by Nic Divischek | 21st February 2017
SIGMA just unveiled four new lenses from their ART line that will have many photographers and filmmakers check their wallets and bank accounts in order to pick one of these up. 14mm F1.8, 135mm F1.8, 24-70mm F2.8 and 100-400mm F5-6.3. Launched in 2012, the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM was the first lens in the Art line. We reviewed the 20mm F1.4 a while ago and found it was a superb choice even for video shooters. This popular series of lenses now features an extra four siblings. All SIGMA Art lenses come in various mount options: SIGMA, Nikon or Canon. We have summed up the details of announcements for you. First, let’s look at the 14mm F1.8: SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM The new SIGMA 14mm lens has an incredible speed of F1.8. Among interchangeable lenses for Digital SLRs this is the world’s first and only F1.8 ultra-wide angle lens. The SIGMA 14mm F1.8 covers 35mm full-frame sensors. Ultra-wide lenses usually suffer from chromatic abberation. In order to minimize this, the Sigma 14mm lens includes three FLD (Low Dispersion) glass elements as well as four SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass elements. The ultra-wide angle lens also includes HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) autofocus, which according to SIGMA offers “highly responsive autofocus photography”. 16 elements in 11 groups Minimum aperture: F16 Minimum focusing distance: 27cm / 10.6inches The SIGMA 14mm F1.8 will soon be available for pre-order: US: LINK EU: LINK Price has not been announced yet. SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM SIGMA first model of similar specifications, the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 EX AG ASPHERICAL DF, launched back in 2001. SIGMA has now brought out a new and improved version that incorporates optical stabilizer funcionality in a larger-diameter standard zoom. The lens features an aspherical lens element, which helps achieve extremely high resolution. The hypersonic motor HSM offers 1.3 times the torque of its predecessor. 19 elements in 14 groups Minimum Aperture: F22 Minimum focusing distance: 37cm / 1.5inches The SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 will soon be available for pre-order: US: LINK EU: LINK Price has not been announced yet. SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM The 135mm lens is usually considered the foundational telephoto lens, the first one to add to a lens collection. The SIGMA 135mm F1.8 lens renders high resolution suitable for even 50MP or higher megapixel cameras (That is “8K ready” then it seems). 13 elements in 10 groups Minimum aperture: F16 Minimum focusing distance: 87.5cm / 34.4 inches The SIGMA 135mm F1.8 will soon be available for pre-order: US: LINK EU: LINK Price has not been announced yet. SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM The SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 zoom lens features a new and improved optical stabilizer. It also has an incredible minimum shooting distance of 160cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8. This means, the lens can shoot either from a distance or up close. The Nikon mount version of this lens includes an electromagnectic mechanism that receives the approprate signals from the camera body. This ensures precision control and stable Auto Exposure performance during continuous shooting. 21 elements in 15 groups Minimum aperture: F22 Minimum focusing distance: 160cm / 63inches The SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 will soon be available for pre-order: US: LINK EU: LINK Price has not been announced yet.Read more
by Jakub Han | 31st January 2017
A few days ago, German optics manufacturer Schneider announced a new range of full-frame cine prime tilt lenses. This dynamic functionality allows for extended focusing possibilities and tweaking of the depth of field in your shots. Introduced on January 27th, these new Xenon primes from Schneider are the world’s first full-frame Cine Primes tilt lenses. In terms of design, they are basically regular Schneider Xenon full frame primes, just with the added tilt function. If tilt is left at 0°, there is no loss of image quality or sharpness compared to standard Xenon primes. Cine prime tilt test shot – Schneider optics You can tilt the lens element by ±4° while maintaining the field of view. It will be possible to achieve shots with unique focus and depth of field, such as the one you can see above. The tilt is controlled via a standard ring with 120° of rotation that’s operated just like the focus ring. Due to the use of common 0.8 module gear pitch, the Cine prime tilt lenses are compatible with standard follow-focus systems. These focal lengths that will be available from launch are: 25mm T2.1 35mm T2.1 50mm T2.1 75mm T2.1 100mm T2.1 The Cine prime tilt lenses will be available this spring either individually or as a set, and for now only in Sony E-Mount. Will you be tilting and shifting come this spring? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Adam Plowden | 22nd September 2016
Sigma continue the high performing ART lens range with an ultra-wide Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens, promising no distortion. Landscape scenes, architecture and large spaces can be captured in even wider angles with the new 12-24mm f/4 ART lens, with zero distortion according to Sigma’s tests. The lens is designed for full frame and has a uniquely designed front element that aids in reducing the ‘fish-eye’ look. Aspherical lenses with low dispersion glass (equivalent to flourite in performance) help minimize distortion, chromatic aberration, pin cushion effect and flaring. The body is weather sealed, and the front and rear lenses have splash proof coating. The Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens will be available in EF, Nikon and SA mount, but with the soon coming MC-11 mount converter you can use the lens on E-mount cameras like the Sony a7S II and FS5. The only comparable lens on the market right now is probably the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 lens. But with the ART lens series quality we’ve seen before, the promise of no distortion and a pricetag almost half of the Canon, the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens is certainly an intriguing product for many video shooters and photographers alike. Here are the specs of the lens: 16 elements in 11 groups Aperture of f/4 to f/22 No hard stop focus ring Angle of view – 122 degrees to 84.1 degrees. Minimum focus distance of 24cm. 9 aperture blades Weighing in at 1150g/40.6oz Splash proof front and rear lenses. 102mm front diameter. The Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens will be available in October 2016 and is available for pre-order now.Read more
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