Thanks, guys. I had fun doing this one.
I felt the lower contrast and shallower dof thanks to the diopters, as well as the slightly softer image overally of the two 8mm's works really well in render the human face. Please tell me your model is an actor? She looks as if she needs to be in a french speaking 16mm anamorphic movie!
I think that a big part of what many of us love about the "anamorphic look" is not from the lens, but from the diopters. They can be a challenge to work with but they do add a unique-looking bokeh that is not achievable by manipulating the aperture alone.
My model teaches photography for a living, so she's not afraid to be in front of a camera. I think that she's got a great face for cinema too. Maybe I'll see if I can write a short around a character that she could play.
What is your mod on the Iscorama 36?
It's Rich's amazing minimum focus mod. I can now focus wide open as close as 2'10" before the front element screws right off. It makes me nervous to do this so I usually limit myself to 3'6" or so. But still, it breathed new life into this lens for me.
so is it just me or does f8 look more special than the larger apertures? perhaps the ratio of bokeh to clear + anamorphic bending ties it all together?
I completely agree with you. Shallow DOF is overused and lately I haven't been using it as much. Actually, of everything that I shot here, I think that the Iscomorphot 8 1.5x at f/5.6 is my favorite look. Combined with FilmConvert, I'm getting a picture that I can't believe came out of a digital camera.