Best Cine Prime Lenses for the Sony FX9

Let’s look at the best cine prime lenses for the Sony FX9.

First, here are the criteria for the lenses to qualify:

  • True cine lenses, not rehoused still lenses.
  • E-mount lenses
  • PL-mount lenses
  • Must at the very least cover an image circle of 43mm.

We won’t be looking at specialty lenses or anamorphic lenses.

If you need PL lenses, then you’ll need an E-Mount to PL-Mount Adapter.

Pick your mount for my suggestions:

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Best cine prime lenses for the Sony FX9 in the PL mount

Here’s a list of the best cine prime kits available for the Sony FX9 in the PL mount:

FeatureZEISS Supreme Angenieux OptimoCooke S7/iARRI Signature
Aperture Range^T1.5-T22T1.8-T22T2.0-T22 T1.8-T22
Front Diameter (mm)95/11495110114
Blades in Iris169911
Image Circle (mm)46.346.346.3144.7
Close Focus (mm)^460407500450
Weight (kg)^1.21.73.41.8
Focal Lengths in KIt15-200mm18-200mm16-135mm12-280mm
Consistent Length?*NoYesYesYes
Largest Consistent Aperture**T1.5T1.8T2T1.8
Focus Rotation (degrees)300300270300
Price for 50mm (B&H, USD)^$20,625Not Released ($23,000)$23,400$24,920

*For about four lenses in the kit, typically 24 to 85mm.

**If three of the lenses (among the middle five) are T1.5 but the other two are T2.1, then the largest consistent aperture is T2.1.

^For the 50mm lens in the lineup. For the Arri Signature Primes, it’s a 47mm.

Best cine prime lenses for the Sony FX9 in the E mount

Here’s a list of the best cine prime kits available for the Sony FX9 in the E mount:

FeatureTokina Cinema VistaSchneider FF Cine-TiltSigma FFZeiss CP.3
Aperture Range^T1.5-T22T2.1-T22T1.5-T16T2.1-T22
Front Diameter (mm)1141009595
Blades in Iris914915
Image Circle (mm)46.74543.346.3
Close Focus (mm)^480500400450
Weight (kg)^2.111.411.210.77
Focal Lengths in KIt18 to 105mm25-100mm14 to 135mm15 to 135mm
Consistent Length?*YesYesNoYes
Largest Consistent Aperture**T1.5T2.1T1.5T2.1
Focus Rotation (degrees)300300180300
Price for 50mm (B&H, USD)^$4,499$5,598$4,499$5,790

*For about four lenses in the kit, typically 24 to 85mm.

**If three of the lenses (among the middle five) are T1.5 but the other two are T2.1, then the largest consistent aperture is T2.1.

^For the 50mm lens in the lineup.

My favorites?

I’ve only shot with a few of these, but for what it’s worth, my two favorites are:

ARRI Signature Primes

These are probably the best lenses as far as this comparison is concerned. Note the following:

  • 12mm T1.8!! (Coming soon)
  • 11-blade iris, which is probably enough (Master Primes have only 9)
  • Goes all the way to 280mm, so Arri is fully committed to this line.

Angenieux Optimo Primes

I had a chance to test them at Broadcast India (just the 40mm), and I’ve seen sample videos and to be honest the look is incredible:

  • Smooth bokeh and great skin tone
  • Warm organic look – matches Optimo zooms
  • Angenieux are experimenting with removable aperture blades and an internal lens element!

On a lower budget, I’d say it’s hard to beat the value, range and quality of the Sigma Cine Primes.

What do you think?

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  1. Sir you are fantastic in your reviews.
    Note the word in English is Criterium no Criteria.
    You listed out four details, therefore four singular details.
    Criteria is plural not singular.
    I have criteria the lens should……………….
    First, here are some criterium for the lenses to qualify