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ARRI Signature Prime

Modern Lens. Timeless Look.

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A unique look never seen before

Ranging from 12mm to 280mm, the ARRI Signature Prime lenses offer a unique look never seen before in cinema. Warm, smooth skin; open shadows with crisp blacks; and bokeh like looking through a window in the rain. The timeless look of Signature Primes will never go out of style.

ARRI Signature Prime Showreel

Experience what’s possible in a lens with the new ARRI Signature Prime Showreel 2019. From warm, smooth skin tones to soft bokeh and delicate flares, the showreel demonstrates the benefits of the Signature Primes with footage from productions around the world.

Signature Prime Features

Timeless Look

  • Warm smooth skin tones
  • Open shadows with crisp blacks
  • Exceptionally soft bokeh for increased sense of separation
  • Soft and delicate flares
  • Unparalleled flexibility with magnetic rear filter holder
  • 16 matched primes from 12 to 280 mm

Modern Lens

  • Fine details beautifully rendered
  • No visible focus breathing and no distortion for easy tracking
  • Minimal chromatic aberration for a perfect key

Safe investment for rental houses

  • Optimal results with all sensors due to near-telecentric design
  • New mechanical design concept for easier service
  • 24/5 global service
  • Multi-award winning lenses

Fitted with new LPL Lens Mount

  • Camera-independent, open standard
  • Covering all image circles up to large format 46 mm
  • Backwards compatible with PL-mount lenses through rock-solid PL-to-LPL Adapter
  • LDS-2 and /i support
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Open shadows with crisp blacks
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Next-generation LDS-2 Lens Data System

The ARRI Signature Prime range is the first to incorporate ARRI’s next-generation LDS-2 Lens Data System, with high data rates and absolute encoders for fast initializing. LDS-2 extends the possibilities of lens data and is being licensed to other lens and camera manufacturers.

Quotes

The image that the LF and the Signatures produces seems, to me, more like what my eyes see than anything else I experienced so far.

Cinematographer Roger Deakins CBE, ASC, BSC (known for: 1917, Blade Runner 2049, Skyfall, Sicario, No Country for Old Men, O Brother Where Art Thou? and many more)

The marriage of the ALEXA LF and the Signatures is an absolute winner! Wow, what a beautiful lens, brilliant skin tones! Super!

Cinematographer Stijn Van der Veken, ASC, SBC, shooting Outlander Season 5 (known for: Outlander, Death of a Shadow, Murk Light and any more)

I really like the Signature Primes. Super MTF but not too sharp or contrasty. They are extremely fast and have a great flare resistance!

Cinematographer Tom Stern AFC, ASC (known for: Changeling, The Hunger Games, American Sniper, Flags of our Fathers and any more)

To capture the cinematic vignettes for our feature documentary, we turned to ALEXA Mini with ARRI Signature Primes. These are the first modern lenses that have stolen my heart. They have unique painterly quality in the way they render skin tones and shadows. The added benefit of the magnetic rear net holders made these lenses a no-brainer, allowing us to have consistent net stretches across the entire lens range.

Cinematographer Kyle Krupinski (known for: Parallel Chords, The Solipsist, Under the Grove and any more)

The Signature Primes look great; they are not clinical, not dead, they make very organic images. T1.8 allows for a very shallow depth of field and they have a very nice focus roll off.

Cinematographer Milos Moore (known for: Patrick Melrose, Stan Lee's Lucky Man and many more)

Thanks to the Signature Prime lenses, I had my first encounter with large format. I discovered a new approach in my camera work, a new distance with the people I was filming. We can be closer to the action; a physical step that makes all the difference with the classical format I was used to. 

Director Paul Mignon (known for: Patagonia, Pampa, Norte and many more)

I see in it a real option that refines the staging and the image. I discovered the Signature Prime lenses filming "Gauchos" and they totally seduced me. They are modern and yet have character. We shot often at full opening and we could appreciate the magnificent bokeh, the beautiful flair, and the fine optical behavior even in our rather difficult shooting conditions.

Cinematographer Stephan Massis (known for: Un monde à nous, Looking for Cheyenne and many more)

The ALEXA LF camera and Signature Prime lenses are an elegant combination. I love the lenses; they strike a wonderful balance between modernity and character.

Cinematographer Matias Boucard (known for: Pixels, SK1, David Nolande and many more)

With the 25 mm Signature Prime lens, you feel like you are there in the scene with the actors. The lenses are lightweight and are not too sharp, but with a certain softness and very specific.

Cinematographer Dan Laustsen ASC, DFF (known for: The Shape of Water, John Wick: Chapter 2 and 3, Crimson Peak and many more)

The Signature Primes are hyper sharp but they have a smooth roll off so they don’t feel that way.

Cinematographer Logan Schneider (known for: Drunk History, Gentefied, Watson, Ave Maria Bamford and many more)

I love the look of the Signature Primes.  They have a gentle feel to their contrast and resolution -  sharp and crisp enough to see details in the shot, but not so defined and edgy as to look clinical.  I designed shots to look directly into the sun. I really liked the flares: soft edged and blue-yellow in color.  Signature Primes are a gorgeous complement to the magnificent ALEXA LF.

Cinematographer Bill Bennett ASC (known for: Kiss or Kill, In einem wilden Land, Outback and many more)

I intentionally shot mundane subjects I wouldn’t normally cover, and the results got me really excited. The camera and lens captured every tonal nuance with unmatched detail, gradation and color. I love how the out-of-focus areas are rendered, contributing to a rich and vivid overall look.

Cinematographer Wang Yu (known for: Suzhou River, Fengshen Trilogy, The Golden Era and many more)

To me, the system embodies typical ARRI quality, but there is a new level of emotion to the images—a smoothness to the way the camera and lenses work together.

Cinematographer Tom Faehrmann BVK (known for: Das Wunder von Bern, Ulzhan - das vergessene Licht, Campus and many more)


The Signature Primes are great lenses. Also, regarding the way the lenses are produced, I was surprised by their weight. With the new mount, a whole new lens architecture is possible.

Cinematographer Phillip Peschlow (Known for: Jim Button and the Wild13, Lommbock, Pagan Peak and many more)

The Signature Primes look very nice. I think they put a lot of interesting ideas in those lenses. We as cameramen miss film obviously, we miss the organic look of film and having lenses that render faces in a more organic way is really important.

Cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub ASC, BVK (Known for: Independence Day, Black Book, Chronicles of Narnia, Halo and many more)

Huge perspective range, consistent look

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Detachable Magnetic Rear Filter Holder

Any material can be used to make a filter, from tinfoil and fishing line to stockings, wrapping paper, and vintage fabrics—each of them affecting bokeh, flaring and diffusion in different ways. Alternatively, glass elements can be used to simulate vintage lenses, with images sharp in the center but deteriorating in the corners. Simply visit your local optician with a filter holder and ask them to fit a close-up lens of whatever strength, coating or tint you want to try. The filter holder is magnetic, allowing fast and easy changes between looks, with no tools needed.
An additional way to explore different looks with the Signature Primes is to use ARRI’s uncoated replacement front element, which can be fitted by the user in just a few minutes to increase flaring, ghosting and reflections.

See some examples of the different looks that are possible with the filter holder in this video.

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Compatibility of Signature Prime lenses

ARRI Signature Prime lenses are equipped with the LPL (Large Positive Locking) lens mount, a key element of ARRI’s large-format camera system. The wider diameter and shorter flange focal depth allow LPL lenses to be small and lightweight, with a fast T-stop and pleasing bokeh—a combination of features that would not be possible with the old PL lens mount.

ARRI shares LPL specifications openly and free-of-charge across the industry, in order to establish the LPL lens mount as the new standard interface between cameras and lenses. ARRI LPL lens mounts are available for ALEXA 65, ALEXA LF, ALEXA Mini LF, ALEXA Classic/XT/SXT, ALEXA Mini and AMIRA cameras. In addition, third parties already offer LPL lens mounts for cameras, director's viewfinders, and lens testing tools, so ARRI Signature Primes and other LPL lenses can be universally used.

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ARRI Technology

Lens Mounts
Great images derive from great lenses with their individual touch to the image. For this to happen the lens has to sit precisely where it should be, responsible for that is the lens mount.
Get to know all our lens mounts and find out what makes our new LPL mount unique!

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Image Processing
A steady look-out for image quality is key to delivering the best possible image through a given pipeline. In this way new developments and ways to shape the DoP's vision on set can be integrated into our cameras via new software releases. ARIRAW footage recorded before such an update benefits as well as it can be re-processed through an updated pipeline.

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ARRI Build Quality
Almost a century of experience, an obsessive attention to detail and an intimate familiarity with the conditions on set have led to generations of ARRI cameras that are robust, reliable and simple to operate - all features that our digital cameras have inherited.

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ALEV Sensors
Our very own ALEV III sensor plays its strengths in a film-like look and feel with HDR capability (since 2010). Originally developed for our ALEXA camera family, it had the same height and width as a 35mm film frame. Nowadays the ALEV III comes to live in different cameras and shapes: ALEXA 65 uses the A3X version - a 65mm sensor - whereas ALEXA LF and ALEXA Mini LF use A2X, the slightly smaller variant that covers a little bit more than "full frame".

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Viewfinders
Our viewfinder are specifically designed to meet the needs of professional camera operators by offering an extremely fast image display, high image quality, accurate color reproduction and a number of features inherited from our optical viewfinders, including surround view.

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Workflow
The concept behind the term "workflow" is the digital film lab. Hence being able to view, edit and "post" footage recorded with our digital cameras. We develop our own Software Development Kit (ARRIRAW SDK) for processing ARRIRAW data to RGB images and talk to 3rd party vendors to ensure support in their tools.

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Video Room

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2019-09-12

ARRI Signature Prime Showreel 2019

Experience what’s possible in a lens with the new ARRI Signature Primes Showreel 2019. From warm, smooth skin tones to soft bokeh and delicate flares, the showreel demonstrates the benefits of the Signature Primes with footage from productions around the world.

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2018-12-13

ARRI large-format camera system: Soulful connections

Shooting wide open with ARRI Signature Prime lenses for shallow focus and gorgeous bokeh, cinematographer Matias Boucard works purely with natural light and available sources. Capturing human friendships on location in Thailand, this clip beautifully showcases the detail, dynamic range and sensitivity of ALEXA LF.

ALEXA LF with 35, 47 and 75 mm ARRI Signature Prime lenses

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2018-12-13

ARRI large-format camera system: Face to face

In contrast with other ALEXA LF showreels exploring low light and shadow, cinematographer Tom Fährmann BVK shot a diverse palette of faces and skin tones against a white background. Varying portrait lighting illustrates the humanity, color and exceptional clarity of the ALEXA LF/ARRI Signature Prime combination.

ALEXA LF with 125 mm ARRI Signature Prime lens

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2018-12-13

ARRI large-format camera system: The artistic spirit

Cinematographer Wang Yu navigates the atmospheric studio and creative inspirations of the celebrated Chinese artist and furniture-maker, Shao Fan. Moving lights, ghostly shadow effects, angular and curved forms, architecture and perspective, raw materials and tools-all reveal the distinctive texture of ALEXA LF images.

ALEXA LF with 25, 47, 75 and 125 mm ARRI Signature Prime lenses

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2018-12-13

ARRI large-format camera system: An excursion on architecture

Tom Fährmann BVK uses ALEXA LF and ARRI Signature Prime lenses to document the creative preoccupations of an architect, which bear striking similarities to those of a cinematographer: light, texture, detail, and the expression of emotions through practical skill. All of them are captured perfectly by the ARRI large-format system. Learn more: https://www.arri.com/largeformat

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2018-12-13

ARRI large-format camera system: Papa

For this inspiring short film on loss and friendship, cinematographer Logan Schneider paired the organic, silky nature of Signature Primes with ALEXA LF for unprecedented clarity to humanize a robot and immerse the audience.

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2018-12-21

ARRI Signature Primes - Focus and Bokeh Demo

See a focus and bokeh demonstration video of the ARRI Signature Prime Lenses: The different focal lenghts from 15 – 200 mm capture a scenery wide open, while the focus is being shifted (position of camera remains the same).

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2018-12-21

ARRI Signature Primes – Focal Length Demo

See a short demonstration video of how the different Signature Primes focal lengths from 15 to 200 mm perform (position of camera remains the same).

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2019-01-07

ARRI Signature Primes Perspective Demo

See the various perspective results of different Signature Primes focal lenghts at varied distance to the camera.

Technical Data

Name

ARRI Signature Prime 12/T1.8

ARRI Signature Prime 15/T1.8

ARRI Signature Prime 18/T1.8

ARRI Signature Prime 21/T1.8

Release

12/2019

06/2019

shipping

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Lens Mount

LPL

LPL

LPL

LPL

Aperture

T1.8 - T22

T1.8 - T22

T1.8 - T22

T1.8 - T22

MOD from sensor plane (minimum marked distance)

0.35 m / 14“

0.35 m / 14“

0.35 m / 14"

0.35 m / 14"

News Room

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2018-07-18

Quick Look: Signature Primes

A brief review of ARRI’s new LPL-mount large-format cine lenses.

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2019-08-03

Drama “False Indigo” shot on ALEXA LF & ARRI Signature Primes

"It's fascinating how the ALEXA LF sees the world through the ARRI Signature Primes. The sense of presence and intimacy made us re-think how we shot this film, and the eye just sinks into the soft bokeh,” says “False Indigo” director Christopher Hooton. 


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2018-12-12

ARRI SIGNATURE - LENS REVIEW

Alfonso Parra AEC, ADFC, Colombian member of IMAGO, has performed a new lens test, dedicated to the ARRI Signature prime lenses. The tests was centered in rendering, sharpness, texture and the overall quality of the lenses with the large sensor. 

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2018-09-20

A brief review of ARRI’s new LPL-mount large-format cine lenses

What a difference a brand new lens design makes.

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2019-06-28

ARRI Signature Prime lenses and TRINITY at short film "The Yearning"

“Thanks to the gorgeous ARRI Signature Prime lenses and TRINITY, we created an amazing single-shot film!" say writer/director Isabel Anderton and producer Christine Hartland from "The Yearning," a short film made with Directors UK ARRI TRINITY Single-Shot challenge and filmed on location in the traveling Zyair Circus featuring Isis Hainsworth, Barry Ward, Bianca Guh, Gabriel Mansour. "

2018-09-26

ARRI ALEXA LF shoots for Target in Australia

The first Australian television commercial captured with an ALEXA LF with new Signature Prime lenses has been shot in the rainforests of Byron Shire by popular DP Stefan Duscio and directed by Jessie Oldfield and Adam Murfet for Target Australia.
 

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2018-12-24

Three lenses: a look at bokeh, depth of field and geometry

What’s out of focus is just as important as what’s in focus, but often it’s an afterthought. Come see why it shouldn’t be.

Downloads

2019-11-06
Camera System Highlights - Brochure 2019
2019-04-03
ARRI large-format camera system brochure
2019-04-11
Signature Prime User Manual