SIGMA has announced a new licensing agreement with Nikon that will enable the optics company to produce lenses for Z-mount series cameras.
The company also announced that three Contemporary prime lenses already available for Sony, Canon, Fuji, and L-mount cameras will be coming to Nikon.
The three Contemporary prime lenses include a 16mm f/1.4 DC DN, a 30mm f/1.4 DC DN, and a 56mm f/1.4 DC DN.
The lenses were released for Fuji APS-C cameras a year ago, and are now being ported over to the Z-mount with no other changes or improvements. Let’s take a look at each:
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary
The Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN has 16 lens elements, organized in 13 groups, and includes three F Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements, and two molded aspherical glass elements.
The 16mm f/1.4 DC DN also has a magnification ratio of 1:9.9 and a minimum focusing distance of 249mm (9.8 inches).
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary
The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN, has nine lens elements, organized in seven groups, and contains a pair of aspherical elements, along with one high-refractive index element.
The lens offers a maximum magnification ratio of 1:7 and a minimum focusing distance of 299.72mm (11.8 inches).
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary
Lastly, the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN, has 10 lens elements arranged in six groups, with an optical design that includes two aspherical elements and one Super Low Dispersion (SLD) element.
The 56mm F/1.4 sports a magnification ratio of 1:7./4 and a minimum focusing distance of 500.38mm (17.4 inches).
Identical in design to the lenses mounted with Sony E-mount, Canon EF-M mount, and Fuji X-mounts, as well as Leica L-mount and micro four-thirds mounts, the new Z-mount lenses have Sigma’s ultra-quiet stepping motors for focusing, which Sigma guarantees will offer smooth and excellent performance.
The lenses also have a nine-bladed rounded aperture IRIS and are rubber sealed against dust and moisture.
Being APS-C in size, these lenses will have limited support for full-frame cameras like the Nikon Z9 or Z7 II. However, for more compact models like the Nikon Z50 or Zfc APS-C cameras, the lenses should give the platform an affordable, yet high-performance lift in optical capability.
And if they prove to be popular with users, perhaps both companies will extend their licensing agreement to Nikon’s full-frame platform. Only time will tell.
Pricing and availability
Currently, the existing lens mount models are available for $449 for the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN, $339 for the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN, and $479 for the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN. There is also a set of all three available for $1267.00.
Moreover, though Sigma hasn’t mentioned in the announcement when the lenses will be shipping since they are the same design with a simple mount change, it’s reasonable to assume they will be coming sooner, rather than later.
- SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E (B&H)
- SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E (B&H)
- SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E (B&H)
- SIGMA 16mm, 30mm, and 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lenses Kit for Sony E (B&H)
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