Sigma demonstrated for the first time to the public in the United States, during PhotoPlus Expo, the Sigma Cine family of products, designed for 6 and 8K cinema production.
The new family starts at a fast pace, one could say, with two lenses Cine High Speed Zoom 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2. These lenses offer a constant aperture of T2 throughout the zoom range, and, adds Sigma, “their outstanding optical performance makes them fully ready for high-resolution shooting in 6K-8K. While offering the highest image quality in their class, these zoom lenses are compact and offer amazing value.”
The High Speed Zoom is designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts and Sigma indicates that these lenses and in fact the whole family has been tested for compatibility with each brand of cinema cameras. The family of Cine lenses includes two other segments, the Cine FF Zoom Line and the Cine FF High Speed Prime Line. The whole family was presented to the attendees of the 2016 PhotoPlus Expo, held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City this October.
The Cine FF Zoom Line includes only one lens now, the 24-35mm T2.2 FF. Compatible with a full-frame image sensor, the FF Zoom’s outstanding optical performance also supports 6K-8K shooting. Because so few lenses cater to the requirements of the latest digital cinema cameras’ image sensors, this line provides a rare option for cinematographers, says Sigma. The FF Zoom is designed for E and EF camera system mounts.
The top of Sigma’s offer is represented by the Cine High Speed Prime lineup, which includes a whole series of lenses, offering extended coverage and multiple creative options. The line includes 20mm T1.5 FF, 24mm T1.5 FF, 35mm T1.5 FF, 50mm T1.5 FF and 85mm T1.5 FF. Highly compact and compatible with full-frame sensors, these lenses offer superior resolution. They bring a consistent level of light to the production, offering greater consistency to any film’s color, contrast and overall look before it enters post-production. The FF High Speed Prime line is designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.
With these lenses Sigma intends to extend to the Cinema industry the outstanding optical design of the company’s world-renowned Global Vision still photography lenses. The Sigma Global Vision, introduced in 2012, offers three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sport. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and Sigma, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. Now Sigma takes that experience to the moving pictures. Combined with the 100% new mechanical lens body design, the Cine lenses meet needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production with the core optical quality DNA that has defined the Sigma benchmark of imaging excellence.
Coming from Sigma it should not be a surprise, but it is always good to know that the Cine lenses are also covered by the Mount Conversion Service. Successfully implemented for their still photography camera lenses, this service allows users to convert their lenses to and from EF and E-mounts (charges apply). If the camera system changes, it is possible to simply convert the mount system to continue using the high-performance Sigma lenses.
Available lens mounts are the Canon EF mount, which is used on the majority of digital cinema cameras, and the Sony E-mount, which is used on the Sony FS series. All lenses in the lineup may also be used on still cameras with the compatible mount for outstanding DSLR movie shooting. It should be noted, though, that the 24-35mm T2.2 FF is not available in PL mount.
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