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Panasonic LUMIX BS1H and SIRUI 50mm T2.9 1.6x Lens Overview

SIRUI – the Chinese language producer of tripods, gimbals, and lenses appears to be very decided to as soon as once more revolutionize the market by introducing an reasonably priced 50mm T2.9 1.6x full-frame anamorphic lens in quite a lot of digital camera mounts (L/E/RF/Z). I took the lens for a brief spin and determined to mix it with a Panasonic LUMIX BS1H digital camera for a evaluation. Mixing merchandise is rarely too good for search engine optimization, however fascinating sufficient, it was a great probability to “catch” two birds in a single “hand”. In any case, this lens is the PERFECT match for such a Panasonic LUMIX digital camera because it provides the choice to shoot in 6K/24p and totally make the most of the three:2 sensor. This, in fact, may end up in an interesting 2.4:1 side ratio which contributes to the a lot desired “cinematic look”. So let’s dive proper into it. Right here is my Panasonic LUMIX BS1H and SIRUI 50mm T2.9 1.6x lens evaluation.

I’m a bit late to the full-frame anamorphic “get together” however please don’t mistake me or anybody from our wonderful CineD group for being lazy. It’s merely a “madhouse” right here masking so lots of the newly introduced merchandise. So, talking of, please take a more in-depth take a look at our latest Sony a7 IV review, and DJI Ronin 4D, Action 2 critiques. Consider me once I write that SO MUCH extra is about to come back… so keep tuned!

Vusa and Julie
Vusa and Juliet, taken from the timeline. Credit score: CineD

Acknowledgment – Vusa Mkhaya and Juliet Tschank

What’s a evaluation with out the chance to movie one thing participating? Due to our household good friend Juliet (who’s the actress within the above music clip), I met Vusa Mkhaya, a mild one who occurs to be a proficient singer and songwriter coming from Zimbabwe. He was sort sufficient to collaborate and assist me in executing this digital camera and lens evaluation. The above track “Naisiyai” is taken from his album “Umnyanyatha songs from the Soul of Zimbabwe”. If you wish to hear extra about Vusa, head to his website or YouTube channel.

Generally, my intention was to movie the clip in a single lengthy day with minimal tools and to make it private, so from the get-go, I dominated out utilizing a gimble and observe focus. The consequence of my choice was a extra static clip, however I believe taking the track’s tempo under consideration, it could actually make sense. So the underside line is, I ended up utilizing my prime evaluation tools (LUMIX BS1H and SIRUI 50mm full-frame anamorphic lens), subsequent to a small slider (Smartta mini), a few lights from Godox and Cineroid (my present favorites), and my “secret weapon” for defusing the picture a bit, the Freewell Vari Mist ND.

Panasonic BS1H and SIRUI 50mm lens rig
Panasonic BS1H and SIRUI 50mm anamorphic lens. Picture credit score: CineD

LUMIX BS1H and SIRUI Anamorphic Lens – “the combo”

The “Pana-RUI” has been sitting on my desk for fairly a while now, and at first, the mix appeared excellent, however I’ll allow you to be the choose of that.

Anamorphic filming at the plan of your hand
Anamorphic filming on the palm of your hand. Picture credit score: CineD

Panasonic LUMIX BS1H

This new tiny versatile “box-type” LUMIX digital camera has been introduced originally of October and prompted a little bit of a stir. our backend statistics, the information that we shared that includes the brand new digital camera proved to be common content material and that is no coincidence. Field cameras, generally, have gotten engaging for a lot of, and in all honesty, I can and I can’t perceive why on the identical time…

Z CAM, Panasonic with their earlier m4/3 box-type digital camera mannequin, and even RED, all have their very own very small and succesful cameras and the one factor they’ve in frequent is their “field fashion” housing. Every digital camera is directed to a distinct kind of viewers and naturally, their loyal followers. When fascinated by it, the Panasonic LUMIX BS1H may need the prospect to be the Swiss military knife of their class, as it could actually merely attraction to a wider crowd, be it for rental homes, drone operators, reside occasions organizers, filmmakers, content material creators, and extra. Having massive selectable resolutions/body charges choices, full-frame sensor utilization, and even internal “anamorphic de-squeeze mode” makes this digital camera a really fascinating (and reasonably priced) filming machine. (The present closest de-squeeze mode is 1.5x. Not a biggie with the SIRUI 1.6x lens, but not 100% correct).

1.5x in-camera de-squeeze
1.5x in-camera de-squeeze mode as a substitute of 1.6x Picture credit score: CineD

A missed oppertunity?

So what Panasonic did right here was “merely” to strip their flagship mirrorless digital camera the LUMIX S1H and home its inside in another way. For individuals who are usually not snug with showing on a set along with a mirrorless digital camera, this in fact could be the proper resolution. However for others, like myself who couldn’t care much less about “what folks will say”, this digital camera is a little bit of a step again. I have to be fully clear right here: for SO MANY usages this box-type digital camera is the proper resolution (“streaming” is the brand new buzzword), however when using it in my slender documentary filmmaking world, it’s certainly a step again. Let me clarify: with its sibling LUMIX S1H mirrorless digital camera one will get a built-in EVF and extra importantly, IBIS (In Physique Picture Stabilizer). Oh, and sure, it’s a picture digital camera as nicely… Positive it’s good to see that Panasonic took these lacking parts under consideration when calculating the worth in favor of the BS1H, but in my eyes, that is nonetheless a little bit of a missed alternative.

I do know that many creators from our neighborhood consider {that a} digital camera ought to encompass a robust “mind” solely and the remaining needs to be compensated by including exterior parts “à la movie digital camera”. This could be true if the producer is concentrating on a particular kind of person, however with such a digital camera, the BS1H might have accomplished MUCH higher if it had a “deal-breaker” ingredient in-built it. Why did the IBIS disappear? Why is there no inside ND filter? No clue. (Perhaps digital camera physique dimension limitation?). All I’m saying is, {that a} higher quantity of creators would have thought of shopping for this digital camera over the competitors if it had no less than certainly one of these parts.

Utilizing the 3:2 sensor
Using the three:2 sensor for full-frame anamorphic filming. Picture credit score. CineD

Moreover, using the three:2 sensor for anamorphic filming is nice, however keep in mind that this may be accomplished at a decrease bit charge (200Mbps), inferior colour area (4:2:0), and extra compressed codec (Lengthy GOP).

The opposite factor is “noise discount”. Panasonic is thought for striving to offer its customers the BEST potential image high quality, however the query is in fact, “what can we contemplate the perfect”. It appears that evidently in Panasonic’s eyes, greatest is the same as “the cleanest potential picture” whereas for others, “greatest” is could also be extra about “image id”. Understanding I’m on the fringe of digging myself right into a gap right here, I’ll attempt to elaborate additional:

There are MANY methods to attain that particular “fascinating look”, be it with lights, lenses, and such, however basically, we begin with the digital camera and the image it produces. In our case, Panasonic is making use of the noise discount algorithm to something that the digital camera information internally. This “smoothes” the image and makes it lovely for some, however the result’s someway a “sterile” image. Really, I might love to match it to LEICA’s SL/SL2 cameras. These corporations are collaborating tightly, however in LEICA’s case, NO NR is being utilized whereas recording internally. (That is true for the LEICA SL, SL2 and I’m questioning myself regarding the SL2s. Extra on that in a separate evaluation). However again to the NR subject, the variations in “image id” are staggering. The LEICA seems to be extra “organic” nearly “out of the field”.

LUMIX BS1H flat buttons
LUMIX BS1H flat buttons. Picture credit score: CineD.

The digital camera physique

I might have summarized it in a sentence and write it’s tiny…however in all seriousness, it’s wonderful what Panasonic was in a position to create right here by way of options and dimension. (Kudos to all different corporations from our trade who’re in a position to squeeze a lot into such restricted areas, too). One factor that I can undoubtedly spotlight on the unfavorable facet is the “working buttons” discovered on this digital camera. Most if not all are merely “too flat” making it exhausting to tell apart between the digital camera physique itself and the buttons. I needed to continually search for buttons whereas filming and make it possible for I used to be urgent the precise button. Apart from that, I had no main considerations as my expectations from such a box-style physique have been fulfilled.

Pansonic LUMIX BS1H – conclusion

The brand new LUMIX BS1H digital camera will definitely attraction to many because it has a number of personalities and prolonged utilization situations. I really like the shape issue and when mixed with a pleasant light-weight rig it’s a no-brainer to maneuver round. Talking of “transferring round”, Not having an IBIS was limiting for me. In reality, placing the brand new SIRUI anamorphic lens “cried” for teaming it up with a handheld digital camera (particularly when filming a music clip), however by placing it on the workplace LUMIX S1 I might have missed the chance to check the brand new BS1H.

So all in all, the digital camera is sweet and the worth is truthful too. The query is, might Panasonic take that box-style machine a step additional? And the way far can firmware updates truly help the way forward for this digital camera? In any case, its mirrorless sibling the S1H was launched to the market on the finish of September 2019 which is a “lifetime” in the past within the present digital camera manufacturing circle.

SIRUI 50mm, T2.9
SIRUI 50mm, T2.9, 1.6x Squeeze, Full-Body Anamorphic Lens. Picture credit score: CineD

SIRUI 50mm, T2.9, 1.6x Squeeze, Full-Body Anamorphic lens

Lesson primary on the Filming College of Life has taught me {that a} digital camera and not using a lens is a brick. Wish to fulfill your inventive concepts? Higher connect a lens to it…

So, earlier than leaping in and speaking concerning the new lens, I’d prefer to say a phrase about SIRUI: Personally, I’m fascinated to see how a lot progress this firm made in a comparatively brief time. Based on SIRUI, their earlier 1.33x anamorphic lens Indiegogo marketing campaign delivered to the corporate 5.8 million {dollars}! And now, their introduced plan to develop their household of full-frame anamorphic lenses even additional will guarantee extra publicity and a stronger trade footprint. (Future lenses will encompass 75mm, 35mm, and 100mm lenses, deliberate to come back out throughout 2021).

Now, the corporate was sort sufficient to ship me a lens (I requested for an L-Mount for apparent causes). Their new 50mm full-frame anamorphic lens is in some ways, a “state-of-the-art” product. In reality, there are only a few corporations which are in a position to do what SIRUI is doing, producing an reasonably priced full-frame anamorphic lens(es). In my latest journey to Japan, I’ve tried to know “why Japanese lens producers are NOT following (and even main) the “anamorphic on the funds” development, and I got here up with a conclusion that the cultural hole is the impediment right here. Producing one thing is an artwork, and a Japanese producer is not going to accept a chunk of drugs until satisfied that it’s merely excellent. The Chinese language however will attempt to do their greatest however in the long run merely “go for it” and see how the market responds. There isn’t any “proper or improper” with both angle, it’s simply that in actuality, a really restricted variety of producers are producing on-the-budget anamorphic lenses for mirrorless cameras, and SIRUI is one maker out of the 2 I do know. (Great Joy is the opposite).

1/4'' screw hole
1/4” screw gap on the backside for extra help. Picture credit score: CineD

SIRUI 50mm Anamorphic – what I preferred

Construct high quality: Merely put, it seems to be like a really sturdy lens. Geared aperture and focus rings are very clean to make use of (Focus rotation is simply 143.6° so very straightforward to make use of as a “one-man-band”).

Dimension: The lens generally could be very compact (140-143mm) and comparatively light-weight if in comparison with different lenses in its group. (1030g-1073g relying on the lens mount kind you select). You probably have considerations relating to the power of your digital camera lens mount, you may at all times connect it by way of the prevailing 1/4” screw gap on the backside. The entrance 82mm diameter permits straightforward mounting of filters that one already owns from earlier purchases.

Optical high quality: Additionally it is price mentioning that chromatic aberration is managed nicely!

Value / Efficiency: For round 1500 USD one grants him/herself an “on the funds” anamorphic lens with the likelihood to de-squeeze the picture to 2 totally different side ratios (2.4:1, 2.8:1) relying on the digital camera and recording format used.

Uneven flares
Uneven flares. Picture credit score: CineD

What I wish to see improved

Visible high quality: To my style, this lens is just too sharp, or ought to I write, too clear. For a lot of, it could be a great factor however for me, it appears as there isn’t any “saying” within the picture. (Lack of caricaturist).

Flares: These are a bit tough. At occasions they appear lovely after which, they’re distributed throughout the picture as somebody “simply threw them there”. In fact, it’s a matter of lighting too, however the lens doesn’t assist right here both.

Picture distortion: Distortion is noticeable when filming at minimal focus (0.75m) and as much as round 1 meter away. Be ready to see objects or folks fuller than in actuality.

Focus respiratory: That is well-controlled however actually there!

Lowlight efficiency: At T2.9 most aperture, most trendy cameras gained’t have a problem when setting the ISO excessive for lowlight recording, however I felt that T2.9 is a bit “on the border” for on-the-go documentary work.

Julie's face
Julie’s face is extra rounded at a 1-meter distance. Picture credit score: CineD
Julie's face
Julie’s face is slimmer when additional away. Picture credit score: CineD

SIRUI 50mm Anamorphic lens – conclusion

All in all, SIRUI did a great job right here, however don’t count on your footage to look phenomenal. The squeeze issue continues to be not sturdy sufficient and I encourage SIRUI to hunt an intermediate resolution to reinforce it. Since all their upcoming full-frame lenses may have the identical 82mm diameter, perhaps creating an optical attachment that may “enhance” the squeeze issue to 1.8x and even 2.0x is doable. For sure that transferring that attachment between lenses needs to be pretty straightforward as all lenses’ entrance diameter is similar. Can it be accomplished technically, in addition to optically? I don’t know however Great Joy did it earlier than.

So to conclude, this entry-level anamorphic lens is actually good to have so long as you might be conscious of its’ limitations.
If you’re on this lens, you may take a look at their IndieGoGo campaign for no less than the following couple of days.

LUMIX BS1H and SIRUI 50mm anamorphic lens
LUMIX BS1H and SIRUI 50mm anamorphic lens. Picture credit score: CineD

LUMIX BS1H and SIRUI 50mm Anamorphic Lens Combo – conclusion

After working with each, LUMIX BS1H and connected to it the SIRUI 50mm lens, I got here to the conclusion that each merchandise are good to work with however mixed you would possibly face getting a really clear picture. Perhaps too clear for my style. Keep in mind this when utilizing different cameras from the LUMIX line just like the S1H and S1. Each are great cameras that provide the chance to make the most of the three:2 sensor however sadly with restricted/no management on noise discount too. Regarding the SIRUI lens, it’s a nice entry-level to the world of anamorphic filming. The benefit of use is incredible, the dimensions and weight are excellent additionally for handheld filming and the worth is correct. Hopefully, future lens generations would emphasize the “natural anamorphic look” with higher squeeze components and extra managed flares.

From the timeline before grading
From the timeline earlier than grading. Picture credit score: CineD
Grading with
Grading with Picture credit score: CineD

Manufacturing notes

  • I used the aspect ratio calculator made by our good friend Tito Ferradans in an effort to create the fitting dimensions for the timeline.
  • For creating my very own authentic LUTs, I used, a really revolutionary easy-to-use cloud-based colour grading resolution. Count on to listen to extra about this quickly.
  • By out this take a look at, I attempted holding one of many LUMIX BS1H’s twin native ISO settings turned on in an effort to permit greatest DR and cleanest picture potential (640 / 4000 in V-Log).

The brand new SIRUI full-frame anamorphic lens is already transport. What’s your expertise working with it? Each LUMIX S1H and RED Komodo cameras can make the most of filming in 3:2 portion of the sensor. At what side ratio do you favor filming, 2.4:1 or 2.8:1? Please share your thought within the remark part beneath.

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