William Reynish Posted January 11, 2015 Share Posted January 11, 2015 Hi anamorphic people. After having bought the SLR Anamorphot (which apparently was a bad sample) it got me thinking: what is truly the point of these anamorphic adapters? They seem to achieve these two things: 1: Theoretical increased resolution by avoiding having to crop the sensor to go to CinemaScope2: Aesthetic optical side-effects, such as oblong bokeh and streaky flares However, it seems to me that these two things aren't worth it. Here's why: 1: The increased resolution is negated by the fact that most anamorphic adapters aren't really that sharp2: You can easily achieve oblong bokeh and horisontal flares with a cheap filter (such as the CineMorph) Add to that, anamorphic adapters have loads of other drawbacks: -They are large and heavy, more gear to worry about-Focusing takes a long time, unless you have an Iscorama with single focus-You can't rack focus, again unless you have an Iscorama-You have to use diopters to focus closely-You have to stop down to f4 for it to be sharp-Most of them don't work well on full frame, where you can often only use tele lenses to avoid vignetting-They are very expensive It seems to me, as an A7s owner, that anamorphic adapters are not really a great idea. I also have the Shogun which records 4K resolution, so I actually get *more* resolution by shooting in 4K and cropping to CinemaScope than if I use the Anamorphot, which blurs everything enough that 4k is a waste. And even though anamorphic bokeh filters take away a stop or two of light, I actually still get *more* light in because I no longer have to stop down to f4 of f8 to get sharp results. Add to that the expense and annoying hassle of using the Anamorphot in production. In the end, you put all this energy, time and money into something that really doesn't seem worth it. Or did I miss something? What do I really gain by using an anamorphic adapter that I don't see? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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