Sirui Sniper Lenses Gallery
November 27th, 2023
It is always interesting to see new lensmakers entering the market. My only previous Sirui review was actually of a tripod, not a lens, but Sirui has started to develop lenses. They started with cine (video) lenses (all manual – no autofocus or electronics), but today we will be examining their first autofocus lenses. This first batch of lenses is called the “Sniper” series, and it is starting with three APS-C specific lenses – a 23mm F1.2, 33mm F1.2, and 56mm F1.2 lens. These can be purchased individually for $349 USD each (though in the first month a 15% discount will drop the price to $299 USD per lens) or as a set for $999 USD that comes in a custom designed case. These lenses will be available in Fuji X-mount (reviewed here), Sony E-mount, and Nikon Z mount configurations, though in all mounts they are designed to cover the APS-C and not the full frame image circle. So are these first autofocus lenses worth considering? Find out by watching my video review below or reading the text review here.
Thanks to Sirui for sending me a set of review samples of the lenses. As always, this is a completely independent review. All opinions and conclusions are my own. I’m doing this review on a 40MP Fujifilm X-H2 camera.
I’m doing this review on Fuji X-mount today, as that is what Sirui had available to send me. In many ways this is jumping right into the fire, as there is no platform more optically demanding than the 40MP sensor on my Fujifilm X-H2. This is the equivalent of over 90MP on full frame, a resolution point that is currently 30+MP higher than what is even available on full frame. That creates an extremely demanding optical test that will push this new series to the limits. Are these Sniper lenses up to the challenge? We’ll explore that as a part of this series of reviews.
I’ve reviewed a few other series of lenses at these same focal lengths, as these correspond to the incredibly important focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm on full frame once you apply the 1.5x crop factor of the sensor. What’s different here is that rather than having a maximum aperture of F1.4, the Sniper series pushes the envelop to F1.2, which is about a half stop faster/brighter than F1.4. In my quick illustrative test, my X-H2 metered at 1/90th second at F1.2, but 1/60th of a second at F1.4 with the Sniper 23mm F1.2 mounted. That’s an obvious advantage for the F1.2 in two ways: 1) when shooting in low light conditions – that large aperture can suck in more light 2) the depth of field will shallower at F1.2 than F1.4, allowing for larger, softer bokeh highlights and a more blurred out background.
The Sniper series ambitiously will come in three different finish styles: a black/grey finish with carbon fiber accents (the lenses I’m testing come in this finish), a white finish, and a silver finish. All three options will be available for each of the three camera systems the lenses will come for.
We’ll explore the design more thoroughly in the next section, but I want to congratulate Sirui on forging their own design philosophy. These lenses don’t really look like anything else I’ve tested, but the design works and the lenses in person look quite premium. So, does bright F1.2 autofocusing lenses for a reasonable price sound interesting? We’ll explore that in this series of reviews. Here’s a quick link to the individual reviews of each lens:
- Sirui Sniper 23mm F1.2 Review
- Sirui Sniper 33mm F1.2 Review
- Sirui Sniper 56mm F1.2 Review
Images of the Sirui Sniper Series
Photos Taken with the Sirui Sniper Series
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