A test footage video (opens in new tab) shows video shot handheld on a Sony A6600 (opens in new tab) with the Sirui 35mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic lens (opens in new tab). Compared with the 50mm that Sirui previously launched, the 35mm 1.33x lens spreads the horizontal field of view by up to 33% for a FOV of a 26.3mm lens.
The lens is also built with Aircraft Aluminum housing and a Schott glass structure. According to the Indiegogo page, the lens also "perfectly controls optical distortion and focus breathing to generate superior cinematic imaging". Meanwhile, the f/1.8 aperture ring and focus ring can help "cinematize footage to the max" by creating blue light streaks and oval bokeh effects.
Watch the teaser video for the Sirui 35mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic lens below and find more details on the Indiegogo campaign page (opens in new tab). You will be able to purchase the lens for an early bird price of just $599 from the campaign page from 3 August at 9AM EST.
Sirui has recently released a video teasing the launch of its latest lens, the 35mm 1.33x f/1.8 anamorphic lens that follows up the company's previous 50mm 1.33x anamorphic lens that was released in February, 2020. While Sirui were previously known for manufacturing tripods, it seems that their new focus is exploring anamorphic lenses.
The Sirui 35mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic lens will have a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and is designed for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds sensors – although the lens will only be available in a Micro Four Thirds lens (opens in new tab) mount. To be used with APS-C mounts such as Sony E (opens in new tab), Canon EF-M (opens in new tab) and Nikon Z lens (opens in new tab) mounts you'll apparently have to use an adapter.
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Anamorphic lenses are specialty tools that affect how the scene being filmed gets projected onto the camera sensor. They were initially created so that a wider range of aspect ratios could fit within a standard film frame, but the cinematic look of the technology has captured the imagination of filmmakers across the world. Anamorphic lenses are characterized by their ultra-wide rectangular aspect ratios, long horizontal lens flares, and attractive oval bokeh.
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