26 Sep 2018

$30K Anamorphic vs $1K Spherical lens. Can you even talk about them in the same sentence?

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Filmmaker Ryan Freeman has asked the unaskable: can you compare a $30,000 Cooke anamorphic lens with a $1,000 Zeiss spherical lens? 

Well, to insert a bit of a spoiler here, no, you can't. Cooke makes gorgeous and expensive lenses that have graced the very finest film shoots thoughout history. And the point of this video - as Ryan respectfully points out at the end - is not to make it seem like nobody needs to buy Cooke lenses any more.

But do you need to give up your filmmaking ambitions if you can't afford to pop £30,000 on an anamorphic lens? Absolutely not. You can get great - and cinematic - results for a very small fraction of this. What you don't get is the oval bokeh and the overall feel of a truly great anamorphic lens. 

But what you do get with the remarkably inexpensive Zeiss lens in the video is a perfectly decent-looking shot that is bang in the middle of what filmmakers with a low budget can achieve - while they're saving up!

Thanks Ryan! Ryan's website is Lossless Creative.

His Youtube channel is here


David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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