Sigma Enters The Cinema Lens Market With Two Cine Zooms, Primes To Come
These lenses are meant for making movies
Sigma is not messing around when it comes to its new line of cinema lenses. The Sigma Cine lens line will start with 18-35mm T2 and a 50-100mm T2 crop-sensor zoom lenses, then expand into a 24-35mm T2.2 full-frame lens and a collection of full-frame primes in the next year.
By all accounts, these are full-fledged cinema lenses. They have the follow-focus gears and the clearly-marked, side-mounted scales for easy focusing, and they measure aperture in T-stops, rather than F-stops, to correct for the light lost as it travels through the glass elements.
According to the press material, the lenses are designed to stand up to the rigors of high-megapixel and high-resolution image capture, all the way up to 8K.
The lenses are scheduled to hit the USA and Japan first, but the roll out will be a bit fragmented. The first two official zooms will come in Canon EF and Sony E mounts. The additional lenses will come at a later time with the eventual integration of a PL lens mount.
There’s no official pricing information just yet, but these are definitely intended to be high-end working lenses. The bodies are weather-resistant and details like the focus rotation distance have been tweaked specifically for cinema applications.