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Vid-Atlantic Cinemorph $40 anamorphic ‘look’ filter for Sigma 18-35 – a taste of cine glass without the cost?

By site editor Dan Chung:

Anamorphic looks on the Sigma 18-35 (using the new CineMorph Mod Filter) from Vid-Atlantic Media Prod on Vimeo.

If you own the excellent Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 zoom lens in Canon mount, and want to give your images a whole new look, then look no further than the new CineMorph Mod Filter from Vid-Atlantic.

Vid-Atlantic originally made accessories for anamorphic lens adapters and more recently have branched out into creating screw-in ‘look’ filters that ape some of the effects of a true anamorphic lens.

The Sigma 18-35 with Vid-Atlantic filter installed
The Sigma 18-35 with Vid-Atlantic filter installed

The new CineMorph Mod Filter for Sigma 18-35 marks another new departure for the firm. Fitted to the rear of the lens, it transforms the Bokeh effect in an anamorphic like way – although not in the same way as the genuine article. The filter does not stretch or squeeze the image like a real anamorphic lens or adapter.

Take a look at the before and after images below to see how the filter looks:

Shot without the filter fitted
Shot without the filter fitted
Shot with filter in place
Shot with filter in place

Vid-Atlantic claims that using the filter will result in around a one stop light loss – but given the bright aperture of the lens this should be no problem in all but the darkest of conditions.

Anamorphic lenses are also known for their characteristic streak effects and optical flares, used in many of the latest big feature films. The Vid-Atlantic filter can ape this too with the addition of the optional Flare/Streak Element which adds $10 to the cost.

To be clear, this filter is no replacement for a genuine anamorphic lens on the set of a big movie or commercial, but for those who will never be able to rent or buy such esoteric glass the CineMorph Mod Filter could be a lot of fun.

The filter is user installable and removable
The filter is user installable and removable

Installation is at the owners risk and involves the loosening three small screws at the rear of the lens, fitting the filter, then tightening the screws again.

Front view showing the 'cats eye' effect
Front view showing the ‘cats eye’ effect

The initial shipment is only for the Canon mount but further lens options are promised soon. Cameras tested with the lens/filter combination so far include Red (Canon mount), Sony NEX 5N, and Canon 5D Mark II. For more information check out the Vid-Atlantic website.

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