After successfully launching its new affordable 24mm F2.8 1.33x anamorphic, SIRUI has started shipping the first batch of lenses to customers.
The 24mm F2.8 joins the very popular 35mm F1.8 and 50mm F1.8 anamorphics to create a three-lens set. The trio covers APS-C sized sensors and is available in multiple mounts, though the options vary based on the focal length.
- 24mm: E, MFT, X, EF-M, and Z
- 35mm: MFT (E, EF-M, and Z adapters)
- 50mm: E, MFT, X
As you can see, the 35mm isn't available in Fujifilm X-mount, nor is the 50mm available in Canon EF-M or Nikon Z.
No Film School reached out to SIRUI to see if the lenses would all be available across the same mounts. Unfortunately, the 35mm won't become available in X-mount, and the status of the 50mm is uncertain. If you own a Fujifilm X-mount mirrorless, you'll have to hold out for third-party adapters, but that may not even be possible because of focal flange distance limitations.
If you plan on scooping up all three, they're best for Sony E or the MFT mount found on the Panasonic GH series and older Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras.
We also asked if Canon EF mount could be a possibility, and they told us that they "will continue to develop and widen the lens line, more new lenses will come in the near future, stay tuned please."
Optically, the 24mm F2.8 is constructed from 13 elements in 10 groups with an 8 blade aperture that stops at F16. The manual focus lens has a minimum focusing distance of 2ft (0.6m) and a field of view of 68.8°. The front filter size is 72mm, which is different from the 67mm found on the 35mm and 67mm, so you'll need different-sized filter accessories.
The 24mm F2.8 has a 1.33x squeeze that delivers a 2.4:1 aspect ratio when shooting on 16:9 for the widescreen look. A downside to using 1.33x over a 1.8x or 2x is the anamorphic effects of the lens—including their flares—may not be as pronounced in comparison, but overall, they'll add plenty of that anamorphic look to your image.
In our experience with the 35mm and 50mm, the lenses do produce nice bluish flares, but they may not be for everyone, nor the visual story you want to tell. Based on the tests from Brandon Li, the 24mm seems to share a similar flare color rendition but may display more than its counterparts in the same conditions.
The 24mm F2.8 is constructed from an all-metal body. Both the aperture and focus rings are designed with anti-slip surfaces, allowing you to attach follow focus systems, where you'll get about 190° of focus throw. The glass elements feature a non-coating to minimize aberration and vignetting as well as add edge-to-edge sharpness. But keep in mind, the maximum sensor size the 24mm F2.8 will cover is APS-C.
When the SIRUI 24mm F2.8 officially becomes available it will cost $999, but you can jump in early for a discount of $749.