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Comprehensive Guide to Lens Types

Lens Type Focal Length Best Use
Standard Lens Around 50mm Everyday, Portraits, Landscapes
Wide-angle Lens 14-35mm Landscapes, Architecture, Interiors
Telephoto Lens 70-200mm Sports, Wildlife, Portraits
Zoom Lens Variable Versatile Photography Styles
Macro Lens Specialized Close-up Photography
Fisheye Lens Over 180 degrees Creative & Artistic Photography
Tilt-shift Lens Specialized Architectural Photography
Anamorphic Lens Variable Cinematic Filmmaking, Widescreen Format
Prime Lens Fixed (Non-Zoom) High-Quality, Low-Light Photography
Superzoom Lens Extensive Range Distant Subjects, Travel Photography
Ultra-wide Lens Below 14mm Vast Landscapes, Distorted Perspectives


I get a lot of questions about anamorphic lenes so I've included some extra information about this amazing lens. 

Further Reading on Anamorphic Lenses  

The anamorphic lens is by far the most popular lens used for capturing the cinematic quality. Though it is a wide angle lens it can hold its own classification. I found this interesting, so if your a science geek like I am , then I'm sure you will too  

An anamorphic lens is a specialized lens used to create an anamorphic effect, or the stretching and compression of a video or still image to create different visual effects. Anamorphic lenses are used to produce a wide-angle, letterbox format that is typically used to display widescreen films in the movie theatre. Anamorphic lenses can also be used to increase the magnification of optical systems, such as telescopes, cameras and camera lenses. When used with a camera, an anamorphic lens allows the use of smaller sensors while still preserving the same field of view on the final image or video.

An anamorphic lens is most typically used when shooting in a low light or low contrast environment or when attempting to create a cinematic look and feel. This type of lens typically projects a flared, horizontally stretched image onto the sensor, giving it a widescreen panoramic look that many filmmakers desire.

Anamorphic lens flares are most often created when a strong light source, such as the sun, shines directly into the lens of the camera, creating a bright, horizontal streak across the frame. This type of lens flare is typically seen in higher contrast environments where bright light is present. Bear in mind, however, that lens flares can also be created by subjecting the lens to any bright, direct light, regardless of the brightness level of the environment.

There are several popular brands of anamorphic lenses and attachments for cellphones that you may want to consider, such as DJI, Moment, Sandmarc and Moondog Labs. Each offers its own range of lenses with various shooting capabilities and levels of quality.
Ultimately, the best anamorphic lens for you will depend on your needs and budget.

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