In November 2022, the Sirui brand unveiled its remarkable creation, the Sirui Saturn 35mm T2.9 1.6x anamorphic cinema lens. This compact lens, specifically designed for full-frame cameras, boasts a lightweight carbon fiber construction. Initially, it was compatible with Sony E-Mount, Canon RF, and DJI DL bayonet mounts.
Now, Sirui has expanded the anamorphic drone lens’s compatibility to include Fujifilm X and L-mount mirrorless cameras, catering to a wider range of photography enthusiasts.
Featuring a 58mm front filter thread, the lens offers manual control over the iris and focus, equipped with industry-standard 0.8 mod gears. The focus ring generously provides a 120° stroke, allowing precise adjustments. When it comes to close-up shots, the lens achieves a minimum focusing distance of 0.9 meters.
With a complex arrangement of 18 elements distributed across 13 groups, a ten-blade aperture, and an aperture range from T2.9 to T16, the Sirui Saturn 35mm T2.9 1.6x anamorphic cine lens guarantees exceptional optical performance. The lens’s anamorphic aspect ratio of 1.6x ensures consistent compression, maintaining the same object size regardless of the focus setting.
The anamorphic ratio of 1.6x corresponds to a 2.4:1 aspect ratio on a 3:2 sensor and a 2.8:1 aspect ratio on a 16:9 sensor. Notably, Sirui offers two variants of this lens: one featuring striking blue highlights and another with “normal” highlights, devoid of any color overtones.
Thanks to the clever integration of carbon fiber elements, the Sirui 35mm T2.9 1.6x anamorphic cinema lens weighs just 425 grams, providing a lightweight yet sturdy construction that professionals and enthusiasts can rely on.
Price and availability
If you wish to acquire the Sirui Saturn 35mm T2.9 1.6x anamorphic cinema lens for Fujifilm X and L-mount, it is readily available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. The lens is competitively priced at $1,299 and £1,299, respectively.
Sirui Saturn 35mm T2.9 1.6x specifications
- Focal Length: 35mm
- Aperture: T2.9-T16
- Lens Structure: 18 Elements in 13 Groups
- Aperture Blades: 10
- Support Frame: Full-Frame
- Shooting Distance: 3ft(0.9m)- ∞
- Filter-Specification: M58X 0.75
- Lens Type: Anamorphic
- Maximum Magnification: 1:22.87(V), 1:40.08(H)
- Optional Mounts: Fujifilm X / L-mount
- Weight: 390g~425g / 0.86~0.94lbs
In a separate announcement earlier this year, Venus Optics unveiled their latest offering, the Laowa Proteus 2x Anamorphic cinema lenses. These anamorphic optics encompass focal lengths of 35mm, 45mm, 60mm, and 85mm, all featuring an impressive T2 aperture. Specifically tailored for cameras with Super 35 optical format sensors, the lenses deliver unparalleled performance. The Laowa Proteus 2x Anamorphic cinema lenses are priced at $4,999, appealing to professionals seeking top-notch quality.