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A look at the Nanomorph 27mm lens

The smallest and lightest Anamorphic lens!

What makes this unique, is the size, weight... and price. Like many manufacturers these days LAOWA is bringing the Anamorphic look to the masses.


But what is Anamorphic? Back in the day, lenses were designed so that wide-format imagery would fully utilize the film area of standard 35mm frames. So wide format imagery would leave the top and bottom of the frame unused, which required cropping these out using masks in the projector back then and these days we just crop out what we don’t need in our favorite software.



Spherical lenses project images onto the sensor without affecting the aspect ratio. On the other hand, anamorphic lenses project a version of the image that is compressed along the longer dimension (usually by a factor of two, with the Nanomorphs it will be 1.5). The image captured with Anamorphic lenses then needs to be stretched in post-production to be properly displayed.



We are getting close to that unique look and feel. These are usually massive, heavy, and super expensive. Now you can afford them and put them on small gimbals. In the end, it’s the image you get that will help you decide.




So what do you think? Will you follow the trend? Or does your project benefit from the look of such a lens? Tell us in the comments below.


I’ve also had the Proteus lenses and played a bit with them, but we’ll talk about these in another video. When you watch this video, I will probably already be in Belgium. So I will catch you in the next one, once I am back home... Until then take care, and please have a good one.

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