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Out of focus highlights effectively get squashed twice by the lens, once by the action of the anamorphic element (that is reversed when the image is re-stretched) and once on account of the round lens barrel that appears to be an oval since the camera "sees" it through the anamorphic element. There are many tutorials on the internet that show you how to ...


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Spherical lenses tend to have spherical distortion and reflected light patterns. They are circular and symmetrical. Anamorphic lenses have a built-in "squeeze ratio" that compresses the horizontal axis of the image during image capture. Unfolding the squeezed image for viewing stretches the distortions or internal reflections, from inside the lens barrel, ...


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