Real Anamorphic Lens for under $1K

I got a new music video I wanted to premiere and also show you what equipment I used to get that anamorphic film look.

I shot the whole video on just the Panasonic GH4 camera with the Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 zoom lens and the new SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33X – 50 Anamorphic Lens Attachment.

Here is the finished music video I did for DeStorm

Below is the review of the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33X – 50 Anamorphic Lens Attachment

I did a post before about other cheaper alternatives of faking the anamorphic lens look. You can check out that post here. But there is nothing like the real thing to get that look.

Unfortunately anamorphic lenses are too expensive to rent or buy for most indie filmmakers. So finally SLR Magic produced this great Anamorphic Lens Attachment that will convert most still photography lenses into a proper anamorphic lens.

There are some limitations as this will not work with all lenses. SLR magic recommends using the adapter on lenses with a front element that is physically smaller than 50mm in diameter. You can use the adapter on lenses that feature a front filter thread up to 62mm or larger than 62mm by using optional step-up rings, however optimum results are not guaranteed.

The SLR Magic Anamorphot Lens Attachment creates proper wider 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio on 16:9 Camera Sensor. It also adds those cool looking horizontal, blue lens flares and that oval bokeh in the out of focus parts of your video.

Another added bonus is that by using the adapter you are effectively getting a shallower DOF (Depth Of Field) that creates more of that film look.

Here is a quick test on Panasonic GH4 and Canon 7D with different lenses so you guys can see what lenses work with this adapter and which don’t:

Here is the video about DOF and how you can control that in your videos/photos.

6 thoughts on “Real Anamorphic Lens for under $1K”

  1. I am very interested in this lens, I use Canon cameras with old nikkor manual prime lenses and the Canon 17mm-85 mm crop sensor zoom lens. I really wonder how wide a lens you can use with this? It would be helpful to know that with my crop sensor camera if it can be used with a nikkor 35mm or 50mm where the cut off point is? Then the fact is that it can be used with many lenses instead of having to buy the anamorphot at different focal lengths a huge cost saving. I would also be interested to find out the range of manual prime lense focal length for micro 4/3 as well. This way, we can find out what lenses we can use with the anamorphot that we have or may want to buy.

  2. Hi there, I would like to know if the anamorphot 1.33x will work with the panny 12-35 @ 12mm using 4:3 instead of 16:9 without vignetting.

    1. I don’t think it would work on such a wide focal length even in 4:3 aspect… but I can’t test it out right now to confirm it since I no longer have the anamorphot.

Leave a Reply