Basic Overview of SLRMagic Anamorphot Anamorphic Lens Adapter

Here's a very quick and simple look at the SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Adapter that can add an Anamorphic aesthetic to just about any lens you can fit it on. Compared to other Anamorphic Vintage lenses out there that can get quite heavy and require additional supports and adjustments, the SLR Magic Anamorph is pretty simple and basically screws on like a filter.

I have yet to go out and shoot as it's been storming out here in California, but at least you get an idea of what it is and how you can attach it to any lens in your kit. It will work on anything from a Micro Four Thirds camera to a Full Frame Canon 5D Mark III. It really depends on the lens you are mounting the SLRMagic to.

The image seen by the camera are 'slightly skewed', but to make life easier you can use an external monitor to scale the image in real time. The MustHD Monitors are an affordable line that offers this ability so that you can better frame, compose, and focus your shots. If you want to see some real world examples, you guys can take a look at the many other samples over on Vimeo (found here).

For information about the SLR Magic and optional Diopters bundle check out the product listing over at B&H
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6 thoughts on “Basic Overview of SLRMagic Anamorphot Anamorphic Lens Adapter

  1. Dan

    I bought the set that came with the two extra diopters.

    The adapter has a 62mm thread on the back, 77mm on the front.

    It comes with three adapter rings that allow you to mount the 62mm rear to to either 58mm (the GH4 lens front), 52mm (older Nikon primes) or 49mm lenses. You can buy other adapter rings if your lenses have different front threads.

    I then mounted the adapter successfully to the new Veydra primes, that have a 77mm front thread, by buying a 77mm-62mm step down ring. This essentially made the front of the Veydra into a 62mm, and allowed me to screw the Anamorphot onto the Veydra. Worked well, but begins to vignette on the 16mm Veydra.

    So, the 12-35mm Panasonic Vario lens will work from about 17mm out to 35mm or, if mounted on a longer lens, out further.

    I also put it on my 50mm f/1.8 Nikon and then shot with a Nikon D800 and it worked fine.

    Focusing can be a challenge. I was told at Hot Rod Cameras (where they were demoing the Veydras) that classic anamorphic lenses like to work at f/4 or smaller. So working wide open at f/2.8 or faster may present problems.

    The Anamorphot has a "near" and "far" ring to aid focusing. It works with the main lens's focus ring if you're working close. On some lenses, you will have to add a diopter on the front of the Anamorphot to get it to snap just right. The two diopters that Anamorphot offers are two different powers, depending on how close and which lenses you are using.

    An interesting sample shot on the GH4 with the 12-35mm lens can be seen at

    Definitely a specialty item, but if you want the 2.35:1 widescreen look, complete with dynamic horizontal blue flares off point sources, this can be a cool addition.

  2. Emm

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    @MikeyMike - Yes vignetting will be bad on wide but you can zoom into the adapter to get rid of it. So you can't use it at 17mm.

  3. Emm

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    @Ulrik - It looks good, but at 12mm you can see the inside of the adapter. You have to zoom in a bit to no have any obstruction. If you want to focus close though you may need to add some diopters.

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