Sirui goes full-frame with a new 50mm T2.9 1.6x Anamorphic cinema lens

Oct 13, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sirui goes full-frame with a new 50mm T2.9 1.6x Anamorphic cinema lens

Oct 13, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Famous for their popular APS-C anamorphic lenses, Sirui has stepped out with a new full-frame 50mm T2.9 1.6x anamorphic lens providing a 2.8:1 aspect ratio. As per usual for Sirui lenses, the new 50mm T1.9 is being launched via Indiegogo. You’d think by now they’d be in a position now to just develop a lens, announce it and put it up for sale, but I guess not.

Going up to full-frame marks a nice upgrade for Sirui and with their prices, it puts them in a fantastic position for capturing the entry-level full-frame market. With more full-frame cine cameras (and video-focused mirrorless cameras) coming onto the market at lower prices these days, it makes a lot of sense for them to step up.

The new lens is coming in a variety of mounts – all of the major full-frame mirrorless mounts, in fact – including Canon RF, Leica L, Sony E and Nikon Z mounts. This makes it compatible with cameras like the Panasonic S1H, RED Komodo, Canon EOS R5, Sony FX3, etc. When shooting 3:2, it offers a 2.4:1 aspect ratio, but when shooting 16:9 you get a significantly wider 2.8:1 aspect ratio, which Sirui says offers a viewing experience that “is as premium and immersive as the IMAX format”.

Focal length50mm
Max apertureT2.9
Min apertureT16
Angle of viewUnspecified
FormatFull-Frame
MountCanon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E, Leica L
Lens type1.6x Anamorphic
Focus typeManual Focus
Focus throw95.5°
Min focus distance75cm
Optics16 elements in 13 groups
Filter size82mm
Aperture blades10
Dimensions88 x 140-142.9mm
Weight~1,050g

I don’t know about competing with IMAX, but it sure looks good. A number of the usual popular YouTubers have already got their hands on one and have been having a play, so naturally we’ve been flooded with first looks, reviews and footage samples from Caleb Pike, Brandon Li, Mathieu Stern, Jason Morris, Anamorphic on a Budget and Mauro Licul, amongst others.

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It sure does produce a decent looking image from the sample footage shown in the videos above, and if you want to shoot some anamorphic footage on a full-frame sensor, there aren’t really many better deals out there. Right now on the Indiegogo campaign, you can back the project to get one of your own starting at $1,199. Once it eventually goes retail, it’ll be $1,499.

To find out more about the Sirui 50mm T2.9 1.6x full-frame Anamorphic lens, head on over to the Sirui website and if you’re considering pledging to get one of your own, head on over to Indiegogo.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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