UPDATE: for some still image and a note from the creator, scroll to the bottom
You know how everything looks better on the wide screen? I attribute it all to the aspect ratio. Everything looks nice on widescreen.
The thing is that our DSLRs take images with 2:3 ratio and if we crop them we lose quality. This is where anamorphic lenses come into play, anamorphic lenses stretch the image to capture widescreen images/footage on 2:3 sensors. Just like an anamorphic pinhole captures wide screen images on a 35mm film.
Enter vimeo user A. Safari with a DIY adapter for anamorphic projection lenses. While the project is very specific the instructions count on you to have some understanding in makering and hacking, as they involve opening and “chopping off” the projection lens, and making an extremely precise housing.
Some more detailed views can be seen on Safari’s DIY Hypergonar Clamp flickr set.
The result are pretty sweet as you can see by the test footage
Just got a sweet mail from the creator of this lens, here is what he had to say + some great images.
“While the resolution gain aspect is rather secondary to me (because you also lose some quality by adding optics in front of taking lens, which evens that out), I would encourage using anamorphic lenses just for the sake of the certain cinematic look that they generate. It is the bokeh that gets twice vertical as horizontal, that gives a certain feel to the image. It is very subtle, but look also to the one I shot with a 16mm Kowa, and see how different it is compared to a normal photographic look” Safari