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Cinematography, edges of frame out of focus and barrel distortion


Barrel distortion makes straight lines look curved. In some scenes it's distracting. I think the photographic term for the focus issue is field curvature aberration.

Curious artistic choice to use lenses with such pronounced aberrations. These aberrations are more common in older lenses, so maybe that's what they are going for. To make it look like it was shot with crappy lenses in 1900.

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nobody cares?

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This was no doubt shot digitally. Any lens effects would have been added in post-production.

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ARRI ALEXA LF have the same types of lens as 35mm. Can even use PL mount with adapter.

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Does this mean they can use a 100 year old lens with a digital camera?

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Yes, you are correct. But in the VFX post-production process, lens distortion, film grain, chromatic aberration… etc are all removed - VFX elements are applied - then those lens effects are re-applied digitally (typically in Nuke) before sending to final color. Point being, there can be a lot of tinkering with lens effects that occur after the shoot - even in non-VFX shots.

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Chromatic aberration, they have those in games as well as an option. There is also vignette as well.

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at first i didnt like the out of focus edges, but it seems like as the episodes go on they are using this effect to warp & distort the entire picture for storytelling purposes, and then i grew into it

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Barrel distortion and focus.

https://imgur.com/a/ah4BfKT

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