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Testing the Technovision 35mm Anamorphic T/1.4


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Got this boy for a quite sometime but couldn't have a chance to test it out.




The spherical glass inside is Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm T/1.4.


Here are some screen grabs captured with Panasonic GH2 camera. All shot wide open @T/1.4












More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/au8ust/sets/72157632477645242/


Can't wait to try it on a real shoot!

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Damn, thats sexy. Must have been expensive... Quite some distortion going on, curious how it will look in a 'real world' test.



the zeiss spherical part is the only computer designed part of the system shiga of japan was 2 brothers cutting cylindrical anamorphic optics by hand mainly for jdc and technovision.

many mathematical  calculations done the old  way with an abacus.

original anamorphic designs would have been with spherical english cooke speed panchro optics recipes going back nearly 100 years.

cooke are probably the greatest optics ever made for the movies and probably the simplest design.

introducing more complex faster zeiss optics into a hand made anamorphic system with different focal length without a super computer redesign will sometimes make for a less than perfect optic.

panavision in the early 90s in canada designed a more perfect lens using  military super computers of the time.

boring optics.

hand grinding any optic is a dead art it is surprising distortion is not worse.

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he did if you click on the vimeo link it says his name..

i said also used on this film leon. :)

Indeed you did sire! :). I've subscribed to your Vimeo group too, thanks.


Back to Storaro...Apocolypse Now vs The Last Emperor? I'm leaning to the latter, but I love them both so much. Visually The Last Emperor blows me away every single time I watch it.

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Storaro is was just to good..

most directors find it impossible to work with people like him.

he has more insight more vision to intellectual.

gordon willis and  sascha vierny also.

directors want yes men

not men  that say that idea is not good man : )

you need to be talented and strong to employ such talented beasts.


Apocolypse Now vs The Last Emperor


tricky how about this beauty a masterclass that has been copied by many directors.


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Beautiful. I loved the movies of the 70s and 80s. It's when stories were actually told. That's not to say current films aren't enjoyable, just that I find the modern style tries to gratify the audience with each shot to add drama, when actually the screen is just a stage and the story and performances should drive the drama.
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