SLR Magic Unveils 3 new anamorphic cine lenses that can easily swap mounts

Feb 10, 2016

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SLR Magic Unveils 3 new anamorphic cine lenses that can easily swap mounts

Feb 10, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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SLR Magic Anamorphic Lenses

SLR Magic has announced a brand new set of anamorphic cinema lenses. Known for manufacturing affordable optics for filmmakers, SLR Magic’s new ANAMORPHOT-CINE lens lineup is comprised of a 35mm T/2.4, the 50mm T/2.8 and the 70mm T/4, all of which are built on the PL mount, but can be adjusted for Canon EF, Micro Four Thirds, Sony E-mount and Nikon F lens mounts.

Unlike traditional lenses (also known as spherical lenses), anamorphic lenses capture a much wider scene by horizontally compressing the image onto the sensor or film. Originally, this was done in order to fit a a much larger image onto the size of a 35mm negative to save money while also keeping image quality intact.

In the age of digital, it isn’t so much done for the sake of image quality, but to replicate the wider image ratio that’s become synonymous with cinema imagery. By using an anamorphic lens over cropping, hardly any resolution is lost. SLR Magic says ‘25% or more sensor/negative information’ is saved as a result of using the anamorphic lenses over cropping.

An example of a negative shot on a spherical lens (left) compared to that shot on an anamorphic lens (right). Notice how much more space is utilized.
An example of a negative shot on a spherical lens (left) compared to that shot on an anamorphic lens (right). Notice how much more space is utilized.

SLR Magic’s ANAMORPHOT-CINE lenses have a 1.33x ‘squeeze’ factor, which means any sensor capable of shooting 16:9 ratio can result in footage that is a 2.35:1 ratio, a wider and more cinematic look.

The ANAMORPHOT-CINE lenses don’t yet have a price or release date, but SLR Magic says they’ll be showing them off at the upcoming BVE Expo in London on February 23rd through 25th.


Image credits: Anamorphic lens illustrations by Andreas used under CC BY-SA 3.0

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Gannon Burgett

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Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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