SIGMA Cine Lenses: Officially a Test Lens

The SIGMA 65mm T1.5 FF Cine Prime is selected as the benchmark for cinema lenses. James Neihouse, ASC describes the SIGMA 65mm T 1.5 FF lens as “the sharpest, cleanest image for this evaluation”.

A team of cinematography professionals — led by renowned cinematographer James Neihouse, ASC and Michael Daut, co-chair of the GSCA Innovations Committee — conducted an extensive test (CAT) to showcase the strengths of six higher-than-6K-resolution cameras.

GCSA Conducts Camera Assessment Test (CAT)

Since 2014, the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) has compared modern digital cameras against each other in real-world situations to help filmmakers determine the best cameras for big-screen cinematic work. The Camera Assessment Test (CAT) is designed to provide GSCA members and other filmmakers with actionable information they can use when creating movies.

Evaluation Metric

The objective of this test was to provide filmmakers with invaluable information on how each camera performs in challenging shooting situations. This groundbreaking test involved a wide range of cameras, lenses, shooting scenarios, and locations. The six selected cameras ARRI Alexa 35, Canon R5C, Kinefinity MAVO Edge 8K, RED V Raptor XL, SONY A1 and SONY Venice 2 went through rigorous testing which examined sensor size and resolution, sensor space, compression, dynamic range, log space, RAW capture, lens mount, recording media, usability, reliability, flexibility, and support.

SIGMA emerges as a Winner

The evaluation required lenses that provided sharp, clean, crisp images while being as ‘neutral’ as possible,” said James Neihouse, ASC. “We chose the SIGMA 65mm T1.5 FF Cine Prime lens for its exceptional corner to corner sharpness and ability to cover a full frame (Vista Vision) size sensor.

In Giant Screen documentaries, we like an image that is as close to reality as possible, which is why we liked this SIGMA lens. Other lenses were considered but rejected for bringing their own ‘look’ to the images.”

In response to the accreditation, Mark Amir-Hamzeh, President of SIGMA America, said, ‘We are honored that the GSCA selected the SIGMA 65mm T1.5 FF Cine Prime as the benchmark lens to assess these leading cine cameras in the most demanding real-world situations. This demonstrates SIGMA’s dedication to crafting exceptionally high-performing lenses for filmmaking.’

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