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Sigma’s Fast New Art Lenses, Plus What Looks to be a 'Killer' 70-200mm f/2.8 Zoom

Get Sigma DG HSM Art at B&H Photo.

Continuing its juggernaut of outstanding lens designs in its 'Art' series, Sigma today announced the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, and Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OSM Sports and Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports.

I’ll express the one significant criticism I have of Sigma DG HSM Art lenses: size and weight are a serious drawback for my usage, with minimal upside for still shooters. While I am a big fan of an f/1.4 aperture when shooting, it’s mostly a liability out in the field where bulk reduces the number of lenses I can carry, and weight is literally a pain in the back. My guess is that Sigma hs developed the DG HSM Art series with videographers in mind as well, and with videography, f/1.4 (T/1.5 or so) is highly desirable.

Update: see Reader Comments: Size/Weight of Sigma DG HSM Art Lenses.

Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

For Canon, Nikon, Sigma SA, Sony FE. A refreshing focal length which I welcome. Clearly Sigma has designed this lens with video in mind (reader Pieter K points out that the T/1.5 cine version was announced September 12th at IBC in Amsterdam, the Netherlands).

  • Optical performance that meets the requirements of high-end cine lenses 2
  • Designed to meet all shooting conditions
  • SIGMA CINE LENS – Inheriting the high standard and superior optical performance of SIGMA’s Art lenses

Inherits the development philosophy behind the SIGMA CINE LENS High-end cine lenses used by professional filmmakers are required to have a consistent characteristic over the entire sensor at a high level, because these lenses are used to film a subject moving freely on the screen or while panning or tilting the camera. This represents exactly the concept of the Art line; “optical performance comes first”, and the high-end cine lenses need to be designed with this idea. The SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is SIGMA’s first lens developed originally to live up to the sought-after angle of view and performance standard for a cine lens. This new perspective to ensure the quality of professional equipment for visual production empowers it to breakthrough also as an interchangeable photographic lens.

Optical performance that meets the requirement of high-end cine lenses

This lens effectively arranges three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements to correct axial chromatic aberration and magnification chromatic aberration to the limit. A sharp image is formed on the focal plane with the maximum aperture and contrast with the soft bokeh in the out of focus area highlights the solidity of a subject. With a distortion of 1% or below and a sagittal coma flare corrected to the limit, it demonstrates a consistent optical characteristic over the entire sensor. This is the ultimate large-diameter standard lens that has both 8K-compatible resolution and beautiful bokeh.

Designed to meet all shooting conditions

The water- and oil-repellent coating on the front lens element, together with the dust- and splash-proof structure, ensures excellent performance even in the most challenging shooting conditions. The high-speed AF, thanks to the HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) with an updated algorithm, captures instantaneous photography movement.

SIGMA CINE LENS – Inheriting the high standard and superior optical performance of SIGMA’s Art lenses

The optical design of SIGMA’s Art line is adopted and extended to “SIGMA CINE LENS” to achieve professional equipment for video production, which have been used in various filming situations. Thanks to its superior optical performance, the lenses can accommodate 50 million pixels and above in full-frame still cameras and meet the high-resolution requirements of leading edge 8K video technology. As high-end cine lenses, SIGMA offers 10 prime lenses, ranging from 14mm to 135mm, compatible with 35mm full-frame models, in the FF High Speed Prime Line. SIGMA also provides one zoom lens in the FF Zoom Line, and two zoom lenses compatible with super 35 in the High Speed Zoom Line.

Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

For Canon, Nikon, Sigma SA, Sony FE. While the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E is a very fine lens, I expect that the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art will stand a cut above. Will the Sigma 28/1.4A beat the Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon? Possibly, at least in some ways—Sigma’s large diameter aspheric lens technology solves a lot of optical challenges.

  • Best-in-class performance.
  • Designed to meet all shooting conditions.
  • SIGMA’s industry-leading wide-angle collection

The classical angle of view with the latest lens design

28mm angle of view used to be a representative wide-angle in the era of film cameras, and attracts many fans even today. To accommodate the request from many photographers who expressed the strong interest in using the familiar 28mm with Art line quality, SIGMA produces the SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, based on the know-how gained through development of the Art F1.4 prime lens lineup released so far. This newest traditional wide-angle lens, advantaged by the latest design and materials, as well as the processing technologies, is now available from SIGMA’s Art line.

Best-in-class performance

This lens incorporates two FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements. In addition, it effectively arranges three aspherical lenses, including a large-diameter aspherical lens to provide thorough correction of magnification chromatic aberration —encountered particularly in wide-angle lenses. This offers high resolution over the entire sensor, while sagittal coma flare is thoroughly corrected and distortion is also minimized to the fullest. Excellent performance is delivered in street photography, as well as shooting landscapes and night skies.

Designed to meet all shooting conditions

The water- and oil-repellent coating on the front lens element, together with the dust- and splash-proof structure, ensures excellent performance even in the most challenging shooting conditions.Thehigh-speedAF,thankstotheHSM(HyperSonic Motor) with an updated algorithm, captures instantaneous photography movement.

SIGMA’s industry-leading wide-angle collection

With the launch of this lens, the lineup of large-diameter wide-angle prime lenses compatible with 35mm full-frame has expanded to five, ranging from 14mm to 35mm. All lenses except for 14mm have an F1.4 brightness (F1.8 for 14mm), enabling photographers to choose the angle of view that best suits them, process attractive bokeh in the background, and capture their imagination.

Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OSM Sports

For Canon, Nikon, Sigma SA (not Sony FE version apparently).

Sigma seems to have gone all out on this lens.

  • Combining all of the features required by professional photographers
  • Incorporating 10 exclusive low-dispersion glass elements
  • Customization is possible to improve versatility

The ever-evolving 70–200mm is now available in the Sports line

The F2.8 zoom lenses are the essential equipment for many professional photographers. 70- 200mm F2.8 lenses in particular are expected to perform at their best in various challenging scenes, from news to sports, landscape, and portraits. The SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports has high optical quality, a tough design and excellent handling ―all of the features required by professional photographers and high-end amateurs. The all-round, ultimate 70- 200mm F2.8 is now available.

Combining all of the features required by professional photographers

To make the lens lightweight while maintaining robustness, Magnesium alloy magnesium is used to ensure high mobility. As a lens from the Sports line, the dust- and splash-proof structure, together with the water- and oil-repellent coating on the front lens, ensures safe use even in the most challenging shooting conditions. The SIGMA 70–200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports also incorporates Intelligent OS*1 with an acceleration sensor and the latest algorithm capable of panning in all directions. The high-speed AF, thanks to the HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) with an updated algorithm, captures instantaneous photography movement.

Incorporating 10 exclusive low-dispersion glass elements

To provide excellent correction of color aberration, nine FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and an SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, in total ten exclusive low- dispersion glass elements are incorporated. From the center to the corners, extremely high resolution is realized, making the lens capable of meeting the most demanding needs of professional photographers in various shooting conditions. By optimizing spherical aberration, a smooth and natural bokeh effect is ensured making the lens perfect for portrait photography.

Customization is possible to improve versatility

An AF Function button is provided to allocate various functions. By selecting it from the menu on camera bodies, or using the optional SIGMA USB DOCK*2, functions other than AF Lock can be allocated too. It expands shooting styles, depending on the user’s preference. In addition, the tripod socket with 90° click stops, made with a magnesium alloy which is both lightweight and tough, is incorporated to ensure easier changes of shooting position from vertical to horizontal and vice versa. It can be attached directly to an Arca Swiss type clamp.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OSM Sports

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