Sigma has taken the wraps off of the long-rumored and sought-after 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens, which has been designed to offer superior image quality for full frame cameras.
It has been a while since Sigma last expanded its Art-series of high-quality optics, but the new 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens is here.
This Art-series lens has been rumored multiple times in the past, some sources claiming that it would be revealed at the Photokina 2014 event or at CES 2015.
Well, the Japan-based company has decided to introduce the product on its home turf as part of the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2015, which opens its doors in Yokohama, Japan as of February 12.
Sigma adds 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens to high-performance “Art” series
The brand new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens has been built for cameras with full frame image sensors made by Canon, Nikon, and Sigma. However, the optic can be mounted on cameras with APS-C-sized sensors, too, albeit in crop mode where it will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of about 36-38mm, depending on lens mount.
This high-quality optic is aimed at photographers who want to capture photos of landscapes, mountains, cityscapes, weddings, indoors, and the night sky. Its bright maximum aperture is helpful in low-light photography as it will reduce the shutter speed, thus saving time and battery.
Sigma says that the 24mm version will deliver the same optical quality that photographers are used to from the already-available 35mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.4 Art lenses.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens to offer “excellent peripheral brightness”
The internal design of the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens consists of 15 elements divided into 11 groups. There are one F-Low Dispersion and one Special Low Dispersion elements available in the lens, which will reduce chromatic aberration and distortion.
The Japanese manufacturer says that its lens will maximize peripheral brightness, so it will deliver edge-to-edge sharpness.
This lens employs an AF/MF mechanism, which allows photographers to override the autofocus and to switch to manual focus by rotating the focus ring.
Moreover, the product is supported by the Sigma USB dock, meaning that it may receive firmware updates in the future, while allowing photographers to change some settings, such as the focus parameters.
Unfortunately, the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens does not have a release date, nor a price for the time being. Stay tuned to find out these details as soon as they become official!