ARRI has announced Master Anamorphic Flare Sets for their ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lens series. Each of the seven Master Anamorphic focal lengths has its own specific flare set, comprising replaceable front and rear glass elements that can be used individually or in combination to provide the lens with three additional looks.
For most shooting situations, cinematographers and also VFX supervisors appreciate how effectively the Master Anamorphic optical design and coating technology suppress flares and reflections. But flares might be exactly what a cinematographer wants especially in the new Star Wars movie!
The front and rear glass elements that come with each flare set have a special lens coating that encourages flaring, ghosting and veiling glare. The effects can be controlled or tweaked via the iris setting, as well as the positioning of light. The front element can be used on its own, as can the rear, or they can be used in combination; each permutation provides a distinct look without sacrificing the resolution, lack of distortion or corner-to-corner optical performance for which the Master Anamorphics are famous.
By using the new ARRI Master Anamorphic Toolkit (purchased separately but compatible with all seven flare sets), the front and rear glass elements can be exchanged with the regular Master Anamorphic elements in a matter of minutes, since each flare element is pre-aligned in a metal frame.