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Re: Anamorphic lens
--- Mark <email@example.com> wrote:
Elmo made a very nice anamorphic adapter for its
16mm projectors. I have used
it in front of the regular "flat" projection lens on
a 35mm projector and it
is quite sharp. And it certainly doesn't seem to
vignette. It is a very
good-looking piece of glass that might be worth
experimenting with --- you'd
need to create a coupler on a lathe to attach it to
the front of your camera
lens, and then use a "cradle" support underneath. My
guess is that this lens
would be sharper than a lens made for camcorders or
still cameras. I've never
shot with it, though. Perhaps they are now going for
a good price on eBay.
If the Elmo lens is like the Proskar I use, the key to
sharp focus is the correct focus of the anamorphic
lens, AND the taking lens. With the combination
correctly set up, I certainly get acceptably sharp
pictures. The down side of this is that pulling focus
over a wide range could theoretically be difficult,
although in practice I've had few problems.
As for camcorder attachments, I guess that if the CCD
is roughly 16mm size, and the optics are good, it
would do very well. Just a guess though, I'm not all
that familiar with current video gear!
Regards to all
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