Sigma announces NINE new native Sony E-Mount Art series lenses
As if Sigma hadn’t given us enough today. With new 70mm f/2.8 Macro and 105mm f/1.4 Art series lenses, we were already pretty excited. But Sigma also have an extra gift for Sony shooters. Both of the two new lenses today, as well as nine of their popular Art series full frame lenses are being released with a native Sony E-Mount.
A native Sony mount offers advantages over simply using the Canon mount version with the Sigma MC-11 adapter. Such as compatibility with Sony’s continuous (AF-C) and high speed autofocus. And you’ll likely see some Eye-AF improvements, too. Very handy if you’ve been eyeing up that new Sony A7III.
So let’s have a look at that lens lineup…
- SIGMA 14 mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 20 mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 24 mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 35 mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 50 mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 70 mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art
- SIGMA 85 mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 105 mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- SIGMA 135 mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
That’s quite the list that’ll be sure to satisfy many Sony shooters, especially those who have anything to do with landscape, weddings or portraits. The lenses will offer the same high performance we’ve come to expect with Nikon & Canon systems, but will work better on Sony than when using an MC-11 adapter.
While offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new E-mount models will feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses will be compatible with Sony’s Continuous AF (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, which are not addressed by MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
– Sigma Press Release
Sigma also seems to suggest that they’re opening up Sony E-Mount in the Mount Conversion Service. So, if you already own the Canon version of one of these lenses and currently use it with an MC-11, you may soon be able ship it off to Sigma, pay a small fee, and have it converted over to a native Sony mount.
This all appears possible thanks to a deal Sigma have struck up with Sony to actually license the E-Mount officially. They don’t have to reverse engineer it in order to try to keep things compatible.
Note: This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.
– Sigma Press Release
So, even though Sony may still be slacking in the lens department, they are looking out for you guys. So, if you’ve been tempted by Sony’s new A7III already, now you have a few possible lens options.
No word yet on exactly when they’ll ship, but keep an eye out at the usual places.
Update 8th March – Sigma have announced that prices for the Sony E Mount Sigma lenses will be the same as their Nikon, Canon & Sigma mount counterparts. No word yet on 70mm f/2.8 or 105mm f/1.4 prices.
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.