Less than five years ago, Sigma upset the photo world apple cart by changing the game and releasing incredible top-tier optics at a reasonable price point. Continuing on that “game changer” mentality, they have announced the impending release of eight super high-end cinema lenses for Canon EF and Sony E mount (with PL to come shortly after) starting in the next year.

Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line

For the first phase, SIGMA will release two zoom lenses in Japan and the USA for EF and E mount camera systems. Furthermore, another zoom lens and five prime lenses will be released to the market in sequence from 2017 onward.  SIGMA plans to develop additional zoom and prime lenses as well as add support for PL mount camera systems.

High Speed Zoom Line

That first phase, the release of two zoom lenses, will come in the form of the 18-35mm T2 and 50-100m T2 lenses. These, referred to by Sigma as the “High Speed Zoom Line,” offer the constant aperture of T2 throughout the zoom range, and “the optical performance is ready for high-resolution shooting such as 6K – 8K.” Sigma also noted that the lenses will be compact and portable (without sacrificing quality) and be available for an “amazing value.” 

Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line 18-35mm T2.0 Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line 50-100 T2.0

Here is the full spec breakdown of both the 18-35mm and the 50-100mm.

High Speed Zoom Line

18-35mm T250-100mm T2

Focal Length

18-35mm50-100mm

Aperture

T2.0 to T 22T2.0 to T 22

Close Focus1

0.28 m / 11″0.95 m / 3’2″

Image Coverage

S35 Digital ?28.4S35 Digital ?28.4

Front diameter

95mm95mm

Filter Size

82mm82mm

Length

PL mount

TBDTBD

EF mount2

129.5mm175.2mm

E-mount3

155.5mm201.2mm

Weight4

PL mount

TBDTBD

EF mount

1445g1885g

E-mount

1505g1945g

S355

76.1° – 43.8°31.5° – 16.0°

APS-C6

76.5° – 44.2°31.7° – 16.1°
  1. Close focus distance is measured from the image plane
  2. Front to EF mount flange
  3. Front to E-mount flange
  4. Without lens support foot
  5. Horizontal angle of view for a super 35 digital cinema camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.8, dimensions 24.6 mm x 13.8 mm / 0.97“x 0.54“)
  6. Horizontal angle of view for an APS-C camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 23.7 mm x 15.7 mm / 0.93“x 0.62“)

These two lenses are designed for crop sensors, like the film industry’s Super 35mm format. The largest sensor size that they will be compatible with is APS-C. For Full Frame sensors, Sigma has a lot more planned.

FF Zoom Line

Sigma’s Full Frame (FF) Zoom Line will be compatible with a full-frame image circle, and Sigma says they developed them specifically to contain the optical performance necessary for high-resolution shooting such as 6K – 8K.

It provides a rare option for cinematographers since very few lenses can cater to the requirements of the latest digital cinema cameras’ image sensor, which is larger than Super 35, and expand the range of compatible cameras. This is the cinema zoom lens offering the highest image quality and compact design. This lens is not available in PL mount.

The lens that they are referring to here is the 24-35mm T2.2, which will be available in both Canon EF and Sony E (unfortunately, this one will not be released for PL).

Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line 24-35mm T2.2

Below is the full spec breakdown:

FF Zoom Line

24-35mm T2.2 FF

Focal Length

24-35mm

Aperture

T2.2 to T 22

Close Focus1

0.28 m / 11″

Image Coverage

FF ?43.3

Front diameter

95mm

Filter Size

82mm

Length

EF mount2

122.7mm

E-mount3

148.7mm

Weight4

EF mount

1440g

E-mount

1500g

FF5

84.1°- 63.4 °

S356

60.8° – 43.8°

APS-C7

61.2° – 44.2°
  1. Close focus distance is measured from the image plane
  2. Front to EF mount flange
  3. Front to E-mount flange
  4. Without lens support foot
  5. Horizontal angle of view for a full-frame camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 36 mm x 24 mm / 1.42“x 0.94“)
  6. Horizontal angle of view for a super 35 digital cinema camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.8, dimensions 24.6 mm x 13.8 mm / 0.97“x 0.54“)
  7. Horizontal angle of view for an APS-C camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 23.7 mm x 15.7 mm / 0.93“x 0.62“)

But Sigma’s cinema lens future doesn’t end there, with five more prime lenses slated for release in the next year.

FF High Speed Prime Line

Sigma also announced the impending release of a 20mm T1.5, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5… all of which are compatible with the full frame format.

Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line 85mm T1.5 Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line 50mm T1.5 Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line 35mm T1.5
Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line 24mm T1.5 Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line 20mm T1.5

The lineup ranges from 20mm to 85mm, and all five lenses are T1.5. They are compatible with full-frame sensors and, while being more compact, can offer superior resolution than other high-end prime sets do. With the five prime lenses from FF High Speed Prime Line, there is no need to change the lighting to shoot a variety of cuts. These lenses bring a consistent level of light to the production and offer greater consistency with regards to the film’s look and color/contrast before it enters post-production. 

The full spec breakdown of all five lenses is below:

FF High Speed Prime Line20mm T1.5 FF24mm T1.5 FF35mm T1.5 FF50mm T1.5 FF85mm T1.5 FF
Focal Length20mm24mm35mm50mm85mm
ApertureT1.5 to T16T1.5 to T16T1.5 to T16T1.5 to T16T1.5 to T16
Close Focus10.276m / 11″0.25 m / 10″0.30 m / 1′0.40 m/ 1’4″0.85 m / 2’10”
Image CoverageFF ?43.3FF ?43.3FF ?43.3FF ?43.3FF ?43.3
Front diameter95mm95mm95mm95mm95mm
Filter Size82mm82mm82mm86mm
LengthPL mountTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
EF mount2118mm95mm95mm102mm134.5mm
E-mount3144mm121mm121mm128mm160.5mm
Weight4PL mountTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
EF mount1335g1125g1135g1295g1475g
E-mount1395g1185g1165g1355g1535g
FF594.5°84.1°63.4°46.8°28.6°
S35670.3°60.8°43.8°31.5°18.8°
APS-C770.8°61.2°44.2°31.7°18.9°
  1. Close focus distance is measured from the image plane
  2. Front to EF mount flange
  3. Front to E-mount flange
  4. Without lens support foot
  5. Horizontal angle of view for a full-frame camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 36 mm x 24 mm / 1.42“x 0.94“)
  6. Horizontal angle of view for a super 35 digital cinema camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.8, dimensions 24.6 mm x 13.8 mm / 0.97“x 0.54“)
  7. Horizontal angle of view for an APS-C camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 23.7 mm x 15.7 mm / 0.93“x 0.62“)

What’s more, each of the cinema lenses announced above is weatherproof and has luminous paint markings to aid in changing and operating the lens in the dark.

Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line

The lenses tout “a long focus rotation of 180 degrees and is guided by cams for smooth operation and accuracy.” The CINE lens design features standardized essentials such as an 82mm front for ND filters (except for the 20mm, which does not accept filters) and a 95mm front diameter for matte box use and standard gear positions for accessories like follow focus. They also include a manual linear iris control and electronic mounts that provide camera metadata.

Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line High Speed Primes

Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line High Speed Zooms

No timeline for release was given for any lenses other than those in the first phase, the 18-35mm and 50-100mm, which are slated for release in late 2016, with pricing and exact timing for release to be announced at a later date. These lenses will first be released in Canon EF mount and Sony E, and to be followed “later” by PL mount.

Sigma Announces Cinema Lens Line