SIRUI 50mm T2.9 1.6x full-frame Anamorphic Lens

SIRUI has teased a new 50mm T2.9 1.6x full-frame anamorphic lens. We have slowly started to see more affordable anamorphic lenses coming to market with varying degrees of optical quality.

UPDATE 10/12/2021

Today the Indiegogo campaign for the 50mm T2.9 1.6x full-frame anamorphic lens went live. The campaign will run through November 14th.

SIRUI first burst onto the scene by releasing very affordable 24mm, 50mm, and 75mm f/1.8 1.33x APS-C lenses. If you are not familiar with SIRUI, they are a Chinese company that primarily makes photographic tripods and accessories.

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It was inevitable that at some stage they would step up to making full-frame anamorphic lenses.

What do we know about the lens?

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We don’t know a ton about the lens just yet, apart from the fact that it is made out of aluminum, it has an 82mm front diameter, and a close focus distance of 75cm / 29.52″,

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The optical design consists of 16 elements in 13 groups.

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The lens is available in Sony E, Leica L, Canon RF, and Nikon Z mounts. There is no PL mount available. It is not surprising that this lens isn’t available in PL mount.

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SIRUI claims that the 50mm T2.9 1.6x anamorphic lens has smooth oval bokeh, signature blue lens flare, and a wide-screen cinematic look.

I am not personally a fan of the SIRUI anamorphic lens ‘look’ as I find the blue flares to be over the top and too harsh. Again, this is just my personal opinion.

Why 1.6x?

Traditionally we think of anamorphic lenses as having a 2x squeeze, but just like people, they do come in all shapes and sizes. Anamorphic lenses can have a range of squeeze factors such as 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.6x, 1.8x, and 2x. With a 1.6x anamorphic lens when you shoot in a 3:2 aspect ratio you end up with a 2.4:1 aspect ratio. If you are using a 1.6x anamorphic on a camera with a 16:9 sensor, you end up with a much wider 2.8:1 aspect ratio. 2.77:1 is the projection aspect ratio for Cinerama.

Price & Availability

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As I previously mentioned, SIRUI is launching an Indiegogo campaign for the 50mm T2.9 1.6x full-frame Anamorphic Lens.

If you sign up, SIRUI is offering an early bird price of $1,199 USD for the lens.

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Call me skeptical, but there is no such thing as shortcuts with optics, and I have my reservations about the optical quality you will get from a $1,200 USD full-frame anamorphic. Although I am more than happy to have my reservations proved wrong! It is great to see more affordable lenses coming to market, and at $1,200 USD, even if the lens does have its flaws, for the price is anyone really going to complain?

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