Ronkonkoma, NY—Sigma Corporation of America announced pricing and availability for its new line of full-frame (FF) classic Art prime cine lenses. It also did so for its new cine Art prime PL-mount lenses that support Cooke Optics’ /i Technology communication protocol.
Available as a set of 10 lenses, the Sigma classic Art prime cine lenses will ship in early January 2020 for $43,999 from authorized dealers.
Moreover, the Sigma PL-mount /i Technology-compatible cine Art primes will launch in two waves. The Sigma Cine 20mm T1.5, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5 ship in late December 2019. The Sigma Cine 14mm T2, 28mm T1.5, 40mm T1.5, 105mm T1.5 and 135mm T2 will reach retail in late January 2020.
Pricing for Sigma PL-mount /i Technology-compatible cine Art primes is as follows: 14mm T2, 105mm T1.5 and 135mm T2: $5,499 each. The 20mm T1.5, 24mm T1.5, 28mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 40mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5 will retail for $3,899 each.
Sigma Full-Frame Classic Art Prime Cine Lenses
Sigma’s answer to the demand for a classic, cinematic look from a prime lens is its new full-frame classic Art prime line. Moreover, the lenses are compatible with 8K shooting with large-format sensors, while maintaining a compact design.
Based on the Sigma FF High Speed Prime line, these new cine lenses incorporate more non-coated optical elements “to achieve unrivaled expression while offering the highest resolving power in its class,” Sigma announced. In addition, they retain the high resolution capability of Sigma cine lenses and offer a combination of low contrast and artistic flare/ghost in the image. What’s more, as with all other lenses from the FF High Speed Prime line, they create bokeh effects.
The FF classic Art prime line also implements newly developed coatings on the glass elements. In addition, the lenses offer a consistent T value across the lineup (14mm and 135mm at T3.2 and the rest of the lenses at T2.5). This contributes to a more effective workflow in postproduction. Furthermore, they are compatible with the communication protocol of Cooke /i Technology. A special coating is implemented on the front and rear elements so that lens durability is ensured.
/i Technology-Compatible Sigma PL-Mount Lenses
Sigma’s new Art PL-mount prime lenses support Cooke Optics’ /i Technology communication protocol. The FF High Speed Prime lens line is optimized for large-format camera systems and 8K shooting. The new additions to the prime lineup comes with electronic contacts that support Cooke’s /i Technology communication protocol for Art prime PL-mount lenses.
Moreover, Sigma will offer a customization service to customers with existing PL-mount primes in the future; Sigma will begin phasing out the original PL-mount prime build.
By using an /i Technology-compatible cine lens with a cine camera that supports the same protocol, users can see and record lens metadata. This includes focus distance, focal length and aperture. It also helps streamline compositing in postproduction.
Common specifications include: an image circle diameter of FF 43.3mm; an illumination circle diameter of over 46.3mm; a focus ring marked in feet/meters; nine diaphragm blades (circular aperture); and a luminous option for the focus ring and iris ring markings.
What’s more, Sigma announced that early versions of the /i Technology-compatible FF High Speed Prime lens worked in Top Gun: Maverick, scheduled for release in 2020; “demonstrating that the new lens is already being used for commercial applications.”