NiSi Athena Prime 35mm T1.9 Full Frame Cinema Lens
NiSi Athena Prime 35mm T1.9 Full Frame Cinema Lens
NiSi Athena Prime 35mm T1.9 Full Frame Cinema Lens
NiSi Athena Prime 35mm T1.9 Full Frame Cinema Lens
NiSi Athena Prime 35mm T1.9 Full Frame Cinema Lens
NiSi Athena Prime 35mm T1.9 Full Frame Cinema Lens
NiSi Athena Prime 35mm T1.9 Full Frame Cinema Lens

NiSi Athena Prime 35mm T1.9 Full Frame Cinema Lens

Regular price R 26,999.00
Tax included.


Introducing the Athena Lenses - NiSi's most exciting announcement ever.

NiSi Athena is a set of full frame ultra-fast T1.9 cine primes, consisting of a 14mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm. The Athena lenses all have a uniform body design for fast swapping, ultra-low CA, amazing sharpness and micro-contrast. A 16-blade iris delivers soft round bokeh and the lenses have rear-mount filter options.


Why do these lenses deserve such a bold introduction? Have they revolutionised cinema optics? No. They have however disrupted the price point for fast pro-grade cinema primes. The Athena lenses are priced at just R26 999/lens*, or R126 999 for a full set, including a hard case AND a NiSi 4x5.65 1/8 Black Mist and Polarizer.

*Except the NiSi Athena 14mm which is priced at R29 999

Included in the lens set

  • 14mm T2.4
  • 25mm T1.9
  • 35mm T1.9
  • 50mm T1.9
  • 85mm T1.9
  • FREE Hard lens case
  • NiSi 4x5.65 1/8 Black Mist and Polarizer 

Mounts and Filtration 5 November 2023

Mounts currently available are - 

  • Arri PL
  • Sony E (with filter slot)
  • Sony E (no filter slot, 100g lighter per lens)
  • Canon RF
  • Fuji G
  • L Mount 

Rear Mount Filtration for mirrorless mounts | ETA late November, the following will be available - 

  • FSND 0.3 - 2.1
  • Black Mist 1/4 & 1/8
  • True Colour VND 1-5
  • True Colour PL
  • True Colour ND/PL 0.3 - 1.8
  • Allure Streak Blue/Orange/Clear

ETA - Our first stock sold out before arrival, get in touch on if you want to place an order or keep scrolling for more about these lenses. 

Available to rent from the following rental houses:
Peter Lambert - 0833136106 (Full set, PL Mount)

Demo PL and E sets available to try. If do not know you, we'll need a concrete reference from someone we do.

Do you have the item in stock? 

Products are either in stock, out of stock (sold out) or special order. 

  • In stock: We have stock at our local warehouse. You can see how many we have in stock, add these products to your cart and check out. 
  • Sold out: We usually carry stock of this item but it has sold out. Please get in touch to get an ETA and reserve and incoming product. Or use the "Email me when available" button to get an email when new stock arrives. 
  • Special order: We don't carry local stock of this item. Get in touch to confirm stock availability and ETA to place an order. 

Delivery options and what they cost

We pride ourselves on lightning fast shipping, FREE on all orders over R1000. For orders under R1000 a courier fee of R120 will apply. Apart from large f-stop gear orders and large tripods, most of our items ship overnight and the daily cutoff is 13:00. You can read more on the deliveries page

Can I collect my parcel? 

Yes, you can collect your order from our warehouse in Saxenburg Park, Blackheath (08:00 - 14:00). Just choose the collection option at checkout- we'll follow up with the specifics. Please note that we are very strict about payment if collecting. We will not release any goods if we are not 100% comfortable about payment. We accept the following as payment confirmation in order to release the goods. 

  • Payfast Card Payment (any customers, new or returning)
  • EFT from FNB to FNB, pending fund clearance (any customers, new or returning)
  • Normal EFT from other banks to FNB (return customers only)
  • Instant EFT from other banks to FNB, pending fund clearance (Any customers, new or returning) 
  • Cash (any customers, new or returning)

What payment options are available?  

  • EFT
  • EFT via Payfast
  • Credit card: VISA & Mastercard
  • Payflex
  • Float

What is your policy on returns and or exchanges?

We are more than happy to exchange any product for something else or a full refund* if you feel that the item you chose isn’t quite right for you. See our Return Policy page for more. 

*If paying with any card, 4.5% of the transaction value goes to the credit card payment facilitation company. "Full Refund" means that we will return the full amount we received after the credit card service fees. If you are at all unsure that what you're buying is ideal for you, rather opt for EFT payment to be safe. 

Where is my order? How can I track my order?

You will receive an email with your tracking number once your order has been collected by our couriers. You can also find tracking number for your orders under "My account" 

You can also shop NiSi Filters at the following retailers & dealers. 
Orms Cape Town
Shop 5 Roeland Square, Cnr Roeland and, Upper Canterbury St, Cape Town
Orms Bellville
Victorian Towers, 2 Palm St, Bellville, Cape Town
Fritz, 0219101380
FilmFlow (Cinema Specialist)
Boskruin, Randburg
Deon Truter, 0823148308
Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Martin Wright, 0118802885
28 Pearce St, Berea, East London
043 726 2200
Lime Photo
Kloof, Durban
Emil, 0844849959
You can also shop Leofoto Tripods at the following retailers & dealers. 
Orms Cape Town
Shop 5 Roeland Square, Cnr Roeland and, Upper Canterbury St, Cape Town
Orms Bellville
Victorian Towers, 2 Palm St, Bellville, Cape Town
Fritz, 021 910 1380
Lime Photo
Kloof, Durban
Emil, 0844849959
3% Tactical
Bernard Kotze - 0727156743
Ivan Fourie - 0825290593
Pretoria Arms
1032 Silvergrass St, Montana, Pretoria, 0182
Wayne Lesch – 0798834407

Damien Bradshaw 
Eastern Cape (Hunting Products Only)

Approved Arms
Dirk Pio  – 0730556726

We have a no-nonsense approach. If a product breaks due to a manufacturer defect, we will replace it without asking any questions. If we have any reason to believe that the product was put through unreasonably heavy usage, we will have to follow the manufacturer's standard warranty procedure. 

Find more info on proper care and use for each brand below. 

NiSi Care & Use

F-stop Care & Use


The manufacturer offers a 10-year limited warranty on all products and we extend that warranty to our customers. Please read the below very carefully, so you understand your position when something breaks or doesn’t work ideally anymore.

It is critical to understand that this warranty only applies to factory faults and not to standard wear and tear. Tripods are subject to a lot of gray areas in this regard as tripods used outdoors, particularly in sand and sea water, are subjected to extreme wear and tear. We will e.g. replace the affected part of your tripod if a carbon tube snaps or cracks without much pressure applied to it or if the apex breaks. We will not replace your tripod or the affected part if e.g. a joint locks up due to sand or salt build up or if a hinge becomes corroded or stiff/floppy and unserviceable due to corrosion or salt build up. 

In sum, if we see that you took good care of your tripod and something went wrong, we will go out of our way to fix or replace it for you. If we see that you dragged it through the mud (literally or metaphorically), then we are unlikely to fix/replace it for you. How you handle your tripod and take care of it, is all the difference between 3- or 20 years of service. 

The best of tripods will not last longer than 2/3 years if used regularly in the sea, INCORRECTLY, and never serviced. Always make sure to extend the lowest leg section first, so you keep the joints out of the water/sand. Always rinse with freshwater after use in the sea, wipe down with a wet cloth, leave extended to dry and ENSURE YOU KEEP THE HEAD AND APEX DRY. If your tripod’s joints start feeling sandy/gritty, open them up, give them a proper clean and lubrication and fine-tune the tension on the joints.

If travelling on dirt roads, ensure that your tripod is in its carry-bag when not in use.

Your tripod will not take care of itself – it is up to you to do so. All our tripods ship with an info-sheet on taking care of your tripod. We also offer a full tripod disassembly and service for R1000, including shipping both ways.

Elevate your story with Athena Prime

Everything you need to know


The Athena lenses all have a 46mm image circle, providing coverage of full frame sensors.



  • FUJI G
  • L

T1.9 and Round 16-Blade Bokeh

Four of the five Athena lenses feature a T1.9 aperture - it's only the 14mm that is slightly slower at T2.4 - this was a requirement to ensure perfect corner to corner sharpness. This delivers beautiful background seperation and bokeh, when required, as well as excellent low-light ability.


The Athena lenses have no noticeable focus breathing. This is a claim that many lens manufacturers make on a regular basis, but the actual footage seldom delivers the proof for that claim. At R27 000/lens, the Athena's focus breathing performance is pretty damn amazing. All 5 lenses have identically positioned focus rings with a buttery smooth 300 degree focus throw. This allows lightning-fast lens swops without having to reposition the focus motor.

Crisp, Clean Image Quality

Many of the budget cine lens manufacturers use "character" as an excuse for poor image quality. NiSi designed these lenses to be clean, sharp and free of "character" flaws. The Athena lenses are brilliantly sharp while retaining excellent micro-contrast. There is almost no chromatic abberation or distortion and the Athena lenses produce beautiful flare when shooting into a light source.

Drop-in Filters

Firstly, all the Athena lenses except the 14mm have a standard 77mm filter thread, which means you can use normal screw-in filters. All 5 lenses (14mm included) have an 80mm outer diameter, allowing easy and consistent matte box mounting.

The real highlight is however the drop-in rear filter slot. The mirrorless mounts feature a proprietary drop-in filter slot that will make it super fast and affordable to filter these lenses.

The PL mount sadly doesn't allow it, but they have added a screw-in rear filter mount for the PL version.

Availability Update 5 November 2023

The drop-in filters have been set for first shipment before the end of the year. The following will be available

FSND 0.3 - 2.1 (est. R2000/filter)
Black Mist 1/4 & 1/8 (est. R2000/filter)
True Colour 1-5 VND (est. R4000)
True Colour PL (est. R2500)
True Colour ND/PL 0.3 - 1.8 (est. R3500/filter)
Allure Streak Blue/Orange/Clear (Est. R2500/filter)

Glow-in-the-Dark Metric & Imperial Focus Scales

You don't have to choose a focus scale based on where you live - the Athena lenses
feature both feet and meters.

All of the markings are luminous, so you don't a light to find the right lens when you're in the shadows off-set. The caps also have the focal length in gigantic luminous letters, making it easy to pull the right lens out of the case when it's dark.

Macro Conversion with Close-up Lens

Need to get a tight shot of a person's eye, an insect or a the detail of a product? No need to buy an extra lens. The Athena lenses work absolutely perfectly with NiSi's
77mm apochromatic close-up lens without degrading the image quality in any way.

Pop it on the 85mm for 1:1 magnification and you're ready to go.

Free 4x5.65" 1/8 Black Mist and Polarizer

This is probably the craziest part of the Athena's pricing - if you buy the full set, you will not just get a hardshell case, but a free 4x5.65 1/8 Black Mist and Polarizer. These two filters will put you back R13 000 if bought seperately.

Got any questions about NiSi Athena? Don't hesitate to get in touch using the form below or find our contact number here.

Shot on NiSi Athena

Supported by minds of 8711 Action Design, OOS Media put YouTuber, comedian, and actress Simmi Singh to the test! Can she survive the 21 days of training to star in a filmed John Wick style choreographed fight scene? Watch to find out. Shot with NiSi Athena lenses, the final video result demonstrates the micro-contrast feature, smooth transitions between foreground and background and seamless transitions between dark and light tones.

Video reviews and tests

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