The striking and desirable visuals of anamorphic lenses in cinema have been largely gated behind a high financial entry point. Is that about to change?
Few things are more visually engaging to me than high quality cinematography. The problem was, for decades it was painfully expensive to recreate. That gap between entry-level consumer and cinema grade videography equipment has been shrinking at phenomenal speeds over that last 10 years, with even mobile phones being able to create usable footage. That gap may be further bridged with Sirui's new anamorphic lens which aims to ship in February 2020.
While the jury is still out — we haven't had a chance to test one hands-on yet — the vitals of this piece of equipment are promising. While only for APS-C, this 50mm f/1.8 is light, offers 2.4:1 widescreen aspect ratio, and has a price of $700, making it one of the cheapest anamorphic options available. (Note: it's technically cheaper than that as it's being funded through Indiegogo but we do not endorse crowdfunding campaigns, and until I've tried it myself, I won't recommend it.)
It's a shame it isn't a full frame lens (though my a7 III can use it in crop mode) and it's a shame that it isn't 2X, though there are hints that is coming, albeit unconfirmed hints. However, at such a low price point, this could be a staple in many videographers' camera bags. What are your thoughts?