Sirui has done it again with the release of the all new Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens. The folks at Sirui have a solid reputation for developing and manufacturing high precision photography and videography kits. Sirui is well known for their pro-grade tripods, ball and video heads, as well as a handful of drying cabinets. However, did you know that Sirui also makes a bespoke range of anamorphic lenses for cinematic applications?
The Sirui 75mm f/1.8 is just the latest release in a range of lenses. These include the Sirui 24mm f/2.8 1.33x, 35mm f/2.8 1.33x, and the hugely popular 50mm f/2.8 1.33x. Each lens is available in a range of mounts for Sony, Nikon, Fujifilm and Micro Four Thirds. It’s important to note that the Sirui 35mm f/2.8 1.33x is only available for MFT mount with mount adapter rings for Sony, Canon and Nikon Z.
Sirui 75mm f/1.8 on Georges Camera TV
In our latest YouTube video on Georges Camera TV, Nathan gets creative with the Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens. The brand new anamorphic lens from Sirui is the latest in a growing range. It is joined by the Sirui 24mm f/2.8 1.33x, 35mm f/2.8 1.33x, and the hugely popular 50mm f/2.8 1.33x. The Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens is available for APS-C cameras, including Sony E-mount, Canon EF-M, Nikon Z, MFT and Fujifilm X. The new lens captured squeezed footage that can be de-squeezed in post for stunning cinematic widescreen.
What Does The Sirui 75mm Have To Offer Videographers?
As experienced with the Sirui 24mm, 35mm and 50mm, the new Sirui 75mm f/1.8 offers videographers cinematic quality in a compact prime. The critical difference in the latest entry is the longer reach provided by the 75mm focal distance. The fast f/1.8 maximum aperture and minimum f/16 provides visual creatives solid performance in all lighting conditions.
The Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens captures amazing widescreen footage while shooting with a smaller APS-C sensor camera. Available for Sony E-mount, Nikon Z, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds, there’s an option for everyone. Regardless of the mount, the Sirui 75mm captures 1.33x anamorphic image squeeze along with the ultra-wide format of 2:4:1 aspect ratio. Therefore, you can capture a 33% increase in the field of view on the horizontal plane.
Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Specifications
- Super35/APS-C Format
- f/1.8 Maximum Aperture
- f/16 Minimum Aperture
- 13-Blade Iris
- Robust Aluminum Lens for APS-C Cameras
- 2.4:1 Aspect Ratio
- 1.33x Cinematic Anamorphic Squeeze
- Schott Glass with Nano Coatings
- Distance Markings in Feet and Meters
- Horizontal Blue Streaks
- Oval Bokeh
- Manual Focus
- 67mm Filter Size
- Dimensions: 75mm x 132.4mm
- Weight: 800g
In terms of build quality, the Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens features a robust aluminium body. However, despite its compact size of 132mm by a diameter of 75mm, it weighs smack on 800g. It’s purely a manual focus lens as is preferred by videographers and cinematographers. The focus ring is smooth and perfectly resistant with a 186° travel. Distance Markings are evident in feet and meters. The front filter mount is 67mm making a wide range of filters suitable.
When it comes to lens construction, the Sirui 75mm features 16 Elements in 12 Groups. Lenses are Schott Glass with Nano Coatings to manage aberrations and flare. The front element carries the cinematic quality horizontal blue streaks for visual effects. The 13-blade aperture delivers exceptional light management and gorgeous oval bokeh.
Making the Most of Sirui’s 75mm Anamorphic Lens
De-Squeeze Anamorphic Footage
Anamorphic lenses are considered specialty glass due to their unique properties. They are sought after by videographers and cinematographers capturing pro-level footage with an APS-C camera. Anamorphic lenses capture footage that squeezes on the horizontal axis. Therefore, later in post-processing, the footage is de-squeezed or stretched out to create widescreen imagery free of distortion. Widescreen cinematic, like what we watch in a cinema, is compelling to watch and experience.
Why Not Crop?
The common question is, why do I need an anamorphic lens when I can just crop my footage to widescreen rations? The answer is simple: cropping photos and video capture reduces your images’ pixel count and resolution. Consider cropping a 21-megapixel image, shot with a typical lens, to a 16:9 ratio. The image would lose around 5-megapixels, and resolution would suffer. However, with the Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens, the entire scene is squeezed while still capturing all 21-megapixels of resolution. However, the footage is de-squeezed in editing software to reveal a widescreen format while still retaining the full megapixel count.
Cinematic Blue Streak
One of the most popular effects created with anamorphic lenses like the Sirui 75mm, is the cinematic blue streak. Imagine a scene where there is a darkened space and a strong light point. The light point is accentuated by a blue streak running horizontally across the entire frame. The Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens features blue lines on the front element to create this captivating effect.
Final Thoughts On The Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens
The complete range of Sirui Anamorphic lenses opens up the cinematic experience to APS-C shooters. Furthermore, popular brands such as Sony, Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and those sporting Micro Four Thirds sensors benefit from this latest entry. The Sirui 75mm f/1.8 1.33x Anamorphic Lens delivers class-leading cinematic videography at an affordable price. The best bit is that the Sirui 75mm is available now for Sony E-mount, Canon EF-M, Nikon Z, MFT and Fujifilm X. Head in-store or shop online at Georges Cameras for the very best deal in Sirui anamorphic lenses.