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

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 a wide range of digicam mounts (L/E/RF/Z). I took the lens for a brief spin and determined to mix it with a Panasonic LUMIX BS1H digicam for a evaluation. Mixing merchandise is rarely too good for search engine optimization, however fascinating sufficient, it was probability to “catch” two birds in a single “hand”. In spite of everything, this lens is the PERFECT match for such a Panasonic LUMIX digicam because it offers the choice to shoot in 6K/24p and totally make the most of the three:2 sensor. This, after all, can lead to an interesting 2.4:1 facet 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 “celebration” however please don’t mistake me or anybody from our superb CineD crew for being lazy. It’s merely a “madhouse” right here overlaying so most of the newly introduced merchandise. So, talking of, please take a more in-depth take a look at our current Sony a7 IV evaluation, and DJI Ronin 4D, Motion 2 evaluations. Consider me after I write that SO MUCH extra is about to return… 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? Because of our household pal Juliet (who’s the actress within the above music clip), I met Vusa Mkhaya, a mild one that occurs to be a proficient singer and songwriter coming from Zimbabwe. He was form sufficient to collaborate and assist me in executing this digicam and lens evaluation. The above tune “Naisiyai” is taken from his album “Umnyanyatha songs from the Soul of Zimbabwe”. If you wish to hear extra about Vusa, head to his web site or YouTube channel.

On the whole, 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 determination was a extra static clip, however I feel taking the tune’s tempo into consideration, it will possibly 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 digicam has been introduced at the start of October and triggered a little bit of a stir. Taking a look at our backend statistics, the info that we shared that includes the brand new digicam proved to be fashionable 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 digicam 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 digicam is directed to a unique kind of viewers and naturally, their loyal followers. When enthusiastic about it, the Panasonic LUMIX BS1H might need the possibility to be the Swiss military knife of their class, as it will possibly merely attraction to a wider crowd, be it for rental homes, drone operators, reside occasions organizers, filmmakers, content material creators, and extra. Having huge selectable resolutions/body charges choices, full-frame sensor utilization, and even interior “anamorphic de-squeeze mode” makes this digicam a really fascinating (and reasonably priced) filming system. (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 an alternative of 1.6x Picture credit score: CineD

A missed oppertunity?

So what Panasonic did right here was “merely” to strip their flagship mirrorless digicam the LUMIX S1H and home its inside otherwise. For many who are usually not comfy with showing on a set along with a mirrorless digicam, this after all is likely to be the right answer. However for others, like myself who couldn’t care much less about “what folks will say”, this digicam is a little bit of a step again. I have to be fully clear right here: for SO MANY usages this box-type digicam is the right answer (“streaming” is the brand new buzzword), however when using it in my slim documentary filmmaking world, it’s certainly a step again. Let me clarify: with its sibling LUMIX S1H mirrorless digicam one will get a built-in EVF and extra importantly, IBIS (In Physique Picture Stabilizer). Oh, and sure, it’s a photograph digicam as effectively… Certain it’s good to see that Panasonic took these lacking parts into 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 imagine {that a} digicam ought to encompass a robust “mind” solely and the remaining needs to be compensated by including exterior parts “à la movie digicam”. This is likely to be true if the producer is focusing on a particular kind of consumer, however with such a digicam, the BS1H might have achieved MUCH higher if it had a “deal-breaker” aspect inbuilt it. Why did the IBIS disappear? Why is there no inner ND filter? No clue. (Possibly digicam physique dimension limitation?). All I’m saying is, {that a} better quantity of creators would have thought of shopping for this digicam over the competitors if it had at the least one in every 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 achieved at a decrease bit fee (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 present its customers the BEST doable image high quality, however the query is after all, “what can we think about the very best”. Evidently in Panasonic’s eyes, finest is the same as “the cleanest doable picture” whereas for others, “finest” is could also be extra about “image identification”. Understanding I’m on the fringe of digging myself right into a gap right here, I’ll try 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 digicam and the image it produces. In our case, Panasonic is making use of the noise discount algorithm to something that the digicam data internally. This “smoothes” the image and makes it stunning for some, however the result’s in some way a “sterile” image. Truly, I might love to check 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 identification” are staggering. The LEICA seems extra “natural” virtually “out of the field”.

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

The digicam physique

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

Pansonic LUMIX BS1H – conclusion

The brand new LUMIX BS1H digicam will definitely attraction to many because it has a number of personalities and prolonged utilization situations. I actually like the shape issue and when mixed with a pleasant light-weight rig it’s a no-brainer to maneuver round. Talking of “shifting round”, Not having an IBIS was limiting for me. Actually, placing the brand new SIRUI anamorphic lens “cried” for teaming it up with a handheld digicam (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 digicam is sweet and the worth is honest too. The query is, might Panasonic take that box-style system a step additional? And the way far can firmware updates really assist the way forward for this digicam? In spite of everything, 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 digicam 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} digicam and not using a lens is a brick. Need to fulfill your inventive concepts? Higher connect a lens to it…

So, earlier than leaping in and speaking concerning the new lens, I’d wish to say a phrase about SIRUI: Personally, I’m fascinated to see how a lot progress this firm made in a comparatively quick time. In accordance with 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 return out throughout 2021).

Now, the corporate was form 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. Actually, there are only a few corporations which might be capable of do what SIRUI is doing, producing an reasonably priced full-frame anamorphic lens(es). In my current journey to Japan, I’ve tried to grasp “why Japanese lens producers are NOT following (and even main) the “anamorphic on the funds” pattern, 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 won’t accept a bit of substances until satisfied that it’s merely excellent. The Chinese language alternatively will try to do their finest however in the long run merely “go for it” and see how the market responds. There isn’t a “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. (Nice Pleasure is the opposite).

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

SIRUI 50mm Anamorphic – what I preferred

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

Dimension: The lens generally may 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). In case you have issues relating to the energy of your digicam lens mount, you may all the time 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: It’s also price mentioning that chromatic aberration is managed effectively!

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

Uneven flares
Uneven flares. Picture credit score: CineD

What I want to see improved

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

Flares: These are a bit difficult. At instances they give the impression of being stunning 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 respiration: That is well-controlled however actually there!

Lowlight efficiency: At T2.9 most aperture, most trendy cameras received’t have a difficulty 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 job right here, however don’t anticipate your footage to look phenomenal. The squeeze issue continues to be not robust sufficient and I encourage SIRUI to hunt an intermediate answer 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 shifting that attachment between lenses needs to be pretty straightforward as all lenses’ entrance diameter is identical. Can it be achieved technically, in addition to optically? I don’t know however Nice Pleasure 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 try their IndieGoGo marketing campaign for at the least 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 hooked up to it the SIRUI 50mm lens, I got here to the conclusion that each merchandise are good to work with however mixed you may face getting a really clear picture. Possibly 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 fantastic 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 implausible, 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 better 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 facet ratio calculator made by our pal Tito Ferradans in an effort to create the precise dimensions for the timeline.
  • For creating my very own unique LUTs, I used, a very revolutionary easy-to-use cloud-based colour grading answer. Anticipate to listen to extra about this quickly.
  • By means of out this check, I attempted retaining one of many LUMIX BS1H’s twin native ISO settings turned on in an effort to permit finest DR and cleanest picture doable (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 facet ratio do you like filming, 2.4:1 or 2.8:1? Please share your thought within the remark part under.

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