September 11, 2019

This Anamorphic Lens Was Made with Pro Smartphone Filmmakers in Mind

SANDMARC's new anamorphic lens is about to make iPhone filmmaking more cinematic.

ICYMI, Apple announced a new iPhone, which puts video at center stage. As the iPhone "goes pro," we need to keep an eye on which accessories are critical to making that leap—which brings us to the anamorphic lens.

When it comes to capturing the "film look," the elliptical bokeh, horizontal lens flares, and the two-four-oh aspect ratio of the anamorphic aesthetic really do the trick. Now that gear manufacturers are working to pack some of the key aesthetic features of a top-tier anamorphic lens into a smartphone lens form factor, we're more poised than ever to capture more cinematic footage with our smartphones.

One such company, SANDMARC, is throwing its hat in the ring with an anamorphic lens that retails for less than $200. With a 2.4:1 aspect ratio, the 1.33x lens captures more horizontal information by squeezing the image. Its circular shape is compatible with SANDMARC's existing filter lineup.

"The biggest challenge was creating a circular anamorphic that can yet be aligned horizontally when shooting," a SANDMARC rep told No Film School. "Several prototypes were made to get the rotation to where it is not too rigid to move and adjust, yet not too loose to stay fixed when filming."

The lens features a multi-element, multi-coated, and anti-reflective glass for superior performance. SANDMARC is currently working on iPhone 11-compatible lenses.

Credit: SANDMARC

Technical Specifications

  • 1.33x Anamorphic Lens
  • Coating - Multi-coated
  • Exterior Material - Aluminum
  • Aspect Ratio - 2.4:1 (video), 16:9 (panoramic)
  • Chromatic Aberration - <1px at edge
  • Weight: 46g

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You wrote this as if there were no other anamorphic lenses available for the iPhone despite links to both the Moondog and Moment lenses beneath this article.

September 11, 2019 at 7:44PM

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"Finally"?? Have you been living in a cave? 2013.
Nofilmschool too was aware.
https://nofilmschool.com/2013/11/moondog-labs-anamorphic-filmmaking-iphone

September 12, 2019 at 4:16AM

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Matt
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US $160 or more?
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
About US $30 on Ebay for the Same Glass in a different branded mount.

Someone edit the blurb to remove the word 'Finally',.. this is the second overpriced clone of the Moondog and Letus products in the last couple of months.

September 12, 2019 at 9:19AM, Edited September 12, 9:19AM

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Stewart Fairweather
Cinematographer
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WOW! It didn't take TOO long for the Chinese to knock these off. I feel bad for Moondog Labs, especially (American, not sure about Letus, MOment or SANDMARC). I owned Letus and Moondog Labs' anamorphic lenses for iPhone at different times. How can they possibly compete?

September 13, 2019 at 4:21PM

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Moment is the company made by one of those Contour Actioncamera guy
https://www.core77.com/posts/89569/How-Losing-to-GoPro-Helped-Marc-Barros-Build-Moment

September 15, 2019 at 5:53AM, Edited September 15, 5:53AM

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Matt
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Woof, I don't want to pile on, but this article makes it seem like an anamorphic iPhone lens is a brand new innovation. Tangerine was shot on a Moondog anamorphic lens on an iPhone 5s in 2015.

I'm not here to be nasty or make fun of anyone -- we've all made mistakes -- but a little research would have gone a long way here.

September 12, 2019 at 1:29PM

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Bryan Howell
Screenwriter, corporate videographer, and indie filmmaker
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Looks like the "Finally" was removed. Actually this adverb would more aptly apply to the most recent anamorphic lenses announced by Vazen and Sirui (not adapters, LENSES) for MFT and APS-C, respectively.

September 13, 2019 at 4:16PM

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