Anamorphic lenses are a lot of fun to shoot with and they’ve really risen in popularity over the last few years. That’s obvious by the number of new ones that keep getting announced, particularly for the lower end of the movie-making spectrum. Sirui even announced their newest one today. But there are also anamorphic adapters out there. They sit on the end of a regular lens to give it that anamorphic look and feel.
So… what happens if you stack the anamorphic adapter on the end of an anamorphic lens? Well, that’s the question that was asked of the folks at Epic Light Media, so they decided to find out!
The lens being used in the video is the Atlas Orion 100mm T2 Anamorphic – a $9,000 lens – which offers a 2x width, which then needs to be desqueezed in post. Vertically, it’s like a 100mm lens. Horizontally, it’s more like a 50mm lens (yes, that’s how anamorphic works). And when you put something like the Letus 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter on the end of an already 2x Anamorphic lens that 100mm lens suddenly has a field of view equivalent to about a 35mm lens. That’s about a 2.66:1 aspect ratio (give or take).
It looks very cool, but also very weird. They also show off a pretty neat trick with that adapter in the video that looks very much like a shot from the movie Elf! Yes, the one with Will Ferrell.