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Old 12-07-2017, 06:04 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by mouver View Post
the most professional way of achieving a particular Aspect Ratio would be to use an anamorphic lense, right?
Well, sort of. Using anamorphic lenses gives a film a very unique look which also happens to have the effect of making the aspect ratio 2.39:1. It's not necessarily the most 'professional' way to do it - certainly there are many Hollywood films that have simply cropped a 2.39:1 frame on a spherical lens capture, going way back even to when you would mask the film projector to 'crop' your frame.

The background on anamorphic lenses and aspect ratios is, I feel, important to understand as it gives you a frame of reference as to why we might choose to use a particular aspect ratio. Aspect ratios is both a creative and technical decision, but it's important to understand it as that choice, rather than simply opting for a 2.39:1 crop because it looks 'more cinematic' (as some are wont to do).

Originally Posted by mouver View Post
Are there anamorphic lenses for achieving different types of Acpect Ratios (for example an 1.85:1 ratio)? Or are they all giving you a 2.39:1 Aspect Ratio?
I guess in theory you could put a 1.33x anamorphic lens on a 4:3 sensor, but you would end up getting a 16:9 frame, rather than 1.85:1. 1.85 is always cropped (or masked when it was the days of film).

Originally Posted by mouver View Post
- Yeah, cropping a picture in Post is possible of course. But like a said, it's really hard to visualize and frame the shot while shooting. That's the reason I really don't like that option and it seems really unprofessional.
It's also hard to visualise the frame if you shoot on anamorphic and don't have a de-squeeze. All these things require a little extra work to get them right. You can shoot a framing chart and tape up your monitor, but most ideal is to shoot on a monitor (or camera that has monitoring options that allow it) that shows you the frame lines

Originally Posted by mouver View Post
Do you know if there are monitors with frame lines for any DSLR Cameras?
There are plenty, but it depends on what you're willing to spend. Many affordable monitors offer frame lines, but they all offer different features that may or may not be useful to you.
When you're researching options in your budget range, make sure you look to see if the particular monitor has options for frame lines.
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