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  • Is there a way to get different aspect ratios on my DSLR?

     ryan elder updated 2 years ago 4 Members · 16 Posts
  • ryan elder

    December 28, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    When it comes to Canon DSLRS do they have softwares or apps that you can put on the camera card to shoot in wider aspect ratio options that are more wide than 16:9?

  • Blaise Douros

    December 28, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    No. It’s a physical limitation of the sensor–there are no more pixels there to shoot wider. Even 16×9 is just a crop of the actual 3:2 sensor size–so you could always just crop it more in post, it would have the same effect.

    You can always screw around with anamorphic lens adapters.

  • ryan elder

    December 29, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Yeah that’s what I mean is can I crop it in camera.

    The problem with doing it in post, is that I still have to frame it in the correct aspect ratio while shooting. If I save it for post, then it is not correctly framed. Is there anyway I can get the aspect ratio in the camera before shooting in order to be able to frame it correctly?

  • ryan elder

    December 29, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Okay thanks, but I tried this before, and the problem with tape is, that it covers up the camera’s information, such as ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc.

    I mean there is clear tape, but then I wouldn’t see it when trying to shoot faster action scenes though, and it would be difficult to frame. So is there anyway to get black bars on the top and bottom of the monitor screen, and still be able to see the information?

  • Warren Eig

    December 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Ryan,

    If you install the free MagicLantern software on your camera, if you camera model supports it, you can crop in camera and even do 2:39 cinemascope. They are working on a version that supports shooting 4K on certain Canon DSLRs as well.

    I’ve used ML for years to shoot CinemaDNG RAW in different aspect ratios. There are even frame guides as well as the ability to add your own.

    Warren Eig
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  • ryan elder

    December 29, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Okay thanks. How would a matt box solve it? Are you saying that I should have the matt box fold over the lens to create the aspect ratio borders? Would that cut down on light entering the lens though if it’s folded over that much?

    I can see about that though.

  • Warren Eig

    December 30, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    He’s talking about a hard edge matte box. It crops the sensor as you shoot.

    https://www.brighttangerine.com/store/hard-mattes/

    Warren Eig
    O 310-470-0905

    email: [email protected]
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    For Camera Accessories – Monitors and Batteries
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  • ryan elder

    January 3, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Okay thanks. I was told that they didn’t make a magic lantern yet for the latest Canon camera I was going to get. But maybe they will soon.

  • Sebastian Leitner

    February 4, 2019 at 10:25 am

    no, magic lantern is dead on newer canon cameras – they changed firmware and simply blocked out any hacks.
    but ML is enabling so much stuff on older models that make them a lot more interesting and valuable.
    if you can, get a 5D mk3 and enjoy the wonders of ML! and the 4K crop build is already out but you need to download the “experimental” versions

  • ryan elder

    February 4, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Okay thanks. When you say 4k crop build, are you saying that magic lantern can add 4K to an HD camera?

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