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VMI Invests in More Anamorphic Lenses

VMI Invests in More Anamorphic Lenses

Anamorphic is definitely here to stay.

Feature Films have always had a preference for shooting in the super-widescreen format (usual 2.39:1) with associated oval bokehs, different aspect ratio and a recognisable alternative image perception.  Its relative rarity of a production format brought about an association with high production values.

Until the availability of 4:3 sensors made possible by the release of the Alexa 4:3 and then Alexa Mini plus other camera formats, this was not really possible with digital capture until relatively recently, whereas it has always been possible by shooting on film.

Of late however, full frame camera formats such as Alexa LF, RED VistaVision and Sony Venice, makes acquiring in S-35 anamorphic very easy, since the larger Full Frame sensors incorporate a full-frame sensor height, which made shooting anamorphic such a compromise when using S35 sensors.   

This innovation has made the anamorphic look available to all and even introduced some new formats, such as Full Frame anamorphic (not yet available from VMI).

This has undoubtedly been responsible for the increase in recent popularity of vintage and also modern anamorphics in TV production and more and more drama is now being shot on Netflix and ITV in a new 18:9 anamorphic format.  We call this 18:9 anamorphic (which is actually a 2:1 format), to differentiate it from 2x anamorphic, since 2x anamorphic refers to the degree of image squeeze inherent in using anamorphic lenses, irrespective of image format. 

There are many anamorphic formats in use today but Netflix has popularised shooting in a square 1:1 format and then applying a 2x squeeze to make an 18:9 format, so this is why the height of the sensor becomes so crucial, as a shorter vertical sensor height actually truncates the width of the lenses, thus limiting the angle of shot.

VMI has recognised this and taken delivery of even more sets of anamorphic lenses for hire in 2018, so can now offer anamorphic prime sets in the following flavours:

Also read VMI's useful information articles:

Capturing 2:1 Anamorphic with Alexa LF and S-35 lenses

Filmmaker's Guide to Sensor Sizes and Lens Formats

VMI Guide to Film Lenses

2016 Anamorphic Prime Lens Chart

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Date: 2018-10-22 11:29:12


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