Freewell ANAMORPHIC Lens for DJI MAVIC AIR 2 (Review and Comparison) | 2021
If that makes any sense and that rocks your boat as well. Id highly recommend to hit the little red button down below, but for today we are going to talk about anamorphic lenses and anamorphic drone footage which im quite excited about. So the company freewell was so kind to send me over two of their amazing anamorphic. Nd filter lenses, one is already on the drone here, thats the nd8, and then they also sent me over an nd16. So thanks to freewell for sending these over, but first i want to talk about what anamorphic lenses are and what they do. So what is an anamorphic lens? Originally, they were developed to fit widescreen footage onto a standard, normal 35 millimeter film. Well, speaking of originally, it was actually first invented by a gentleman called henry christian im. Sure im saying that wrong during world war, one to provide military tanks with a 180 degree view anyhow cinematographers all over the world, really love it, because it gives your footage a very unique look and whats so unique about it. Two things actually one is that you get the aforementioned widescreen view, so you fit more data onto your footage and it gives it this classic typical epic hollywood kind of look and feel, and then the other thing, because of the curved way that theyre built. If light hits the lens, it kind of gets distorted a little bit and creating these really cool unique lens flares and yes, they can be mimicked in post, but its really not the same, and it looks much much cooler and much much more original when they come Directly out of the lens now, do you need one, and should you buy one well, it depends actually, if you do really care about making your footage as cinematic as possible and give it a little bit more of a professional touch, then yes, these things are definitely Something to consider, however, in order to do that, though, you do need to d squeeze your footage in post.
I actually did a comparison between the freewell, nd, anamorphic filter lens and a classic polar pro nd filter, well variable nd filter, but still nd filter, and i did not disquease my anamorphic footage and everything looked really weird. You need to figure out what the d squeeze factor is of your particular anamorphic lens now for the ones from freewell, the d squeeze factor is 1.15. Basically, you take whatever comes after the dot, and you subtract that from 100 that leaves you with 85. All you have to do is like put your footage into whatever video editing software. You prefer using and then go to the y scale, and then you just scale it down to 85 percent and boom. You have successfully d squeezed your footage. Now, yes, i know theres a more elaborate and professional ways of de squeezing your anamorphic footage, but i think that grants a whole video in and of itself, if youre interested, let me know down below which actually brings me to my next point, which is, if you Dont want to do any work or any more work in your post processing process after youre done flying a drone. Then this may not be the right choice for you because, as a matter of fact, like the footage gets or yeah your content or whatever youre recording gets squeezed during record time. So if you dont de squeeze it afterwards and you make the same mistakes that i do, then, basically your footage becomes useless or it will just look really really weird and not cool at all.
So if you dont want to do any work afterwards at all, may not be the right choice for you now. What about the free? Well ones? Are they any good and are they worth buying now? In my opinion, i think theyre awesome because they combine two things as ive mentioned before they combine an nd filter and they give you the anamorphic lens. So i i was lucky enough to have received the nd 16 here and the nd8, and i would use the nd16 during like really bright daylight situations, but in general i prefer to avoid flying in that type of light, and rather wait for the golden hour and The colors to change, which is when i would use the nd8, which, by the way, is the equivalent of an f stop reduction of three an nd16 would be an f stop. Reduction of four. The build quality is really good and, in my opinion, its really worth it. They clip on really sturdily onto the camera of the dji mavic air 2 and the gimbal is still able to perform the gimbal initialization during the drone startup phase. One little caveat, though, is that the standard dji mavic air, 2 gimbal protector doesnt fit on the gimbal or the camera anymore, with the anamorphic lens installed. Basically, you cant close it and thats just simply because the anamorphic lens is so much deeper than any ordinary nd filter, so thats, something to keep in mind, but a different gimbal protector.
Shouldnt cost you that much on amazon, if you decided to just keep it on all the time, so are the anamorphic filters from freewell any good? Yes, absolutely i did my comparison, video, where i compared it to the polar pro standard, nd filter and i have to say: if you dont, do my mistakes and you de squeeze your footage properly. Then you get definitely the same type of quality, but obviously you have a little bit more widescreen and therefore more content in your footage. Ill put the comparison up again, this time, properly d squeezed, so you can see for yourself theres, virtually no difference in quality between a polarpro or in this case polarpro variable nd filter and the freewell anamorphic nd filter. Thank you guys so much for watching. I hope this was helpful. Links to all the filters and lenses are down below in the description.