While we are hoping for lens manufacturers to make lenses with better usability for our video work, there is a gentleman in China who is modifying those stills lenses into something more “cinematic” to work with. His company G.L optics was showing their latest offering, the brand new Sigma 18-35 f1.8, The original stills lens has only been to the market for few days and Dan Chung our friend from newsshooter,com find it amazing that a cine rehouse can be done so rapidly. Watch the full interview here: You can buy the original non modified Canon version by clicking here You can buy the original non modified Nikon version by clicking hereRead more
We already reported about the much-anticipated Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens (click here), the first modern auto-focus zoom lens with an f-stop of 1.8. Because of its incomparable speed we were ready for a relatively high price tag, even though it’s a Sigma lens. But it turns out that Sigma decided to surprise us – it will be available in July and will cost only $799 (you can already preorder it at B&H by clicking here).Read more
Sigma just announced one of the fastest zoom lenses for DSLRs that we have ever seen – the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens for APS-C sensor DSLRs. It’s the world’s first constant f/1.8 zoom lens. A typical speed for high quality zoom lenses is f/2.8, so 1.8 is a big step up from that (don’t forget, after all aperture is an exponental value, meaning that every stop more gives you twice the amount of light. The only fast zoom lens that comes pretty close is the Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0, but that’s a Four Thirds model. It makes a HUGE difference to have faster lenses, even if it’s only a one or two stops more. And so far, one of the biggest problems of zoom lenses was the fact that they were nowhere near as fast as fast primes (that typically come in at f/1.4). Sigma’s new f/1.8 zoom is only half a stop away from that – pretty impressive. UPDATE, June 14: Pricing is out and it is spectacularly low for such a fast zoom lens – $799! It is available to preorder from B&H now. Available July 31.Read more
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