Sigma Adds 3 NEW ART Lenses Plus a 100-400mm Beast!

February 21, 20170 Comments

Sigma 14mm-f1-8

Lots of new stuff to talk about this morning! Lets start wide with the worlds first full frame F1.8 14mm. The Sigma 14mm 1.8 DG HSM ART. In Art tradition the 14mm is fast at 1.8. The 14mm ART utilizes both FLD and SLD glass elements to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for notable clarity. Four aspherical elements, including the front large-diameter precision-molded glass element, also contribute to reducing distortion and spherical aberrations for improved sharpness and accuracy. Additionally, a Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to individual elements to suppress lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast when working in strong lighting. Well-suited to astrophotography and low-light outdoor shooting, this lens presents a unique blend of a broad perspective and fast, flexible performance. As with all wide angle lenses you are going to get distortion so it will be interesting to see how the distortion looks on this new fast 14mm wide angle lens.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Four SLD Elements
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Next up the 135mm f1.8.

Sigma 135 f1.8 ART With hood

The Sigma ART line is filling up nicely over the years and now we have a fast and long Sigma 135mm f1.8 ART that’s right F1.8! Wow. As with all the ART line they are fast lenses and as you can see the 135mm is no different.

The 135mm lens uses FLD and SLD glass to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for notable clarity. A Super Multi-Layer Coating also enhances image quality by suppressing lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity in strong lighting conditions. Additionally, making it an ideal lens for portraiture, the bright f/1.8 maximum aperture pairs with a rounded nine-blade diaphragm to benefit selective focus and shallow depth of field imaging with smooth bokeh.

The lens has a Hyper Sonic Motor to produce quick, smooth, and quiet autofocus performance with full-time manual focus override. The physical design utilizes Thermally Stable Composite material for durability in a wide range of environments, and a brass bayonet mount also offers rigidity and mounting precision. For a nice bokeh the lens has 9 round bladed diaphragm.

Sigma 135 f1.8 ART front

The bad news is no image stabilization. Seems like a good idea especially with the longer lenses like this and the 50-100 that I love.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements, Two SLD Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

This one has my interest! The new 24-70 F2.8 with optical image stabilization.

Sigma 24-70 mm-f2.8

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three SLD and Four Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Optical Stabilizer
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

The 24-70mm has been a workhorse in photojournalism as well as event and wedding photographers. I’m thrilled to see we now have a Sigma 24-70 f2.8 come to the Art lineup and YES it has image stabilization.

The revamped 24-70mm F2.8 Art features a brand new OS and fast AF system. The lens includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberration. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art aspherical elements use Sigma’s thicker center glass design and highly precise polishing process, delivering stunning images and bokeh effects. The lens’ purpose-built structure boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion.

And last but not least the 100-400mm BEAST!

Sigma 100-400

The new 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary telephoto zoom lens offers high IQ and usability with its lightweight, compact, dust- and splash-proof design. Equipped with the newly released Sigma OS and AF, the lens provides exceptional performance at lower shutter speeds. Highly versatile, the 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary also features Sigma’s unique macro function (1:3.8 ratio) for perfecting close-ups and distance shots, and push/pull focal zooming for ease of use.

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5 to f/22
  • Four SLD Glass Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Optical Stabilizer
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

All in all a very impressive release from Sigma. I would have liked to have seen stabilization added to the 135mm. Not sure why Sigma chose to leave that off of a long lens. The 24-70 will be must try for me. One feature I really like with the Sigma ART lenses is they don’t use “Focus By Wire” so we can get repeatable focus when shooting video.

Any of these new offerings have your interest?

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