So I called a rental house today, and talked to the rental manager.
I said, I want a 4-perf 35mm camera, and 40mm and 75mm anamorphic 2x.
They said "you want 2.35:1?" I said no, I want 2.66:1 I'm not going to crop the sides.
They said "So you want Super 35", I said no
They said "So you want 4:3", I said yes
It went on like this for some time, but finally the thing that made me just want to hang up the phone.
They said, "you realise that the 40 will act like an 80mm at 2x, and that 75mm is going to be really long like a 150mm"... Finally I just started saying YES so they would get me my quote.
Anyhow, I was under the impression that anamorphic glass acted like it's divided counterpart.
That is, a 40mm anamorphic 2x lens would act like a 20mm on the u-squeeze horizontal plane, and like a 40mm on the vertical. Is this not correct? Did I miss something in 'I have an anamorphic lens in my hand right as I type this and it sure doesn't double the focal length at any point' school and get it wrong.
Someone reassure me that I think they were talking about crop factor or some crazy thing?!
I just need some reassurance, or some serious re-schooling on the optical properties of anamorphic lenses!
Edited by Jay Young, 08 February 2016 - 06:42 PM.