Screen grabs from my test (primarily for flare) of Movietech’s Kowa anamorphic lens set. (front anamorphic)
40mm T2.3, 50mm T2.3, 75mm T2.8, 100mm T3.4
These were heavy on anamorphic artefact, big streaking flares, striking defocus Bokeh.
But effect aside they were tricky to use on the actual shoot. Best when stopped down to around T5.6 …in fact only really useable from T5.6. Focus pulling was not without large amounts of anamorphic shape shifting.
Use with some caution in precision environments, but these definitely deliver a strong vintage ‘anamorphic look’ if this is what you are after… rather than cleaner, sharper, modern anamorphic glass. Test first. The 40mm and 100mm were particularly challenging!
Still undecided on my position in the spherical vs anamorphic wide screen debate. Probably with the speed, flatness and sharpness of the spherical crop… although the artifice and artificiality inherent in the anamorphic’s compression is hugely attractive in the right context. Interestingly I see anamorphic is from the Greek to ‘form again.’