Sigma Cinema Primes – A Hands-on Review in the Field

By Graham Sheldon

Sigma Cinema Primes

Lens manufacturer Sigma followed up the launch of their cinema zooms with an impressive array of Sigma cinema primes. I took the new lens family consisting of a 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm out for a spin in this field review.

Image Credit: Graham Sheldon

I’d been hoping to get my hands on the new Sigma cinema prime line for a field test ever since stopping by their booth at NAB 2017. Luckily I had a project recently that allowed me to take these lenses out into some rugged surroundings in Utah for a little shooting. I paired the lenses with the RED Weapon 6K, Canon 5D MK III and the Sony a7s I and II.

Sigma Cinema Primes – Build Quality

First off, not only do these lenses feel great to the touch, they also feel bulletproof. Their robust metal casing means you certainly notice their weight when lifting them out of their travel case (which comes included when you buy the set). 2.7lbs/1.2kg for the 20mm means they are certainly on the hefty side but, while I didn’t have a chance to shoot much handheld on this project, I didn’t really notice the added weight at all when I paired the Sigma cinema primes with an already heavy RED Weapon body.

This set was clearly designed with ease of use in mind. The lens control rings for focus and aperture have 0.8 modded gears that are placed consistently – perfect for quick lens swaps.

1/4″ screw. Got it.

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DJI Finally Announces Ronin 2, With Controversial Price

By Charles Haine

While the price might seem high, the DJI Ronin 2 carries more than twice the weight of the MoVi Pro, which costs roughly the same.

MoVi and DJI continue to battle it out to be the leaders of the stabilized cinema camera gimbal market. MoVi has held on to the wave of goodwill from being the first to market and continue to push innovation forward. DJI has done well as the cost-effective option for indies that is still capable of tremendous performance. Hence, it came as a bit of a sticker shock this week when the price was announced for the DJI Ronin 2: $6,999.

The Ronin 2 is a huge leap forward over the Ronin, as we covered in our video at NAB. If the price seems high, it’s important to remember it can carry a payload up to 30 lbs, allowing for full-fledged cinema cameras with a host of accessories.

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Blackmagic Design Announce Video Assist 2.5 Update

By Ollie Kenchington

Video Assist 2.5 Update 03

Blackmagic has announced a firmware update to their recently discounted Video Assist 4K monitor/recorder. The Video Assist 2.5 update adds a professional vector scope, waveform monitor, RGB parade and histogram.

What’s new in the Blackmagic Video Assist 2.5 Update

  • Add multiple Scopes to the Video Assist 4K
  • Add Anamorphic Desqueeze to the Video Assist 4K
  • Add Blue only to the Video Assist 4K
  • General performance and stability updates to the Video Assist and Video Assist 4K

Minimum system requirements for macOS

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra or later
  • macOS 10.11 El Capitan
  • USB 2.0 port for software updates

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
  • USB 2.0 port for software updates

Demoed at NAB back in April, these professional new scopes can be viewed full screen for accurately evaluating video signals passing through the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, bringing its feature set even closer to more expensive monitor/recorders on the market.

Blackmagic Video Assist 2.5 update is available now from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all current Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers.

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Radio Show 2017 | Produced by NAB and RAB

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

September 5-8, 2017 | Austin

Radio Show allows radio broadcasters and industry colleagues to come together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies to help radio flourish in the digital age.

The Radio Advertising Bureau and National Association of Broadcasters have joined forces to bring an unprecedented event to the radio industry. The enhanced Radio Show allows radio broadcasters and industry colleagues to come together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies to help radio flourish in the digital age.

The show will also feature an exclusive vendor resource and networking destination: The Marketplace, and a wide variety of sessions focused on:

* Sales and Marketing
* Finance
* Legislative/Regulatory Issues
* Digital Media
* Management
* Programming

Sessions in these content pillars will be targeted to sales managers, group executives, engineers, programming and marketing professionals and more.

About NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters is the voice for the nation’s radio and television broadcasters. As the premier trade association for broadcasters, NAB advances the interests of our members in federal government, industry and public affairs; improves the quality and profitability of broadcasting; encourages content and technology innovation; and spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities. Learn more at

About RAB

The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance radio as a primary advertising medium. Learn more at

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If you want a DJI Ronin 2 it’s going to cost you $6999US

By Matthew Allard ACS

The DJI Ronin 2 that was first announced at NAB back in April will start shipping in September for $6999US. This price is for the Professional Combo, that including a…

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Lensbaby’s New Velvet 85 is Inspired by Vintage Portrait Lenses

By Liz Nord

The latest from Lensbaby is an 85mm f/1.8 SLR and mirrorless camera lens with a vintage feel.

We declared NAB 2017 “The Year of the Lens,” with new offerings from Cooke, Leica, Samyang, Zeiss, and more. Missing from the lineup was Lensbaby, but now the company is back with the Velvet 85, a follow-up to its popular Velvet 56.

Lensbaby, known for creative effects lenses that push the boundaries of what you can shoot with DSLRs, keeps up the tradition with this lens that is inspired by classic portrait lenses of the mid-20th century.

The Velvet 85 is an 85mm f/1.8 lens for SLR and mirrorless cameras, boasting 1:2 macro capabilities. According to a promo video from Lensbaby, it gives an “impressionistic glow at brighter apertures and beautifully sharp images with subtle edge falloff as you stop down.”

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