Photos are of my actual lenses.
Check out the film I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW, shot by Reed Morano on Lomo Round Fronts (mainly the 35mm and 50mm). I included screen grabs from that film.
These are the same Lomo Round Fronts I have owned for years, but now these amazing optics have been rehoused in modern lens barrels by Van Diemen Precision Optics in London. They have internal focus, which means they now work perfectly with any standard matte box or follow focus system. Amazing vintage optics in modern housings is truly the best of both worlds. NO MORE TELESCOPING OR ROTATING FRONTS!
Lomo Round Front 2x anamorphics are vintage Russian lenses made in the 1970s and 1980s, and they produce all the beautiful anamorphic characteristics filmmakers are looking for. They have beautiful, smooth (never busy) bokeh, and pinpoint highlights are rendered as perfect ovals due to the optical design and the 18 blade irises. In my opinion, they produce the best lens flares of any anamorphic lens, period. They give you stunning deep cyan "blue streak" lens flares. Look at the reference photos I included. Even an iPhone can get the flares to pop, however you can still point the lenses at a bright window and get great results. These vintage lenses are slightly warm and will give you gorgeous skin tones. They have very pleasing barrel distortion especially in the wider lenses. Distortion decreases on the longer lenses. The 35mm has a lot.
In Lomo Round-Front anamorphic lenses, the anamorphic element is between the spherical assemblies, and focus is controlled by a pair of spherical elements at the very front of the lens. This design produces minimal lens breathing when pulling focus, lower than pretty much any vintage lenses and less breathing than even modern anamorphic lenses including the new Cooke Anamorphic/i primes. The 75mm, 100mm, and 150mm have almost no breathing, it's minimal in the 50mm and moderate on the 35mm. Also worth noting, all the lenses in the set can be shot wide-open with excellent results.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Lomo Round Fronts have very little in common with Lomo Square Fronts. They have completely different optical designs. So if your only experience with Lomos has been with Square Fronts, I really encourage you to check these out. They are incredible.
3 of the lens flare shots in the photos are screen grabs of lens flares shot with my 35mm, 50mm and 100mm. The shot of the woman in the white tank top was shot with the 75mm at T2.8. There is also a photo pf my lenses in their original housings for comparison.
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"I love these Lomo Anamorphics. The 35mm is a beast, but they are worth their weight in gold. I’m a big believer in the glass being more important than the camera these days. For how old the lenses are, they are in MINT condition and the glass is pristine. As with all anamorphic lenses, they require a little more work, there are sweet spots and different looks you can get by knowing which lens looks best at what T stop, but this set is tack sharp and offer contrast similar to modern Zeiss lenses when closed down around a T 2.8/4. Sharpness and contrast aside, they have a very very distinct looking bokeh and lens flares that I think are ingrained in our subconscious of what spectacle movies like 'Die Hard' and 'Poltergeist' are supposed to look like. Definitely renting these again and again."
- KYLE STRYKER, DP / ShareGrid Member
"The shoot was amazing and the lenses were the talk of the set. I really loved it and I got what I imagined. Beautiful flares."
- FADI ABUALI, ShareGrid Member
"Mark's Lomos are really special lenses. They produce incredible images."
- DAVID IVES, ShareGrid Member
"Mark's Lomo lenses were absolutely beautiful."
- WOODROW THOMSON, ShareGrid Member
"Mark's Lomo anamorphics are really special. Incredibly cinematic."
- DAVID BOLEN, ShareGrid Member
35mm T2.5 - CF: 3' 3" - 162mm OD - 8 lbs
50mm T2.4 - CF: 3' 3" - 134mm OD - 6.7 lbs
75mm T2.5 - CF: 3' 3" 134mm OD - 7.9 lbs
100mm T3.4 - CF: 3' 3" 134mm OD - 8.3 lbs
150mm T4.2 - CF - 6' 134mmm OD - 8.3 lbs
***150mm is currently only available upon request.
Round-Front Anamorphic Prime Lens Set
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