An Intense Illustration Of Lens Compression Executed With A 2000mm Lens

Many of you may have heard of lens compression, but did you know lens compression is actually a type of distortion?

That’s right! Lens compression is essentially the phenomenon of background elements appearing larger than they actually are – hence the scene becomes “distorted” since those background elements appear closer and larger than they are in real life.

But, just because it is distorted, doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. In fact, lens compression can be used to create awesome compositional choices that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

Just speaking about it doesn’t make it entirely clear, but there’s a video clip from the movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy put together by Vashi Visuals which illustrates it well (albeit a bit exaggerated) since it was shot on a 2000mm lens.


In the video below, you see two men standing on what turns out to be a runway, with a plane landing in the background. Due to compression, the plane looks as if it’s rather too close for comfort, even though the runway is a mile long and is quite far away from the two men. It’s a bit of a play on the senses but illustrates well how dramatic the effect of compression can be.

Dramatic Filmmaking with a 2000mm Lens from Vashi Nedomansky on Vimeo.




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