It seems like not too long ago we reviewed the Irix Cine 45mm, and we were blown away by the outstanding performance. Just a couple of months later, we managed to get one of the brand new Irix Cine 15mm T2.6. And Let me tell you, if this is the pace and quality of the lenses, Irix is a force to be reckoned within the industry.
Samyang has announced a brand new lineup of its affordable XEEN cine lenses. The new and improved XEEN CF line is coming in five focal lengths, from 16mm to 85mm. They’re compact and lightweight, and they’re the first full-frame cinema lenses which incorporate carbon fiber into the lens barrel.
Nitecore is a Chinese company producing rechargeable flashlights and third-party batteries (including smart batteries no one asked for). But now it’s about to make camera lenses as well. The company has just announced five full-frame cinema primes ranging from 25mm to 100mm. They will be compatible with a range of mounts, and the company promises “optimum optical quality.”
Venus Optics has been known for a variety of unique and weirdly cool Laowa lenses. The company is now entering the world of cine lenses and it has announced a 25-100mm t/2.9 and a 12mm t/2.9 lens for EF and PL mounts. Venus Optics will display the lenses at this year’s NAB, which will be their US debut.
I love Sigma, they brought quite a few innovations to the photography world: updatable lenses, ceramic filters, the Quattro camera family, and probably a few more that I am not currently recalling. With the amazing tech behind the Foveon sensor, and seven cine lenses announced in the last year, I was really curious to learn what are Sigma’s plans in the video segment.
We met with Zach Howard from Sigma’s marketing dept, and I tried to understand if Sigma is just testing the water in video, so to say, or are they planning to be a significant player in the video market.
We basically had two questions: Is Sigma planning to be a significant player in the video market, and are Sigma going to bring out more cameras, hopefully with Foveon for video. Let me just say that response was entertaining :)