Anamorphic Comeback. Panasonic is Not Alone.

Last week at NAB in Las Vegas, Panasonic announced a new firmware update (version 2.2) for the GH4. Perhaps to keep things balanced, there’s one major feature for filmmakers, Anamorphic 4:3 Mode for 3328 x 2496 video, and another significant feature for still photographers, which is 1/16,000 sec shutter speed when using Electronic Shutter.

But Panasonic is not alone in this seemingly Anamorphic comeback. We saw new Anamorphic lenses from Veydra (the “Mini Anamorphic Project” a true 2X Anamorphic lens exclusively for Micro Four Thirds cameras). Cooke released a new Anamorphic zoom lens that transmits lens metadata directly to the camera and Atomos announced an upcoming firmware update for the Shogun that will include Anamorphic de-squeeze.

On the higher-end of the spectrum several new Anamorphic lenses were announced in the past few months from Zeiss Master Anamorphics to Angenieux Anamorphic zooms. And Arri has just announced “Flare Set” for their Master Anamorphics allowing filmmakers to control the varying amounts of flare.

The reasons to shoot Anamorphic vary from project to project, but they generally come about through the filmmakers’ desire to achieve a different look and use as many pixels from their sensors as possible. A few weeks ago I had the huge privilege to shoot a project for Panasonic featuring the upcoming GH4 and we have many lessons to share. To get started I wrote an article with “The 10 most valuable lessons we learned” and just finished recording two short video tutorials, one on “Conforming 4K Anamorphic Footage in Premiere Pro CC” (see below) and the second one as a side-by-side comparison between “Panasonic’s V-Log L vs. Cinelike D” camera profiles.

Panasonic 4K Anamorphic and V-Log L – Official Video from The Digital Distillery Inc. on Vimeo.

A short film by Eduardo Angel, Davis Northern and Sean Davis. Shot with Panasonic LUMIX GH4 firmware 2.2 in anamorphic format. The film starts out ungraded as shot in a new V-Log L gamma file color space, which is being evaluated for market release in 2015, then transitions to fully graded scenes. Learn more about our experience shooting this project here:



I hope you find the article and tutorials useful, and, as always, feel free to share your comments below or directly with me via Twitter (@EA_Photo).


Eduardo Angel is an independent Technology Consultant, Educator, and Visual Storyteller based in Brooklyn, NY. He currently teaches at The School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography, and mentors the photography program at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

He is a co-founder of the idea production company The Digital Distillery, author of popular filmmaking courses on, and regularly shares his thoughts on technology, photography, and cinema on his website

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