The Cinemorph adapter is a very simple custom built filter for $140 + shipping with a cat’s eye front and flare generator. It is designed not just to simulate the flare of anamorphic lenses but the stretched bokeh. Here, EOSHD tests the adapter against a real $3000 anamorphic lens for widescreen cinematic images using a Panasonic GH2 and Sony NEX 5N.
One of the most essential styles of anamorphic shooting ahead of the aspect ratio, shallow depth of field and oval shaped bokeh is flare.
Here is my footage shot with the Isco Centavision anamorphic lens (link for iPad)
When I first used a 2.35:1 anamorphic conversion lens on the GH1 I thought 16:9 was dead. It looks more cinematic, without doubt. Anamorphic lenses are cinema on a stick.
A few months ago on EOSHD I did a series of articles on the Panasonic LA7200 anamorphic lens. Since then it’s strangely disappeared from eBay. Who snapped them all up? Was it you? There must be a lot of people out there without one too!
It’s a great lens, gives footage bags of cinematic feel, and I absolutely love it.
Yet still, the LA7200 cannot quite compete with the expensive Iscorama in situations where you want a moderately telephoto shot, shallow depth of field, or ultimate low light performance. With the LA7200 you are limited to around F4, but with the Iscorama you can get down to F1.4 and still have a sharp image, with plenty of depth of field. You can also put an Iscorama on the end of a 85mm lens and it will perform great with both the GH1 and 5D Mark II. The LA7200 is limited to beautiful wide shots on the GH1 – it doesn’t do 85mm especially not on the 5D Mark II.