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31
Mar

New Schneider Single Focus Anamorphic Lens Kit

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By popular demand we have now developed a single focus version of the brilliant Schneider XL anamorphic lens. This version uses premium coating optics with blackened edges to provide absolute anamorphic transparency and cinema-quality optics.     The previous dual focus version can be seen here. The kit can be purchased below. Purchase the ready to shoot Schneider Anamorphic Single […]

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29
Dec

Anamorphic Lenses on a Short Film

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Anamorphic Cinematography Series As a part of our continuing series on anamorphic cinematography, here are impressions from shooting with anamorphic lenses on a 48 hour short film project. To see excerpts from the project, watch the video below: Equipment used on this film includes: Panasonic GH5 with v2 firmware update Zhiyun Crane 2 58mm f/2 Helios 44-2 85mm f/2 Jupiter […]

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28
Dec

Testing the Schneider Anamorphic Lens Kit in NYC

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Anamorphic Cinematography Series Here is the new Schneider anamorphic lens build in New York City in December on the Panasonic GH5. The snow made for some beautiful anamorphic images. Shooting 100% handheld, anamorphic IBIS mode, in 4k 60fps in Cinelike-D, the setup can’t be beat. This is the sharpest anamorphic lens in the world. The kit can be purchased below. […]

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22
Nov

Using A Rangefinder to Macro Focus with Your Anamorphic lens

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What is a rangefinder? An anamorphic rangefinder is a set of two achromat diopters in reverse polarity. You can then achieve focus for the entire setup by varying the distance between those two diopters. In close focus, the diopters are at their maximum distance apart, and at infinity, they are right next to each other. Popular rangefinders for anamorphic lenes […]

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21
Nov

How to Focus a Single Focus Attachment on an Anamorphic Lens

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This is a guide to DSLR help shooters properly calibrate their single focusing anamorphic lens. Almost all anamorphic lenses were built as dual focus. This means that focus can only be achieved by focusing both the anamorphic lens and the taking lens that the anamorphic is attached to. For the complete dual-focusing guide, see our article on how to dual focus […]

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06
Nov

Schneider Anamorphic Lens: The Sharpest Anamorphic Lens In the World

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So you’ve just got a Panasonic GH5 or the latest DSLR camera, and can’t wait to start shooting tack sharp images at beautiful 6k resolution. Cameras like the GH5 come with this heralded anamorphic mode- but what anamorphic to choose, and how do you make sure that the optics you are using don’t detract from the benefits of this new […]

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26
Oct

How to Put Together an Anamorphic Lens Kit for DSLR

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Anamorphic lens kits are becoming easier and more accessible. With anamorphic feature-driven cameras like the Panasonic GH5, the flexibility of Canon Magic Lantern, and cheap and available prime lenses, anamorphic shooting is possible and affordable with almost any DSLR or cinema camera. Desirable anamorphic effects- compressed, oval bokeh, streaky flares, and other natural characteristics offer a unique aesthetic that can fit […]

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11
Oct

Wide Angle Anamorphic Lenses

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Ever since we started shooting with anamorphic lenses, we’ve always wanted to shoot with wide anamorphic 2x scope. This refers to the stretch factor of the anamorphic attachment. When attaching a 2x scope lens to the front of your DSLR prime lens, you will double your field of view. A 1920 x 1080 image desqueezes to 3840 x 1080 in […]

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30
Sep

Solution for GH5 Firmware v2.0 5k Anamorphic Not Importing

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NOTE: All bugs for the GH5 footage are fixed by the latest version of Premiere Pro 2018 (12.0.0). If you have a CC subscription and a Panasonic GH5 be sure to download the latest version of Premiere Pro to effectively edit GH5 footage. However, due to the nature of h265 compression as explained below, even the most powerful machines will […]

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30
Sep

Anamorphic Lenses & Panasonic GH5 Firmware v2 Update

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My cinema cameras spend more and more time collecting dust. It seems that their purpose is more and more best served looking bad ass in front of the paying client that expects to see more than a DSLR. The Panasonic GH5 v2 firmware update (newly released from Panasonic here) adds a number of new features to arguably the most feature […]

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08
Sep

Shooting Anamorphic with the Sony A7s Full Frame DSLR

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Next up: our Sony A7s anamorphic lens test. We have been shooting anamorphic for a while with the incredible Panasonic GH5, which is one of the best DSLRs available for using anamorphic lenses. And although crop sensors are beneficial and offer a wider choice of lenses to pair with anamorphic adapters, we really wanted to see what makes the A7s […]

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30
Jul

Anamorphic Conversations on the Panasonic GH4

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Since we get so many questions from filmmakers interested in shooting anamorphic on specific cameras, we present the Anamorphic Conversation series- a curation of conversations regarding specific cameras or setups. Names are redacted for privacy. Hi, I was just wondering what the best setup would be for my gh4 as im very interested in shooting anamorphic. Ideally i’d love a […]

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16
Jul

Benefits of shooting with anamorphic lenses

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Curious photographers often ask about that extra gold lens on the front of my camera rig. Although they are not widely known, anamorphic lenses provide many of benefits and characteristics to DSLR cameras that are instantly recognizable as “cinema”. This article summarizes many conversations I’ve had with curious photographers and filmmakers over the years and explain the anamorphic benefits (and […]

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