Anamorphic Chop Shop – Boosting Up Anamorphic Flares

September 11, 2016

A simple and super cheap trick to boost the discrete flares of modern anamorphic lenses. Time to order those UVs from eBay! :)


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Tito Ferradans here for a tweak that’ll boost the flares of your modern projection lens. It’s been out for a while – posted (and confirmed) by James Price on EOSHD and his Vimeo page – but I still see people talking about the lack of flares in certain lenses as a deal breaker. This type of comment is particularly true about the Cineluxes and Ultra Stars around. Due to modern coatings, flares on these newer projection lenses are much reduced – almost gone. So, let’s shine some light on the subject! (pun intended)

The trick to make them pop is to stack UV filters between the anamorphic and taking lens. This simply adds more elements and reflections on the light’s path to the sensor. And what are reflections and crappy elements good for? Flares! Here are a few samples with an increasing number of UV filters stacked.

What the UV filters do is basically enhance the original flare, bumping its brightness up and adding an element to the reflections. I mention the modern projection lenses as examples, but the method works for pretty much any adapter, like the Kowa B&H. This method is particularly good for rail mounted scopes, such as the FM I’m using for these tests, since it doesn’t require realigning and screwing multiple things together.

Tests with Kowa B&H by James Price

Cheap and easy, do you think this is an improved way of dealing with modern anamorphics that are less prone to flare? Let me know in the comments below. Now’s a great time to subscribe and if this video wasn’t enough to fulfill your desire for knowledge, make your way to the blog and delve into a plethora of articles and tutorials like this one. See you soon, Tito Ferradans.