Budget-conscious filmmakers looking for an anamorphic lens will finally be able to stop cropping the top and bottom of their movie frames next month when the Sirui 50mm F1.8 1.33x anamorphic lens will begin shipping through distributors outside of the initial Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns. The company has already shipped to many of its backers, but the Coronavirus has created delays that have set the general release back to April.

The lens, which enables 2.4:1 aspect ratio shooting, is available in mounts for Sony-E, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds, and will retail for around $700 / £660. Designed to cover APS-C sized sensors the lens offers a field of view that equates to a 37.5mm lens, according to Sirui, as the optics increase the horizontal angle of coverage by 33%.

The compact lens is only 106.6mm (4.2in) long and has a maximum diameter of 69.2mm (2.72in), while weighing 560g (1.23lbs). It has a 10-bladed iris with openings covering F1.8-16 and the closest focus distance is 0.85m (33.5in).

For more information see the Sirui website