Testing out the GH4 with the SLR Magic Anamorphot

Written by Andy Stout

Diego Contrera

Diego Contreras is a director based in NYC and he’s just shot a new video to test the Panasonic GH4 in combination with the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x anamorphic lens adapter. The results are getting some pretty positive feedback too.

The footage is a mix of 60fps HD and 24fps 4K and the additional kit details are: Sigma 30mm 1.4 | Nikon Metabones Speedbooster | Vivitar ND | CinelikeV.

If you haven’t come across the Anamorphot before it basically increases image resolution and detail by squashing / compressing the image horizontally by a factor of 1.33x, which allows for maximum utilisation of the cameras' sensor. Images require subsequent stretching to a standard 2.39:1 wide format with a higher resolution than simply letter-boxing the image in camera (we’ve had to cut the edges off on our grab — sorry about that).

According to SLR Magic, the adapter also offers unique effects such as horizontal flare and streaks from light sources and ellipsoidal bokeh, for that characteristic filmic look. Depth of field is also affected, as in practice when using an anamorphic lens a longer focal length is required in order to achieve the same angle of view. Therefore anamorphic lenses produce a shallower, more cinematic depth of field than a the same lens without the adapter.

Enough already, here’s the video: Closer [ GH4 Anamorphic Test ]



Tags: Production


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