September 11, 2018
Gear

In Need of Full Frame Lenses? Sigma Adds Three New Focal Lengths To FF High Speed Cine Line

Sigma releases new FF High Speed Primes. Will new FF Zooms be next? 

In the wake of IBC 2018, a ton of new gear is being introduced and No Film School has your back covering all the latest information. Many filmmakers in our community are big fans of Sigma lenses and it comes as no surprise that the company continues to expand its cine lenses, introducing a 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF, and a 105mm T1.5 FF to its FF High Speed Primes

The new focal lengths accompany seven existing lenses that include a 14, 20, 24, 35, 50, 85, and 135mm— all at an impressive T1.5 (except the 14 and 135mm at T2). The FF High Speed Primes have a maximum Φ43.3 image circle covering the majority of RED, Sony, Canon, and ARRI cinema cameras and are capable of shooting 6-8K resolutions.

All 10 lenses feature similar specs, like a short 180° focus throw, a 95mm front diameter, 0.8m gear pitch, full manual iris and focus control, markings on both sides, silent ring stoppers, a 9 blade aperture, metal body, and a weather friendly design. They are color balanced throughout; what you'd expect in a cine line. Additionally, all are available in E, EF or PL mount and Sigma has announced that it's developing an LPL mount for ARRI's new large format ALEXA LF camera. 

With these latest additions, a 10 lens FF High Speed Prime lineup is quite outstanding. Its the same number of focal lengths you'll find in the Zeiss Supreme Primes or Zeiss CP.3s. There are only a few lines out there covering full frame that currently offer more focal lengths: the Cooke S7/i Full Frame Primes (12 from 16 - 135mm) and Arri's new Signature Primes (16 from 12 - 280mm). 

With that said, while it's likely Sigma will keep improving its FF High Speed Primes in terms of optical quality and characteristics, we doubt that they'll be introducing new focal lengths into the mix any time soon. Maybe a 16, 18, 65, 75mm, or possibly a 150 or 200mm in the future, but our best guess is that Sigma will introduce new FF Zoom lenses next. The only current option is a 24-35 T2.2. If Sigma is looking to keep pace with its competitors, we could see something around a 35-105mm soon. 

If you're in need of full frame lenses to tell your story, keep in mind there are a slew of cine options out there from Angeniuex, ARRI, Canon, Cooke, Leica, Panavision, Rokinon, Schneider, and Tokina to name a few. Always test as many as you can so that you can find the lenses that fit your narrative's visual grammar. 

28mm Tech Specs: 

  • Focal Length: 28mm
  • Aperture: T1.5 to T16
  • 9 rounded diaphragm blades
  • Close Focus: 0.30m / 1'
  • Image Coverage: FF Φ43.3
  • Front diameter: 95mm
  • Filter Size: 82mm
  • Focus Throw: 180° 
  • Mounts: E, EF, PL

40mm Tech Specs: 

  • Focal Length: 40mm
  • Aperture: T1.5 to T16
  • 9 rounded diaphragm blades
  • Close Focus: 0.40m / 1'4"
  • Image Coverage: FF Φ43.3
  • Front diameter: 95mm
  • Focus Throw: 180° 
  • Mounts: E, EF, PL

105 Tech Specs: 

  • Focal Length: 40mm
  • Aperture: T1.5 to T16
  • 9 rounded diaphragm blades
  • Close Focus: 1.00m / 3'4"
  • Image Coverage: FF Φ43.3
  • Front diameter: 95mm
  • Focus Throw: 180° 
  • Mounts: E, EF, PL
  • Filter Size: 82mm
  • Mounts: E, EF, PL

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