Full-frame mirrorless is the hottest trend in photography right now, with nearly every brand offering its own distinct system. Sigma is a brand that always aims to be on top of current photo trends and, today, is revealing its first lenses designed exclusively for the full-frame L-Mount and Sony’s E-mount system. Three models are kicking off this new lineup: the 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary, 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art, and 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art.
Perhaps the main goal of mirrorless cameras was to present outstanding image quality in a smaller package. The new 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary manages to hit that goal by balancing all of its features to create a compact, high-performance lens. Beyond simple sharpness, the 45mm aims for beautiful bokeh, which is benefitted by a minimum focus distance of just 9.4". A high-speed stepping motor improves handling by ensuring photographers and videographers can quickly lock on and track their subjects. The final piece of the puzzle is the incredibly compact size of the lens, and inclusion of a physical aperture ring.
Bigger isn’t always better, except when it is, such as with the incredibly large aperture of the 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens. This is the world’s first autofocusing 35mm f/1.2 lens for full-frame mirrorless and is Sigma’s first f/1.2 lens. A member of the Art series, this 35mm will deliver top-of-the-line image quality through the use of a highly corrected optical design that can resolve over 50MP. The fast f/1.2 aperture then permits for excellent light gathering and extreme control over depth of field. Furthermore, the lens uses a precise focus-by-wire mechanism connected to a quick and silent Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) to guarantee fast auto and manual focus for stills and video. Additionally, the weather-sealed lens has a physical, de-clickable aperture ring and an AFL button.
Third in today’s trifecta is the 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Lens. Having been designed for mirrorless, this lens is able to shave size and weight, compared to its SLR counterparts, and guarantee resolution and image quality that make it an ideal pick for astrophotography. It uses low dispersion glass and a Nano Porous Coating to boost image quality further, which control for aberrations and flare. Additionally, it has a fast stepping motor, an AFL button, a weather-sealed construction with water- and oil-repellent coating on the front element, and a rear filter holder.
This is truly a significant series of releases from Sigma and should be a great sign of more to come for the ever-expanding full-frame mirrorless category. Which of these would you add to your bag? Let us know in the Comments section, below!