Sigma to announce three new 17mm f/4, 50mm f/2 and 23mm f/1.4 Contemporary lenses

Feb 15, 2023

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Sigma to announce three new 17mm f/4, 50mm f/2 and 23mm f/1.4 Contemporary lenses

Feb 15, 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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Sigma is preparing to announce three new Contemporary series lenses, according to Asobinet. Two of them, a 17mm f/4 and 50mm f/2, are said to be designed for full-frame, with a 23mm f/1.4 that will expand the company’s DC DN APS-C lineup. The two full-frame lenses will be coming in Sony E and Leica L mounts while the APS-C lens will also be available in Fuji X. Surprisingly, though, not Micro Four Thirds.

50mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary rumours have been getting thrown around occasionally for a little while, although the 17mm f/4 DG DN Contemporary and 23mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary both appear to be fresh rumours. It seems odd to be announcing a 50mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary when they’ve so recently announced the 50mm f/1.4 DG DN Art, but the other two should be quite welcome.

17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary

  • Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 12cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:3.6
  • Filter diameter: 55mm
  • Size: φ64.0mm x 48.8mm (50.8mm for E-mount version)
  • Weight: 225g (220g for E-mount version)
  • Magnetic metal cap

50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary

  • Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 45cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:6.9
  • Filter diameter: 58mm
  • Size: φ70.0 x 68.0mm (70.0mm for E mount version)
  • Weight: 350g (345g for E-mount version)
  • Compatible with magnetic metal caps

23mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

  • Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups
  • Shortest shooting distance: 25cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:7.3
  • Filter diameter: 52mm
  • Size: φ65.8 x 76.9mm
  • Weight: 340g
  • Mount: L mount, Sony E mount, Fujifilm X mount

The 23mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary will be particularly interesting to see once it’s official. As Asobinet points out, it’s the first new f/1.4 lens in Sigma’s APS-C Contemporary lineup in quite a while. It also sits very nicely between the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN and the 30mm f/1.4 DC DN, offering a field of view equivalent to about 35mm on full-frame bodies. Oddly, this lens doesn’t appear to be coming for Micro Four Thirds, as Sigma’s other f/1.4 Contemporary lenses have in the past. Not so oddly, it doesn’t look like it’ll be coming for Canon’s EF-M mount.

At a guess, I’d say the 17mm f/4 DG DN Contemporary is perhaps best suited to vloggers. It offers a nice wide field of view to provide a lot of environmental context around the subject. And being so lightweight, it seems like a bit of a no-brainer to at least try this lens for vlogging – even with an APS-C Sony camera. Of course, such a short focal length on full-frame also lends itself very well to landscapes, events, interiors and other genres, too.

The 50mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary would have to come with an amazing price tag to justify picking this over the recently announced 50mm f/1.4 DG DN Art. Sure, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG DN costs $850, but that’s already pretty cheap compared to the rumoured upcoming Sony 50mm f/1.4 GM, which is expected to cost around $1,900. I would hope that a 50mm f/2 would come in at less than $500 and, ideally, closer to $400 or less.

There’s no word on when we might hear announcements of any of the three rumoured lenses, nor a price, but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

[via Asobinet]

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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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    erone

    smal cheap 50 mm 1.8, pro 14-24 f/4 with filter size 82mm..