Sigma has introduced two new lenses, the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary, at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014.
Not very many lenses have been unveiled in Las Vegas, Nevada at one of the biggest technology-related events of the year. Thankfully, CES 2014 has not closed its doors, yet, and announcements just keep on coming.
Sigma has jumped on this bandwagon and it has revealed a couple of optics for photographers around the world. One of them has been designed for full frame cameras, but it should work on APS-C models, too, while the other one is exclusively aimed at APS-C shooters.
Sigma announces 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens with improved internal design and optical formula
The Japan-based corporation has managed to surprise lensmen throughout 2013, most notably thanks to the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM optic. Now it is the perfect time to step up its game with the help of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens.
This product replaces a model that is still available for users. However, the current 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is based on an “old” design, while the new one sports 13 elements divided into 8 groups with a 9-blade rounded diaphragm.
The new version comes with SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements which are here to reduce chromatic aberrations. Aspherical elements and coatings also cut down distortions, ghosting, flare, and other optical flaws that might show up in a photo.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens to be released for Canon, Sigma, Sony, and Nikon cameras
The Hyper Sonic Motor of the new 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art provides quiet and smooth autofocus. In order to offer even more features in the future, the optic is compatible with the popular Sigma USB Dock.
Before updating the product’s firmware, the manufacturer says that photographers can enjoy impressive bokeh put out by the lens. However, its release date and price are unknown.
The lens measures 3.35-inches in diameter and 3.94-inches in length, while its filter thread stands at 77mm. The total weight is 1.04 lbs, although it may vary depending on the mount.
Speaking of which, this prime optic is compatible with Canon, Sigma, Sony, and Nikon full frame cameras, although it will work with APS-C models, too.
Sigma introduces new Contemporary lens: 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM for APS-C DSLRs
Sigma’s second lens is the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM, as stated above. It is part of the Contemporary series and it is compatible with APS-C cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sigma, Sony, and Pentax.
It comes with Optical Stabilizer technology that makes sure subjects do not turn out blurry, which is a more than welcomed feature, especially for macro photography. However, the Sony and Pentax models will not have an OS system, since most of these cameras already have such technology built-in.
The Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM replaces a model launched back in 2011. The new version features 16 elements into 13 groups with SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements.
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens dimensions and more info
The lens measures 2.8-inches in diameter, 3.4-inches in length and it has a 62mm filter thread. It is a bit lighter than the 50mm f/1.4 lens despite its focal length as it weights only 0.95 lbs.
The minimum focusing distance is 15.35-inches / 39 centimeters and the minimum aperture stands at f/22.
When it becomes available, it should provide a 35mm equivalent of 27-300mm. Jut like its 50mm counterpart, its release date and price have not been disclosed.