They may not be the most popular, but the Sigma fp and Panasonic Lumix S5 are both incredibly powerful mirrorless cameras for video.
Both of the full-frame systems are also developed as part of the L-Mount Alliance, meaning they share the same mount and therefore can use the same lenses. It’s also a relatively fleshed-out line with multiple brands developing lenses for it.
If you use one of these cameras – or any L-mount camera for that matter – there is a nice sampling recommended by Anson & Co.. One hint about what is coming is that Sigma makes some great lenses for both cinema and photography.
One thing to note is that some of the cine-specific lenses mentioned are going to be on the pricier end.
If you are looking to get a better deal, Sigma offers the same glass in a photo version that will be much more affordable. You’ll be sacrificing some ergonomic advantages, but you won’t lose out on image quality.
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN
You can’t go wrong with a 24-70mm. The fast f/2.8 aperture and versatile zoom range make this lens a must-own for many filmmakers and photographers.
You could really do some entire shoots just with this lens.
Cine Prime Set
The primary lenses being used are a set of Sigma Cine Primes. There are plenty of reasons for this.
One big one is that for being true cinema lenses they are smaller and lighter than the competition.
Images from the Sigma lenses are also very clean and neutral.
Sometimes you might pick a lens for a distinct aesthetic, but oftentimes the everyday drivers are nice when a bit sharper and natural since you can make the choices in post.
Going for the Cine lenses was a preference as well. You can get the same look with photo lenses, but they won’t feel the same to operate.
Sigma Cine 35mm T1.5
The 35mm is his wide-angle option in the set. It’s not too wide, which makes it very versatile. It’s good for establishing shots.
Though if you are looking for more space when shooting an interview or perhaps are trying to frame multiple people at once that wider perspective will come in handy.
Sigma Cine 50mm T1.5
You almost have to have a 50mm in your bag. This is the go-to lens of the set and is the one you’ll likely find on the camera at any given moment.
It has that “standard” look and can do a great job of getting good separation between the background and your subject.
Sigma Cine 85mm T1.5
The latest purchase, the 85mm allows him to get some distance between him and the subject.
For the behind-the-scenes work he has been doing, it gets him out of the way of the work he is recording. It also just looks great.
Do you have any favorite lenses for L-mount cameras?
[source: Anson & Co.]
- Sigma fp Mirrorless Camera (B&H, Amazon)
- Panasonic Lumix S5 Mirrorless Camera (B&H, Amazon)
- Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens (B&H, Amazon)
- Sigma 35mm T1.5 FF High-Speed Art Prime 2 Lens (B&H)
- Sigma 50mm T1.5 FF High-Speed Art Prime 2 Lens (B&H)
- Sigma 85mm T1.5 FF High-Speed Art Prime 2 Lens (B&H)
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