A new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens release date and price rumor is circling around the web, saying that the product will be released in June for around $1,000.
In recent times, the official Sigma retailer in Belarus has listed the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Art lens for a price of $790. Moreover, the rumor mill has suggested that the product will be released “within two months” at that time, which can be translated to “by the end of April 2014”.
The same lens is once again up for discussion, as it seems like the previous information is false. An Australian retailer is now claiming that the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens release date and price are different from the ones specified earlier this month.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens release date and price rumored to be June and $1,000
DigiDIRECT is a very popular retailer in Australia which has begun accepting pre-orders for the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Art lens. Usually, the information listed on its website is highly-accurate therefore it is easy to understand why we can take for granted the release dates and prices listed there.
According to DigiDIRECT, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens release date is June 2014 for a price of AUD$1,099. This amount means that US consumers will pay about $1,000, which is $200 more than the price listed on the Belarusian retailer’s website.
The Aussie site says that this is the final price for the Art series optic and that the first batch will become available this June. Moreover, it seems like the number of units will be pretty limited therefore it is inviting photographers to secure the product as soon as possible.
Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning that Belarus’ Sigma partner has confirmed that the initial price is wrong and that the real one will be disclosed on April 11.
A 35mm f/1.4 lens is usually more expensive than a 50mm f/1.4 lens, but not this time
If the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 optic costs $1,000, then it will be more expensive than the 35mm f/1.4 model. This is quite unusual since the 35mm f/1.4 versions are more expensive than 50mm f/1.4 ones.
The reason for that consists of the focus system and the amount of glass used in the 35mm models. The lenses are based on the retrofocus design implemented by Pierre Angénieux who uses inverted telephoto lens systems.
A telephoto configuration is based on positive and negative groups across the lens in order to reduce the distance between the image plane and the back of the lenses, making telephoto lenses shorter and lighter. Such systems are also employed in the 50mm lenses.
On the other hand, an inverted telephoto system (retrofocus) is based on the opposite technique, adding negative groups to the front of the lens and it is very common in wide-angle lenses, including in the 35mm models.
This means that the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 should be cheaper than the $900 Sigma 35mm f/1.4. However, the “problem” is that the new Art lens has been built around a retrofocus design.
As a result, it is using roughly the same number of glass elements as the 35mm version, but its elements are bigger and more expensive to make, so a $1,000 price would make sense.