The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test
Those nutty lens geeks are back. After creating the most comprehensive Vintage Lens Test ever they decide to create the most comprehensive Anamorphic Lens test ever. The Anamorphic Lens Library presented by friends of the show Brent Barbano, Matthew Duclos, Old Fast Glass and ShareGrid. This amazing resource includes over 40 lenses, 13 brands (including Panavision, the magical unicorn of Anamorphic lenses), and over 500 tests.
Take a look at what these lens geeks put together.
“It was incredible to see the extent of these tests. It very quickly allowed me to make aesthetic comparisons without needing to test these lenses myself. Because of that, I was able to make an informed decision for my next film!”
– Greig Fraser, ASC Star Wars: Rogue One Cinematographer
If you ever wanted to see how a legendary Panavision Anamorphic lens looks, take a look below.
What is Anamorphic?
Mark LaFleur wrote an amazing piece explaining what Anamorphic Lenses are, how they work and why we love them so. Here’s a sample.
“The anamorphic process came largely as a result of movie theaters’ low box office turnouts due to the rise and popularity of television. Movie studios needed to give people a new reason to go to the theater, so they came up with ways of making the movie theater experience bigger, more exciting and more visceral.”
“Early versions of surround sound were developed along with immersive ultra high resolutions formats like Cinerama which captured images using 3 separate film cameras stacked side-by-side-by-side and then projected using 3 separate film projectors, which naturally gave the audience 3 times the detail and allowed for larger screens to project onto. The anamorphic process was another format that developed as a way of getting more information and less noticeable film grain as well as another new reason for people to go to the movie theater.”
Check out the insane Bokeh Chart
If you want to check out the entire anamorphic lens test click here. This resource is the only one like it in the world. I want to thank all these crazy lens nerds for creating this FREE library of all things anamorphic.
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