Anamorphic on a Budget – Isco-Optic 16:9 Video Attachment I

August 31, 2015

The Isco 16:9 Video Attachment is almost identical to an Iscorama 54, with a different stretch factor. It’s super hard to find and yields excellent results with razor sharp images. Special thanks to the amazing Gabi Akashi for helping me with the world tests!


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Hello guys and girls – I like to think there are also girls watching these videos – I’m Tito Ferradans and we’re on for another Anamorphic on a Budget Video Review. On this week’s episode I’ll talk about a very uncommon lens, which I heard things about but had never seen one until I got mine. Isco-Optic’s 16:9 Video Attachment, mark I.

So what’s up with this guy? Long story short, it’s an Isco 54 with 1.33 stretch. Actually, this is not short, this is EXACTLY what this lens is. It has the exact same metal body of the Iscorama 54, same size, same weight (900g), same alignment mechanism by pushing this button here and rotating it. Focus also ranges from 2m to infinity and you need to focus your taking lens to infinity and just focus on the Isco. Front thread is 95mm and the rear is 77mm. You can use redstan’s clamps or just go with a bunch of step rings.

So, where did this guy come from? Well, at some point Isco started making home projector lenses and the traditional video aspect ratio was 4:3, which needed to be stretched out to 16:9. There you go! It’s good to know there are two other versions of this lens, mark II and mark III, but they’re much bigger and way heavier than this one, to a point which is impractical to use them.

I just saw this one I got on eBay, and one that sold a few years ago for over 6000 euros, including a bunch of diopters, so all I can say is it’s a very rare lens and it goes for a load of cash…

Outstanding results, at even the fastest apertures. Edges are very slightly compromised, but this thing is razor sharp, so much that the quality cap is probably set by the taking lens instead of the anamorphic. If you have great taking lenses, you don’t need to worry at all. Again, due to it’s big front element I had to tape a diopter in front of it and this caused some vignetting on the edges for the 58mm charts.



Helios 44-2 CENTER

Helios 44-2 CORNERS

Jupiter 9 CENTER

Jupiter 9 CORNERS

Tair 11 CENTER



Being newer than the Iscoramas, these are multicoated lenses to reduce flare. That being said, it shows a faint greenish-blue flare when a strong light source is pointed directly at it.

Just as its older brothers (or sisters? are lenses male or female?), anyway, just like them, this one is vignette free from 50mm and up on full frame. You can see the inside of the barrel when I’m using the Mir 1B, 37mm.

As easy to use as an Isco. Actually, I should be saying this is an Isco and be done with it. Focus at 2m is the single issue I have with this lens, but you can get around it with diopters. Images are pretty and clean, if you’re not a fan of the anamorphic artifacts, such as bokeh, flares and crazy distortion, this would be a perfect pick since it stretches 16:9 to 2.36 Cinemascope and introduces very few artifacts. This world test was shot with my Contax Zeiss set and look at how nice and clean it is!

A short review for an uncommon lens, but you can get almost all of its information from working or reading about any Iscorama. I think this is the first time where the anamorphic look isn’t that much emphasized, but hey, no problem with that. There are plenty of people who like Cinemascope and think flares are extremely overrated! Subscribe to the channel for next week’s video and check our archives as well as my blog in order to read the Anamorphic on a Budget Guide! See you next week, Tito Ferradans signing out.

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