The anamorphic look is something I highly covet! Personally, flares aren’t really my thing, it’s more the stretched oval-shaped bokeh and the wide field of view that fascinates me. I bought an ISCO (2X squeeze) a few months ago but found the de-squeeze a little ridiculous on a 16:9 sensor; extremely narrow at 1920x540. I’ve heard there are some workarounds to get a better aspect ratio but it’s not only that, it’s the fact that I rarely have something to monitor anamorphic footage on - it’s hard to monitor and hard to focus hence why I decided to get the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x.
The 1.33x stretch isn’t the sexiest squeeze when it comes to the anamorphic look. The oval bokeh isn’t as pronounced as the 1.5x and the 2x so people have found it somewhat pointless. I agree, well sort of. The 1.33x works really well with a 16:9 sensor (most digital cameras are) except the likes of ARRI and RED that have a 4:3 aspect ratio option.
The test was initially meant to take place in the great outdoors however the weather was miserable with lots of rain so I was confined indoors so I decided to make the most of what I had… I turned my dinning room in a film set.
This particular test was to see how workable the lens is in terms of
Focusing with the adapter was super easy compared to my ISCO. The focus assist on the BMPC4K really helped too! 1.33x stretch meant the image wasn’t stretched beyond recognition so I could still judge focus on the monitor without a special EVF or field monitor.
Sharpness. The adapter is really sharp. You are advised to shoot at f2.8 and higher and that’s the aperture at which I shot this and then crushed the blacks in post.
Flare. This was my initial concern but the flare does look nice and exactly what I would have wanted. I wasn’t a fan of the flare from my ISCO, it wasn’t sharp and precise, whereas the Anamorphot really is.
My next test will the outdoors where I can get good depth in my shot so I can judge the bokeh!
Camera: Black Magic Production Camera 4K (400 ASA)
Lens: Samyang 35mm T1.5 + SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x - 50
Lit with 1 Arri 650W (key from outside window) and a practical (red table lamp)
Graded in Davinci Resolve (OSIRIS LUT) + Filmconvert
Sound: Composed by myself using some foley and extracts from Neumann Films Horror Movie Music toolbar.