SIRUI has just launched a new 75mm f1.8 1.33x anamorphic lens for APS-C sensors giving filmmakers another option for the widescreen look.
As all you know SIRUI has been expanding their Anamorphic presence with a series of 1.33x squeeze lenses including a 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm options.
New Telephoto Anamorphic Option – SIRUI 75mm 1.33x
This new focal length offers the same characteristic stretched oval bokeh and streaked flares that SIRUI’s 1.33x lenses have become famous for.
Furthermore, the anamorphic look combined with the wide f1.8 maximum aperture, 13-blade iris and 1.2m close focus distance offers organic blurred backgrounds and excellent foreground separation.
In addition, the new 75mm f1.8 lens required the SIRUI optical team to overcome key technical problems with a brand new optical design. Designed for APS-C sensors (and thus also Super35), it joins the existing SIRUI lens line-up of 24mm f2.8, 35m f1.8 and 50mm f1.8 1.33x lenses.
RF Mount Lens Conversions
Also, those of you rocking Canon EOS C70 or RED Komodo, should know that premiere lens specialists MTF Services (based in the UK) are offering custom RF mount conversion for the Sirui Anamorphic lenses. You can read more about this service in our post here.
All four SIRUI Anamorphic lenses have common aesthetics and handling and together they form an set which filmmakers can use to tell complete cinematic stories, switching freely between scenes while maintaining common background rendering.
Their stunning optical quality coupled with their small size means that they can be used professionally to shoot drama, commercial, weddings or documentary work.
Anamorphic Look on a Budget
The oval shaped anamorphic elements of the 75mm f1.8 1.33x create a 33% increase in horizontal field of view when compared to a regular spherical lens. This image is then de-squeezed in post-production to achieve an anamorphic image with the correct aspect ratio.
Until now, options for affordable anamorphic shooting have been very limited. Traditional anamorphic cinema lenses have cost tens of thousands of dollars, while DIY anamorphic adapters based on optics designed for projection are bulky and have other limitations.
Now filmmakers can own a complete four lens set of SIRUI anamorphic lenses for less than the price of a single anamorphic lens from some other manufacturers.
The 75mm Sirui Anamorphic lens will be available in a variety of lens mount including:
- Sony E
- Micro Four Thirds
- Nikon Z
- Fujifilm X mount
- Canon EF-M
Lightweight Design and Manual Focus
The lens construction and build quality resembles the rest of the line-up. The new 75mm appears to be a solidly constructed of metal, it still weighs just 795g/1.75 lbs (in MFT mount) and is between 130.4mm and 134.1mm long depending on the lens mount.
Another nice touch in addition to the lightweight design is the rather compact 67mm diameter filter thread and non-rotating lens front.
This allows for easy attachment of screw-on variable ND filters or polarizers. This is a manual focus lens with a decent 186 degree focus throw for precision focusing when using a follow focus system.
How Much Does it Cost? And When Will It Ship?
According to SIRUI, their latest 75mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic lens is available to pre-order via their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign at a Super Early Bird price of $669 USD.
Super Early Bird purchases are estimated to ship sometime in early June. Learn more about the rest of the Sirui Anamorphic line-up at their website here.
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