Anamorphics – using anamorphic projection lenses and EOSHD’s shooter’s guide

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We've got two new resources for you if you're looking to shoot Anamorphic lenses – Vid-Atlantic has produced an article on using anamorphic projection lenses on HDSLRs and Andrew from EOSHD has produced an ebook called “The EOSHD Anamorphic Shooters Guide

Also, we previously had these two articles on Anamorphics: “Anamorphic lenses and the Canon HDSLRs” and “More on HDSLR Anamorphic lenses – an HDSLR visual comparison

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From the Vid-Atlantic article


Since we first got our hands on a Canon 5D nearly 2 years ago in July of 09, we’ve been after that Cinematic Anamorphic film look. Its certainly possible and many people have caught on by now, in turn, driving up the price of the good lenses like the Iscoramas, Kowas, Sankor, Singer, Eiki, Proskars, Lomos and others. Most people know to avoid using those large projection lenses that are plentiful and cheap on eBay. For a few reasons; mainly because of their size, they can NOT be clamped and mounted to regular photographic lenses that are needed to work. They also have impractical minimum focus distances of 15, 25 or 50 feet. The good lenses (made for taking and projection) that people are going after have 5 to 6 feet distance and through the use of diopters, they can get even closer. But using a diopter also voids achieving infinite focus. We’ve found quite a few Projection lenses that work very very well and have become our lens of choice for professional projects. And they work great using our Vid-Atlantic Vamp Clamp found at

We’ve been testing and shooting projects quite frequently with these…I personally use one as my go to lens all the time…even before the Iscorama 36. I love the more dramatic anamorphic bokeh on these!

Out of the Sprawl

OUT OF THE SPRAWL from \Vid-Atlantic Media Prod on Vimeo.

More test shots for a project that is a work in progress. This time with a very sharp Isco 1.7x Anamorphic Lens. (Probably the sharpest lens we've ever come across).

60p with a Canon 550D/t2i. Slow motion via Twixtor.

Filmed and Edited by Eddie Enciu.
Music by Arcade Fire – Sprawl II
Thanks to Marvin and crew for their work in the waves!

Please go read the whole story – anamorphic projection lenses on HDSLRs

“The EOSHD Anamorphic Shooters Guide”

Andrew has put together this Anamorphic Shooters Guide ebook and it is available on his site for an introductory price of $19.95 presents a comprehensive cookbook for achieving a epic anamorphic look to your DSLR movies.

With this guide you will enter the world of anamorphic lenses. Before beginning, ask yourself – do I want my footage to look like everybody elses? Would I feel satisfied if my footage was shot with lenses anyone in the world could buy, from any old online retailer?

If the answer is ‘no' – choose anamorphic. They are a EPIC factor in the cinematic look – as big as 24p and as much a Hollywood gold standard as 35mm film – in fact anamorphic lenses have been widely used throughout cinema's history on classics such as Alien, Blade Runner, the Bond films and Apocalypse Now to produce the look and feel of bonafide cinema and they are still widely used today, such as on Inglorious Bastards and Inception.

DSLRs in particular benefit from anamorphic lenses, with higher resolution (up to 4K 3.55:1), shallower depth of field, cinematic bokeh, incredible lens flare – all on a wider cinema-like frame. And remember –

16:9 is for widescreen televisions
2.35:1 and beyond is for widescreen CINEMA!

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I've found a way to utilise the resolution gain anamorphic lenses are designed for, giving flawless 4K cinemascope from DSLRs and allowing the option for less extreme wide footage from 2x anamorphic lenses. I've extended my anamorphic lens collection hugely whilst writing the most comprehensive guide to anamorphic lenses on DSLRs that exists on the web, including all the best buys like the Iscorama, LOMO, Kowa, Sankor and LA7200 lenses and pulled all the info together into one place. If you already have an anamorphic lens this guide will help you to pair it with the most suited prime lens, secure it in the easiest way, and optimise your workflow for a big gain in image quality.

After this you can be done with searching forums and eBay, because you will already know the score! All 2 years of my knowledge on anamorphic lenses, editing and shooting has been poured into this and now it can be your knowledge too.

  • Become an expert anamorphic cinematographer, all the info in one handy guide
  • Enable the shooting of widescreen 4K DSLR footage, 3840x1080p
  • The most accurate anamorphic lens buyer's guide on the internet
  • Secrets and tips never published – exclusive new discoveries
  • Expertly illustrated and photographed throughout
  • A guide to getting started, as well as more advanced anamorphic subjects
  • …and that's the tip of the iceberg!

EOSHD anamorphic sample

Bridge from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

Music is Camille by Georges Delerue from AIR's Late Night Tales mix CD.

Shot in anamorphic 2.35:1 with the Optex anamorphic lens and 9-18mm Olympus lens on the hacked Panasonic GH1 in AVCHD 44Mbit mode. Some close-up and telephoto shots were done on the 14-140mm kit lens without the anamorphic adapter and cropped in Final Cut Pro.


Blogger's Disclaimer: We're not affiliated with EOSHD and derive no income from Andrew's ebook, we just thought you'd like to know about it

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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  1. Did anyone realize that the surf video was not sharp at all and there’s lots of noise in it. Good video regardless, but that lens is nothing compared to the lens on the second video “bridge”.

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