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Become the next Wes Anderson with your camera phone

Become the next Wes Anderson with your camera phone
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Anamorphic lenses (opens in new tab) are considered by some to be the holy grail of filmmaking, favored by directors such as Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. Characterized by cinematic flares, a wide angle view and true black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, anamorphic lenses are a fantastic way to upgrade your video creations.

However, you don't have to be shooting on a cinema camera (opens in new tab) to take advantage of the unique look and feel of anamorphic lenses. The Moment Anamorphic Lens is built for the latest Apple, Google, Samsung and OnePlus camera phones, bringing 2:40:1 Cinemascope to phone vlogging.

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This 1.33x anamorphic camera phone lens is made with aerospace grade metal and the same hand-polished glass that's used in high end 4K film lenses. While typical lenses shoot in a 16:9 aspect ratio, an anamorphic lens captures footage at 2:40:1, which is perfect for widescreen viewing. This means that you can capture "a super wide-angle image with the inherent shallow depth-of-field and perspective of a telephoto lens. 

If you've always admired the cinematic horizontal flares seen in your favorite movies, they've likely come from using an anamorphic lens. True anamorphic lenses have horizontal lens elements instead of the spherical elements found in most camera lenses. "These cylindrical optics and vintage style coatings create unmistakable oval bokeh, unique light artifacts and horizontal lens flares…"

Luckily, if you're interested in upgrading your phone vlogging footage, you can pick up the Moment Anamorphic Lens (opens in new tab) for a cracking deal!

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Moment Anamorphic Lens: $129.99 from $149.99 (opens in new tab)
Save $20 on this anamorphic lens for camera phones, down from $149.99 to just $129.99. This great quality phone lens is made from hand-polished glass and aerospace grade metal.

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Louise Carey
Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab) and  Digital Photographer (opens in new tab). Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.