Other than the tiniest full frame mirrorless, there are a few more novelties from Sigma today. Three of them, to be exact. Sigma has just announced three out of four rumored lenses for Sony FE: the 35mm f/1.2 Art, 45mm f/2.8, and the 12-24mm f/2.8 Art. We finally have more details of the specs, prices, and availability, so let’s check them out.
Looks like July will be exciting for Sony shooters, at least in terms of third-party lenses. After Tamron’s announcement, it seems that Sigma is also about to launch something new. It’s not just one Sony FE lens, but four of them: two zooms and two primes. They include 35mm f/1.2, 45mm f/2.8, 12-24mm f/2.8, and 24-70mm f/2.8, and they are reportedly coming later this month.
Last month, DIYP made the visit to NAB 2019 in Las Vegas. While I was in the neighbourhood, I decided to head to Arizona for a couple of weeks after the show ended. I’ve always wanted to explore the desert, and this was my chance!
With me, I took Sigma’s “Big Three” f/2.8 Pro zoom lenses – the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art, Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art and Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 Sports. These were the only lenses I took with me and shot with during the trip, and here are some of my thoughts.
The Sigma/Leica/Panasonic alliance has been big news since it was officially announced at Photokina 2018. We’ve already seen two new full frame L mount cameras from Panasonic, and now Sigma’s Art series prime lenses are going L mount. Sigma brought some of the new L Mount prototype lenses to NAB 2019 so we had a quick look. Yyou’ll also be able to use your Canon EF & Sigma SA lenses with the new Panasonic S1 and S1R using the MC-21 mount adapter.
After a leak back in September, and then the official announcement a week later, many people have been waiting for more information on the new Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens. Specifically, how much it’ll cost and when they can get their hands on one.
Well, Sigma has now announced pricing and availability for the new lens, and it’s practically a steal at only $1,499. Available in Nikon F, Canon EF and Sigma SA mounts, it comes it at $600 less than the new Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III and a whole $1,000 less than the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E VR.
Oh yeah, that’s a whole lotta glass! New images have come from Nokishita showing five new Sigma Art, Sport & Contemporary series lenses. Two of these I suggested we may see soon after the recent Sigma Cinema Lens announcement, and one’s a very long-awaited and much-anticipated hunk of glass. But there are also a couple of surprises.
When Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens was first announced, it was available in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma SA mounts. But, Sony shooters can now get it with a native Sony E mount too, and Manny Ortiz tested it out. In this video, he’ll show you what it’s like to shoot portraits with this lens, and from his experience – Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art does a pretty good job.
Sigma’s lineup of native Sony E-Mount Art is now almost complete. Having shipped the 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm E-Mount lenses in June, Sigma has now started sending out the 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM, 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro and 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art series E-Mount lenses.
Having played with E-Mount versions of the 20mm and 50mm lenses only a week ago, they seem to show definite improvement on Sony bodies over MC-11 adapted EF or SA mount lenses. So these should be warmly welcomed by Sony shooters, particularly the 135mm f/1.8.
Pricing and release information for Sigma’s upcoming 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens has finally been announced. We figured it was pretty much a certainty that it would be less expensive than the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E, but I didn’t expect this big of a difference. Coming in at a mere $1,599 ($600 cheaper than the Nikon), the lenses will be shipping in June.
It’s not much of a secret that I like to see those factory tour videos. Watching cameras, lenses and other photography related items being built fascinates me. I just like to know how things are put together and how they work. But one thing that often gets lost in such videos is the human connection. To the company and its workers.
The folks at cinema5D had the opportunity to take a look around the factory to see lenses being built. But they also got to sit down and talk with Sigma CEO, Kazuto Yamaki. It’s an interesting discussion talking about the company, the people who built it, the people who still work there and why all the machines on the factory floor are painted blue.