Sigma release pricing & availability info on new 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

Nov 11, 2017

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.

Sigma release pricing & availability info on new 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

Nov 11, 2017

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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Just over two weeks ago, during PhotoPlus Expo, Sigma announced a new super wide super fast prime lens was on the way. The 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for Sony APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras. With users of both formats crying out for super fast wide glass, this was very welcome news.

Well, now, Sigma have released pricing and availability. It’s set to ship as early as November 22nd, and it will cost a mere $449. And, you can pre-order now for Sony or Micro Four Thirds.

For Sony it’s a 1.5x crop, offering the equivalent field of view to a 24mm lens on full frame. For Micro Four Thirds, that field of view is equivalent to a 32mm lens on full frame. For either system, this is going to be a pretty great lens.

  • Focal Length: 16mm
  • Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.4
  • Minimum Aperture: f/16
  • Camera Mount Type: Sony E
  • Format Compatibility: APS-C
  • Angle of View: 83.2°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.84″ (25 cm)
  • Magnification: 0.1x
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:9.9
  • Elements/Groups: 16 / 13
  • Diaphragm: 9 Blade Rounded
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Filter Thread: 67 mm
  • Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.84 x 3.63″ (72.2 x 92.3 mm)
  • Weight: 14.29 oz (405 g)

If I shot Sony, I’d pick one of these up in a heartbeat. It’d be great for both environmental portraits as well as establishing shots shooting video, and even wide shots for interviews. That super wide aperture’s going to be great for astrophotography, too.

For Micro Four Thirds… If I were shooting something like a GH5 as my primary video camera, definitely. In fact, it would probably become the lens that stayed fixed to the camera the most. But, as I don’t, and even though really like the little YI M1 since the release of the new 3.0 firmware, I probably won’t buy this lens. If they ever make a version for DSLRs, though, that one would definitely go on my shopping list.

As mentioned, both flavours of the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens are $449. They ship on November 22nd.

 

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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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2 responses to “Sigma release pricing & availability info on new 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens”

  1. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    15? Think it’s 16mm??

  2. Ian Wong Avatar
    Ian Wong

    DC = apsc
    Rip