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Sigma Announces 50-100mm F/1.8, 30mm F/1.4, Sony E Mount Adapter

By Anthony Thurston on February 23rd 2016

We have all been hearing about these Sigma announcements for the last week or two (thanks to an active rumor mill) and today, the veil was officially lifted on two new and impressive lenses, a 50-100mm F/1.8 lens that looks like it may be the ultimate mid-tele zoom for crop sensor bodies and Sigma’s first F/1.4 lens for mirrorless.

 

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Sigma 50-100mm F/1.8

As noted above, this new lens from Sigma has the potential (assuming the build and optical performance matches up), to be a very popular lens among APS-C shooters.

50-100mm F/1.8 Lens Highlights

  • Features three FLD (F Low Dispersion) glass elements, one SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, and one high-refractive index, high-dispersion glass element to minimize aberrations.
  • Redesigned and enhanced, the new Hyper Sonic Motor is 30% slimmer and provides fast and accurate AF.
  • Highly durable polycarbonate diaphragm made with fluorine; blades feature carbon feather film offering exceptionally smooth operation even during continuous shooting.
  • Inner focusing and zoom design offer versatile shooting options
  • Tripod socket for stable, comfortable operation
  • Features 21 elements / 15 groups, Minimum Aperture: F1.8, 82mm filter thread, Minimum
  • Focus Distance: 37.4in, Dimensions: 3.7×6.7, Weight: 52.6oz

The new Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The price is a big deal, as this lens listed on their site (there was not price in the official press release I received) for just $1099. While that is expensive for a lot of APS-C shooters, it’s also a lot cheaper than I think a lot of people were expecting it to be given its unique capabilities.

I also did not get any availability information on the lens, so stay tuned for that, but it is almost certain that this lens will sell quite well.

Sigma DN 30mm F/1.4 Contemporary

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The other lens announcement from Sigma came in the form of a 30mm F/1.4 lens for micro four thirds and Sony E mount cameras. This is Sigma’s first F/1.4 lens for mirrorless (I believe) and constitutes a pretty big announcement for the Sony E mount and Micro Four Thirds shooters.

Sigma DN 30mm F/1.4 Highlights

  • Represents first affordable F1.4 performance lens for the mirrorless market
  • Sigma engineered quality within a sleek compact design
  • Fast, smooth AF stepping motor designed to support video
  • Features one aspherical element and one double-sided aspherical element producing
  • imaging quality comparable to the Art line.
  • Features 9 elements / 7 groups, Minimum Aperture: F1.6, 52mm filter thread, Minimum
  • Focus Distance: 11.8in, Weight: 9.3oz, Dimensions: 2.6×2.9in.

As noted in the highlights above, this lens represents a pretty big deal for mirrorless shooters. A 30mm F/1.4 lens for under $400, which on Sony’s E- Mount cameras comes out to ~ a 50mm and 60mm on M4/3 bodies. It’s fast, and it’s inexpensive; another popular one for Sony, I’ll bet.

Sigma MC-11 EF-E or SA-E Adapter

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The biggest announcement today from Sigma (for me personally) is the MC-11, their EF-E and SA-E lens adapter. This would function similarly to a Metabones or Fotodiox AF adapter, allowing the photographer to have full lens control and AF with Canon/Sigma lenses  on Sony E (both APS-C and full frame) mount bodies.

Sigma also notes that the lens is fully compatible with both Sigma’s OS and Sony’s in body stabilization, meaning if you pair a Sigma lens with OS on a Sony body with IBIS, you can take advantage of some serious stabilization.

Not only that, but this adapter is actually really affordable as well, with Sigma pricing it on their website at just $249! This is a great price, and it may force Metabones to rethink their outlandish pricing strategy.

The big question on this product, to me, will be the performance. I am curious to see if Sigma can get any better performance out of their lenses on the E-Mount system than other adapter-only manufacturers.

The announcement only talks about Sigma lens compatibility, so who knows how performance will be with non-Sigma lenses (if it even works with them at all). I am really excited to get my hands on one of these.

Pre-order links for these products are not yet available, but we will update the post as soon as they are made available to us.

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of these new Sigma announcements!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    SO, let’s break this down:

    The 50-100 1.8 weighs more than any other full-frame 70-200 2.8 except the mk2 Nikon.

    It costs about as much as the Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC, on a good day.

    It takes 82mm filter threads.

    So, for most serious photographers who have a budget in the $1K range for a lens like this, (and who are willing to lug around a 3+ lb lens) …an affordable full-frame body with a 70-200 2.8 will offer just as shallow DOF, equal or better high ISO performance, and greater zoom range. (A Nikon D610 or Grey Market D750 isn’t that much more pricey than a D7200, let alone a D500)

    So, what advantages DOES this lens offer? On any DX body, it offers a faster aperture at your base ISO. (Even though the DOF might be roughly the same, you’ll have access to faster shutter speeds) Also, on a higher end DX body like a D7200 or D500, it offers WAY better focus point spread. Lastly, depending on how good the D500 is at ISO 3200 / 6400, it also offers a faster shutter speed at those ISO’s.

    In other words, it’s a specialty tool, that’s for sure, and many folks just don’t find themselves in the specific situations that make this lens so valuable. However, for the discerning folks who know exactly what they need in a situation, and know exactly which direction they need to push the envelope, …this is going to be one hell of a lens.

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  2. Wendell Weithers

    a6300 +sigma 50-100mm + sigma 18-35mm = very tempting kit.

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    • adam sanford

      It does, but you might want a hand strap or a huge postmarket grip for that — both lenses will be poorly balanced on such a small body.

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    • Wendell Weithers

      Are there good grips for the a6000/6300?

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    • adam sanford

      No idea. I’m a Canon dude. But I’d imagine pickle jars like these lenses will drive clever third parties to offer some pretty stout bolt-on grips for them.

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  3. adam sanford

    $1,099? Good gravy, Sigma is still giving these exclusive winners away.
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    I thought for sure they’d finally get a little greedy and ask $1,500 for this lens (…at least for one month to gobble up mad profits from D500 owners who would buy this at any cost).

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    • Anthony Thurston

      yeah, I am VERY tempted to grab a D500 and pair it with this… seriously, for that price it is virtually a no brainer for any serious APS-C shooter who KNOWS they don’t want to upgrade to full frame.

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    • Justin Haugen

      How about D810 shooters who could use it in DX mode?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yes, true. You could use it in crop mode, but I think most who have full frame sensors want to make use of the full sensor wherever possible.

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    • Lauchlan Toal

      It’ll be interesting to see if you could get away with using it in 1.2x crop mode. Corners would be weak and there’d likely be a lot of vignetting, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if it was mostly usable. That would make it roughly a 60-120 f2.2 equivalent lens, which could be interesting. Though that would be a stretch – it’s entirely possible that it’ll exactly fit the dx frame and won’t yield any more pixels on full frame. Still, fingers crossed.

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    • adam sanford

      Or you could just wait a few months and get a proper FF version of this lens. :-)
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      The 18-35 f/1.8 for crop was followed with a 24-35 f/2 for full frame. I’d be stunned if there wasn’t a (I’m riffing here) 70-110mm f/2 in the pipeline at Sigma right now.
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      I’d personally wait for that lens: no crop mode would be needed, your corners should be better and FF mount compatibility will help you with resale someday.

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    • Justin Haugen

      It’s possible to shoot Sigma exclusively now without compromising quality.

      Although, weather sealing =/

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    • adam sanford

      That’s a bit strong, IMHO. Sigma’s optics are stellar, but their AF is simply not as consistent/reliable as comparable first party glass.
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      Every large aperture Art lens they sell has had reports of AF *inconsistency* that you cannot correct with the USB dock. If you are shooting one-off moments — not controlled portraiture / studio / product / architecture work — you will miss some shots you can’t get back.
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      Don’t get me wrong: I love me some Sigma and what they are doing for the industry, but I think it’s a case of caveat emptor with the AF. You *probably* will be happy… but you might not be.

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    • Justin Haugen

      That’s fair. I shoot weddings with a 24 1.4 and I’d say missed focus might be a little more forgiving with that lens than a 50 1.4. AF consistency is pretty important to me.

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