Sigma announces new 28mm, 40mm and 105mm T1.5 cinema lenses

Sep 11, 2018

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sigma announces new 28mm, 40mm and 105mm T1.5 cinema lenses

Sep 11, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sigma has today announced the addition of three new full frame lenses to their Cinema line. The 28mm T1.5, 40mm T1.5 and 105mm T1.5 are the newest high-speed cinema lenses from Sigma. This brings the total lineup of Sigma’s full frame high-speed cinema lenses to ten. With the addition of the three new lenses, eight out of the ten are now a super fast T1.5 aperture, with only the 135mm and 14mm lenses sitting at T2.

Sigma has said that the lenses will be available in PL, Canon EF and Sony E mount, with the 105mm expected in October, the 40mm at the end of 2018 and the 28mm at some point early on in 2019. New LPL mount versions of Sigma’s cinema lenses for larger format sensors from Arri are also planned for “2019 or later”.

The three new lenses fill in some gaps in the cinema lineup, the biggest being that between the 85mm T1.5 and 135mm T2. This rounds things off quite nicely, although, something about these new lenses has got me thinking…

Until now, Sigma’s Art series and Cinema lenses have co-existed with virtually identical offerings. Take an Art lens, pull out the autofocus, switch the focus gearing around a bit, and pop it in a new case. Ok, that’s a very simplified version, but you get my point.

But there is no pre-existing 28mm f/1.4 Art lens, nor is there a 40mm f/1.4 Art lens. Does this mean we can expect to see a couple of new Art series lens announcements at Photokina in a couple of weeks, too?

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

But here are the specs on the three new cinema lenses…

The lenses are making their debut at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam where all three can be played with between September 14-18th. At the moment, the only price I’ve seen is a UK price for the 105mm T1.5 which will be £4,749 including VAT for the Standard Version and £5,649 for the Luminous Version with glow in the dark markings.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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