Projecting anaform recorded films

What is anaform widescreen?

Anamorphic widescreen is a way to store film or video in widescreen format without horizontal black bars on an image carrier. This way, the entire resolution can be used for the actual image, resulting in better image quality. If a widescreen film or video is stored in a non-anamorphic manner on a narrow-screen medium, part of the available resolution is used for black bars(letterbox). Since a widescreen television hides these black letterbox bars, some of the resolution (and in some cases even the subtitles) are lost as a result. (Source: )

Example of anamorphic super 8 film

An example of an anamorphic film is super 8 can be found here:

Playing back anamorphically recorded movies

To play back anamorphically recorded films in the correct ratio, an anamorphic front lens is required on the film projector. Herewith an example of such a lens:

Objective/lens - Kowa Prominar anamorphic 16-A No.34304 (Made in Japan)

The anamorphic lens should be placed in front of the film projector’s normal projection lens. On some projectors there is a standard mount in which to put such an anamorphic lens. However, in most projectors, this is not the case. This then requires an additional anamorphic lens holder.

Anamorphic lens holders

For some types of projectors, anamorphic (or scope) lens holders have been developed that can be attached to the projector itself. Also available is a generic anamorphic lens holder that can be fitted for all projectors.

Specific anamorphic lens holder (in this case for the EIKI N, R, ST series)


Anamorphic lenses are still available on the second-hand market. For example, on sites such as

Anamorphic Lens holders are still manufactured new by Van Eck Video Serivices, see above:

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