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Best Sigma Lenses of 2017

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In only a few years, Sigma has become a force to be reckoned with in the lens world. By delivering consistently sharp glass at a fraction of the cost of its competitors, the brand has developed a loyal and outspoken following. Four lenses were unveiled in 2017; all of them are designed for full-frame sensors (although also compatible with APS-C sensors) and available as Nikon F, Canon EF, and Sigma SA-mounts. Sony shooters can use Sigma’s MC-11 Mount Converter to connect their Sigma EF or SA lenses to their cameras. Each new lens is also compatible with Sigma’s USB Dock for updating firmware and fine-tuning.

Addition to the Contemporary Series

Sigma added a compact, telephoto zoom to its Contemporary series with its 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens. Four Special Low Dispersion elements and a Super Multi-Layer Coating work together to minimize chromatic aberration, ghosting, and flare while boosting contrast and clarity. In anticipation of photographers taking the lens outdoors, its front element has a water- and oil-repellent coating, rubber sealing is used around the mount, and its housing is made of Thermally Stable Composite material.

Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF

Additions to the Art Series

Sigma remained dedicated to expanding its Art line in 2017, adding three new lenses to its much-loved series. The hallmark of this series is the extreme sharpness that the lenses achieve through the combination of Special Low Dispersion (SLD) and “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) elements. In addition, all the new Art lenses feature Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coatings to reduce flare and ghosting, as well as Hyper Sonic Motors to focus quickly and quietly.

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens

Sigma’s widest prime lens in the Art line to date, the 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens, offers the ability to capture sweeping landscapes in meticulous detail. Its f/1.8 aperture allows you to reduce exposure times in low-light conditions, making this lens especially appealing to astrophotographers. Weighing just more than two and a half pounds, the lens derives its heft from the combination of three FLD elements, four SLD elements, and an 80mm glass aspherical front lens element. Check out Allan Weitz’s hands-on review to see how the lens performs.

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens

For portrait shooters, the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens follows the extremely popular 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens, released in 2016. Its f/1.8 maximum aperture allows you to produce pleasing bokeh in your portraits and work in low-light conditions. Comprising two FLD and two SLD elements, the lens delivers consistently sharp images. Read John Harris’s hands-on review to learn more about the lens.

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens for Sigma SA

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens

Finally, Sigma added a versatile zoom lens with the 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens. A favorite jack-of-all-trades focal range, its constant f/2.8 aperture and Optical Stabilizer system offers flexibility when shooting handheld under a variety of lighting situations. It consists of three SLD and four aspherical elements to minimize distortion throughout its range. To learn more about this lens, see Allan Weitz’s aforementioned hands-on review.

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Canon EF


Have you tried any of Sigma’s new lenses? Let us know in the Comments section, below!

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I'm a DC Sigma fan shooting Nikon DX. I use the 4.5mm, 8-16mm, 18-35 Art, 40mm f/1.4 Art, 50-100mm, 50-100mm F/1.8 Art, and 50-150mm. Art series glass is very competive with Nikon Glass on perfomance and crushes Nikon on price. The DC versions are unmatched by Nikon DX offerings.  The low end of the focal range are my goto all the time landscape lenses and the longer range is my Portrait lenses. I don't shoot wildlife specifically so the longer offerings do not interest me. The 50-100mm is the most expensive and weighs in (tonnage) just under a Nikon or Cannon 70-200mm f/2.8. It's 82mm filter threads and is plenty bright! I did some work with the older 50-150mm and it is much lighter and still quite good too. Do NOT buy a full frame 70-200mm and think you are getting better when using an APS-C camera. The 50-100mm will be better. As far as calibration for and  Art lens a -1 is the most common entry. Nothing else I own is that low. Fast focus and sturdy build quality!

OK. I’m a SIGMA addict. I’ve been involved with professional photography for all of my life, and I’m pushing(74) and still capturing beautiful images. I have always been into Nikon and the cameras and lenes have always served me exceptionally well. SIGMA was just an after market lens maker that was considered sud standered optics.

I would like to shere with all of you that I’m never to old to learn, and that I have. In my view SIGMA is the new king of professional lenses. I have used the 150-600 Sport, for not only sports as well as any image that I can’t get physically close to. Then the 50 art the new 135, and the new 14mm. Bottom line SIGMA lenes are just excellent.None of my SIGMAS required any corrections on my Nikon body’s .

I recently purchased a Sigma 150-600 mm lens. It is fantastic and I love capturing wildlife (eagles) here in Tennessee

Recently purchased a Sigma 150-600mm contemporary lens. It is tack sharp at 600mm and has become my favorite for wildlife shots here in Alaska.

Sigma 18-35 1.8 is the best lens I have ever owned! I can imagine all of these would also be amazing in their own categories.

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