SLRmagic will make anamorphic Lenses for Micro Four Thirds.


Purple Dance from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

There is not only Panasonic and Olympus releasing new m43 lenses at Photokina. We expect some news from Sigma, Schneider and others too. ThePhoBlographer (via Personal View) reports that “In a chat with SLR Magic today, the company confirmed to us that they are working on Anamorphic lenses (and not toys). They’re currently deciding on 1.33X, 1.5X, or 2X. They’re currently working on the idea of a 25mm f/3.2 1.35x or 35mm f/3.2 1.35x”.

As you know my friend Seb Farges made a lot of GH2 and anamorphic videos with the Berthiot Hypergonard 1.75X (here on eBay)[/shoplink. The latest video can be seen here on top of this post.

P.S.: ThePhotoblographer also posted an article about the recommended Lenses for the Micro Four Thirds Mount Black Magic Cinema Camera

Current SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).
Noktor SLRmagic 50mm on eBay (Click here)

  • Ed

    I’m waiting

  • I think anamorphic “cinemascope” style format is more suited for full lenght storydriven movies rather then dreamy moodfull clips, just my opinion.

    • werner

      with ongoing camera development, in ten years… there´ll be only two type of persons: the ones who can tell a story and the ones who shoot 4k cinemascope kitten videos…

      • Chris

        Well… I am currently shooting a short film starring 3 cats. But I’m working hard to be the kind of person who can tell a story. :) I hope I didnt went wrong with the choice of my actors now…

  • ED

    I still don’t see the “effect”. What does an anamorphic lens do exactly?

    • Michael Devitt

      It compresses the image proportion to gets wide cinematic ratio after PP without wasting film/sensor surface on a footage. Anamorphic lens gives distinctive look at bokeh and flares:

      Hope it helps ;)

      • ED

        Doesn’t the multiaspect ratio sensor say in for example the gh2 already cover that?

        • P4INKiller

          It’s an expensive way to degrade your footage.

        • J-Man

          Yes cropping results in a similar look/aspect ratio, but you crop away vertical resolution, using an anamorphic lens, you stretch the image to get the same aspect ratio, with a possible degradation of horizontal resolution(of the displayed image)and a possibility of introducing distortion.

          The best anamorphic lenses are extremely expensive.

          This is probably aimed at cine students & TV production like their cine lens collection.

  • hsa

    Anamorphic lens changes the aspect ratio.

  • I had a conversation with SLR Magic about their upcoming anamorphic lens about the choice between the ratio. 1.5X seems to be the most wanted on the second hand market because of it’s use on 16/9 sensor. But I like my tiny Hypergonar 1.75X lens, for me it’s a very good compromise between the 1.5X and the 2X.

    Benefits of anamorphic lenses (From Andrew Reid book “The EOSHD Anamorphic
    Shooter’s Guide” :
    1. FLARE. A desirable quality of anamorphic lenses is unique lens flare. Horizontal lens flare and stretched oval lens flare can be achieved, a style used often in sci-fi movies.
    2. WIDEANDFASTER. Anamorphic lenses give a wider field of view, whilst maintaining the aperture of the camera lens. So a fast 50mm F1.4 lens will stay a fast F1.4 yet gain a wider angle. Most standard wide lenses have slower apertures.
    3. SHALLOWDEPTHOFFIELD. An anamorphic lens also maintains the shallow depth of field of a longer focal length and a fast aperture. So anamorphic lenses can achieve a shallower depth of field than standard wide angle lenses.
    4. STRETCHEDBOKEH. An anamorphic lens gives a unique look to bokeh (out of focus points of light). Bokeh maintains a stretched look after the correct aspect ratio is applied to the footage.

    • ED

      Tnx, sounds interesting…

      but i guess it is rather subtle coz I don’t think it’s that obvious to the untrained eye, is it? I always thought such scenes were shot with regular lenses but from a certain angle and at a short distance from the subject to give that effect..

      So for example a 50mm f1.4 anamorphic lens would give you the field of view of something say for example like 20mm or so and with a shorter depth of field..which is one of the shortcomings of mft…mmmm I like :) But it is weird that they are working on 25mm and not something wider like 15mm or so..coz most lenses that wide are fish eye etc..

  • Anonymous

    Changes the aspect ratio by squeezing it, of little or no use to a stills photographer, the effect can be seen if you change size in an editing package without linking the horizontal or vertical axis.

  • werner

    Nice! I for sure can´t afford a Zeiss…

    btw, I´m starving, I check this site 10x a day.. what´s up with some GH3 news! please give us the magic words: 10 Bit 4:2:2… and built in ND Filter as dessert…

    ahh so hungry

  • …. and it doesn’t do that by cropping, so you lose no pixels here. The dream-come true option though would be if the full m 4/3 sensor could be used for video work too – but that would need to be answered by camera-manufacturers if that possibility is around. Or is it…..?

    For photography it logically is already possible – like here:

    • Karioli

      You not lose? But in your TV you lose pixes to see the result…exypnakia Karioli is not a new lens announcement, theoritically is a new start.

      • > But in your TV you lose pixels to see the result

        You do not lose pixels or anything.

        Pros please correct me if I’m wrong:

        Anamorphic lenses, compressing the image horizontally (by X axis), are used to exploit the fact that human eye does not perceive the minor loss of horizontals pixels.

        A real life example. Pretty much all DVD’s video streams internally are anamorphic – IIRC 5:4 most commonly – but then are resized to 16:9 screen. If I’m not mistakes some BluRays are anamorphic too (it’s harder to peek at the native video stream resolution this days).

        • J-Man

          Err 4:3(1.33) to 16:9(1.78)

    • ED


    • ED

      Nice pix. Thanks for the link:)

  • dg

    There’s a definite demand for these lenses. Bet they’ll be expensive but will sell well.

  • SkaseVlaka

    The crop mode has better result from any other way if you see the video on a Full HD TV or monitor. There is no downscaling…that is why the result is more natural and with better quality.

    • maybe, but as Serge pointed out,typical elements which contribute to the characteristic anamorphic format such as bokeh/flare stretching, will be dearly missed in your option.

      • SkaseVlaka

        For flare maybe but for Bokeh with f0.95 Voigtlander I do not think so…:D

        • I dont think a movieproject will make extensive use of extreme fast lenses wideopen, but that aside…maybe you have seen Alien3, there is an explosion scene in the sewerscene…that shot shows the typical anamorpic stretched flares…it looks very dramatic that way

  • I want…..

  • Mark

    There’s a gaping wide hole in the DSLR anamorphic lens market. Just look at Ebay. I was hoping someone would jump on this, too bad it’s for m4/3 and not the big boys.

    • John

      Zeiss just announced an Anamorphic at IBC

  • stevel

    I will buy this, hopefully 1.75x.

  • c.d.embrey

    16:9 video has an aspect ratio of 1.78/1, Most movies are 1.85:1 and anamorphic movies are 2.35:1. A 1.35 squeeze on 16:9 (1.78:1) = 2.4:1.

    The problem with Anamorphic/Cinemascope movies is you lose picture are at top and bottom when shown on either the web or HD TVs. And most small screen multiplexes chop off the ends of the picture to be able to fill their screen from top to bottom. The result is that many ‘Scope movies are only seen at their full 2.35:1 at the few remaining large screen theaters.

    BTW the native aspect ratio of Super16 is 1.66:1 and 4-perf Super35 is 1.33:1 and you can extract HD TV 16:9 (1.78:1), Widescreen 1.85:1 or “Scope 2.35:1 from the same negative. 3-perf Super35 is 1.78:1 which also allows you to extract HD TV, 1.85:1 wide screen and 2.35:1 ‘Scope while enjoying a 25% film savings. Full Frame 4/3 is 1.33:1, and a 1.75 squeeze = 2.3:1

    BTW2 Techniscope (T-scope) was a non-anamorphic 2-perf ‘Scope format, invented by Technicolor Italy, that was used for low-budget movies. American Grafetti and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly were shot in T-scope.

    • Philips Cinema line LCD’s have 21:9 aspect ratio screens, I would love to get such tv but they are too expensive……too bad because the are perfect for the extra wide scope movies, actually most big budget & classic movies use the 2.35:1

      • c.d.embrey

        Yes many, but not most, movies are 2.35:1. Here the results for the Best Picture Academy Award for the last three years. Only ten of twentynine were 2.35:1.

        2012 Acadmy Awards for Best Picture. Nine pictures and only three were 2.35:1
        Winner – The Artist-1.37:1 – B&W
        Other Nominees
        The Descendants – 2.35:1
        Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – 2.35:1
        The Help – 1.85:1
        Hugo – 1.85:1 – Director – Martin Scorsese
        Midnight in Paris – 1.85:1 – Director – Woddy Allen
        Moneyball – 1.85:1
        The Tree of Life – 1.85:1 – Director – Terrence Malick
        War Horse – 2.35:1 – Director – Steven Spielberg

        2011 Acadamy Awards for Best Picture. Ten pictures with an even split, Five were 1.85 and were five 2.35:1
        Winner – The King’s Speech – 1.85:1
        Other Nominees
        127 Hours – 1.85:1
        Black Swan – 2.35:1 – Shot in Super16
        The Fighter – 2.35:1
        Inception – 2.35:1
        The Kids Are All Right – 1.85:1
        The Social Network – 2.35:1
        Toy Story 3 – 1.85:1 – Anamation
        True Grit – 2.35:1
        Winter’s Bone – 1.85:1

        2010 Academy Awards for Best Picture – Ten pictures and only two 2.35:1
        Winner – The Hurt Locker – 1.85:1 – Shot in Super16
        Other nominees
        Avatar – 1.78:1 – 3D
        The Blind Side – 1.85:1
        District 9 – 1.85:1
        An Education – 2.35:1
        Inglourious Basterds – 2.35:1 Director – Quentin Tarantino
        Precious – 1.85:1
        A Serious Man – 1.85:1 Director – Coen Brothers
        Up – 1.85:1 – Animation
        Up in the Air – 1.85:1

        • I stand corrected Sir!

          • c.d.embrey

            Ulli, you have earned my respect, by you reply!!

            The Phillips 21:9 is a 2.33:1 aspect ratio. Maybe in a few years the price will drop to the point that the average person cam afford one. I doubt that they will change Broadcast HDTV any time soon, but it would allow you to watch ‘Scope movies as they were intended. There were many classic ‘Scope movies made in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s that look awsom as 2.35:1 Digital TV.

  • I’m ALL IN

    and waiting.
    Andrew (SLRMagic) please no toys, only high quality – I’m waiting.

  • nicwalmsley

    can anyone hear the crickets?

    look at …. they are going off. looks like Sony’s year, based on the pre-release rumours.

    • looks like a bold move from Sony!

    • fly

      @nicwalmsley – The announcement of $3000 Sony cameras that shoot 8bit 4:2:0 AVCHD video is ‘going off’ and ‘bold’?.

    • fly

      @nicwalmsley – The announcement of $3000 Sony cameras that shoot 8bit 4:2:0 AVCHD video is ‘going off’ and ‘bold’ @Ulli?.

  • jagged

    is it just me or is that video a bit pretentious ?

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