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anamorphic lens[¦an·ə¦mȯr·fik ′lenz]
A lens that produces different magnifications along lines in different directions in the image plane.
anamorphic lensA movie camera lens that horizontally squeezes a wide screen image into a standard 35mm frame. When projected, an anamorphic lens stretches the 35mm frame horizontally and fills a wide screen. This lens allowed the movie industry to make wide screen films with the same 35mm equipment. A 2:1 anamorphic lens squeezes 100% more into the frame than a normal lens. The term comes from the Greek "anamorphosis," which means to "reshape." See anamorphic DVD.
|An Anamorphic Frame|
|An anamorphic lens squeezes the image horizontally in order to fit it into a smaller frame format.|