A specially constructed lens that squeezes a wide angle view into about half its width on film, or re-expands the image upon projection. Designed for widescreen photography and projection.
An anamorphic lens produces a ‘squeezed’ image onto film in the camera. When the processed film is projected on a screen, an appropriate lens reverses the effect, and the image spreads out to lifelike proportions.
The anamorphic process was designed for widescreen motion picture photography and projection.