Sigma Announces 500mm f/5.6 Sports and 15mm f/1.4 Art DG DN Lenses

Sigma Announces 500mm f/5.6 Sports and 15mm f/1.4 Art DG DN Lenses

Sigma continues to expand its Art and Sports lines with the debut of two new primes for L and Sony E-mount cameras: the 15mm f/1.4 DG DN Art and the 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports lenses, both for full-frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras. The pair straddles opposite ends of the focal-length spectrum, with the 15mm being a uniquely fast diagonal fisheye and the 500mm being an ideal handheld super-telephoto option for wildlife and sports.

15mm f/1.4 DG DN Art (Left) and the 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports (Right) lenses

500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens

Adding to the venerable Sports line, which prioritizes long focal lengths and speedy performance, the 500mm f/5.6 prime features innovative optics and a new advanced OS2 Optical Stabilizer Algorithm, which provides up to five stops of image stabilization to create a super-telephoto lens designed to be shot handheld. The focal length benefits wildlife and aviation photography in addition to sports, and, while this latest iteration is not as fast as its SLR predecessor, the compact (just slightly longer than 9") and lightweight (3.1 lb) form factor encourages users to reach for it often and take it exploring.

15mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens

Take a night walk on the wide side with Sigma’s latest astro-centric offering, the 15mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens. Joining two 14mm lenses and a 20mm lens, this bright, ultra-wide prime distinguishes itself as the line’s only diagonal fisheye, making it equally useful for landscape, architectural, interiors, and even action sports applications. Boasting an expansive 180° angle of view, the lens shares similar optical construction, incorporating Special Low Dispersion (SLD), “F” Low Dispersion (FLD), and aspherical elements to temper aberrations and distortions (including star-destroying sagittal coma flare) and optimize the reproduction of bright points of light. It also carries over many of the practical features benefitting astrophotographers, such as the lens heater retainer, removable tripod collar, manual focus lock switch, and rear filter holder.

Both lenses feature an autofocus system powered by a high-response linear actuator (HLA), bringing speed, precision, and silence for stills and video. The HLA also offers improved following performance for subjects in motion. The 15mm lens comes with a locking front cap and the 500mm lens comes with a lens hood, each to protect the lenses’ front elements. They are both dust- and splash-resistant and employ coatings to protect against the elements for use in any environment.

Which lens will you be buying? How do they stack up in their respective Sigma lines? Argue about it in the Comments section, below! For more information, head over to the detailed product pages for Sigma’s 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports and 15mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lenses.