December 16, 2019

Sirui Has Made an Anamorphic Lens You Can Afford, But There's a Catch

Sirui's internet-breaking anamorphic lens is certainly exciting for no-budget filmmakers, but it might leave you wanting more.

When it comes to optics, Sirui has made a name for itself delivering some intriguing pieces of filmmaking gear, including its smartphone 400mm telephoto and anamorphic lenses.

The company has set its sights once again on anamorphic glass, only this time, it's not for your mobile device.

Sirui's new 50mm Anamorphic Lens was specifically designed to cater to filmmakers and videographers who want to create cinematic widescreen images but don't have the budget to do so. It features a small, lightweight, rugged design, F1.8 aperture, 1.33X squeeze factor, 2.4:1 widescreen aspect ratio, and a crazy low retail price of $699 (you can get it for as low as $599 on Indiegogo right now).

There is one drawback, though... 

...It's an APS-C lens.

With so many filmmakers opting for full-frame cameras these days, it is a little bit of a drag that this lens was designed for APS-C cameras with X, E, and M 4/3 mounts.

However, cameras like the Fujifilm X-T3, Sony a6500, Panasonic Lumix GH5, or even the Z Cam E2 are all popular and very powerful models for fans of the smaller sensor size and will work with this lens.

Check out this video to get an idea of what this lens can do.

And here's a video that gives you a glimpse at how the lenses are made.

Our favorite weird lens expert, Mathieu Stern, offers his take on the lens in this video.

And here, Darious Britt reviews Sirui's new 50mm Anamorphic lens.

We haven't gotten our hands on one of Sirui's new anamorphic lenses, so it's not for us to say whether it's good or not. However, we can say that it's exciting to see anamorphic capture becoming more and more democratized because not everyone can easily get their hands on a Cooke, ARRI, or Zeiss anamorphic package, or shell out two grand for a single lens.

And sure, an affordable full-frame anamorphic lens would've really hit the spot, and a 2X squeeze would've made the Sirui lens really, really tasty, but...you know...baby steps, friends.

Tech Specs

  • Lens Structure: 11 Elements in 8 Groups
  • Filter Spec: M67x0.75
  • Aperture Blades: 10
  • Rotation Angle of the Focus Ring: 143.6°
  • Aperture: F1.8-F16
  • Max. Diameter: 68.2mm /2.69inches
  • Frame: APS-C
  • Diameter of the Focus Ring: 61.7mm /2.43inches
  • Shooting Distance: 0.85m-∞
  • Total Length (Lens Cap Not Included): Approximately 106.6mm/4.20inches
  • Focus Method: Manual Focusing
  • Weight: Approximately 560g/1.23lbs
  • Maximum Magnification: 1:15.38(V), 1:20.17(H)
  • Lens Mount: SONY E-Mount FUJI X-Mount, and M 4/3 Mount

Pricing and Availability

The Sirui 50mm F1/8 Anamorphic 1.33X Lens retails for $699, but it is for sale at $599 if you make a pledge on Indiegogo.

Shipping is expected to start in February 2020.     

Your Comment

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As talented as Julia Swell is (quite a lot actually), the video was quite of a disapointment for me (at least), did not sold me on having to own this lens...

December 16, 2019 at 7:01PM

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For me it sorta did the other thing. I liked the way the lens flared. But I can understand why it did not have an impact on you.

December 17, 2019 at 2:15AM

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The other catch is... If you have a speedbooster for your micro 4/3s mount get ready to toss it out. There is no ef or nikon mount for this lens. I don't plan on walking around with a 95mm focal length.

December 17, 2019 at 12:10AM

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Vincent Gortho
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More like 70/75 due to the 1.33x but yes i fully agree. Sirui did say that they are thinking about an EF mount, more focal lenghts and other squeeze factors.

Fingers crossed

December 17, 2019 at 4:06AM

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Michiel van Zummeren
Editor, second camera unit
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I like it

December 17, 2019 at 3:45AM

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Only downside for me is that the lens does not have focus gears. Don't know why they would not include that.

December 17, 2019 at 5:37AM

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I was able to Frankenstein an old Schneider Kreuznach cinelux anamorphic 2x projector lens to work full frame @ 85mm. It is heavy and won't focus closer than 6 feet without diopters, but @ 2.8 and up the sharpness is insane. No lens flares, but you can grab a filter to help with that...

December 17, 2019 at 3:20PM

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Joseph Arant
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I prefer the Vazen 40mm T2 1.8x anamorphic

December 17, 2019 at 9:22PM, Edited December 17, 9:22PM

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Martin Brewer
Director, DOP
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Awesome information.

December 18, 2019 at 7:43AM

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Shardul
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Wow, man. Just wow. So you’re telling me you prefer the three thousand dollar lens to the five hundred dollar one? Wow, just a shocking revelation all around.

I, for one, am grateful for your insight.

January 9, 2020 at 12:24PM

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thanks

December 17, 2019 at 10:57PM

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