Development of Samyang Anamorphic Lenses Spotted

June 29th, 2018
Development of Samyang Anamorphic Lenses Spotted

Samyang anamorphic anyone? The many-brand lens manufacture has become renown for budget-friendly products and has now been spotted developing anamorphic lenses in Korea.

Samyang Anamorphic 50mm 1.4 lens. Credit: Kofic

The anamorphic format has been a gold standard for cinema for yonks. Combine this with the unattainable price tag of many lens sets; it is a very popular format that filmmakers seek to use or emulate.

Anamorphic lenses by definition are not cheap – an industry entry-level set (such as Kowas) would set you back around $120K, and there are currently very few options south of this.

DIY methods are never the same, anamorphic adaptors come with drawbacks (such as dual focus barrels); the only real players in the ‘budget anamorphic’ market are Atlas and SLR Magic. Both are not cheap by budget filmmaking standards.

It is therefore eyebrow raising to see the development of Samyang anamorphic lenses; a company renown for its budget-friendly lens lines.

A shot of the monitor also reveals information taken from a Sony VENICE camera in 4:3 mode with x2 desqueeze applied, suggesting these will be 2.0x anamorphic lenses. This is a more conventional format for anamorphic, producing aesthetics many would associate with anamorphic lensing (nice oval out of focus areas). The alternative is a more modern 1.33x factor that works with 16:9 sensors.

Whilst this format is compatible with a wider variety of cameras (any with a standard 16:9 sensor), less-squeeze is applied meaning a reduction in said anamorphic aesthetic.

The same website states that the Samyang anamorphic lenses will be priced 50% less than similar products but no word on the lens mount type.

As there is not a clear market of budget anamorphic lenses, it will be interesting to see what this is referencing.

No word on when anything official will be announced, but we will all be waiting with bated breath I’m sure.

Credit:  Korean film site Kofic and thank you Michael for bringing this to our attention!

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 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
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July 3rd, 2018

“renown for budget-friendly products”

that suck.

 Ari Kirschenbaum
Ari Kirschenbaum
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July 2nd, 2018

Yes, Please!!!!!!!!!!!
I have yet to understand why none of these companies, especially Rokinon/Samyang have not tried to corner this untapped market.
Do they think there is no market?
Is it too hard to make good anamorphics?

SLR magic is the only one and they are doing a lousy job at it.
Had there Anamorphot Rangefinder combo and sold it. So impractical and finicky.

Their dedicated lenses are just the same thing in one housing. Focusing limitations, nothing wide (after the crop), and not a very good look. (Serious CA and distortion)

I like the look of some of the adapted projector lenses better that SLR. Ad least they can have character.

Please make them wider, faster, and under $5k each.

Atlas are $7k and that’s just too expensive for me.

Jan Kek
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June 30th, 2018

I really hope to one-day buy a vintage anamorphic lens for S16 in good condition… But it’s hard to find information on those lenses that were built before we had internet.

If samyang wants to compete with SLR magic, they need to offer a better or a cheaper product.

 Daniel Jawadnya
Daniel Jawadnya
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June 29th, 2018

Don’t understand this line: ”A shot of the monitor also reveals an ARRI camera in 4:3 mode with x2 desqueeze applied”. The shot of the monitor is from a Sony Venice in 4:3 mode.

Johnnie Behiri
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June 30th, 2018

Daniel, you are absolutely right! Sorry for the mistake.
By the time you will be refreshing the page, the info will be corrected.

Johnnie

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