April 30, 2016 at 2:33PM, Edited April 30, 2:34PM


Red Raven Anamorphic Lens

Hi everyone. What would be the best budget way to get an anamorphic lens on the Red Ravens EF mount? If possible without a taking lens.


The Red Raven is not designed to use it with a anamorphic lens. Because of its sensor's aspect ratio of 2.13:1 even a 1.33x anamorpic lens would give you a 2.83:1 image. That is wider than what most films are.
I think the Red Raven is also designed as a "small 65mm" camera (at least in aspect ratio, because 65mm is about 2.2:1). You should use it with normal full frame lenses (because the sensor is a bit wider than APS-C and with APS-C lenses you would have images with vigneting).
If you look at the price class of the Raven it's also intended that you would use Canon L glass or something in that price class becuase if you could afford anamorphic lenses you could also buy a Red Weapon.

May 1, 2016 at 4:24AM, Edited May 1, 4:24AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

Like all digital cameras, the various capture/sensor format (physical size of capture area) of the RAVEN is directly linked to the captured resolution.

With the Raven, in order to capture at full resolution, you would need to use the entire sensor which is approx. 23mm x 11mm @ a ratio of 2.1. As mentioned above, if paired with a 1.33x anamorphic lens, you would get a final aspect ratio of 2.83, which will require cropping the edges, which interestingly will reduce your resolution to approx. 3824 x 2160.

So, it may be best to use a different capture/sensor format such as the 4k/16x9 UDH format which will give the proper aspect ratio (w/ no need to crop) and similar resolution. Just bear in mind that you will have a slight crop since it is using a smaller part of sensor (approx. 19.20mm x 10.80mm).

Something to also to keep in mind is that all the available capture/sensor formats on the RAVEN are smaller then typical Super35, so you should anticipate a crop factor if Super35 is what you are more familiar with.

May 23, 2016 at 5:48PM

John Dimalanta
Freelance Photographer/Cinematographer

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