Budget-Friendly with a Vintage Look: Meet Sigma's New Cine Art Primes

SIgma's New FF Classic Cine Lens Line
Credit: SIGMA
These full-frame classic art primes pave the way for an affordable 8K option.

Prime lenses can be pricey, but SIGMA has managed to put together an impressive array of affordable, yet high performing lenses that make for a viable alternative. And this year, on the eve of IBC, is no different. The lens company has announced a new line of Classic, high-speed Cinema Prime Lenses, which are designed to take full advantage of large format and full-frame image sensors. And they look NICE.

The lens lineup includes ten lenses and include:

  • 14mm T3.2
  • 20mm T2.5
  • 24mm T2.5
  • 28mm T2.5
  • 35mm T2.5
  • 40mm T.2.5
  • 50mm T2.5
  • 85mm T2.5
  • 105mm T2.5
  • 135mm T3.2

Tech Specs

  • PL mount (Cooke /i Technology compatible)
  • Image circle diameter: FF 43.3mm
  • Illumination circle diameter: over 46.3mm 
  • Focus ring: Marked in feet/meters 
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (circular aperture) 
  • Luminous option for focus ring/iris ring markings 

The central feature of the FF Classic line is the newly developed lens coatings on their glass elements, along with durable lens coating in the front and rear to guard against scratches and other damage as time goes on. SIGMA has also incorporated Cooke's communication protocol "/i Technology" which will translate more metadata that can be used in post-production for more efficient workflows, including visual effects, which require more shooting data to process.

The lenses are being released with PL mounts, but SIGMA has also developed a PL-L mount converter. This makes them ideal for shooting with Panasonic's S1H Full Frame mirrorless camera. Though, as a founding member of the L Mount Alliance, I wonder if there are plans to create an L Mount centric set later on down the road.

Credit: SIGMA

As stated in their press release prototypes of the FF Classic Prime Lens line were field-tested by cinematographers during principal photography on Paramount's upcoming aviation blockbuster TOP GUN: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise, and we may have already seen some of that footage in the trailer below:

This short film shot by TImur Civan and directed by Bhavani Lee also shows you what kinds of images these lenses are capable of capturing. Check it out below:

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The lenses will be available by the end of 2019 in a ten prime lens set. Price is TBD. SIGMA is also considering giving existing SIGMA PL mount lens customers a conversion path to make their existing lenses /i Technology-compatible.

If you're at IBC, you can see the entire lens lineup at their booth     

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Budget-friendly? I thought that these lenses could not be sold separately and you had to purchase the WHOLE set (10 lenses) and could not buy the one you need. Now sure, the whole set is apparently cheaper than other brands (if you purchase in bulk), but still, It would have been really budget-friendly if you could only buy the one you want, no? Granted you can still rent them and then it will all make sense...

September 12, 2019 at 5:27PM

You voted '-1'.

They only made 30 sets of classics. VERY limited run. In fact i'm amazed they only cost 20% more. 20 sets in the US, and 10 for the rest of the world. Thats why they aren't available ala carte.

February 19, 2020 at 11:22AM, Edited February 19, 11:22AM

Timur Civan
Director of Photography

Price TBD + Must buy entire set = Budget Friendly ! -.-

September 12, 2019 at 5:57PM


Yeah, only sold in the set. Hopefully some day they'll make them available separately, or make a Classic Cine Zoom 18-35 & 50-100

September 12, 2019 at 9:18PM

Zachary Lewis

Title: "budget-friendly"
Text: "Price is TBD."

Makes no sense at all.

September 13, 2019 at 5:59AM

Steadicam Operator/Owner

I am curious how many scenes the Sigma Classics were actually used in Maverick? I am guessing maybe the 14mm, but it would be nice to know. Watching the TImur Civan dance film doesn't make me want to use Sigma Classics. To be honest I don't find the lens flare that appealing and reminds me of the Russian Elite spherical primes. I look forward to testing them for myself.

September 13, 2019 at 11:43AM

Richard Metzker
Operations Manager

They were the main set for the film. Some of the cockpit stuff was with a modified Voightlander 15mm to fit on the Rialto, as its was the smallest decent lens they could find. Other than that, its was 90%+ Sigma Cine.

February 19, 2020 at 11:21AM

Timur Civan
Director of Photography

I used to knock Sigma but now I'm kind of into them.

September 14, 2019 at 12:36PM