Isco 2x Anamorphic Lens Kit
Isco 2x Anamorphic Lens Kit
- Includes Anamorphic Clamp Kit for mounting to your SLR lenses.
- Front and Back Lens Caps. (NEW HARD TO FIND ITEM!)
- Includes a CineMorph or Flare / Streak Filter of your choice or Shipping Upgrade. (email us after purchasing to specify your choice).
- Very Sharp Isco- Schneider Optics Glass.
- Lenses are tested & used by us, so they're guaranteed to be sharp, functioning and working unlike lenses found on eBay or Craigslist.
Camera and SLR Lens in photos NOT included.
LIMITED QUANTITY - IN STOCK READY TO SHIP
These lenses are from the newest batches released from Isco Optics Germany which are no longer made. Actual lens may vary slightly physically from the lenses in the photographs above or have slight cosmetic and defects on the body and or back end glass, but this wont affect the functioning in any way. The optical sharpness, clarity and anamorphic squeeze strength are like new.
The sharpest of compact Anamorphic lenses.
Identical to the lens in Kit B, but this lens has a slightly larger back end making it a little more heavier. In total the lens weighs just over 1 lb, so no rail supports are necessary unless you plan to use longer and heavier SLR lenses.
- Excellent Condition, Smooth Focusing, with a very rare 5 foot minimum focusing distance! (Many Anamorphic lenses have 12, 15, 25 or even 50 feet minimums)
- Includes Anamorphic Clamp Kit for mounting to DSLR and SLR Lenses.
- Guaranteed to be sharp, unlike other sellers there are no surprises here.
GREAT FOR USE ON 60mm and closer for APS-C crop Cameras like 7D, 60D, GH3 GH4, t2i, 550D, Blackmagic, Red, etc. Or 85mm and Higher on Full Frame Cameras like the 5D, 6D, 1D, Nikon D610, D800, etc.
You will need to dual focus when using this lens (focus both the SLR and the Anamorphic lens).
Camera and SLR lens not included in this sale.
Q: Why do you use these lenses over more newer modern Anamorphics?
- These lenses are still much much sharper (and more affordable).
- The classic look and feel.
- Unlike using newer 1.33x Anamorphic lenses that tend to still look almost spherical (mainly due to lack of 2x Anamorphic Bokeh and wider depth of field), when using a 1.5x, 1.75x or 2x lens, your footage will scream Anamorphic-CinemaScope to the viewer.
Q: What's the difference between these lenses and other projection lenses found elsewhere?
A: There are many projection lenses but not all are made for filming and projecting. Most in fact are projection only. Most are aspherical (non anamorphic). And most are much larger, heavier and have a very long 12ft, 15ft, 25ft or even 50 foot minimum focus distance. With the extra length, weight and long focusing distance they make for very impractical shooting. We only deal with lenses that we would use ourselves daily which have practical features.
Q: What if my SLR lenses have larger fronts like 72mm or 77mm?
A: The results will probably yield a little vignetting, but it's easy to push past it in post especially if shooting photos or raw video. You'll want to use a tighter focal length to avoid vignetting. You'll just need a 72mm-58mm step down ring to connect to the supplied 58mm ring. Or a 72mm-52mm step-down ring as we also supply a 52mm ring. SLR lenses with smaller fronts are more "anamorphic friendly". Various step-down rings can be found for a few dollars on ebay or in most camera shops.
Q: What is the best way to get a 2:4:1 ratio with these lenses?
A: Since these lenses yield an apprx 3:1 ratio when shooting with a 16x9 sensor, you'll need to crop or use a 4:3 or other squarish capture format. But 3:1 ratios are becoming somewhat popular these days in the music video world and on MTV.
Also, many camera makers are beginning to catch on and give us 4:3 and other more squarish capturing ratios. Many videos are being broadcast in super-wider mode lately, but shooting Raw or with a higher bit rate allows you to crop so to achieve the ratio of your choosing (16:9, 2.35:1, 3.55:1, etc.)
Q: How do you treat the image in post? Adobe Premiere and Photoshop?
A: Video - There are a few ways to do it in Premiere but we like to create an edit sequence based on the native setting of the clips, whether its 4k or 1080 or 720, it wont matter. We put 1 clip on the timeline and change the motion settings in the Effects Control tab. Uncheck Uniform Scale and then change the height from 100 down to 50 if using a 2x lens. Or from 100 down to 75 if using a 1.5x. Some people will change the width from 100 up by 2 or 1.5x depending on the squeeze strength of the lens. Sometimes you'll bump it up or down a little to your liking. We personally leave it squeezed a little so that it screams cinemascope even more.
From there, just copy the clip and paste attributes to all the other clips in the timeline.
A: Photo - To de-squeeze, in Photoshop if your image is 1920 pixels in width and 1080 pixels in height you would adjust the height down by 50% or divided by 2 to 540 if using a 2x lens. Or double the width from 1920 to 3840 leaving the height at 1080.
You'll need to uncheck Image Constraints. Otherwise when you adjust the height the width will also try to stay constrained.
Example videos filmed using these lenses.
Purchase the Isco 1.9x Anamorphic lens kit above.