The Kings of Flare- Lomo Anamorphic Square Front Lenses


FACT: We all love shooting anamorphic. With Arri’s new ALEXA 4:3 camera fresh on the market and Arri Zeiss Master Anamorphic Lenses being announced in Sept 2012, it seems like the anamorphic format is making a comeback. The size and shape of 4:3 sensors are ideally suited to anamorphic image capture, maximizing image quality and faithfully rendering the optical characteristics of the lenses.

Anamorphic Lens Flares

Besides the oval shaped bokeh and wide aspect ratio, probably the most sought after feature of anamorphic lenses are the unique flares produced when bright light hits the bent glass. The undisputed “kings of flare” have to be the LOMO square front anamorphic lenses that were manufactured in Russia in the late 1960′s through early 1980′s. The screenshots below are from the Fake Figures music video for “Something Deadly”, shot on RED ONE MX with LOMO anamorphic square front primes (35mm T2.8, 50mm T2.5, 80mm T2.5 )

Fake Figures- “Something Deadly” | Directed by DJay Brawner

LOMO anamorphic lens rentals available across the United States through HD Planet Cameras.


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