To some this may be complete garbage - chromatic aberration, subtle vignetting, and a lot of soft shots. Hear me out.
I took one of the sharpest miniature cine-primes on the market and combined it with an anamorphic adaptor known for soft images, riddled with chromatic aberration around the edges - especially at fast apertures and higher than 35mm. But I want to shoot my next movie with this combination.
First off, I believe that anamorphic truly looks better. The bokeh is smoother, a prettier shape, and the flairs, if they are somewhat subtle like my SLRmagic, are to die for. A downside noted with this adaptor is how much it softens the image - to me it makes everything more film-like and beautiful, especially on faces.
One thing I have mixed feelings about is the excessive chromatic aberration on the edges of the frame. You literally can see it on a phone screen it's so bad. I would prefer to use an anamorphic adapter like the Anamorphot 65 (maybe I’ll get it some day) and eliminate that, but so be it. This chromatic aberration isn't a deal breaker to me, because if you think about it enough, it creates a frame around the subject, giving it a unique feel. For shots like 0:23, I love it because it steers the audience's eye to the rocks, but for 1:45's shot, it detracts making the right subject look like he's glitching through spacetime. In short I believe that in most cases it's a flaw, but the rest of the anamorphot effect makes up for it.
One thing which bums me out is the small variety of lenses I can use with it. The tighter lenses you get, the more smear, chromatic aberration, and softness you get. The previous paragraph complained about the chromatic aberration - on my sigma 18-25 (Mind you it vignettes below 22mm), that distortion is minimal. This 50mm is the upper limit of quality before your image turns to trash, unfortunately. Mounted on the Sigma 85mm, the image is unusable.
To conclude: for my next movie, I'll deal with:
- perhaps excessive softness
- chromatic aberration
- 22mm to 50mm focal length range
- double focus
And it'll all be worth it, since I'll get:
- anamorphic bokeh
- a look and feel that can't be done any other way
And yes. If I had $40,000 I would jump on a set of Orion anamorphics. And perhaps sometime I'll get an anamorphot 65.