June 8, 2017

Sigma Adds Full-Frame Compatibility with New Cine Zoom

Sigma 24-35mm Cine Lens
Sigma has announced a new 24-35mm T2.2 FF Zoom Cine lens for high-resolution shooting. 

Sigma is known for being a cheaper alternative for filmmakers looking for beautiful optics in a lens. NFS contributor Charles Haine recently reviewed Sigma's High-Speed Zooms (18-35mm, 50-100mm T2), which were announced at IBC 2016 along with the new High-Speed Primes (currently ranging from 14mm to 135mm). Today, Sigma released a 24-35mm T2.2 FF Zoom as part of its Cine line.

The new full-frame lens is compatible with image sensors larger than Super 35, offering optical performance while shooting in 6K or 8K. The lens features nine diaphragm blades with a constant T2.2 aperture throughout the focal range, a long focus rotation of 180 degrees, and manual linear iris control. It also includes electronic mounts for camera metadata.

Sigma T2.2 24-35mm FF Zoom
Sigma T2.2 24-35mm FF Zoom

Both E and EF camera system mounts are supported and tout a dust-and-splash-proof design. The 95mm front diameter and 82mm filter size are the same as the High-Speed Zooms and Primes; clearly, Sigma is interested in making all of its accessories compatible. The company has also ensured all of the lenses in the lineup have the same standard color balance, full manual iris control, silent ring stoppers, smooth focus, and a full metal body.

The lens is expected to ship this month with a price tag of $4,999.

Tech Specs

  • Available in Canon, Sony Mount
  • 24-35mm focal range 
  • Constant T2.2 through focal range
  • 4K, 6K, and 8K capabilities
  • Compact size
  • 180º focus rotation
  • Manual linear iris control and electronic mounts for vital camera metadata

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3 Comments

Honest question: Why would I give up the sharpness and speed of a prime for such a small zoom range?

June 9, 2017 at 2:36PM

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Basically, if you think of the Sigma 24-35 as a zoom, it completely falls flat on its face due to the short range. Why wouldnt you have a 24-70?

Well, if you reframe the context, thats when it shines. If you think about it as a decently fast 24, 28, and 35 prime in a single body, thats when it starts to make sense.

And its dazzlingly sharp compared to basically every 24 to whatever zoom I've ever used. Not sure if the nature of the optical formulas necessary for the 24-70 range that make them so unimpressive, but every copy of Nikon and Canon 24-70 zooms Ive ever used have been sorely disappointing in sharpness and contrast compared to the primes I use most often.

I sold mine (stills version) because it didnt fit with my workflow and needs at the time, but especially for multicam jobs it seems to be a great candidate for a B cam imho. It for sure takes some mental bandwidth to get used to shooting within its strengths and understanding its limitations compared to the traditional zoom vs prime paradigm though.

June 13, 2017 at 4:45PM

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That does make sense, thank you.

July 4, 2017 at 10:53PM

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