Sigma announces its first Nikon Z mount lenses

Feb 22, 2023

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Sigma announces its first Nikon Z mount lenses

Feb 22, 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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There have been many rumours about this one over the past few months, but now it’s official. Sigma has announced development their first Nikon Z mount mirrorless lenses. Three of Sigma’s popular lenses are going to be coming to Nikon Z to kick things off, but there’s a catch. You see, we’re not going to get the fancy Art or Sports series lenses. We’re not even getting full-frame lenses. Not yet, anyway.

What Sigma is releasing are Z mount versions of the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary, the 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary and the 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lenses. This is their APS-C lineup that’s also available for Sony E, Canon EF-M, Fuji X, Micro Four Thirds and L-Mount. All three lenses are to be released simultaneously.

16mm F1.4 DC DN30mm F1.4 DC DN56mm F1.4 DC DN
Focal length16mm30mm56mm
Max aperturef/1.4f/1.4f/1.4
Min aperturef16f16f16
FormatAPS-CAPS-CAPS-C
Angle of view83.2°50.7°28.5°
Minimum Focus Distance25cm30cm50cm
Optics16 elements in 13 groups9 elements in 7 groups10 elements in 6 groups
Aperture blades9, rounded9, rounded9, rounded
Focus typeAutofocusAutofocusAutofocus
StabilisationNoneNoneNone
Filter size67mm52mm55mm
Dimensions72.2 x 94.3mm70.0 x 75.3mm70.0 x 61.5mm
Weight420g285g295g

Sigma hasn’t said exactly when the new lenses will be available yet as this is just a development announcement. Obviously, as it’s just a development announcement, there aren’t any pre-order links in any of the usual places, either. I suspect at least a couple will put up listings soon with notifications for when it becomes available.

It’s nice to see that Sigma is finally busting out into Z mount. It will be interesting to see how (or even if) it develops beyond their basic 3-lens APS-C lineup. Given that Nikon doesn’t want to license Z mount to directly competing lenses, it’s entirely possible that this is where that compatibility remains. Most of Sigma’s DG DN full-frame lenses for mirrorless cameras – zooms and primes – all compete with something Nikon has (or will have) in its lineup.

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3 responses to “Sigma announces its first Nikon Z mount lenses”

  1. Ole Hansen Avatar
    Ole Hansen

    As soon as Sigma releases the Art-Series for Z-Mount, I am in! But these here are at least a beginning we‘ve long been waiting for..

  2. Eugene Doudko Avatar
    Eugene Doudko

    Jim Wilson

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      Jim Wilson

      Eugene Doudko weird