The New Sigma 16mm Contemporary Lens – Art Line Performance in a Compact Form

At Inter Bee 2017, Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki showed us the new Sigma 16mm F/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for Sony E Mount and Micro Four Thirds with Art lens performance.
Sigma 16mm Contemporary Lens

The New Sigma 16mm F/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

The ‘Contemporary’ range of lenses from Sigma for Sony E Mount, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds sensors is slowly growing, with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN model popular with filmmakers because of its size and low cost. This new addition of 16mm wide angle is ideal for those shooting on smaller sensor cameras to achieve a wide field of view, while maintaining a constant F/1.4 aperture. The full frame equivalent focal length is 24mm for APS-C sensor, and 32mm for MFT sensor.

Sigma have commented that the image quality captured using the Sigma 16mm F/1.4 DC lens has similar performance to the Art range of lenses, which is a promising feature as the Art range are renown for their top notch quality. The lens relies on in-camera distortion and chromatic aberration correction to achieve this quality.

Sigma 16mm Contemporary

Of the 16 elements in the lens design, 3 of the lenses are ‘FLD’ which is equivalent to flouride glass, and SLD elements to reduce colour fringing, chromatic aberration, clarity and edge to edge sharpness.

Sigma 16mm F/1.4 DC DN Contemporary tech specs:

  • Available for Sony E Mount and Micro Four Thirds Mount.
  • 16mm focal length equivalent to 24mm on APS-C sensor, 32mm on MFT sensor.
  • Maximum fixed aperture of F/1.4.
  • Minimum aperture of F/16.
  • 16 elements in 3 groups.
  • 9 blade aperture diaphragm.
  • Stepping auto-focus motor.
  • Weather sealed TSC construction.
  • Weighing in at 405g/14.29oz

The Sigma 16mm F/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens will be available worldwide this month, there is also a hint of a mid-telephoto lens for mirrorless cameras coming in the future too.

Will you be getting your hands on the new Sigma 16mm F/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for your mirrorless camera? What would you use the lens for? Let us know in the comments.