Shooting Anamorphic with SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x + Vintage Lenses


A fellow vintage lens user and filmmaker Khairil M Bahar, who is also the person behind a very popular “New Cameras – Old Glass” lens guide, is back on VLFV with an in-depth look at his SLR Magic Anamoprhot 2X anamorphic adapter. If you know me, I’ve never been a massive fan of SLR Magic lenses, mostly because of their acid blue/digital looking flares! Khairil’s examples though look much nicer than most of SLR Magic footage I’ve seen previously, which is one of the reasons I wanted to share his review with you guys, but his choice of taking lens is possibly the main reason why this review is here. The lenses he uses are of course relevant to this website; they are the good-old Canon FDs, which in my opinion definitely help soften up that somewhat clinical SLR Magic look and make it more organic. I personally found Canon FDs to be great taking lenses for my anamorphic adapters and this combination seems to be a winner here too!

Enough of me though; over to Khairil for his very informative 15min video!

There isn’t much I need to add to Khairil’s in-depth video. What I definitely agree on is that 2x Anamophot produces much more interesting images as well as nicer flares than the 1.33x version. Still, I wonder why can’t we just have uncoated versions of the Anamorphot lenses? SLR Magic, are you listening? Make the “vintage” uncoated series and people like me with be much more drawn to your lenses (I want 10% for the idea) 😉

On a serious note, not everyone wants to mess around with projection lenses, clamps and diy hacks, and for these people, SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x might actually be a good choice! As for me, I’m sticking to my vintage anamorphics until SLR Magic ditches that acid blue coating formula.

Khairil’s SLR Magic Setup!

Big thank you to Khairil for making such in-depth, quality video! If you liked, make sure to subscribe to his youtube page to encourage him to create more similar content! Below you will find more of his Anamorphot 2x videos, shot in combination with various vintage taking lenses (info below each video). Enjoy!

 Shot Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera and a Canon FD 24mm f2.8 taking lens.

Shot with Sony A7s in 720p 100fps mode + Pentax Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 taking lens.

Shot with Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera and a Canon FD 35mm f2 taking lens with a focal reducer adapter.


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