Lomo 100mm Round Front Anamorphic

Lomo 100mm Round Front Anamorphic Lens Written by: Keith Nickoson

  Lomo 100mm Round Front Anamorphic Lens | Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm Round Front Anamorphic Lens | Photo by: Keith Nickoson

The Lomo 100mm round-front anamorphic is the tightest focal length of my anamorphic set. It is a fast T3.1-16, with a minimum focus of 3.4ft. It's pretty sharp wide-open, and it has some killer, deep-blue flares. It's a PL mount, and the crop factor is 2X.

SUBJECT ISOLATION | BOKEH

The oval-shaped bokeh that's inherent to anamorphic lenses is perfectly rendered by the Lomo 100mm. Below we can see the separation and subject isolation at three different aperture settings in a series of images taken from the lawn of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI.

The frames below showcase the effect of the bokeh more dramatically - all at an aperture setting of T3.1.

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Vacant near focus of the setting sun. - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Olivia has about 4ft of separation between her and the lights behind her. The aperture was sitting wide-open at a T3.1. - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Without a huge separation in tonality or exposure, Olivia is still decently cut out from the background. The tree behind her is approximately 8ft away from her. - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

NEAR AND FAR

I opted to do a couple of focus racks this time around, as it was something I hadn't done in my previous posts. Below are two sets of images that show a near subject and a distant landscape - each one in focus and then out of focus.

FLARE CHARACTERISTICS

Unlike the Lomo 50mm square-front, the flare characteristics of the 100mm are more defined, as the lens has much more contrast and control than the 50. As you can see though, an on-axis point source of light will trigger a deep-blue flare that penetrates the image, tearing a painterly streak across the entire frame.

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | This beautiful blue flare was created by a Nitecore P12 flashlight. Notice that the contrast is retained here, as we can clearly see Ryan Keeper of Sequential Image Productions within the frame. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Another frame from the warehouse with Ryan Keeper, we can see some veiling glare in this one. Photo by: Keith Nickoson.

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | A subtle sun-flare through some trees at the north end of Mackinac Island, MI. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Sun-flare through some trees at the north end of Mackinac Island, MI. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | A subtle streak can be seen through the center of this picture of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan. The sun was just out of frame right, about fifteen minutes before sunset. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Another subtle flare can be seen through the center of the frame here at the east end of Mackinac Island, MI. The sun was just out of frame left. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | A streetlamp at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island creates this flare. Photo by: Keith Nickoson.

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | 35ft from the ground is the apex of the Great Hall at Mission Point Resort - Mackinac Island, MI. Photo by: Keith Nickoson.

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | A subtle flare from a tungsten lighting fixture outside Mission Point Resort - Mackinac Island, MI. Photo by: Keith Nickoson.

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | A rather complex flare created by the Nitecore P12 flashlight. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

CONTRAST AND CONTROL

These pictures don't quite fit together in a group, but I wanted separate out a handful of darkened images that highlight the contrast and flare control of the lens. All six of these pics contain a light source that didn't noticeably reduce the contrast, and did not create any significant flaring or streaking.

IMAGERY | LOMO 100mm

The following gallery of images were all captured at Mackinac Island, MI with the Lomo 100mm round-front anamorphic lens. I tried to treat each picture as its own story, so the color grading on these was not meant to be uniform. 

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | The Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, MI. Founded in 1887, and voted one of the top 500 hotels in the world, the Grand Hotel served as one of the major shooting locations in the film Somewhere in Time. Click HERE for more information about the hotel. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | The Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, MI - This image was captured at a T4, at minimum focus of 3'4" Photo by: Keith Nickoson.

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | The Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, MI - This picture was taken wide open at a T3.1, and at minumum focus of 3'4" - Notice the veiling glare and small vertical flare from the sun. Photo by: Keith Nickoson.

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Motor vehicles have been banned from the island for a hundred years. This was our mode of transportation. Picture taken at Fort Homes - Mackinac Island, MI. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | These little guys were all over the place, and rather bold. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Mackinac Bridge, MI. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Mackinac Island, MI - An interesting little flare cutting down the center of the frame. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Original Butterfly House - Mackinac Island, MI. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Original Butterfly House - Mackinac Island, MI. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Fort Mackinac - Mackinac Island, MI - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Downtown Mackinac Island, MI - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

  Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | A pair of horses pulling a buggy in downtown Mackinac Island, MI - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | A pair of horses pulling a buggy in downtown Mackinac Island, MI - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Statue of Father Marquette in Marquette Park - Mackinac Island, MI - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Olivia snapping a photo on the Canon 5D mark iii - Mackinac Island, MI - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Olivia catching a nice backlight here at Mission Point Resort - Mackinac Island, MI - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | A coffee shop near the east bluff. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Sunset over St.Ignace, Upper-Penninsula, MI. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Round Island Lighthouse - Mackinac Island, MI. This lighthouse was featured throughout the film Somewhere in Time. Click this link HERE for more information about this lighthouse. I really think I overdid it with the saturation on this pic though. Photo by: Keith Nickoson

Lomo 100mm anamorphic lens | Mackinac Island, MI - Photo by: Keith Nickoson

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