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.
The mounting shoe (pictured left) is a nice touch, though I would recommend using both screw holes to avoid the lens → continue…
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