NAB 2017: New Cinema Prime Lenses from Sigma


When Sigma first launched the “Global Vision” reworking of its photography-lens line, the company released several full-frame prime lenses that carried the “Art” label, denoting fast apertures and a high level of optical performance. These lenses are being remade inside cinema-ready housings, ready to use on professional productions as the FF (full-frame) High-Speed Prime lens line. Here at B&H, we are proud to carry these high-performance cinema lenses.

The first lenses in the FF High-Speed Prime line slated to be available will be the 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm focal lengths, all with bright T1.5 apertures, good for low-light cinematography and shallow-depth-of-field compositions. The still-photography variations of these lenses are known for their sharpness and lack of distortion and aberrations, optical qualities that will surely carry over to these cinema lenses. To reinforce the idea that they are ready for professional production, all the Sigma cine lenses feature similar focus and iris gear positions, 95mm front diameter, a built-in ¼"-20 support foot, and long zoom and iris gear rotations with precise witness marks.

Sigma 85mm T1.5 FF High Speed Prime

An important process in the development of these lenses is Sigma’s A1 MTF measurement system. Using a 46-megapixel Foveon sensor, Sigma can precisely analyze each lens’s performance before shipment, ensuring consistent quality across the lenses that leave the factory. This kind of high-resolution testing is important as sensor performance increases, enabling capture resolutions like 6K and 8K. Cinema lenses must be able to keep up, and Sigma’s A1 system is key for matching these lenses to current and future high-resolution sensors.

These lenses are going to be available soon, and with a reportedly competitive price, you’ll want to get a jump on ordering them. Check out the link below for updated pricing and availability information at the B&H SuperStore.