SIRUI Announces the Sniper f/1.2 Autofocus Prime Trio for APS-C Mirrorless Cameras

SIRUI is a relatively new lens manufacturer that has already offered the industry several novel optics. These include anamorphic sets, cine-macro lenses, and others, but they all had one thing in common until now: manual operation.

With a trio of classic focal length lenses featuring an extraordinarily fast f/1.2 aperture, the Sniper series changes that. The trio will be available in three color variations for the APS-C/Super35 format, including black carbon, white ceramic, and silver aluminum, and will mount to Sony E-Mount, FUJIFILM X-Mount, and Nikon Z-Mount. The set contains 23mm, 33mm, and 56mm options (35mm, 50mm, and 85mm equivalents on a full-frame system), all of which offer comparable performance, features, and form factors, with the only real difference being the focal lengths.

As previously stated, all Sniper lenses have the same basic structure. They do, however, differ in weight, with the 23mm weighing the least at 380g and the 56mm weighing the most at 422g. Weights also vary slightly between mounts.
The universal and small 58mm front filter thread is used by all lenses. Furthermore, they all employ 11 aperture blades to produce relatively circular bokeh at any aperture. On all three lenses, the focus throw (rotation angle) reaches a whopping 360°. This is great for fine focusing but may be too slow for general manual focus. Finally, all three lenses have a USB-C socket for future updates and are available in white, black, or silver with a carbon fiber accent.

The new lenses include quick and accurate autofocus system powered by an STM motor, which provides subject and eye autofocus tracking in both stills and video modes, even when shot wide open at f/1.2. Because the lenses are built so consistently, the general look of the photos should be identical across all of them, allowing for quick/easy swap-outs in gimbal setups without the need for time-consuming rebalancing and calibrations.

Sirui’s new Sniper Series lens set will be available on Indiegogo for $299 per lens or $849 for all three.

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