The Classic Primes range will put the flare (and hopefully the flair) back into your filmmaking
Sigma has announced pricing for the two new lines in its range of FF High Speed Prime cine lenses. Its new Classic Primes will only be available as complete set of ten lenses, but its Cine I/Tech lenses will be offered individually.
These are a world away from the affordable camera lenses Sigma makes for stills cameras. Sigma’s cine lenses are aimed at a much more advanced (and affluent, we hope) cinematography audience using the best cinema cameras rather than regular 4K cameras or a vlogging audience.
New Classic Primes roll back the clock
Sigma’s new Classic Primes join the existing FF High Speed Prime line, but ditch the existing lenses’ high-tech, high-contrast lens coatings for designs with fewer coatings, less contrast and more flare. Stills photographers might like biting sharpness and ultra contrast, but filmmaking is more about atmosphere, and Sigma is going for “unrivaled expression” with these lenses.
hese Classic Primes share the same specs, bokeh and underlying resolution as the existing lenses, and they also have a special coating on the front are rear elements to maintain durability. These lenses are also compatible with the Cooke “/I Technology” communication protocol, which allows lens data to be passed back to the camera for use in VFX (visual effects) editing later.
They come in PL mount only (the Arri PL is not used in the stills photography market but is a widely used standard in cinematography), and in ten different focal lengths:
• 14mm T3.2 FF
• 20mm T2.5 FF
• 24mm T2.5 FF
• 28mm T2.5 FF
• 35mm T2.5 FF
• 40mm T2.5 FF
• 50mm T2.5 FF
• 85mm T2.5 FF
• 105mm T2.5 FF
• 135mm T3.2 FF
These are all full frame lenses, but they can of course be used on Super35mm and APS-C cameras too.
But get ready with your wallet. These lenses will not be sold individually, but only as a full set of ten lenses, which will cost you $43,999/£34,582.50. Imperial versions will be available in December 2019, but metric versions won’t arrive until spring 2020.
New Cine i/Tech Lenses too
Sigma has also announced a series of i Technology lenses with lens-camera communication, and these will be available individually. (The company is also considering a service for modifying existing lenses for use with this standard.)
These Cine i/Tech Lenses are designed for image quality and compactness. They’re also very fast. They include:
• 20mm T1.5 FF
• 24mm T1.5 FF
• 28mm T1.5 FF
• 35mm T1.5 FF
• 40mm T1.5 FF
• 50mm T1.5 FF
• 85mm T1.5 FF
•14mm T2 FF
• 105mm T1.5 FF
• 135mm T2 FF
These will be available from January 2020