Earlier this week Sigma introduced 4 new lenses for the CP+ show taking place in Japan. Three of them from the ART series and another Contemporary long zoom lens. The video above is one of the first English videos showing these new lenses (which are still not ready for the market but will be later this year).
The 4 new lenses that PGN had a chance to shoot in CP+ are the:
- 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art – the fastest 135mm lens in the world. It is an AF full frame with 13 elements in 10 groups with an 88cm min focus distance, a 1.13kg weight and a filter thread of 82mm (with a very large front element.
- 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art – Very fast ultra wide full frame lens. Sigma used the same technology used to make the advanced large 80mm aspherical element of the 12-24mmF4 DG HS in this lens. The lens has 16 elements in 11 groups including FLD and SLD elements). The min focus distance is 27cm and the lens weighs 1.17kg.
- 24-70mm F 2.8 DG OS HSM | Art – A much anticipated pro zoom lens, the new 24-70 has a built in stabilization, 19 elements in 14 groups including 3 HLD and 4 aspherical elements an improved AF system (the lens does extend mind you).
- 100-400mm F5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary – the only lens in this announcements which isn’t from the ART series, this is a relatively compact (and slow) zoom-telephoto lens. Sigma calls this lens the light bazooka it is much lighter and more compact than the 150-600mm Sigma’s (both the C and surly the Sports version) it also has a nice macro capability (for a non macro lens) with 1:3.8 magnification from 1.6 meters.
At the moment – no pricing or availability for these lenses has been announced.
Sigma has been making waves with it’s ART series over the past few years, we have tested several of them here on LensVid with some very good optical results (the AF part – at least on DSLRs still needs some work from our experience though). We also had a talk with the CEO of Sigma during Photokina 2016 last year and talk to him about several topics including the issues with AF on Sigma lenses and he was very honest and open about the subject (he mentioned that the company is aware of this issue and suggested that people who buy fast ART lenses and have issues with miss-focusing a lot will send their lens+camera for re-calibration – for us it did help with the 50-100mm f/1.8 and the D500 but it didn’t solve the issue 100%).
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