Previous news story    Next news story

Sigma announces 60mm F2.8 for mirrorless and redesigned 30mm F1.4 DC

By dpreview staff on Jan 29, 2013 at 08:00 GMT

CP+ 2013: Sigma has announced four additions to its 'Art' range of prime lenses, including a 60mm F2.8 DN lens for mirrorless cameras and an updated 30mm F1.4 DC for APS-C DSLRs. Alongside these are redesigned versions of its 30mm and 19mm F2.8 DN lenses for mirrorless in metal bodies. Like these lenses, the 60mm F2.8 DN features a metal casing and will be available for the Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mounts. It will offer a 90mm equivalent field of view on Sony NEX cameras or 120mm equivalent coverage of Micro Four Thirds bodies. The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC is a completely redesigned version of the popular normal lens for APS-C DSLRs - it will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. Price and availability details have not been given.

Jump to


Press Release:

Sigma Corporation announces four new lenses at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013

Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN

APS-C format, E-Mount and Micro Four Thirds lenses feature sleek new ‘Art’ product line design

YOKOHAMA, Japan Jan. 29, 2013Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the release of four new lenses for the ART product line, including three lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and one lens for DSLR cameras with APS-C size sensors. This announcement comes at the start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013 this week in Yokohama, Japan.

The new and updated Sigma lenses include the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, which will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts, and the 30mm F2.8 DN, 19mm F2.8 DN and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses, which are available for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount camera systems. Pricing and availability on all of these lenses has yet to be announced.

The 60mm F2.8 DN lens is entirely new to the Sigma lineup, while the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM and the 30mm F2.8 DN and 19mm F2.8 DN lenses are existing focal lengths that have been redesigned with enhanced optical performance and included as part of Sigma’s new Global Visioncategory restructuring. All three DN lenses incorporate telecentric optical designs and a linear, auto focusing motor that ensures accurate and quiet focusing for video recording. They also boast metal exteriors and a simply shaped focus ring, with varying textures to distinguish each part of the lens. In addition, DN users can choose between a black or silver finish to match their favorite equipment.  

Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC

“We’re really proud of the super sharp lenses we’ve produced in the past year and these new Art lenses will continue to impress our fans and critics alike. They’re ideal for the landscape, portrait, still-life, close-up and casual photographer who values creative, dramatic outcomes above compactness and multifunction,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The lenses are entirely made in Japan and they boast the new product line’s sleek design and enhanced quality control. We’re quite proud of these changes – and additions – to our lens lineup; they’re further evidence of Sigma’s forethought in this fast-moving industry.”

Here are more details on these new lenses from Sigma:

  • 30mm F1.4 DC HSM – Sigma pioneered the large-aperture, APS-C format, standard lens category with its 30mm F1.4 lens in 2005. With new optical configurations of nine elements in eight groups, as well as rounded aperture blades, this updated lens delivers pleasing sharpness and a beautiful bokeh background. Its angle of view is equivalent to 45mm on a 35mm camera (which is similar to that of human vision), its minimum focusing distance is 11.8 inches and its maximum magnification ratio is 1:6.8. The lens’ optimized power distribution helps to minimize field curvature, prevent a loss of image quality at the edges of photographs and produce outstanding image quality. Its double-aspheric lens minimizes spherical distortion, astigmatism and coma, and its rear focus system prevents focus-dependent variation in aberration. Together, the new optimized auto focus (AF) algorithm and rear focusing system ensure smooth and accurate focusing. The new 30mm F1.4 is also compatible with Sigma’s new USB Dock, which will enable firmware updates and focusing adjustments, is expected to be available in coming months.
  • 60mm F2.8 DN - Featuring the natural perspective of mid-range telephoto lenses, together with a shallow depth of field, this lens allows the photographer to capture a single part of a subject with great bokeh effects. It has an angle of view equivalent to 120mm on the Micro Four Thirds system and 90mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). The minimum focusing distance is 19.7 inches; the maximum magnification is 1:7.2. This lens also contains Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, which helps minimize axial and transverse chromatic aberration.
  • Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN – This high-performance, wide-angle telephoto lens has an angle of view equivalent to 38mm on the Micro Four Thirds system and 28.5mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). As a wide-angle lens with excellent mobility, it is ideal for studio photography, architecture and starry skies. Its minimum focusing distance is 7.9 inches and its maximum magnification is 1:7.4.
  • Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN – This high-performance, standard telephoto lens has an angle of view equivalent to 60mm on the Micro Four Thirds system and 45mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). This lens, which is perfect for casual and formal portraiture, documentary photography, travelogues and everyday shooting, includes a double-sided aspherical lens that enhances its optical performance. Its minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches and its maximum magnification is 1:8.1.

For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com. For the full press releases for each of these new lenses, visit Sigma’s news section at www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-news.

Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length60 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds, Sony E (NEX)
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2.8
Minimum apertureF22.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesRounded blades
Optics
Special elements / coatingsSLD glass
Focus
Minimum focus0.50 m (19.69)
Maximum magnification0.14×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualUnknown
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Diameter61 mm (2.39)
Length56 mm (2.19)
SealingNo
Filter thread46 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarNo

Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length30 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountCanon EF, Nikon F (DX), Sigma SA
Aperture
Maximum apertureF1.4
Minimum apertureF16.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Aperture notesRounded blades
Optics
Elements9
Groups8
Special elements / coatings1 aspherical element
Focus
Minimum focus0.30 m (11.81)
Maximum magnification0.15×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeUltrasonic
Full time manualYes
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight435 g (0.96 lb)
Diameter74 mm (2.92)
Length63 mm (2.49)
SealingNo
Filter thread62 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeLH686-01
Tripod collarNo

Additional images

Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN
115
I own it
28
I want it
2
I had it
Discuss in the forums
82
I own it
56
I want it
7
I had it
Discuss in the forums
70
I own it
8
I want it
2
I had it
Discuss in the forums
138
I own it
6
I want it
2
I had it
Discuss in the forums

Comments

Total comments: 99
FinDERP
By FinDERP (Feb 18, 2013)

Really disappointing that the new 30mm f/1.4 isn't available in Pentax K mount. I mean really how hard is it to bolt a different mount to the bottom of the damn lens?

:(

1 upvote
CortoPA
By CortoPA (Jan 30, 2013)

The 30mm in a K-mount and some serious weather sealing would have been cool.

0 upvotes
GurneyHalleck
By GurneyHalleck (Jan 30, 2013)

What am I missing? Why Sigma release a 30mm right after the superb 35mm?
What stops you from putting the 35 on your APS-C?

I thought the 85 or 50mm would be next in line for the new "A" series. Or even a 135 1.8!

0 upvotes
Jim222
By Jim222 (Jan 30, 2013)

Am I correct in thinking that the Sigma USB dock would allow me to tweak and fix any focusing issues I might have with the new 30mm 1.4 and my Canon 450D?

0 upvotes
Frederik Paul
By Frederik Paul (Jan 30, 2013)

You can just hope that the 30/1.4 has the same quality than the 35/1.4. If so, it'll a clear winner and better suited for APS-C. The current version is quite mediocre at best, particularly wide open.

2 upvotes
TTMartin
By TTMartin (Jan 30, 2013)

Even stopped down to f/3.5 the current Sigma 30mm f/1.4 was not sharper than my Canon 28-135 at 28mm f/3.5 (wide open). I was excited to get the lens, but, returned it.

When I comment on the IQ in discussions, I get shot down by fans of the lens. I find the release of the new lens as vindication of my view.

I am a fan of Sigma Zooms owning the 17-50 OS FLD, 70-200 f/2.8, 120-300 f/2.8 and the 150-500 OS.

I'll definitely try the 30mm f/1.4. Hopefully Sigma got it right this time.

Comment edited 55 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
random78
By random78 (Jan 30, 2013)

@TTMartin: The current version is great in the center but fairly weak in the corners. Wide open at 1.4 it is sharper in the center than canon 35mm 1.4L @ 1.4. However the corners are weak and don't improve much even when you stop down. Also while the center performance is great for f1.4, it does not become very sharp when stopped down. It is a lens which primarily shines in the f1.4-f2 range. If you routinely need to use these apertures then it is an excellent choice. If you mostly shoot stopped down or if you are looking for corner to corner sharpness, then it is not for you. It is far from being optically perfect but for those who need a fast normal lens for their APS-DSLRs, it is great performer. But yes I hope that they have improved the corners and stopped down performance - that will make it much more desirable as an APS-C normal lens.

1 upvote
CNY_AP
By CNY_AP (Feb 5, 2013)

It's better than the competition - the Canon 28mm lens in almost every way. He got a bad copy, review after review are not wrong.

0 upvotes
jadot
By jadot (Jan 30, 2013)

This is great news - Sigma's recent 'New' lenses are getting great reviews - just have a look for reviews of the 35 1.4.

I'm just waiting for the next iteration of the 85 1.4 perhaps with stabilisation. I'd dump my Nikon (non VR) for that.

0 upvotes
Carsten Pauer 2
By Carsten Pauer 2 (Jan 30, 2013)

WoW a Photo from a 30mm F/1.4 Lens that is around 7 Years old.
What is wrong here ?

Image Digitized: 2006.03.23 07:43:28

2 upvotes
Frederik Paul
By Frederik Paul (Jan 30, 2013)

Are you blind? Surely it's the new one.

0 upvotes
Carsten Pauer 2
By Carsten Pauer 2 (Jan 30, 2013)

Check the EXIF Data from the PHOTO...

0 upvotes
Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Jan 30, 2013)

Explanation #1: Sigma has a time machine, but not marketing it. Explanation #2: Some unspecified conspiracy is going on. Explanation #3: The clock on the camera was set incorrrectly.

Of the three, I know which one I'd give most credence to.

1 upvote
tommy leong
By tommy leong (Jan 30, 2013)

#4. it is EXACTLY the same as one being sold now, i have one just like it and can't tell the difference.
EVEN after reading their marketing @#$% i still can't tell what's the improvement.....

1 upvote
jquagga
By jquagga (Jan 30, 2013)

So ... the 60 DN is the only real new lens. The others are the same lenses in new housings. Which Sigma has taken to announcing as "new".

Since everyone has to update to have the uh, stylish new exteriors I'll take all of the old lenses everyone will be binning.

1 upvote
random78
By random78 (Jan 30, 2013)

30mm 1.4 is definitely a new optical design (old one was 7 elements in 7 groups with a maximum magnification of 0.09x. The new one is 9 elements in 8 groups with a 0.15x max magnification). Not sure about the 30mm and 19mm DN lenses, though Sigma states that these have also been optically redesigned.

3 upvotes
Frederik Paul
By Frederik Paul (Jan 30, 2013)

Just take them: you get the old optical formula with less performance and the others get the improved one. Then you can glare yourself in your stupidity.

0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jan 30, 2013)

An sharp 85mm 2.8 would have been much much much more useful.

If Sigma would make a SHARP(like their 35mm 1.4) 24mm 1.4, 30/32mm 1.4 and a 60mm 1.4 for Fuji,NEX, Samsung and M43(all NON IS, if you cant hand hold a 24/30/60mm steady, then you have problems) They would make a KILLING.

They would have the fastest native lenses for NEX.

Of coarse lets say at the same prices of the 50mm 1.8 os and 35mm 1.8 os and 599 for the 24mm 1.4

Comment edited 4 times, last edit 14 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 30, 2013)

why would 85mm be so much more useful? 60mm is within the classic portrait ranges on both crop factors.

I do wish they were faster, but if it is as cheap as the other two f2.8's from Sigma, I think the aperture can be excused.

0 upvotes
Frederik Paul
By Frederik Paul (Jan 30, 2013)

What do you with f2.8? Stopping down a f1.4 has the same effect and you have two stops reserve, albeit with less performance. And even wide open the f1.4 is quite good. Some people really talk a lot of nonsense.

0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jan 29, 2013)

I was hoping the 30mm 1.4 would be for nex/m43/fuji/samsung

8 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Jan 29, 2013)

Finally...Sigma is starting to put REAL pressure on the establishment. It's recent lenses have been affordable AND phenomenal!!!

4 upvotes
io_bg
By io_bg (Jan 29, 2013)

The 30mm f/1.4 looks sexy. I'll stick with my cheap but great Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 though.

Comment edited 9 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
random78
By random78 (Jan 29, 2013)

I liked my Nikon 35mm 1.8 when I had it. However it is a bit too long for my liking as a "normal" prime. 30mm is a bit wider and for me a more useful general-purpose FL. Plus the extra half stop of light and DOF control doesn't hurt either.

Comment edited 37 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Jan 29, 2013)

NEEDED: 30mm f1.4 in the NX mount version

Samsung offers only f2

Comment edited 23 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Plastek
By Plastek (Jan 29, 2013)

O_O anyone uses Samsung gear for photography? Seriously?!

2 upvotes
LKJ
By LKJ (Jan 29, 2013)

It surprises you that people might use cameras to take photographs?

7 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 30, 2013)

1 stop is not as much as you'd think. Enjoy the cheap and excellent f2. Sony users would die for that lens in a pancake.

0 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (Jan 29, 2013)

f/2.8? yawn.

2 upvotes
ET2
By ET2 (Jan 29, 2013)

Is it macro lens?

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 6 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 30, 2013)

It's probably $190. You'd be complaining about the price if it was f1.8.

0 upvotes
Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Jan 29, 2013)

All these DN lenses are meant for an APS-C sensor. On M43, they're totally worthless.

2 upvotes
Just Having Fun
By Just Having Fun (Jan 29, 2013)

I'd rather have a 60mm F/2.8 on M43 than APSC.
I can't think of a good reason to own an F/2.8 90mm EFL lens that is NOT a macro.

120mm makes a little more sense.

0 upvotes
Sosua
By Sosua (Jan 29, 2013)

I agree, of course M43 already have the stellar 60mm Macro, but the more the merrier!

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 30, 2013)

120mm equivalent f2.8 should make an excellent portrait prime. So I disagree.

1 upvote
cd cooker
By cd cooker (Jan 29, 2013)

The old 30 1.4 has a filter size of 72mm I believe, but this new 30 1.4 is 62mm only?

0 upvotes
nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (Jan 29, 2013)

they improoved their optics

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Jan 29, 2013)

"only"???? seriously? the filter size is what you care about?

1 upvote
cd cooker
By cd cooker (Jan 29, 2013)

of course i have to care about if i have invested in filters in this size!

and it is kind of unusual for a lens to shrink that much and call it as an upgrade.

3 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (Jan 29, 2013)

You never had a 30/1.4 in your hand, did you? the old one has 62 mm too.

http://www.pbase.com/lou_giroud/sig3014

performance gallery on NEX7 and Bokeh here

http://www.pbase.com/lou_giroud/image/146798683

Comment edited 21 seconds after posting
4 upvotes
cd cooker
By cd cooker (Jan 30, 2013)

thanks for your correction, my bad.

1 upvote
Jordan Norris
By Jordan Norris (Jan 29, 2013)

why no love for X-Mount? Fuji and Sigma not friends?

2 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Jan 29, 2013)

Too small sales? Pros prefer X / M mount gear? There can be dozens of reasons, really. I'd point out more towards "clients of X-mount cameras are not interested in cheap lenses" though.

2 upvotes
AmaturFotografer
By AmaturFotografer (Jan 30, 2013)

Agree with Plastek. Fuji X is kinda niche segment.

0 upvotes
Suave
By Suave (Jan 29, 2013)

Perhaps I am missing something, but how is 19mm a "telephoto"?

1 upvote
richardplondon
By richardplondon (Jan 29, 2013)

"telephoto" is often used loosely to denote any lenses with long focal lengths, but when used strictly, is the technical term for one particular kind of optical design. This design is what allows a "600mm focal length" lens to be sized much less than 600mm long physically, for example - and this outcome is most useful for long lenses; but can apply for short focal lengths too.

6 upvotes
Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Jan 29, 2013)

NEX: E-mount version
60 f2.8 [FF FoV 120 f2.8]
30 f1.4 [FF FoV 45 f1.4]

and...

NEX: Sigma w/Canon EF-mount
Plus Metabone Speedbooster EF-to-E (NEX) combined scenario:
60 f2.8 x0.71 = 42.6 f2.0 x 1.5APSC = FF FoV 64 f2.0 !!!
30 f1.4 x0.71 = 21.3 f1.0 x 1.5APSC = FF FoV 32 f1.0 !!!

Aperture Diameters*:
*60/2.8=21.4mm max diameter
*30/1.4=21.4mm max diameter

0 upvotes
straylightrun
By straylightrun (Jan 29, 2013)

Err, I don't think you know how that Speedbooster adapter works...

10 upvotes
kjbkix
By kjbkix (Jan 29, 2013)

Why do you have the crop factor as 2x for the 60 and 1.5x for the 30?
also, the crop factor affects the aperture also, not just the focal length.
on MFT -> 60 f/2.8 = 120 f/5.6 on FF
on E-mount -> 60 f/2.8 = 90 f/4.2 on FF

1 upvote
Dave Oddie
By Dave Oddie (Jan 30, 2013)

The crop factor for the nex 60 is indeed incorrect but the crop factor does not affect the aperture. The aperture is a physical characteristics of the lens that obviously can't change. The 60 is an F2.8 lens whatever you mount it on.

Put another way if you put a 60mm F2.8 lens on a FF camera and cropped the result to aps-c size the results would exactly the same as a shot with the same lens on a aps-c camera. You would not have been using a 90mm F4.2 lens because you cropped the result.

0 upvotes
Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Jan 30, 2013)

i think she has it correct unless i am crazy

0 upvotes
chlamchowder
By chlamchowder (Jan 29, 2013)

The improved quality control is making Sigma very, very attractive. I'll be paying attention to this company - they're really trying hard, and it shows. Go Sigma!

2 upvotes
ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (Jan 29, 2013)

Sigma does "easy choice" Sony lenses for E-mount wrapped in metal? Ok. Not exciting, but price/IQ might be compelling for autofocus lenses.

I'd rather have an old manual 50-58mm f/1.4 than a 60mm f/2.8, and those are lots cheaper still....

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (Jan 29, 2013)

Right, you get a Minolta MD manual 50-1,4 for a few cents. I have the Nikon 50-1,4 with adapter on NEX, and I paid 10$ for that one, makes wonderful shots

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 29, 2013)

What is the point of f/2.8 primes again? And encasing the cheap glass in metal?

3 upvotes
fastlass
By fastlass (Jan 29, 2013)

It's a well-priced entry to primes for people stepping up from kit lenses.

6 upvotes
The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (Jan 29, 2013)

A f/2.8 prime does not automatically mean cheap glass - it means LESS glass, less weight and lower cost.

10 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Jan 29, 2013)

2/3 of a stop faster than the typical variable aperture f3.5-5.6 kit lenses and much smaller, and less expensive than the average f1.4 or f1.8 prime.

On FF and APS-C an f2.8 max aperture lens gives more than enough DOF control for most photographers.

3 upvotes
EinsteinsGhost
By EinsteinsGhost (Jan 29, 2013)

"What is the point of f/2.8 primes again?"
Good contrast, sharpness, with good object separation with usable DoF up close and far, but without the "marketing" advantages of faster lenses.

"And encasing the cheap glass in metal?"
If cheap glass can deliver quality, would it warrant anything but praise? The Sigma 30mm /2.8 is a superb piece of glass for $200 and if this 60/2.8 follows the tradition, I'd say... kudos, Sigma.

1 upvote
chlamchowder
By chlamchowder (Jan 29, 2013)

Probably not much smaller than the average 50/1.4 or 50/1.8. Those lenses are about as small as non-pancake SLR lenses get already.

0 upvotes
EinsteinsGhost
By EinsteinsGhost (Jan 29, 2013)

That is before adapter though. My Contax Zeiss 50 is tiny on its own but longer with the adapter.

1 upvote
Roman Korcek
By Roman Korcek (Jan 29, 2013)

So Sigma will offer a redesigned 30mm F/1.4 in addition to the new 35mm F/1.4? Is that not overkill?

0 upvotes
nawknai
By nawknai (Jan 29, 2013)

Not really, considering the difference in their size and weight. The 30 mm f/1.4 has always been very small, and if I had a DX camera, I'd rather have the 30 mm rather than the 35 mm.

5 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Jan 29, 2013)

The 35 1.4 is designed for a FF sensor camera, and the 30 1.4 is one of their more popular APS-C lens that they are updating.

4 upvotes
JohnMatrix
By JohnMatrix (Jan 29, 2013)

Agree with both these followup comments - the 30/1.4 makes much more sense for a crop dSLR. How long ago did Canon introduce the EF-S range? And we still don't have small & fast 30-35mm standard prime in the Canon EF-S range! Instead Canon would like crop camera users to fork out for the 35L. Well done Sigma!

2 upvotes
Suave
By Suave (Jan 29, 2013)

Current 30 is not small, in fact it is a quite sizable chunk of glass.

1 upvote
JohnMatrix
By JohnMatrix (Jan 29, 2013)

@Suave Last time I looked the 30/1.4 was still smaller than the Sigma 35/1.4 and Canon 35/1.4 lenses

0 upvotes
Suave
By Suave (Jan 29, 2013)

That does not make it very small.

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Jan 29, 2013)

chunk of glass good
pencil hole bad

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
random78
By random78 (Jan 29, 2013)

@suave: It is all relative of course. Being 2.5" compared to 3.7" for the 35mm 1.4, it is much smaller. But yes it is still a fairly chunky lens - thats the curse of the fact that the APS-C cameras share the mount with full frame cameras. So even though 30mm 1.4 is a "normal" prime for APS-C, its construction has to be more like wide-angle DSLR lenses and hence the extra heft.

0 upvotes
The A-Team
By The A-Team (Jan 29, 2013)

The new 30 1.4 is exciting for crop camera users. How much will it cost?

1 upvote
Hubertus Bigend
By Hubertus Bigend (Jan 29, 2013)

@Admin: Text says 30/1.4 comes for Nikon, Canon, Sigma; table says Four Thirds, Pentax, Sony, too, which is probably in error? (While I would be glad to hear otherwise, I think Sigma has completely stopped making Four Thirds lenses?)

Anyway, it's good to see Sigma come up with more and more quality stuff, and for the mirrorless systems, too. I don't care for their new metal casing, though. I found the plastic versions already to be nice and solid.

And I'm somewhat surprised at their introducing a 60/2.8 non-macro lens, after their latest DP camera came with a 50/2.8 macro which I would have expected to be offered seperately just like the 19mm and 30mm lenses used to be DP lenses in the first place...

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
1 upvote
Archer66
By Archer66 (Jan 29, 2013)

Info for 30/1.4 is for the old version, typical DPR copy paste error.

2 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Jan 29, 2013)

They still do the same? Copy&paste? Like with
A99 where we had 5 pages of people bashing Sony simply because some "redactor" copy&pasted entire specs table of A900 into A99?
gash.... this website goes doooowwwwnnn....

0 upvotes
BBking83
By BBking83 (Jan 29, 2013)

@Hubertus Bigend They may have stopped making 4/3 but m4/3, they are just starting to make for them.

The 30mm f1.4 is for both E mount (NEX) and m4/3 (OMD, PEN, G).

1 upvote
Shamael
By Shamael (Jan 29, 2013)

The 30-1.4 is not an E-mount lens, it is a full DX lens for apsc dslrs, in 4/3, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Canon, mounts. The 4/3 is the full sized 4/3, not the micro 4/3 found on mirrorless 4/3 cameras like OMD or Pen.

0 upvotes
jeep
By jeep (Jan 29, 2013)

But no optical stabilisation. So no great incentive to replace the already good 19mm and excellent 30mm (on NEX). The 60mm (pity not a tad longer) would have benefited from stabilisation. Now I would be pleased if Sigma produced a 12mm f2.8 for NEX.

2 upvotes
EinsteinsGhost
By EinsteinsGhost (Jan 29, 2013)

"The 60mm (pity not a tad longer) would have benefited from stabilisation."
That is a good point. It will limit its low light capabilities as 1/90s shutter speed will be rather restrictive which isn't much of an issue with 30mm/2.8 and not at all with 19mm. But at 60mm, it will be. Sigma has an excellent OS that should have been used otherwise, it lacks both OSS and a faster aperture compared to Sony 50/1.8 OSS (an excellent lens).

The length may be a result of trying to give it closer focusing distance and if that is the case, I would have preferred compromising some of the MFD for size.

0 upvotes
Expat Nomad
By Expat Nomad (Jan 29, 2013)

Agreed on the stabilisation, especially since F2.8.
I can happily live with the 60mm, but where is the 21-24mm (35mm equivalent)?
Perhaps they don't want to go head to head with the (IMHO) overpriced CZ 24?

0 upvotes
rishi o'
By rishi o' (Jan 29, 2013)

where is the manual focus ring on the emount/micro-four third lenses?

1 upvote
AmaturFotografer
By AmaturFotografer (Jan 29, 2013)

Those lenses come with full time AF, no manual focus.

Kidding. I think they will have smooth rubber focus ring, just like my (ancient) A-mount 50mm.

1 upvote
Shamael
By Shamael (Jan 29, 2013)

we need a 30/1.4 and a 19/1.4 or 1.2, not a 2.8. The 2 lenses in 2.8 are good, but too slow. The 30/1.4 for dslr make a huge tandem with NEX and adapters, only problem is the bulky size. In E-Mount with AF it would be the absolute hammer. In this matter, Sigma plays Sony's game, the 20/2.8 and 16/2.8 seem to inspire them. Toooooo slow, is that hard to understand. And those who make fast ones use 35 mm, what is a bit too long again, 30 is better, and 20 is ok too.

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
nawknai
By nawknai (Jan 29, 2013)

There must be a reason. Perhaps it has something to do with the very short flange distance that prevents them from making a small prime? Perhaps they'd need to make the lens much larger in order for it to be good with the E-mount? I really don't know, but since it's not advantageous for Sigma to create a lens that doesn't sell due to poor specs, I'd have to assume that there's a reason for the slow primes on offer by both Sony and Sigma.

It's also the reason I would never buy a NEX system camera, and opted for the Fuji X-Pro 1.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jan 29, 2013)

@nawkwai: those can't be the reasons, because Olympus makes a 12mm-f/2.0 and Panasonic makes a 20mm-f/1.7 pancake lens; my bet is that faster lenses would be considerably more expensive and Sigma is unwilling to manufacture them.

0 upvotes
EinsteinsGhost
By EinsteinsGhost (Jan 29, 2013)

At 28mm (FF equivalent) or less, faster lens is unnecessary as they are generally used for landscape where you want the lens to be at their best in "landscape apertures".

With Micro-Four thirds, the need is greater for larger aperture due to their inherent ability to deliver shallow DoF. In fact, Olympus 12/2 has the same FoV and DoF as an APS-C 16/2.8 and FF 24mm f/4.

0 upvotes
JohnnyWashngo
By JohnnyWashngo (Jan 29, 2013)

I am loving the look of Sigma's new lenses. The minimalistic, plain black aesthetic is something I particularly like. It's understated and doesn't scream expensive like huge white lenses with red rings ;)

Lets hope these new lenses perform as well as their latest 35mm f/1.4 which I personally love.

5 upvotes
Dianoda
By Dianoda (Jan 29, 2013)

Er, in Canon's defense, it's pretty hard to make an understated 9"+ lens... :P

0 upvotes
don_van_vliet
By don_van_vliet (Jan 29, 2013)

As with their last mirrorless lenses the focal lengths seem to make more sense on APS than 43. Would be nice to get some cheaper 3rd party lenses for M43 at more conventional focal lengths.

3 upvotes
fyngyrz
By fyngyrz (Jan 29, 2013)

I own the older Sigma 30mm f/1.4; its main problem is severe red/blue fringing everywhere but very near the center at f/1.4, which really hurts it for night shooting. Which is mainly what I wanted the f/1.4 for in the first place.

Hope they've addressed that. 30mm is just right for an APS-C camera; feels like a 50mm lens, pretty much.

0 upvotes
Hobbit13
By Hobbit13 (Jan 29, 2013)

I have it as well, returned the first, but the second is quite OK.

But on my Nikon D3100 is already large and heavy. (larger and heavier than the new 50mm F1.4 by Nikon) If they kept the size and weight, this will be a ridiculous lens for most micro43 bodies!

0 upvotes
hellocrowley
By hellocrowley (Jan 29, 2013)

My first copy was excellent, but had frontfocus problem. The 2nd copy was horrible.

0 upvotes
dopravopat
By dopravopat (Jan 29, 2013)

I have also the 1st generation 30 mm f1.4 and the biggest issue for me is poor image sharpness towards corners when stopped down. But I like the angle and weight of the lens very much.

0 upvotes
StyleZ7
By StyleZ7 (Jan 29, 2013)

Sigma - thanks for this, but please give us some renewed Wide Angle Primes for FF too :)

0 upvotes
Dhabits
By Dhabits (Jan 29, 2013)

Yes something that works for APS-C also, i wouldn't mind a 24mm f/1.4 :)

1 upvote
codeNsnap
By codeNsnap (Jan 29, 2013)

Ditto.

0 upvotes
BBking83
By BBking83 (Jan 29, 2013)

@Dhabits: "Yes something that works for APS-C also"

The NEX E mount is APS-C. All the above mentioned lenses are APS-C compatible.

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (Jan 30, 2013)

Zeiss has a 24-1,8 for the Nex, i don't think that another 1.4 would make sense. A 20-1,4 would, for sure. I would like to see a Nokton, a 0,95 in 24 mm or even 20, all manufacturerers focus on 35 mm, mainly for the 4/3 system.

0 upvotes
Benarm
By Benarm (Jan 29, 2013)

E-mount needs more faster primes, F2.8 is not enough

8 upvotes
ageha
By ageha (Jan 29, 2013)

At least it's sharp.

5 upvotes
Total comments: 99