NAB 2018: NiSi Joins the Cinema World, with F3 Prime Lenses

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Better known for filters, NiSi dove headfirst into the cinema-lens world with the company’s announcement of the F3 prime lens series. Currently comprised of a 25mm T2.1, 35mm T2.0, 50mm T2.0, 75mm T2.0, and 100mm T2.0, this full-frame set is optimized for current-generation high-resolution sensors and, with 46.5mm of coverage, will work with all the latest and greatest camera systems, including the ARRI Alexa LF, Red Monstro VV, Canon C700 FF, Sony Venice, and plenty more. The lenses also offer a distinct style and look, with stylized flare and contrast, while a modern apochromatic design effectively eliminates chromatic aberrations.

NiSi has taken a unique approach to the F3’s optics by ensuring they provide a pleasing look without giving up the sharpness and aberration control that shooters today desire. Of course, the F3 lenses provide all the essential features cinema shooters have come to expect, including geared focus and aperture rings, identical physical sizes, matched color, markings on both sides, and more. And they feature a “sensed presence” technology, along with 12 aperture blades, that will produce soft, pleasing bokeh.

There is still a lot more info on the way for these lenses and they are expected to be coming soon. NiSi plans to make them available in PL, Canon EF, and Sony E mounts, all of which are interchangeable for switching systems later. Stay tuned here at B&H Explora for the latest news and updates.

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