Sigma Announces New 50mm F/1.4 DG & 18-200mm 3.5-6.3

Gear Announcements January 6th 2014 2:32 PM 12 Comments

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We all asked for it, and Sigma has finally answered. Just a while ago at CES 2014, in Las Vegas, Sigma announced a new 50mm F/1.4, completely designed and re-engineered from the previous model and styled in the same way as Sigma’s latest releases.

Sadly, that is about as much as there is to say about the new 50mm F/1.4. No pricing or availability has been announced, but given Sigma’s recent history it wouldn’t be a stretch to think this lens will be available for all the major camera mounts. The current Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sells for around $500, and that is the most expensive 50mm F/1.4 on the market (that is not named Zeiss) so I don’t imagine the new one will cost much more – if at all.

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In addition to the 50mm F/1.4, Sigma announced a new 18-200mm 3.5-6.3 lens.  Not a lens many pro photographers will be clamoring to get their hands on, but one of Sigma’s most popular focal lengths. So, its announcement is not all that surprising.

“These two lenses are among our most popular, and we’re pleased to reintroduce these products by adding them to our Global Vision lineup,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 18-200mm, in particular, is an exciting new lens as it now has macro functionality, updated optics and a Global Vision design, making it a fantastic alternative to the kit lens. As has been the case with our recent Global Vision lenses, we expect an array of photographers to gravitate to their technically advanced features and slick new look.”

Are you excited for the new Sigma 50mm F/1.4?

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12 Comments

  1. Adam

    I love my Sigma 50mm 1.4. I don’t really see a reason for them to update it for anything but the style. The build quality of the current version is fine the way it is. I don’t see myself updating for a simple style change.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Its not just the styling, they completely redesigned and re-engineered it. Meaning new optics, so it may perform better than the current version.

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    • Ryan

      Plus I suspect they are making noticeable improvements to the autofocus and the ability to fine tune that autofocus with the new sigma lens dock is a big selling point i’d say. If this new 50 performs as well as their 35 I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it as my new primary lens. :)

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  2. David

    If I got bankrupt this year…it’ll be because of the sigma 35, 50 and 85…

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  3. thisguy

    My Canon 50mm f/1.4 is pretty soft wide open, I’d like to give sigma’s a try.

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    • Tommi

      Yep! Same here. Can’t use any other focusing points than middle one, pic goes totally blurred soft at wide open. Almost bought 35mm 1.4 Sigma, but maybe need to wait this 50mm.

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  4. Elmer Escobar

    I have the Sigma 35, 50, and 85. I love that trio. I don’t see myself running to replace my 50 though. WIth the 35 and 85 combo on my D800 I’m pretty set. The 35 essentially becomes around 50ish in DX mode.

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  5. Philipp

    Given that I’m tired of using my slow focusing Canon 50/1.4 and can’t afford the 1.2 version, I think I’ll go with this if the price/availability is right.

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  6. LH

    Yep very intrested. The 50mm 1.4 nikon is my go to lens and it’s quite soft at 1.4 and doesn’t really improve until past f2. Much prefered the results from the current sigma 50mm, but it seemed to be a tad unpredictable with it’s focusing. So really hoping this one has that problem solved and I will grab it without a doubt.

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  7. theo

    Save the money and get the canon 1.2. You wont regret it. Even if you buy this you would still be looking at the 1.2 LOL

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    • Rado

      Canon L F1.2 is way to soft. I had it for 6 month and sold it. To much money for so little performance

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  8. MirrorLessForums

    Great…. I like Sigma lenses… Looking forward for the pricing

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