Sirui has officially launched a brand new anamorphic lens (opens in new tab), the Sirui 24mm f/2.8 1.33x Anamorphic. This fresh piece of glass joins the two previous anamorphic lenses from Sirui, the 50mm f/1.8 1.33x and the 35mm f/1.8 1.33x. This new lens is available in five different mounts, Sony E-mount, Canon EF-M mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Nikon Z mount and Micro Four Thirds mount.
Sirui is fast becoming a popular option for many videographers that wish to shoot with inexpensive, good quality anamorphic lenses. The main benefit of anamorphic lenses is that it can help produce a wide aspect ratio and a wide field of view at any given focal length.
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Although the Sirui 24mm f/2.8 1.33x anamorphic lens has the smallest aperture in the line-up, it's actually the largest and the heaviest of the three. This may not be a huge cause for concern because compared to many other anamorphic lenses, the 24mm is still relatively small and light - not to mention the fact that its price is significantly lower than many other cinema options available for this kind of lens.
In the video linked above, Tom Antos (opens in new tab) covers some of the keys points for this new lens. One of the important features that Antos discusses is how sharp the Sirui 24mm f/2.8 1.33x Anamorphic lens is. Some of the more affordable anamorphic lens options can struggle to achieve the same crispness as more expensive pieces of glass. However, Antos says, "Even when I’ve been shooting with this lens wide open, I think it is the sharpest anamorphic lens I’ve ever shot with."
SIRUI are currently launching the lens via an Indiegogo campaign and unsurprisingly, the campaign was funded in less than 24 hours. The lens is due to retail for $999 (approximately £733), but you will receive a 25% discount should you choose to support the campaign before it ends. You can find more details about the Indiegogo campaign here (opens in new tab).