to make sure that the focus movement is smooth.

July 5, 2016 at 2:23PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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This is why I come to nofilmschool for my questions - thank you so much for all your help!

Isak Olsson

July 6, 2016 at 1:34PM

Purchased the Canon 50mm f/1.8 - seems like it does not work with CineMorph...

July 22, 2016 at 1:47PM

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I was able to make it work with a step up ring!

July 23, 2016 at 9:39AM

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