A few days ago, German optics manufacturer Schneider announced a new range of full-frame cine prime tilt lenses. This dynamic functionality allows for extended focusing possibilities and tweaking of the depth of field in your shots.
Introduced on January 27th, these new Xenon primes from Schneider are the world’s first full-frame Cine Primes tilt lenses. In terms of design, they are basically regular Schneider Xenon full frame primes, just with the added tilt function. If tilt is left at 0°, there is no loss of image quality or sharpness compared to standard Xenon primes.
Cine prime tilt test shot – Schneider optics
You can tilt the lens element by ±4° while maintaining the field of view. It will be possible to achieve shots with unique focus and depth of field, such as the one you can see above.
The tilt is controlled via a standard ring with 120° of rotation that’s operated just like the focus ring. Due to the use of common 0.8 module gear pitch, the Cine prime tilt lenses are compatible with standard follow-focus systems.
These focal lengths that will be available from launch are:
The Cine prime tilt lenses will be available this spring either individually or as a set, and for now only in Sony E-Mount.
Will you be tilting and shifting come this spring? Let us know in the comments below!
Sigma continue the high performing ART lens range with an ultra-wide Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens, promising no distortion.
Landscape scenes, architecture and large spaces can be captured in even wider angles with the new 12-24mm f/4 ART lens, with zero distortion according to Sigma’s tests. The lens is designed for full frame and has a uniquely designed front element that aids in reducing the ‘fish-eye’ look.
Aspherical lenses with low dispersion glass (equivalent to flourite in performance) help minimize distortion, chromatic aberration, pin cushion effect and flaring. The body is weather sealed, and the front and rear lenses have splash proof coating.
The Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens will be available in EF, Nikon and SA mount, but with the soon coming MC-11 mount converter you can use the lens on E-mount cameras like the Sony a7S II and FS5.
The only comparable lens on the market right now is probably the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 lens. But with the ART lens series quality we’ve seen before, the promise of no distortion and a pricetag almost half of the Canon, the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens is certainly an intriguing product for many video shooters and photographers alike.
Here are the specs of the lens:
16 elements in 11 groups
Aperture of f/4 to f/22
No hard stop focus ring
Angle of view – 122 degrees to 84.1 degrees.
Minimum focus distance of 24cm.
9 aperture blades
Weighing in at 1150g/40.6oz
Splash proof front and rear lenses.
102mm front diameter.
The Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens will be available in October 2016 and is available for pre-order now.