Sigma launches world’s first 15mm f/1.4 fisheye lens and 500mm f/5.6 Sports lens

Feb 21, 2024

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Sigma launches world’s first 15mm f/1.4 fisheye lens and 500mm f/5.6 Sports lens

Feb 21, 2024

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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New Sigma Lenses - February 2024

Sigma has announced two new lenses. First up, a long, relatively low-budget full-frame telephoto, the Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports (buy here). I say relatively because it’s not cheap, but half the price of the old 500mm f/4 for DSLRs (buy here).

The other goes in completely the opposite direction. It’s the Sigma 15mm F1.4 DG DN Diagonal Fisheye Art (buy here). This one’s a biggy. Sigma says it’s the world’s first full-frame fisheye lens with a wide f/1.4 aperture.

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Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports

First up, the big telephoto. The Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports offers a nice long focal length for sports and wildlife shooters. It features all-new optics and Sigma’s new OS2 optical stabilisation algorithm. This brings up to 5 stops of stabilisation power to the lens.

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As a long lens with an f/5.6 aperture, it’s much lighter than its f/4 counterparts. This makes it much easier to handhold than wider aperture lenses. This saving is also reflected in the price, with the new lens costing half that of Sigma’s older 500mm f/4 Sports lens for DSLRs.

Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports

Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Specs

Focal length500mm
Max aperturef/5.6
Min aperturef/32
Lens mountSony E, Leica L
FormatFull-frame
Angle of view
Minimum Focus Distance3.2m
Optics20 elements in 14 groups
Aperture blades11
Focus typeAutofocus
StabilisationYes
Filter size95mm (Front)
Dimensions107.6 x 236.6mm
Weight1.4kg
Launch Price$2,999

Sigma 15mm F1.4 DG DN Diagonal Fisheye Art

The Sigma 15mm F1.4 DG DN Diagonal Fisheye Art is an interesting lens indeed. Sigma says it’s the world’s first full-frame fisheye lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4. This makes it ideally suited to low-light applications.

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Despite the super wide aperture, it should still offer a very deep depth of field once you focus more than a few feet from the front of the lens. It’s just the nature of ultra-wide rectilinear and fisheye lenses. Sigma says it also offers very high detail-resolving power, even shot wide open.

Sigma 15mm F1.4 DG DN Diagonal Fisheye Art

Sigma 15mm F1.4 DG DN Diagonal Fisheye Art Specs

Focal length15mm
Max aperturef/1.4
Min aperturef/16
Lens mountSony E, Leica L
FormatFull-frame Fisheye
Angle of view180°
Minimum Focus Distance38.5cm
Optics21 elements in 15 groups
Aperture blades11, rounded
Focus typeAutofocus
StabilisationNo
Filter sizeRear filter holder
Dimensions104 x 159.9mm
Weight1.4kg
Launch Price$1,999

Price and Availability

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The Sigma 15mm F1.4 DG DN Diagonal Fisheye Art is available to pre-order now for $1,999. The Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports is also available to pre-order now for $2,999. Both lenses begin shipping in March.

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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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