I haven’t seen very many documentaries, TV shows or news reportage shot with anamorphic lenses. Some of this work of course isn’t suited to a cinema aesthetic – but some projects would really benefit from it. I have assembled a quick to use anamorphic ENG rig for handheld footage.
This is an ingenious manipulation of the Panasonic LA7200 anamorphic adapter, on the Canon 5D Mark II.
The LA7200 works well at wide angles, especially on crop sensor cameras but at fast apertures, with close focus and on full frame DSLRs like the 5D Mark II it isn’t really usable since it isn’t a focussing anamorphic like the Iscorama and you get a blurry image.
So I’m continuing to explore Berlin, it is a fascinating place. Along the River Spree is an old abandoned theme park. Shuttered in 2002 after going bankrupt, the owners fled to Peru and were later arrested for drug smuggling.
Diopters are somewhat of a miracle with anamorphic lenses. My Tokina +0.4 helped cut the minimum focus distance of my Isco down to less than 4ft from 2 meters and helped sharpen it up at fast apertures like F1.4.
One of the most essential styles of anamorphic shooting ahead of the aspect ratio, shallow depth of field and oval shaped bokeh is flare.
Earlier this year EOSHD has varying degrees of success with the Canon 5D Mark II and Panasonic LA7200 anamorphic adapter – variable between unusable and not very good. I found the adapter worked best on the Panasonic GH1, where I was able to achieve an extremely wide angle with it. Typically for an anamorphic however, it still did not work well with shallow depth of field at fast apertures or at telephoto.
Last weekend I met the man himself Philip Bloom with which it all began and whom was first to shoot really exciting footage with a DSLR and get the word out. Without his contribution to the DSLR video scene since, would EOSHD.com have existed or been the same? In London I found that the meet up was incredibly enjoyable – great to get to meet lots of like minded people and it was thoroughly good fun. I was also to meet another GH1 shooter – the only one there! If you read this, show me your footage on Vimeo or similar. Would like to see it. I also met a writer-director who appears to have a huge talent. I am very excited at the prospect of being his DP.
I have some footage to show you from the Panasonic anamorphic lens on the GH1. I talked a bit about the rig earlier but here is part 2 of my anamorphic shootout for real.