Sigma Photo Announces 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art

Sigma_24-35_lrgSigma has announced a new Art lens, and this time it is a zoom lens for 35mm sensors. The 24-35mm f/2 Art is a moderate wide-angle zoom that is f/2, and while the size and weight is on the large side (nearly a kilogram), I think the image quality should be on the level of their Art releases. I’m not too excited about the focal lengths though. No word on pricing or availability yet.

CK: I think it’d be awesome if Sigma releases an APS-C or M43 equivalent of this lens for the mirrorless users. A Fuji X-mount one will be great. On APS-C, the lens would be 16-24mm f/2.0, which can be made smaller/lighter. On M43, it can be made even smaller! It could even be possible to make it 16-24mm f/1.4 on APS-C and 12-17mm f/1.0 on M43 if size is not an issue!

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Sigma Photo Announces 24mm f/1.4 DS HSM Art and dp0 Quattro


Sigma continue their conquest of the high-end lens market with the 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. Given the great reception of the Art lenses with new designs so far, the 24mm f/1.4 is likely to be another hit. A bit surprising too, since I thought they would do the 85mm f/1.4 first, which should be an easier design. Now how about some Art lenses for us mirrorless users? I would like a 10mm f/1.8. Not greedy here, no.

No word on pricing or availability yet. Continue reading Sigma Photo Announces 24mm f/1.4 DS HSM Art and dp0 Quattro

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Sigma Announces Three New Lenses and Two Teleconverters


Sigma has also announced a bunch of lenses, starting with a pair of 150-500mm f/5-6.3 HSM OS lenses. A pair? That’s right. Sigma probably took a look at Tamron and envied them enough to produce a pair of such lenses, coming in at Sport and Contemporary editions. The main difference is the Sport version has more elements for better image quality (given they’re low dispersion glass I assume there will be less chromatic aberrations at least) and the Sport version is better built with weather sealing.  It is also going to be heavier at 2.8kg. Yikes that’s the 120-300mm f/2.8’s weight! No word on price and availability for either lens. Continue reading Sigma Announces Three New Lenses and Two Teleconverters

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Three Guys’ Picks and Pans of 2013


Well, 2013 was a quiet year, mainly with the two giants not releasing much, and everyone struggling to stay relevant in times of weak sales brought about by competent cameras that reduce the need to upgrade and convenient cameras in the form of smartphone cameras that make it easy to share photographs. Still, it was not all bad, and we have a list of last year’s most notable products. Read on and find out what they were! Continue reading Three Guys’ Picks and Pans of 2013

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PMA@CES 2014: Sigma Announces the All-new 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ‘Art’ Lens

A | Art Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM
A | Art Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

A couple of years back, Sigma released the Art-series 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM to critical acclaim. This year at PMA@CES 2014, Sigma announced a new addition to the Art series in the form of a 50mm f/1.4 DG. Like the 35mm f/1.4DG HSM, the new lens also sports the premium-looking design – a welcome change from Sigma’s crinkled finish on their older lenses.

Like a lot of Sigma lenses, the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM is rather big, with a 77mm filter size. This is apparently due to Sigma choosing to use a retro-focal design more commonly found on wide angle primes. The HSM moniker indicates that the lens employs an ultrasonic focussing motor for quick and improved focussing.

The lens will be available in Nikon, Canon, Sony and of course, Sigma mounts. Unfortunately, the price and availability is unknown at this point of time.

YS: Ye gods. 77mm for a 50mm f/1.4? Big, and rather unwieldy. The price for a retrofocus design to overcome soft corners on a DSLR.

David: It’s quite interesting that in the face of increasing smaller cameras and the mirror less trends, DSLR lens makers are actually making BIGGER and BIGGER lenses in an effort to up the optical quality game. Witness the humongous Zeiss full frame A mount primes, and also the new Otus…..

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Sigma releases 4 new lenses – 30mm f/1.4 DC, 19mm f/2.8, 30mm f/2.8 DN and 60mm f/2.8 DN

At the start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013 this week in Yokohama, Japan, Sigma Photo announced 4 new lenses. First lens is a redesigned version of its original much heralded and popular Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens for DX cameras from Nikon, cropped sensor DSLRs from Canon, and of course Sigma’s own lineup of DSLRs. The new 30mm f/1.4 is also compatible with Sigma’s new USB Dock, which will enable firmware updates and focusing adjustments, is expected to be available in coming months. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 gives cropped sensor DSLR users an additional option for fast standard focal length lenses (about 45mm equivalent).  Sigma 60mm f2.8 DN

The 60mm f/2.8 DN is a completely new lens for the Micro 4/3s mount as well as the Sony E system mount. Featuring a 120mm f/2.8 equivalent on Micro 4/3s cameras and 90mm f/2.8 equivalent on Sony E-mount cameras, this lens complements Sigma’s own line of short fast primes for the m4/3 and E mount systems, which now comes with redesigned 19mm f/2.8 DN and the reworked 30mm f/2.8 DN lenses. On m4/3 cameras, the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN features an equivalent focal length of 38mm f/2.8 and the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 gives an equivalent of 60mm f/2.8. On Sony E mount cameras, the 19mm gives a very versatile 28.5mm f/2.8 equivalent and the 60mm f/2.8 gives an equivalent of 90mm f/2.8.

Sigma 30mm f2.8 DN

Sigma 19mm f2.8 DN

All these lenses are redesigned under Sigma’s new “Art” line of lenses. According to Sigma:

“Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Developed with the maximum emphasis on artistic touch, they are designed to meet the expectations of users who value a creative, dramatic outcome above compactness and multifunction. Along with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, they are perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots and many other scenes.”

Availability dates are not known at press time.

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