Anamorphic on a Budget – Revised and Expanded

A lot has happened since I published the translated version of my graduation work, the original Anamorphic on a Budget guide. It focuses on shooting with anamorphic lenses and adapters, using Magic Lantern RAW and Canon cameras. It also aims at keeping the budget as low as possible and experimenting as much as possible.

Anamorphic lenses have become more popular and accessible. There’s an ever growing interest in the subject and I’ve learned a great deal of new things.

LOMO Foton-A 37-140mm T/4.4, more about this one on Chapter IIID

That’s why I decided to make this improved version of the guide. I’ve worked a lot on the translation and revision itself, making this easier to read and understand. I upgraded the resolution of almost all images featured in the book, and – most importantly – revised key concepts that I’d been explaining wrong this whole time.


As I’ve stopped using MagicLantern around 2016, I changed the post-production workflow chapter entirely. I’m focusing it on how to find your desired aspect ratio and maximize the use of your footage, discarding the least amount of pixels when cropping. I made a bunch of video tutorials and a brand new aspect ratio calculator that comes with the book!

To nudge you towards buying the guide, here’s the end result of the process: a two-part episode for a webseries which I wrote, shot and edited. Both parts are 100% anamorphic and will be carefully analyzed in the guide. Be sure to enable English subtitles!

If you’re looking for the old, free version of this translation, you can find it here.