The Kowa Evolutions are a precise remake of the vintage KOWA Anamorphic lenses.
The original KOWA Anamorphic prime lenses have been produced until the 1970s and usually four different primes are available: 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm. The Evolutions add two additional focal lengths, a wide-angle and a telephoto 135mm, which match the Look of the original set.
Genuine Anamorphic Look
The look and bokeh of the Evolution lenses is matches the genuine anamorphic look of the original lenses. The optical design of the Evolution lenses is based on original optical design and the front anamorphic principles. They are low in contrast and warm in color and can be made to flare.
The lenses are built in a compact, lightweight housing with modern cam driven internal focus mechanics. The focus throw has changed significantly compared to the originals. The Evolution lenses offer a 200° angle on the focus ring and a 100° on the aperture ring. Of course mod 0.8 gears and the same position of the gear rings throughout the set integrates them well in the modern production environment.
The 80mm front diameter offers ease-of-use of a clip-on matte box and a 77mm thread was added for use of screw-in filters.