The best anamorphic lens for filmmakers: lenses with widescreen cinematic flair

The best anamorphic lens - Sirui 50mm f/1.8 Anamorphic 1.33x
(Image credit: Sirui)

Anyone who has marveled at epic Hollywood blockbusters – shot in glorious ultra-widescreen with that wonderful oval bokeh and vivid long blue lens flares – has seen what the best anamorphic lenses can do. Most big-budget movies rely on them, because of their striking visual aesthetic, but anamorphic lenses are increasingly finding uses in independent films too. 

While anamorphic lenses became popular in analogue filmmaking, as cinematographers explored the visual impact of the wider CinemaScope aspect ratio, they have enjoyed a surge in popularity among digital filmmakers who want to use the best cine lenses available. No longer do you need an anamorphic projection lens to correct the squeezed image; now this can all be done in post-production.

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.

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