This is the first in a series of 5 tests we recently conducted for an upcoming short film
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Camera: RED Epic-MX
Optics: Lomo Anamorphics Square Fronts (1975)
ISO: 800 CT: 3200 Kelvin
All shot at 5k Ana at 6:1 compression and finished in Resolve. No grading just adjusting the RAW color temperature to match the WO shots to the T5.6 stuff due to the color shift when dimming the Profoto Tungsten Air. Finished at 2k. The focal point is 6 feet from the camera unless otherwise stated.
I had my Lomo anamorphic set serviced and I wanted to test the sharpness vs. what I was accustomed to before. Vintage anamorphics are often bashed for being unusable wide open or below T4 but I haven’t found that to be the case (maybe I just got a good set). In this test we take a look at the sharpness of all three lenses (35mm T2.9, 50mm T2.4, 80mm T2.5) at wide open and at 5.6 for a reference of just how well these can perform.
So now lets take a closer look at each lens. The 35mm performed very well WO. There was a bit of overall softness but nothing like other anamorphics I have used. Even at 35mm we are seeing nice fall off and there is also a bit of halation on the light sources in the frame. You can also see the distortion in the lens if you look at the pillar and the walls on the edges of the frame. (click on the photos to see 2K 8 bit jpgs)
Once we stop down to T5.6 this lens is spectacular. Great sharpness here and yet still retaining the 3D quality I’ve come to expect from anamorphics. You have to remember that using 2x anamorphics means essentially you are doubling your width FOV. The 35mm is actually more like an 18mm in the width department. Generating nice DOF at 18mm is why so many people love anamorphics. Wide aspect coupled with nice background separation.
The 50mm is the real gem of the set. Both WO and at 5.6 the lens performs well. At 5.6 it is incredibly good. The 80mm was a bit of a mixed bag but come to find out it was (as usual) operator error. The 80 looked slightly softer than the others at WO and after trying to track down the reason I realized I had actually past the maximum aperture which caused the image split and ghosting to creep into the results. At a true T2.5 the lens performs somewhere between the 35 and the 50. At 5.6 the lens was perfect. Up next we are going to be looking at flares on each of the lenses across the aperture range and and varying intensities.