The new ARRI Master Anamorphic Flare Sets are highly
versatile and economical accessories for the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lens
series. Each of the seven Master Anamorphic focal lengths has its own specific flare set,
comprising easily replaceable front and rear glass elements that can be used individually
or in combination to provide the lens with three additional looks for enriched on-set
Since their introduction in 2013, the Master Anamorphic lenses have established
themselves as the most advanced anamorphic optics ever designed for the film and
television industry. Offering a perfect combination of compact form factor, minimal
weight, distortion-free optical performance and an unparalleled high speed of T1.9
across the entire focal length range, they are as fast and easy to use as spherical cine
lenses and represent a major step forward in anamorphic cinematography.
For most shooting situations, cinematographers and also VFX supervisors appreciate
how effectively the Master Anamorphic optical design and coating technology suppress
flares and reflections. Under certain circumstances, however, flares might be exactly
what a cinematographer wants in order to heighten the emotional impact of a shot,
sequence or project by introducing a level of technical ‘imperfection.’ It is for these
situations that the Master Anamorphic Flare Sets have been designed.
The front and rear glass elements that come with each flare set have a special lens
coating that encourages flaring, ghosting and veiling glare. These image effects create a
visual style that is consistent across all of the flare sets and can be controlled or tweaked
via the iris setting, as well as the positioning of lighting fixtures. The front element can be
used on its own, as can the rear, or they can be used in combination; each permutation
provides a distinct look without sacrificing the resolution, lack of distortion or corner-to-
corner optical performance for which the Master Anamorphics are famous.
Master Anamorphic Flare Sets
By using the new ARRI Master Anamorphic Toolkit (purchased separately but
compatible with all seven flare sets), the front and rear glass elements can be
exchanged with the regular Master Anamorphic elements in a matter of minutes, since
each flare element is pre-aligned in a metal frame. Whether for a feature film, TV show,
music video or commercial, the Master Anamorphic Flare Sets give rental facilities a
quick and cost-effective way of offering anamorphic productions greater on-set creativity.
A set of Master Anamorphics effectively becomes four different sets, each suitable for
different flaring requirements while maintaining the huge advantage of being freer from
distortions such as curved horizons, focus breathing and ‘mumps’ and ‘pincushion’
effects than any other anamorphic lenses on the market.