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.

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Lâm Tran

I hope there will be more people embracing the mirrorless technology and ultimately over-take the ancient mirror technology which causes a lot light loss.

Analogy for car enthusiasts:
Mirror camera= Porsche 911 with rear-engine
Mirrorless camera= Porsche Cayman with mid-engine

Johnnie Behiri

It’s getting there. Stay tuned!

Wes Anthony

… If it had art-line performance, it would be in the art line. Love when companies try and sell you something by saying it’s just like their better product. Obviously, it’s not lol

Having said that, I love contemporary lenses, pretty solid IQ for the price, I have the 17-70 2.8 and love it