SIGMA Classic Prime 10 Lens Set Price Announced

December 6th, 2019
SIGMA Classic Prime 10 Lens Set Price Announced

After the surprise announcement of the SIGMA Classic line of lenses earlier this year, there has been rampant speculation about the price point and access to these new flare friendly vintage-inspired optics. We’re now able to put some of that speculation to rest thanks to the good folks over at Duclos Lenses

SIGMA Classic Primes on display at IBC. Image Credit: Cinema5D

We’re being told by a Duclos Lenses representative that the 10-lens PL mount set will begin shipping in December of 2019 and January 2020 for the price point of $43,999. Please keep in mind that, for now, the SIGMA Classic Prime is only available in a 10-lens kit (listed below), so buying a smaller set is currently not at option. Here is a short film utilizing the SIGMA Classic Primes shot by DP and SIGMA Cine Pro, Timur Civan:

What leads to this dreamy look? According to Duclos the unique look of the SIGMA Cine Primes comes from: “a modified Anti-Reflective Coating formula. The Classic Primes feature uncoated elements throughout the lens, with the exception of the outward-facing elements. The front element and rear element have a special protective coating to improve durability and exposure to the elements.” – Duclos Lenses

SIGMA Cine “original” Primes shot the left image and on the right is from a SIGMA Classic Prime. The same camera settings were used for both images. Image Credit: Duclos Lenses

The above comparison shows off the low contrast image out of the new classics and also illustrates how the classics handle light sources. As you can see from the below graph the altered coatings do change the lens speed when compared with the original SIGMA Cine Primes.

Image Credit: SIGMA

Full disclaimer: The author is member of the SIGMA Cine ambassador program. This is an unpaid news post about a new product (we don’t post sponsored articles on cinema5D.com).

What do you think of the look out of the new Sigma Cine Classics? Comment below!

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Paul
Paul
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December 6th, 2019

I have to agree with Dan.

The original primes look much nicer in my opinion. I’m not a fan of lens flare nor low contrast. I can tolerate subtle and infrequent flares but this seems too much. I can’t imagine wanting to use these lenses for anything other than dream/fantasy sequences.

We seem to be moving backwards, filmmakers of the past avoided lens flare as much as possible, flaring was rare and accidental, now filmmakers want to replicate the past by using lens artefacts that were hated.

Tom Roper
Tom Roper
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December 6th, 2019

I said some time ago that when the Sony SCL-PK6 lens sets were gone, they were gone. To me they were superior construction and optics, not rebranded, made by Sony in Japan. Very underpriced but you’d be extremely lucky now to find them anywhere. https://pro.sony/s3/cms-static-content/uploadfile/91/1237494512691.pdf

Tom Roper
Tom Roper
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December 6th, 2019
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Even came with a set of shims.

Eric Darling
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December 8th, 2019
Reply to  Tom Roper

Absolutely agreed on the quality of the now out-of-production Sony set. I have loved mine and used them extensively since getting them back in 2015. Too bad Sony decided they were getting out of the PL mount game.

However, different strokes here… These lenses are definitely intended to have a unique look as described, and the Sony set is intended to provide a clean, unadulterated image. Also, the Sony set is for Super35 sensors only, and this Sigma set covers FF.

Raymond
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December 6th, 2019

Very slow primes in my opinion. I would not buy them, especially at that price.

 Dan Brockett
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December 6th, 2019

I’m glad these new ART Primes exist. I reviewed the Sigma original cine primes last year and overall, I very much liked them. Based upon what I see here, this look on these new primes doesn’t appeal to me at all. Milky blacks, flaring all over the place. I guess that’s what the market wants so I must be out of sync?

Lens “character” to me translates to aberrations and old technology artifacts that I was glad to get rid of 10-15 years ago. CA, flares and low contrast look like things we want to get rid of, not pay extra for?

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