During the last year, the chinese company SIRUI released three anamorphic lenses for various camera mounts. Anamorphic lenses are commonly used in movie production. Instead of rendering a proportional representation of a subject on the camera sensor, these lenses squeeze the image to give a wider horizontal field of view. This results in a cinema style widescreen picture and the typical “movie”‐look. Normally, such lenses are rare, heavy and expensive.
But not only are the SIRUI lenses smaller and lighter than previous anamorphic lenses, they are also way more affordable.
So, a dream come true for amateur cinematographers and also weirdos like me that always wanted a digital version of the film era Hasselblad X Pan. The X Pan has also been able to capture a widescreen image by just using more of a standard 35mm film strip. Unfortunately, camera sensors do have a fixed size. So unless a manufacturer produces a camera with an extra wide sensor, we are limited to standard aspect ratios.
Except, of course, you squeeze the image onto the sensor. Like with an anamorphic lens.
I have been shooting for while now with their 50mm and lately their 24mm lens. Unfortunately, the resulting images are in the normal 3:2 format, as my Fuji X-T10 does not know about anamorphic nature of the attached lens. Which means that I have to convert all these images to the correct aspect ratio by hand.
While doing this, I got bored…