Shooting Native 2:35:1 with XL2
Posted 23 June 2007 - 10:46 PM
Will adding a Panasonic anamorphic lens to my XL2 give me the same aspect ratio of a 35mm camera?
This guy is saying so....
Posted 24 June 2007 - 02:50 PM
Check out the discussion on this, including "the guy," young Mike Krumlauf over at DVInfo. It's interesting, but I don't believe there's any benefit over masking.
That forum is even more argumentative than here!
On occasion the adapter gives a nice flare reminiscent of anamorphic 35mm.
I suppose the advantage of the anamorphic adapter over cropping would be: it gives you a wider field of view at the widest end of the zoom than with just the stock lens, and in DV thats often a problem. It would also help in a slight decrease of depth of field, which in the XL2 is no bad thing.
Of course these small advantages may be offset by some bigger limitations from that lens, if your shooting a nature film then not being able to use the full zoom length may be a problem.
Quality wise, somebody really needs to test footage filmed by both methods on a quality Standard Definition monitor - I would say the jury is out on that till someone does.