Sirui has just added another member to its family of affordable anamorphic lenses. The Sirui 24mm f/2.8 1.33x is now out, and unlike many other anamorphic lenses, it won’t hurt your wallet too much. It’s currently available for $750, but you need to hurry up if you want to get it at this price.
After something of an at-home hiatus, John Hess at Filmmaker IQ is back and he’s dropped a doozy with his new video. Have you ever wondered why the bokeh in anamorphic lenses is oval-shaped? Have you ever wondered why it’s oriented in the wrong direction relative to the de-squeeze that anamorphic footage has to go through?
Well, it’s nothing to do with the aperture, as John explains in this video. Well, put into its simplest explanation, the reason is that you’re effectively shooting two different focal lengths simultaneously when you use an anamorphic lens. One for the horizontal field of view, and a different one for the vertical.
It’s been a little while in the making, but Vazen has now completed its Anamorphic lens trio for Micro Four Thirds, first announced in June 2019, with the availability of the Vazen 65mm T2 1.8x Anamorphic lens. This adds to the 40mm T2 announced in the same month and the 28mm T2.2 released in February of this year.
All three lenses in the set cover a Micro Four Thirds sensor and offer a 2.39:1 aspect ratio when desqueezed. It’s not an inexpensive set, though, with each lens costing $3,250. That’s $9,750 for all three and no “package” containing all three for a discounted price has yet been announced.
Anamorphic lenses are an asset in any filmmaker’s toolbox. As a creator, you’re faced with tough choices when it comes to your masterpiece. However, when asking yourself ‘How do I make this story look great on the screen?’ that’s where an anamorphic lens is pretty badass.
Vazen is a relatively new Chinese lens manufacturer that only really seems to have come onto the scene last year. But they jumped straight in with the anamorphic lenses, initially launching a 40mm T2 1.8x for Micro Four Thirds and following it up in February of this year with the promised 28mm T2.2 1.8x for MFT.
Today, though, Vazen has announced a new addition to their lineup. But this one’s not for Micro Four Thirds. Oh, no, this is an 85mm T2.8 1.8x Anamorphic lens designed specifically for full-frame cameras.
After the success of their campaign for the 50mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic lens, Sirui has taken to Indiegogo again to launch their new 35mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic lens. The campaign has gone live today with pledges starting at just $599 to get one of these low-budget anamorphic lenses of your own.
After successfully launching a 50mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic lens, Sirui is back with another treat for filmmakers. The Sirui 35mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic is another lens from the company that’s just been announced. Like its 50mm companion, it’s pretty affordable with the $599 price – but it’s only for a limited time.
Vazen is a newcomer to the world of lenses, with its Micro Four Thirds lenses first spotted during Cine Gear Expo last year in Los Angeles. There, they showed off three lenses at 28mm, 40mm and 65mm focal lengths. The 40mm T2 1.8x Anamorphic lens was launched at the end of June 2019, and now Vazen has officially announced the 28mm T2.2 1.8x Anamorphic lens for Micro Four Thirds.
The Sirui 50mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic lens was the talk of IFA in September and it wasn’t long before Sirui released the specs. Initially, it was rumoured to cost around €500 ($555) and be released at the end of this year. Then that price was bumped to €700 ($770) with availability in January. Now, Sirui has taken to Indiegogo to launch the lens with prices of $599 for early birds and $699 regular price.