I’ve been following a thread over at personal-view.com where a rep (or could be the owner) from SLR Magic has been asking us about our dream anamorphic lens (so to speak). If you don’t already know, SLRMagic is the same small company that made lenses such as the SLR Magic Noktor 50mm f/0.95, the 12mm f/1.6 and the 35mm f/1.7 HyperPrime Lenses for Micro Four Thirds Cameras.
They are either looking at making an anamorphic adapter (like the more expensive Lomos etc.) or a straight up anamorphic lens for the Micro 4/3 cameras somewhere at the $1,200 range. One of the main questions is whether folks would rather a 1.33x vs. 1.35x vs. 1.5x vs 2.0x squeeze. Because of the numerous responses they have been receiving between 1.5x and 2.0x they also asked if a good compromise would be a 1.8x squeeze. So, they put up a simple poll site for folks to vote on at the following location:
For those of you who are interested and especially those of you who own a micro 4/3s camera I encourage you to go cast your vote at the above link. I personally would love to see a 1.5x squeeze lens as 2.0x is just way too wide. The 1.33x would be equivalent to those overpriced Panasonic AG-XXXX lenses you see on EBay. The problem with a 1.33x lens is you barely see any of the anamorphic benefits like oval bokeh and flare since those lenses were made specifically for a Panasonic DVX’s 4:3 aspect ratios and not 16:9. At 1.8x there would still have to be too much cropping in post to get the perfect wide screen aspect ratio. A 1.5x aspect ratio looks perfect because it exhibits a more pleasing type of oval bokeh when it comes to background blur on a 16:9 aspect ratio image. Anything above 1.5x would lose too much vertical resolution.
If you like you can follow the discussion HERE but I’m personally interested in seeing you guys discuss it here at HV20.com.