September 7, 2016
IBC 2016

Sigma Announces New Cine Lens Series, Complete with High Speed Zooms and Primes

Sigma High Speed Zoom
Sigma, long a leader in mass still photo lens manufacturing, announces their first dedicated cine line of both zoom and prime lenses.

Sigma prides themselves at being the largest independent manufacturer of photographic lenses in the world, but they've never before had a cine-specific offering. That all changed with the announcement that they are releasing Sigma Cine Lenses, starting with a high speed zoom line to be released this fall, followed in the spring by a set of prime lenses.

Sigma starts the party with the "High Speed Zoom" range with two lenses featuring a constant T2 aperture on both the wide angle 18-35mm and the telephoto 50-100mm. A consistent wide aperture matters to a cine shooter, who generally will want the option to shoot the entire scene at a given F-stop, and it's nice to see that the lenses maintain T2 all the way to 100mm, which is getting into the length range where even prime lenses sometimes give up half a stop at the wide end of the aperture. The wide zoom has a close focus of 11", with the long zoom having a close focus of 3' 2", impressive for a 100mm zoom, which should be good for a nice close-up.

Sigma FF Zooms Speed Sheet Credit: Sigma

Sigma claims that the resolving power is high enough to be compatible with 6K and even 8K imagers, but the first two lenses out of the gate are only able to cover a Super 35mm imager (28.4), which limits it to 5K with the current generation Dragon sensor from RED. Right now, RED remains the most cost-effective method for getting to resolutions beyond 4K; when more Helium sensors are on the street giving 8K Super 35 capture we will have a platform to test these lenses to their fullest and see if their image resolving powers are really up to the marketing hype. The High Speed range is available in PL, EF and E mount.

Sigma FF Primes
Sigma FF PrimesCredit: Sigma

Sigma does have FF coverage lenses coming with the FF Zoom, a 24-35mm T2.2 hitting the street after the high speed zooms, but it's not available in PL, only in EF and E mount. This will be followed by a FF prime range, the 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm, all of which open to T1.5. These will initially be EF and E mount only, but there is a PL release planned, and it appears that the goal is for the PL mount to cover full frame as well. They are the FF glass, after all.

Sigma FF Prime Spec Sheet
Sigma FF Primes Speed SheetCredit: Sigma

Pricing hasn't been announced, but is likely to be aggressive. Sigma has been long known for a great price to performance ratio in the still lens space, and they are coming into a market that is already somewhat full (Samyang and Schneider of course, but also lower end offerings from Cooke with the Mini S4s and Zeiss with their CP.2 line), so it's a good bet that they will at least partially be competing heavily on price. If you were thinking of buying new cine glass sometime this fall, I think these lenses are definitely worth testing.

Tech Specs (High Speed Zooms):

  • T2 consistent aperture
  • Super 35 image coverage
  • 95mm front diameter
  • 82mm filter size
  • 6-8k resolving power
  • PL, EF and E-mount

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Exciting. Any word on if they're parfocal?

September 7, 2016 at 3:08AM, Edited September 7, 3:08AM

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As its a cine-lens, they better be! Although that t2 18-35 might just be their f1.8 18-35 rehoused. I dont think that one was parfocal.

September 7, 2016 at 3:16AM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Owner of Cropped Media Videoproductions Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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I have the GL Optics reshouse version of the lens, and they've been able to make it parafocal. Interchangeable mounts as well. It's my go to lens and matches with my Zeiss CP.2 lenses. I hope these are better or have the same features as the rehouse.

September 7, 2016 at 1:34PM

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Thomas Koch
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Found an interview about the lens. They say it's 'near' parfocal, but not 100% parfocal. What this means in real life for say...zip-zooms...We'll have to wait and see i guess.
https://vimeo.com/182048909

September 9, 2016 at 4:11PM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Owner of Cropped Media Videoproductions Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Looks like I might move to Cine-primes sooner than i thought!

September 7, 2016 at 3:25AM

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Adrian Maurud
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This is a long-overdue move from Sigma. Hopefully the prices are good.

This statement is bunk: "they are coming into a market that is already somewhat full (Samyang and Schneider of course"

Samyang/Rokinon are JUNK. It's sad to see so many people fooling themselves and degrading their productions with this garbage. Yes, we'd all like to believe that a $500 cine lens can be decent. But those aren't.

If Sigma can produce good quality at even double that price, we all win.

September 9, 2016 at 11:46PM

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David Gurney
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All of these lenses are stills lenses that already exist...except the 85. I suppose this is confirmation that we'll be seeing an 85 1.4 stills lens fairly soon to complete that art series?

September 7, 2016 at 4:17AM

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Seems like there's a good chance these are just the stills zooms that they already have but rehoused as cine glass--any official word on that?? I really hope they're improved because even the stills zooms are incredible for the price, just not parfocal or geared etc.

September 7, 2016 at 5:18AM

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Even if they only adjust the case - with teeth and the right ammount of throw, and some added rigidity from a metal case i'd buy at least one. Such a fan of the sigma 18-35, so a rehoused one is fine by me! (of course, parfocalness would be a great addition)

September 7, 2016 at 5:38AM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Owner of Cropped Media Videoproductions Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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The 50-100 is parfocal. Theres a video up on my vimeo showing that if you want to check that out.

September 7, 2016 at 12:24PM

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Charles C.
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No words on the price?

September 7, 2016 at 5:36AM

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AvdS
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First price from IBC is $5000 :-(

September 14, 2016 at 9:56AM

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Jerry
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My guesses:

1) These are their still lenses with better coatings and tighter quality control (no change in optical formula, except for 85mm, since the 85mm Art isn't out yet).
2) We all hope they're around 2000$, but they will be closer to 3000$.

September 7, 2016 at 8:31AM

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The highly specific witness marks on the lens barrels strongly suggest that the 18-35 will be parfocal. Over at the Duclos website (https://thecinelens.com), they make a point of quoting the Sigma CEO's "100 + 100" statement. 100% same optics. 100% different mechanics (materials and components). It is very easy to imagine that with a 100% different mechanical design, they can cause the optics to be parfocal when zooming.

September 7, 2016 at 8:52AM

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My understanding as well is that they will be parfocal but the same glass, just mechanically redesigned to maintain focus throughout the zoom range. Which explains why they are both a little larger and heavier than their still equivalents.

September 7, 2016 at 9:50AM, Edited September 7, 9:50AM

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Charles Haine
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Called this a couple of years ago when their 18-35 came out. I use both the 18-35 and 50-100 on a Red Epic right now no vignetting issues that I've noticed. Excited about seeing this on some sets in the near future!

September 7, 2016 at 12:19PM, Edited September 7, 12:22PM

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Charles C.
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My 18-35 vignettes in 6k on the epic Dragon. Less noticeable at 20mm.

September 7, 2016 at 1:36PM

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Thomas Koch
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The 18-35 has always been just about perfect for cinema. New mechanics will make it incredible. As a set, with the 50-100, this is a really convenient and exciting package. While the 18-35 still lens doesn't breathe much at all, I understand the 50-100 can steam up the windows like a couple of teenagers at a drive in theater. Really heavy breathing. Will new mechanics fix this with the same optical design?

If they price these even moderately aggressively, they'll be a great value. I think T2 is plenty fast. A set of the alternative Xeens covering the same range would sell for $12,500--maybe a little less with a package discount. I've got to believe these will be less than that.

September 7, 2016 at 1:03PM, Edited September 7, 1:03PM

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Robert Jacobs
Proprietor, producer, director, cinematographer
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Sigma told me about 8 months ago that they have no plans to make cine lenses! I asked because I was deciding whether or not to buy the Art series or hold out. 5 art lenses later and now this announcement. I hate it, but love it at the same time.

September 7, 2016 at 1:14PM

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OH SHI-

September 7, 2016 at 1:24PM

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Neil Angelo Morgia Briones
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I hope they eventually do the 24-105

September 7, 2016 at 2:27PM, Edited September 7, 2:27PM

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Zachary Will
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Fantastic!

I hope the pricing structure is reasonable.

Sigma's Promo video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNDsd23KjTU

Lots of info at Sigma's web site:
http://www.sigma-global.com/en/cine-lenses/

September 8, 2016 at 12:26PM, Edited September 8, 12:26PM

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Ron Marvin
Director of Photography
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If they cost as much as the XEEN's, then we have a winner. If more, well.... I think renting better glass is still the best option.

September 8, 2016 at 2:47PM

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Found more info here, and it appears the optical characteristics will be much the same as the still glass with regards to being parfocal and similar breathing:

https://vimeo.com/182048909

http://www.newsshooter.com/2016/09/09/ibc-2016-hands-on-with-the-new-sig...

September 9, 2016 at 8:42PM

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Ron Marvin
Director of Photography
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They put out a nice image.... but there was quite a bit of breathing when I was playing with them.

September 14, 2016 at 4:21PM

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Walter Wallace
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