CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’ & 70mm macro

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’

Sigma’s new 105mm F1.4 DG HSM is a beast, weighing in at 1.6 kilos. We’re at the CP+ tradeshow in Yokohama, Japan, where we just got our hands on what Sigma is calling the ‘bokeh master’.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’

Even without the hood, the new 105mm is a large lens, with a front filter diameter of 105mm. It’s not particularly long, but as you can see from this shot, which shows the lens mounted on a Canon EOS 6D, it has a very wide diameter of 116mm (4.6 inches). The large tripod ring is included, and can be removed for hand-held shooting.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’

With the hood attached, the 105mm gets even larger.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’

The new 105mm is unstabilized, which means that the only controls on the lens are an AF/MF switch and a very broad, wide-diameter focus ring. Manual focus is a luxurious experience on all of Sigma’s ‘Art’ series and this lens is no different. Judging purely from our brief experience on the show floor, autofocus speed is similar to the 85mm F1.4: smooth and positive without being as quick and snappy as lenses with fewer pieces of glass to move around.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’

And there is a lot of glass inside the 105mm. The new lens comprises 17 elements in 12 groups, including three FLD glass elements, two SLD glass elements, and one aspherical element.

Sigma claims that the lens → continue…

From:: DPreview

Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art will cost just $1,300, seriously undercuts Nikon

When Sigma announced the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens, the company held off on sharing pricing or availability. Fortunately, Sigma didn’t make us wait long, revealing today that the ultra-wide angle zoom will ship in mid-March for the very reasonable price of $1,300.

Sigma is not being bashful about this lens. The press release announcing the price and availability of the new Art lens reads:

Designed for 50-megapixel plus cameras, the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art achieves the legendary Art lens sharpness with three FLD glass elements, three SLD glass elements, and three aspherical lens elements, including one 80mm high precision molded glass aspherical element. With near zero distortion (less than 1%) and minimal transverse chromatic aberration, flare and ghosting, the new Sigma 14-24mm offers constant F2.8 brightness throughout the zoom range and delivers optimal image quality at every focal length and shooting distance. The high-speed, high-accuracy autofocus allows photographers to capture incredible, in-the-moment images that set a new standard in the era of outstanding high-resolution.

Here are a few sample images from Sigma that purport to show off this optical prowess:

The lens is available in Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts, with the Canon version boasting compatibility with Canon’s Lens Aberration Correction function and the Nikon version featuring a brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. All mount options also feature Sigma’s “Sport line level dust- and splash-proof design.”

It seems Canon users have a new ultra-wide zoom option, while Nikon users have been handed 600 very good reasons to consider the brand-new Sigma over Nikon’s own 11-year-old AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm F2.8G ED that goes for $1,900.

Press Release

Sigma Announces Pricing & Availability for Its New 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art Lens

The ultra-wide angle zoom will begin shipping in mid-March for a retail price of $1,299.00 USD

Ronkonkoma, NY – February → continue…

From:: DPreview

Preorder: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Series Lens

By Canon Rumors The brand new Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art series lens is available for preorder and is priced at $1299 USD. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22 3 FLD, 3 SLD, and 3 Aspherical Elements Super Multi-Layer Coating Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override Weather-Sealed Brass Bayonet Mount Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors