Sigma has a long history of lens manufacturing, something we wanted to speak about with Jared Ivy, Sigma Sales Representative and Senior Technical Representative, for more on their Cine lenses, their new Burbank facility and more.
Sigma’s FF High Speed Prime Lenses combine the same high-quality optics and mechanics of their Global Vision still line in a cine-oriented design. The 28mm Canon EF-mount prime is a wider focal length in the series, offering full-frame sensor coverage, 6-8K resolution, and a T1.5 aperture in a compact, relatively lightweight form; it is also available in Sony E and PL mounts. A common 95mm front diameter and similar physical attributes across the lens line make it easier and quicker to mount lens accessories such as matte boxes, follow focuses, and lens control motors.
The 9-bladed iris produces pleasing out-of-focus bokeh effects and ghosting and flaring have been minimized. Color reproduction is standardized for easier color correction. Each lens in the range offers consistent lens gear positions and 180° of focus barrel rotation. The FF High-Speed Primes also feature a clickless iris with linear markings, dampeners on each gear ring for silent operation, industry-standard 0.8 module gear pitch, and engraved markings for durability. Select markings are done in luminous paint for easy visibility in low light.
To relieve stress on your camera’s lens mount, a support foot is built into the dust- and water-resistant metal lens body. If you wish to fit your FF High-Speed Prime lens to a different camera, the Canon EF and Sony E mount versions can be converted from one to the other by an authorized Sigma service center (not available for PL mounts).
Sigma’s Burbank facility has been open since late 2018, offering a place for filmmakers to learn everything they could possibly want to know about Sigma’s wide array of lenses. As if that weren’t enough, Sigma also hosts numerous events per month bringing together the film industry for networking, filmmaking education and much more. The Sigma Cine Lounge is open Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm.
For more on all of Sigma’s offerings, be sure to visit SigmaCine.com