Cologne, Germany—Sigma Corporation of America unveiled the 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 12–24mm f/4 DG HSM Art, as well as the 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sport Global Vision lenses at photokina 2016. Sigma is located in Hall 4.2, stands B020, B028 and C029.
“We are thrilled to announce three state-of-the-art additions to the Global Vision line. The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art has been a highly requested lens and we are very confident those customers who have been waiting for us to deliver this lens will be more than pleased with the superior optical performance and zero compromise,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president, Sigma Corporation of America.
“In addition, the reengineered 12–24mm f/4 and highly competitive 500mm f/4 Sport lens both embody the world-class performance our Global Vision lenses are known for. We look forward to seeing the incredible images our customers will create using these new Sigma lenses.”
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Engineered to support the highest resolution sensors, its optical system was purpose-built by Sigma R&D to produce attractive bokeh effects. The lens’s architecture features two SLD (special low dispersion) glass elements and one glass element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and refraction. A reengineered autofocus (AF) system brings 1.3x the torque of its predecessor. In addition, full-time manual focus override (MFO) was added. MFO can be controlled when the focus ring is rotated, even during continuous AF.
The lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature a brand-new electromagnetic diaphragm.
The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens will be available in late October for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,199.
Sigma 12–24mm f/4 DG HSM Art
This lens features “the largest aspherical glass mold in the industry, offering photographers an ultrawide-angle zoom with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting,” notes Sigma. The lens has a constant f/4 brightness and the new Sigma AF system with 1.3x torque boost.
It employs lens elements made with FLD (“F” low dispersion) glass, said to be equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance. Furthermore, it has an optimized power distribution, to result in image quality from center to edges. And its minimum focus distance of 9.4 inches at 24mm allows photographers to compose close-ups with expansive backgrounds.
It also supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts again feature the new electromagnetic diaphragm.
The Sigma 12–24mm f/4 Art lens will be available in late October with an SRP of $1,599.
Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sport
This flagship super telephoto Sport lens incorporates the latest in Sigma optical technology. For professional sports and wildlife shooters, it boasts magnesium alloy components, a carbon fiber hood and a water- and oil-resistant front element. In addition, it is dust- and splashproof.
The lens provides a drop-in rear filter slot for polarizers, UV and other filters. To help prevent damage during shooting and maintenance, it is also compatible with the Sigma Protector LPT-11 (sold separately).
Its construction incorporates one SLD as well as two FLD glass elements. And the optimized power distribution also helps minimize spherical aberration and axial chromatic aberration. The optical system is said to minimize transverse chromatic aberration, which can affect the edges of shots taken in the telephoto range. In addition, the lens can be used with a Sigma telephoto converter (sold separately).
Another key feature is Sigma’s two-mode optical stabilizer. The OS offers enhanced performance when shooting handheld still subjects or when panning and tracking moving subjects. There is also a customizable AF return function for setting the focus position of one’s choice and returning to that preset distance.
Again, this lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature the electromagnetic diaphragm.
The Sigma 500mm f/4 Sport lens in Canon and Sigma mounts will be available in late October. The Nikon mount will be available in late November. It will retail for $5,999.
All Sigma Global Vision lenses can be updated with the latest lens firmware from a workstation or laptop using Sigma Optimization Pro software as well as the Sigma USB dock (sold separately). sigmaphoto.com