First photo leaks of upcoming Sigma 23mm f/1.4 DC DN lens ahead of announcement

Mar 27, 2023

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First photo leaks of upcoming Sigma 23mm f/1.4 DC DN lens ahead of announcement

Mar 27, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Last week, we reported that Sigma was expecting to announce three new lenses soon. Two of these lenses would be for full-frame cameras. One is a 50mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary and the other is a 17mm f/4 DG DN Contemporary. The third is an APS-C lens, the 23mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary. They’re expected to be announced next week, and we’ve already seen some rumoured specs.

Now, the first photo of the Sigma 23mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens appears to have leaked. Not surprisingly, it looks very much like the other f/1.4 APS-C primes in Sigma’s DC DN lineup and brings the range up to a total of five lenses; Four primes and one 18-50mm f/2.8 zoom zoom lens. It’s now also been rumoured that the new lenses are expected to be announced on April 3rd.

Here are the specs we’ve heard so far of the three upcoming lenses.

Sigma 17mm f/4 DG DN Contemporary

  • Coverage: full-frame
  • Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance: 12cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:3.6
  • Filter diameter: 55mm
  • Size: φ64.0mm x 48.8mm (50.8mm for E mount version)
  • Weight: 225g( 220g for E mount version)
  • Magnetic metal cap

Sigma 50mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary

  • Coverage: full-frame
  • Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance: 45cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:6.9
  • Filter diameter: 58mm
  • Size: φ70.0 x 68.0mm (70.0mm for E-mount version)
  • Weight: 350g( E mount version
  • supports 345g) magnetic metal cap

Sigma 23mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary

  • Coverage: APS-C
  • Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance: 25cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:7.3
  • Filter diameter: 52mm
  • Size: φ65.8 x 76.9mm
  • Weight: 340g
  • Mount: L mount, Sony E mount, Fujifilm X mount

Now we know they’re coming on April 3rd, although there’s still no word on any prices yet. I think we can expect the 23mm f/1.4 DC DN to be similarly priced to Sigma’s other APS-C mirrorless prime lenses in the DC DN Contemporary lineup, though. These generally seem to hover in the $340-480 range when purchased individually.

As for the two full-frame lenses… With a maximum aperture of f/2 on the 50mm and f/4 on the 17mm, these obviously aren’t super high-end lenses. So, I expect they’ll be relatively low cost. After all, they’re part of Sigma’s Contemporary lens series, not their higher-end Art series.

It’s nice to see Sigma finally expanding its APS-C DC DN Contemporary lineup a little again. Even if it’s just one lens, that’s still a 33% increase in lenses in the lineup from where it stands right now. With APS-C still proving to be as popular as ever, even with full-frame bodies now being available for less than a grand, it’s great to see it getting more attention from Sigma. Hopefully, we’ll soon start to see some of Sigma’s old DSLR classics shifted to mirrorless soon, like the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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