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Hey guys!

 

Please check out The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test where we tested 13 brands, 40 lenses and created over 500 tests and 130 4K videos. You can compare them all in our 4x side-by-side viewer here.

 

Brands tested include:

Angenieux Optimo 44-440mm T4.5 AS-2 Anamorphic Zoom

ARRI / Zeiss Master Anamorphic

Atlas Lens Co. Orion Series Anamorphic 65mm T2.0

Cineovision Anamorphic

Cooke Anamorphic /i Special Flare

Elite Anamorphic

Hawk V-Lite Vintage `74 Anamorphic

Iscorama Pre-36 Anamorphic Lens Adapter

Kowa Cine Prominar Anamorphic

Lomo Round-Front Anamorphic

Panavision Auto-Panatar Anamorphic

P+S Technik 35-70mm T3.2 Cinemascope Zoom

 

Todd AO High-Speed Anamorphic

Hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if any questions!

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If one is clever about it, are anamorphic lenses really all that more expensive to hire or buy compared to spherical cine lenses? I'm talking about 2:1 anamorphics. From what I can see, I'm not so sure.

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Depends on what you're talking about. Master Anamorphics are very expensive to rent or buy. Kowas are considerably cheaper. Realistically, a cheap anamorphic is still going to be more than a cheap spherical lens. In addition to that, you're going to need a camera with a 4:3 sensor, or at least a crop mode. In the case of Alexa, for example, this means you have to rent the most expensive model.

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There doesn't actually appear to be a huge difference in price between the shiny new anamorphics from Cooke and Zeiss and their top-end spherical glass (5/i and Master Primes). But it's all very expensive stuff regardless.

 

Huge shoutout to Brent and the whole team involved in the tests, it's a remarkable achievement and an incredible resource. So thank you all, sincerely.

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