CP+ 2018: Sigma Reveals 70mm and 105mm Lenses and Brings Art to Sony

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In the run up to CP+ and in the midst of WPPI, Sigma has dropped a ton of new products for us to enjoy. The latest Art releases are among them, and come in the form of a 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro and the 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM. Announcing both of these lenses would have been plenty, but Sigma will make Sony mirrorless shooters very excited with the news that the company will be bringing out the entire full-frame prime lens Art family, from 14mm to 135mm, in native E mount.

Called the "bokeh master" by Sigma, the 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM is going to be a tough option to beat for portrait photographers. It is the longest option in the Art series to sport an f/1.4 aperture, meaning that it will offer some of the shallowest depth of field. As an Art lens, Sigma has taken care to equip it with exceptional optics, ensuring outstanding sharpness with minimal aberrations and vignetting. This is handled by the implementation of three FLD elements, two SLD elements, and one aspherical element into the complex 17-element in 12-group optical design, while a speedy AF system helps capture tack-sharp images. Along with impressive optics, the 105mm has a professional build, with numerous seals for dust and moisture resistance and a water- and oil-repellent coating on the front element. There is even a lens hood made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, and the lens comes with a removable tripod mount that is Arca-type compatible. It will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA, and Sony E mounts.

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

The most interesting lens of the bunch is the 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro, as it not only has a fairly unique focal length but also has various features to help optimize performance for close-up imaging. Based on a classic lens design, this 70mm will deliver outstanding sharpness and resolution, and it uses an extended floating, two-group focus mechanism with a coreless DC motor for smooth autofocus. Another claimed advantage of this lens is an optimized focus-by-wire system with full-time manual focus override for smooth adjustments. Additionally, this optic is compatible with Sigma's EM-140 DG Macro Ring Flash, when used with an additional adapter, and proprietary teleconverters. It will be available in Canon EF, Sigma SA, and Sony E mounts.

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art

Finally, we need to go a little more in depth on the news that Sigma is going to deliver the Art series primes with a native Sony E mount. This will include the 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM, 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM, 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM, 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM, 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM, and 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM, as well as the two other lenses announced today. Not only does this mean that it will have a secure, solid mount, but it also provides enhanced communication between the lens and camera. Photographers will now be able to enjoy full support for Sony's continuous AF modes, high-speed AF system, and in-body stabilization. Also, the information transmitted will enable in-camera corrections for images free of aberrations.

Sigma Art series for Sony E

Are you going to add any of these new lenses to your collection? Let us know which ones are your favorite in the Comments section, below!

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Well I hoped for something different than prime lens. I have to be a little more flexible :(
Anyone knows any good lens covering 14 - 70 focal lenght with 2.0 - 2.8 ?

I'm interested to see how the 105 fairs in the reviews. Mostly in regard to AF accuracy. It's a monster of a lens if you have viewed it on a slr. Hoping for excellent performance and a price point competitive with Nikon. 

I am curious as well, especially since this design looks to be much larger than the only other equivalent currently on the market. We will hopefully be able to get our hands on one soon.

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