Sigma is bringing yet another ground-breaking zoom lens with the DNA of their very popular and well respected 18-35mm f1.8 Art lens. This time around on the telephoto side, the new Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens is the world’s first telephoto zoom with a crazy fast constant f/1.8 aperture. Sigma also announced a new budget prime lens with outstanding optical performance, compact design and f1.4 aperture – the new affordable Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for mirrorless cameras with APS-C or Micro Four Thirds sensors.
The new 50-100mm f1.8 is quite the specimen boasting a blazing fast f1.8 aperture that I am sure many Super 35 shooters will fall in love with. The 50-100mm f1.8 covers APS-C sensors and would produce a field of view of around 75-150mm full frame equivalent. Sony FS5/FS7 and Sony A7RII shooters have a very competitive alternative to the 70-200mm f2.8 from Canon, which is twice as expensive. The new Sigma isn’t stabilised, but at this focal length on a set of steady sticks it doesn’t need to be at least for video use.
A killer interview lens, the new Sigma 50-100mm f1.8 is a remarkable feat of optical design and engineering incorporating a sophisticated optical design with three Low Dispersion elements, one Special Low Dispersion element, and one high-refractive index, high-dispersion glass element. This combo reduces chromatic aberrations and colour fringing throughout the zoom range, as well as deliver a high degree of contrast and clarity. Super Multi-Layer coating over the lens elements will help reduce flare and ghosting to a minimum.
The lens takes 82mm filters and weights in at just under 1.5 kgs. The 50-100mm f1.8 will be available initially in Canon EF, Nikon and Sigmas SA mounts. Pricing is set to $1099 USD with arrivals expected in mid to late April. You can pre-order the lens from B&H here.
The 30mm f/1.4 DC is compact and sleek, but most of all affordable at just $340 US. The lens will be available in Micro Four thirds and Sony E mount, so Panasonic GH4 and Sony a6300 shooters should find the 45mm/60mm equivalent at f1.4 a nice addition to their lens arsenal capable of silky smooth bokeh without breaking the bank.
Features and Highlights
- Sony E Mount and MFT
- APS-C format coverage
- 45mm (Full-Frame Equivalent)
- Three Aspherical Surfaces
- One High-Refractive Index Element
- Super Multi-Layer Coating
- Stepping AF Motor
- 52mm filter thread / 264 grams
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
- TSC Construction, Brass Bayonet Mount
The Sigma MC-11 lens adapter was also announced targeting Sony E mount camera shooters who own plenty of EF mount lenses. If you are familiar with smart adapters from the likes of Metabones or Commlite, then you pretty much get what the MC-11 is able to do. Although not a “speed booster” the Sigma MC-11 adapter will be available in two versions – one for Canon EF to Sony E and the other for Sigma SA mount to Sony E-mount.
The MC-11 currently supports Sony A7 series cameras, NEX, A5000, A6000 and one could only safely assume the new Sony a6300 would be supported as well.
The Sigma MC-11’s sleek LED display lets Sony users know if the attached Sigma lens is compatible and whether or not the MC-11 needs to be updated for that specific lens. Its internal control data system keeps detailed information on each compatible Sigma lens, automatically optimizing performance of AF drive, aperture control and other critical lens functions. The MC-11’s internal control data system also maintains continuity with key camera functions that control brightness and correct transverse chromatic aberration, distortion, and more.
The complete compatibility with both Sigma lens OS and Sony in-camera OS ensures correction of camera shake and other stability issues and when used with in-camera stabilization, MC-11 allows angle shake correction in the lens. The integrated flocking helps prevent internal reflections and reduction in lens performance. In addition, the MC-11 retains important EXIF data ensuring users can analyze every detail of their lens setting.
The Sigma MC-11 Canon EF to Sony E mount is available to order for $249 from B&H and expected to be available in April.