The new SIGMA cinema lenses made a splash back in September when they announced the upcoming line would be priced very, very reasonably at $3,999.00. The below short film “Blur” was shot with both the 4K ready 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 SIGMA cinema lenses on the ARRI Amira:
The film has heart, but is at its core a test of the new SIGMA cinema glass in an actual field shooting environment, and clearly a very dusty and windy environment at that.
Yohei Tateishi, Director of Photography of “Blur”, on shooting with the SIGMA zooms for the short film:
There is no faster zoom lens in such a compact form. That is a huge plus for indie filmmakers who need to shoot run and gun style and have limited access to lighting gear. We shot in a real trailer house in Lancaster, CA and only had one day to shoot everything interior. This location gets strong gust typically afternoon time so sometimes I have to work with only available light coming from the window. I had HMIs but shooting at T2.0 picks up details very well. For the arguing scene, I shot the entire scene handheld. I think it couldn’t have happened if we had longer zoom or primes.”
Below is a short behind the scenes video that goes into more detail on how the lenses were used and how they performed on set:
For more on these lenses my colleague Nino Leitner was hands on with the new glass at IBC in September.
Specifications on both zoom lenses used in the film:
Want to get your hands on one? Both the 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 begin shipping on December 9th. I know what is first on my Christmas list this year and I’ll be watching this handy live Christmas countdown clock until then.
Let us know what you think of the new SIGMA cinema zooms in the comments section below!
cinema5D presents the Beauty Filter Test. We have tested 18 different glass filters with 6 different cameras and 2 different lenses to give you a feeling of how glass filters may (or may not) enhance the look of a digital camera nowardays. Among these filters (provided by Tiffen) are some of the most widely used filters by cinematographers around the world.
Ever wondered how the Canon 7D REALLY looks like next to an Arri Alexa or Sony F65? This video brings you the answer.
We took these shots from our extensive Beauty Filter Test and placed them side by side so you can get a feeling for how the cameras compare in the studio setup we had. Note that this is not a thorough camera review, but just an opportunity to watch the same high detail, high dynamic range scene on these 6 cameras with the same high quality PL lens and the same lighting, graded professionally to match.
B&H offers a very interesting deal on the Canon EOS 7D body that expires today.
Regardless of the meaning of this huge sale here’s a chance to get a new 7D at a very affordable price.
Why this deal is interesting even though the new & cheaper EOS T4i/650D (Review here: LINK) offers some better features and the identical feature:
Because Canon announced a significant firmware update for the 7D that will bring manual audio during recording. Scheduled for August: LINK
And because Mosaic Engineering released their anti aliasing filter that impressed us and shows that the 7D still has balls. Review here: LINK
Canon 7D for $1345 (only today) at B&H
Canon has been teasing us with their announcements of their SuperHDSLRs. That’s nice but for many these are just too highly priced, unreasonably so, I might add, if technology were to be invested right we could have had the perfect HDSLR a long while ago.
In the meantime we might as well find the Supercheap HDSLR.
Here’s a good start: Sigma now offers their new superzoom 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS for $399 instead of $499. This lens was introduced last year, offers optical image stabilization and improvements over the previous model. As HDSLRs become more and more light sensitive there’s lesser need for expensive glass. If you’ve got a high ISO camera and are not the lens switcher type this deal might be a good one for you. Of course the higher f-Stop lens will deliver less of that shallow depth of field we’ve begun to love so much.
The other lenses are the 17-50mm F2.8 and the 105mm f/2.8 for $594 and $769. All lenses are available with Canon, Nikon and Sony mount.
Link to the Sigma deal at B&H Photo.