No you are not dreaming!
Finally a new anamorphic offering, these are the first images of a modded cine-Iscorama. The lenses are built in England by Alan, a cinematographer.
Only 8 exist. Above is the REDSTAN Iscorama 001.
They are still in development and not on sale yet according to Alan on the Cinema5D forums, “doing more tweaks but these are gonna be a sensation,small sharp and perfect for a RED”.
And a DSLR of course.
The lenses are ‘all different and bespoke’ and feature Isco’s patented focussing system allowing you to focus only the anamorphic with the prime set to infinity. As you can see they also have the industry standard follow focus gearing.
The lenses are not all identical, being truly unique custom jobs.
Apparently says Alan they are ‘a mixture of rebuilt vintage single magnesium fluoride coated Isco optics, rehoused Iscorama and spare Isco parts’. No news yet on whether they are 1.5x or 2x lenses – I strongly expect 1.5x from Isco optics, since the Iscorama lenses are 1.5x, whilst Kowa and others tend to be 2x. Talking of Kowa, those lenses would be an ideal candidate for a mod like this as long as an optical engineer could find out how to copy Isco’s patented focussing system. The Kowa is just as tack-sharp, flares well and focusses as closely as the Iscorama and yet is a lot cheaper.
I know Alan from my own research into the world of anamorphic lenses and his clamps which were the best on eBay. They’re now available through Alan’s own website at Redstan.com.
I simply cannot wait to see the first images from these lenses. The bad news is – don’t expect them to be cheap!
By ways of compensation here is some ‘anamorphic porn’. Ridley and Tony would be proud!