Well, that was quick. It was only yesterday that word leaked that Sigma had a 14mm f/2.8 pro zoom in the works. There weren’t even any leaked photos. But now, it’s official Sigma has announced the new 14mm f/2.8 DF HSM Art series ultra wide angle zoom lens. Although how long you may have to wait for it to be able to actually get your hands on one is anybody’s guess.
There’s word coming out of serial leakers Nokishita that Sigma is getting ready to announce a new lens. And if what they say is true that will be a 14-24mm f/2.8DG HSM Art lens. After the introduction of the 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens last year, it would be nice to see that Sigma may actually be completing the “Holy Trinity” of pro zooms. Especially after almost a year of 70-200mm f/2.8 Sport rumours that have yet to come to fruition.
The Eye AF in Sony bodies has been one of its most hailed features. Up until now, though, it’s been kind of hit & miss unless you’re actually using a Sony lens. Now, though, it seems that Sony have figured out what was causing issues with Eye AF on Canon glass. In this video, photographer Manny Ortiz shows us just how well the Sony A7RIII works with the Canon 200mm f/2L IS USM lens and Sigma MC-11 adapter using Eye AF.
Well, this is a surprise and not an unwelcome one. Few people seem to realise that as well as being a leading 3rd party lens manufacturer, Sigma also make cameras. I have actually had the pleasure of playing with a Sigma sd Quattro for the past few weeks, and it’s pretty impressive if a little on the slow side. The Foveon sensor does produce some truly beautiful results.
That lack of speed, though, has put off many potential Sigma camera owners. Now, a new patent has been filed showing that Sigma looks to be doing something about it. The patent seems to aim more toward the video side of things but no doubt it will speed up its stills capturing capabilities, too. Perhaps this is why Sigma semed a little evasive about camera questions recently at PPE.
In this, the second in our series of gift guides, we’re taking a look at lenses. After all, what good are cameras without them?
We’ve looked through some of our new favourites from the past year, as well as a couple of classics which consistently withstand the test of time.
I love Sigma, they brought quite a few innovations to the photography world: updatable lenses, ceramic filters, the Quattro camera family, and probably a few more that I am not currently recalling. With the amazing tech behind the Foveon sensor, and seven cine lenses announced in the last year, I was really curious to learn what are Sigma’s plans in the video segment.
We met with Zach Howard from Sigma’s marketing dept, and I tried to understand if Sigma is just testing the water in video, so to say, or are they planning to be a significant player in the video market.
We basically had two questions: Is Sigma planning to be a significant player in the video market, and are Sigma going to bring out more cameras, hopefully with Foveon for video. Let me just say that response was entertaining :)
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.
As yesterday’s leaked photos show, Sigma are indeed bringing us a new lens for mirrorless users. Now, though, it’s not a leak or rumour any more, though. Today, Sigma have officially announced their new 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for mirrorless cameras. Specifically, that means Sony and Micro Four Thirds photographers – sorry Fuji shooters.
Sigma boast that this is the world’s first interchangeable lens for Sony mirrorless APS-C cameras which offers a 24mm full frame equivalent field of view at such a wide aperture. For Micro Four Thirds users, that’s a 32mm full frame equivalent field of view. Even with the 2x crop, though, it’s a lens micro four thirds shooters will have been waiting for.
Well, Sigma said they’d be announcing a new lens at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo, which is about to begin in New York. A couple of days ahead of the show, though, it looks like images of the surprise lens announcement have already been leaked. According to these images, that lens is the 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary.
Given the DN lens abbreviation, it looks like this will be available for Micro Four Thirds and probably Sony. On something like a Sony A6500, this would offer the field of view of a 24mm lens on a full frame body. On Micro Four Thirds, a field of view equivalent to 32mm on full frame. With an f/1.4 aperture, it should still provide plenty enough shallow depth of field.
Sigma has recently announced that they will replace or repair any of their equipment damaged in the recent hurricanes. So, in case your Sigma gear has been damaged or destroyed by hurricane Harvey, Irma, or Maria, you’re entitled to have it replaced or repair for free. The conditions are that the gear is still under warranty and that you send it for the repair/replacement by December 31, 2017.