Moondog Labs 1.33X Anamorphic Adapter Lens

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The Moondog Labs 1.33X Anamorphic Adapter is a clamp-on lens that turns your Filmakr films into works of cinematic art. We LOOOOOOOVE this thing, go get one!

Short history of anamorphic lenses

Anamorphic lenses were introduced for filmmaking in the 1950’s to create an immersive, panoramic experience intended to compete with the widespread adoption of television. In addition to a wide aspect ratio, the anamorphic aesthetic is characterized by horizontal flares, distortion that creates a unique sense of depth or dimensionality, and oval “bokeh” or blur for out-of-focus areas. For these artistic reasons, anamorphic filmmaking has been enjoying a decades-long renaissance. However, due to the complexity and expense of the optics involved, anamorphic lenses are not readily available to most independent filmmakers. Moondog Labs believes there are stories best told with an anamorphic aesthetic, so they developed an affordable 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter beginning specifically for the iPhone 5/5S and continuing to through all new iPhones up to the current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

How does the Moondog Labs 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter work?

The built-in iPhone camera captures a 16:9 aspect ratio in video mode, like this:

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Shooting with the 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter optically “squeezes” a 33% wider scene onto the sensor, creating a raw image that looks like this (note the wider view, but thinner looking objects):

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When you restore or “de-squeeze” your video to the proper scaling in software, your final video looks like this:

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The Moondog Labs Anamorphic Adapter beautifully exhibits the wide aspect ratio and the classic horizontal purple flares and distortion that are characteristic of vintage anamorphic lenses. Unfortunately, the short focal length lenses used in mobile phone cameras lack the shallow depth of field needed to create significant bokeh in most situations, including the oval bokeh traditionally associated with anamorphic lenses.

Technical Specifications

  • 1.33x afocal anamorphic adapter
  • Expands camera horizontal field of view (FOV) by 33%; vertical FOV is unchanged
  • Increases video aspect ratio from 16:9 to 2.4:1 (with software de-squeeze)
  • Increases still image aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 (with software de-squeeze)
  • Compatible with iPhone 5/5S through 6s/6s Plus
  • Precision all-glass optical design
  • Single layer anti-reflection coatings
  • Precision CNC-machined aluminum housing
  • Secure clamping attachment mechanism, compatible with screen protectors
  • Mass: 49.4 grams (1.74 oz)
  • Overall dimensions: 32 x 26 x 38.5 mm (21.32 max. extension from iPhone)
  • Patent pending design
  • Designed & assembled in the United States

About Moondog Labs

Moondog Labs was founded to develop exciting new tools for creative filmmakers and photographers. We have decades of experience in design for mobile imaging, photography, motion capture, projection systems and displays – and are excited to apply that knowledge to make specialty lenses for people who appreciate a combination of technical quality and artistry.

Scott Cahall is the technical and creative force behind Moondog Labs. A lens designer and optical engineer, he has spent much of his career developing film & digital cameras, consumer and professional-grade projectors, mobile phone cameras, motion picture film scanners, 3-D machine vision systems, and heads-up & near-eye displays at companies like Corning Precision Lens, Kodak, and Jenoptik. In 2007, Scott founded Moondog Optics, an optical/mechanical design house serving small and large companies around the world. He has been a key contributor to projects featured in Nature, listed as a “Must-Have Product” in Popular Science, and honored as one of the “50 Best Inventions of the Year” by Time, and holds 17 U.S. patents.

Julie Gerstenberger manages the business side of Moondog Labs. Early in her career as an optical engineer at Kodak, Julie developed digital and mobile phone cameras, projection systems, digital cinematography cameras, and a wide array of printing, defense and medical equipment; she holds four U.S. patents. She moved into management roles in the optics division and led Kodak’s corporate engineering division, including engineering, image science, strategic alliances, venture capital, and project management teams supporting worldwide research and product development.

Moondog Labs is proud to be based in Rochester, New York, the home of innovation in optics, photography and filmmaking since the 1800s.