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Sigma rumors for 2015 and 2016

A couple of things regarding Sigma’s lens roadmap have come to my ears (thanks).

  • “No rush to get the 24-70mm out”. The 24-70mm f/2.8 OS Art may be released after Canon’s own stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. The Sigma will do more harm to the Canon if it comes out after it. Also, the new 24-70mm is expected to hit the already not-so-good sales of the 24-105mm quite a bit, so Sigma is willing to leave a bit of room for this lens for a couple more months.
  • “70-200mm f/2.8 OS Art? Forget it”. I’m told that Sigma will rather stick to fast primes in this range — at least in a close future. It means a 85, a 135, and perhaps a 200mm. All less expensive than the Canon and Nikon competitors.
  • The rumored APS-C zoom lens is still planned.
  • “Maximum 1 more focal length this year to come. No word on how many lenses that will be though…”. This may be hinting at a recent rumor about 12-24mm DG Contemporary and Art siblings. However, there’s no indication of a focal length range, but only a single FL.
  • Sigma knows that its lenses work well on the Sony A7 series of mirrorless cameras with the Metabones adapter, and ponders whether it would be a good thing to let people know “officially” about it, and to promote using lenses with a third-party adapter.

This source nailed it with the announcement of the 24mm f/1.4 Art, so they may be onto something here as well. Still, take everything with a pinch of salt!


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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art

The team at LensRentals.com has put the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art on the optical bench for a resolution test.

The law of physics are what they are and one can’t expect prime-like performance across the frame and zoom range, yet Roger Cicala applauds the existence of such a lens.

But the glass here is definitely way more than half full. We have, for the first time, a modern zoom lens that reaches f/2.0 aperture and is wickedly sharp. That’s an amazing thing all by itself and this is a unique optic. What is really amazing to me is that it sells for $1,000.

The Canon-mount version is in stock at B&H Photo.


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Sigma lenses

Once again, it is floating around that a 85mm f/1.4 Art is to be announced in 2015, and released in 2016. An ultra wide-angle zoom lens is also mentioned.

Since that 85mm f/1.4 Art is arguably the most requested Sigma lens, differentiating wishful thinking from real bits of info is the tough part — but we indeed expect another announcement this year.

Common sense would tend to something that doesn’t exist in the Sigma lineup, like a 135mm f/2. Sigma is quite proud of the recent 85mm f/1.4 EX and without a doubt updating it so quickly was not in the plans, but the demand has been too high to ignore it.


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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM A

Sigma Canada has a 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art to offer. The giveaway is open to legal residents of Canada.

If you like us on Facebook, you’re half way through the entry process already. Just visit bit.ly/sigmaperfectportrait for full details and to enter.

You can also enter directly on Facebook.

Thanks Mike.


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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art on Canon EOS 5Ds R (simulated)

As of mid-2015, there’s no better lens testing platform than the EOS 5DS R. Just published, both on the 50MP Canon camera:

  • Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art sample photos at DPReview here. 45 full-size shots, most wide open.
  • Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review at Photozone here. Excellent sharpness in central areas, but the lens struggles elsewhere at wide apertures, which is not terribly surprising. At least the performance is assessed in the proper context.

While the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A is certainly not a bad lens, it is still the weakest prime of the Art series that we have tested so far. To be fair – an ultra-large aperture 24mm lens is simply more difficult to design than a 35mm or 50mm lens. This also applies to the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II. While we have tested the Canon on 20mp only so far, it already struggled with the image corners at large apertures here so it’s very unlikely to be better on the EOS 5Ds R. Thus if you struggle to decide between the two, we’d actually recommend to have a closer look at the Sigma.

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