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.
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.
- Pre-order the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary for Sony
- Pre-order the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary for Micro Four Thirds