Shooting with anamorphic on full frame DSLRs like the Sony camera requires skills and basic knowledge. There are a wide variety of crop sensors to choose from and anamorphic adapters to create full-frame images. However, if you’re a beginner in shooting with anamorphic, there are some helpful tips that can help you out.

Basics in Shooting Anamorphic

A standard anamorphic lens kit typically used with prime lenses include the camera, prime lens, and Kowa anamorphic lenses. This setup helps cinematographers achieve a wider format without compromising the quality of the vertical factor. Also, you need other tools to make sure you get the right focal length for your images.

Other requirements you can use when shooting with your Sony camera include the clamp which helps connect your anamorphic lenses to your prime lens’ front filter, non-rotating front filter to attach your single-focus solutions, and the anamorphic lens.

How to Shoot Anamorphic on Sony Camera

The following are some tips to help you shoot successfully using an anamorphic lens on your Sony camera:

Pick the best prime lens you can combine with an anamorphic lens. The challenge in producing cinematic full frame is to choose the right prime lens on Sony DSLR without vignetting once the anamorphic lens is attached.

Shoot with a prime lens between 80 to 200mm range and APS-C mode. Remember, the goal is to divide the focal length by two – 85mm to 200mm spherical will become 42mm to 100mm anamorphic. As a result, you get the perfect anamorphic bokeh in full frame mode.

Crop your camera’s 4k footage to 4:3 ratio from 16:9 to take advantage of your wider lenses. Don’t forget to de-squeeze the compressed image while editing your film. Understanding the basics of aspect ratio in editing your footage will help you accomplish the process with ease.

Bottom Line

If you will use a full frame camera, it’s important to consider an additional FOV through larger camera sensors in order to frame your subject in shallower depth of field. You can place your camera closely to the subject so you can increase shot scale while getting a better visibility of bokeh image.

The oil painting feature of anamorphic lens makes a perfect match to bokeh shooting. When you know how to compress your frame with anamorphic, you can enhance the look of your images. There are specialty tools you can add to your lenses so that you can achieve beautifully cinematic images in your project.