Sigma launches new line of lenses they call the FF High Speed Prime Line. They also confirmed a rumor that these lenses were in the filming of “Top Gun Maverick” by cinematographer, Claudio Miranda, ASC. There are currently ten very compact primes in the set that boastsfull frame coverage for 8K shooting. They also have contacts to support Cooke’s /i Technology communication protocol. The lenses should launch at the end of 2019 with a press that is yet to be determined.
Here’s more from the Sigma Press Release:
SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Art Prime PL mount lens that supports Cooke Optics’ /i Technology communication protocol in a latest addition to the SIGMA CINE LENS family for filmmaking in the FF High Speed Prime Line.
Optimized for large-format camera systems and 8K shooting, the FF High Speed Prime Line lenses deliver stunning image quality in compact construction. A new addition to this prime lens lineup comes with electronic contacts that supports Cooke’s /i Technology communication protocol for Art Prime PL mount lenses.
By using an /i Technology-compatible cine lens with a cine camera that supports the same protocol, users can see and record lens metadata such as focus distance, focal length, and aperture. This helps streamline compositing in the post production process.
This is particularly suitable for the latest forms of filmmaking, such as VFX, that call for detailed shooting data.
Prototypes of this /i Technology-compatible FF High Speed Prime lens were used for shooting “Top Gun: Maverick”, scheduled to be released in 2020, showing that the new lens is already in commercial applications.
For SIGMA customers who has already purchased a SIGMA PL mount lens, a new service to turn their lenses /i Technology-compatible is under consideration.
A production version of this new product will be on display at IBC 2019, scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 13 to 17, 2019.
For more information about the FF High Speed Prime Lenses from Sigma and all of the great products from Sigma, please go to their website at www.sigma-global.com