It seems to me to be the latest craze. Anamorphic lenses on digital cameras for a digital release.
My question is: What do you like about using anamorphic lenses vs. cropped spherical lenses for 2.39:1 release.
I understand that one gets a few more pixels when using a 4:3 sensor with anamorphic lenses, but 4k (or even 2k) spherical /cropped capture looks pretty darned sharp and noise free.
Is it the distortion in anamorphic capture that you like?
Is there a difference in the field of view of the vertical vs. the horizontal? IOW, comparing an anamorphic lens to a spherical lens that captures the same horizontal angle of view, is there a difference in the vertical angle of view?
I ask this because now that we're capturing on digital devices vs. the film of the old days, the difference in technical quality is not great (sharpness, noise/grain). So it must be something else.
For me, sometimes I like the anamorphic effect, sometimes not. But I rarely feel that the difference is so great as to make a great difference in the experience of watching the movie.
So why is there so much desire to shoot with anamorphic lenses and the extra size, weight, focus, and possibly lighting requirements?
I'm truly interested in your thoughts. Thanks!