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Sigma Reveals Pricing and Availability of New 24mm F/1.4 Art Lens

By Anthony Thurston on February 11th 2015

That didn’t take long. Just a day after announcing their new 24mm F/1.4 Art Lens, Sigma has revealed the pricing and availability of the new fast prime.

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The new lens will go on sale for a street price of $849, making it still a very affordable option. The Sigma news release also mentions that the lens will become available in March.

Sigma 24mm F/1.4 Art Spec Highlights

  • EF/F Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • FLD and Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Glass Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

If you are interested, you can get your pre-order in now over on B&H and be one of the first to get this exciting new lens after it becomes available. If you would like to learn more about the lens, you can check out all the details in our announcement post, here.

[via Sigma]

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. robert s

    every lens that was made is superior to the nikon/canon equivalent and for much less money though.

    besides the 50 1.4 art which is way overpriced and should sell for $600 and not a cent more.

    now Im wanting to get an 85 1.4 and im looking at you sigma. rumors are tamron may also have one in the works.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Robert, I think that while Sigma could indeed still turn a nice profit on the 50 Art for $600 or $700, the reason it is $950 has more to do with the fact that Zeiss’ $4,000 50mm Otus is only like, 10% better, …and plus the fact that the Sigma 50 Art “kills” both the Canon 50 L and the Nikon 58 N.

      So, even though it is in a class more commonly compared against $400-$500 lenses, its performance and run-for-money goes up against lenses that cost hundreds or thousands more.

      I don’t think Tamron or Tokina have done an f/1.4 prime in recent history, but I’d love to see them try. Tokina especially, I’d love to see some sort of 17mm or 18mm f/2 from them, considering how good of a track record they’ve had with ultra-wide sharpness already…

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    • robert s

      I know why they bumped the price. still doesnt make it worth that much. and it isnt. screw otus. you have to be an idiot to pay that much for a mf only lens.

      dont care for UWA primes. waiting for proper reviews of the tamron 15-30. thats enough for all my needs.

      dont know why those tokina clowns couldnt make the 100mm with rounded aperture blades. what a huge mistake.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Well the good news is, like Canon and Nikon, Sigma often offers $100 instant rebates on lenses in that price range.

      Also, don’t expect a Sigma 85 Art to cost more than ~$100 less than $950, I bet.

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    • robert s

      of course not. thatd be silly of me.

      the nikon is $1600 which sold for years at $1900.

      but if the art sells for $1000, im in completely.

      truthfully, I dont have the slightest urge to buy any nikon lens anymore. they are overpriced and im just tired of paying so much. theres no need today. 3rd party mfr are stealing a huge chunk from nikon. lenses, grips, flashes, batteries. no more, im done with them. look at their last quarterly revenue. its the 10th bearish one in a row. 10th! stock is the lowest its been in 4 years.

      right now, all my attention is what sigma and tamron are doing.

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    • Steve VanSickle

      Robert, I know what you mean about Nikon pricing. Truthfully, I used to be a bit jealous of my friends shooting Canon for the fact that a lot of their equivalent lenses were either a few hundred less, or had more frequent rebates/sales. Lately though, I’ve been hearing grumbling in the Canon camp that this isn’t as true as it used to be.

      But with the 3rd parties stepping up their game, I shoot a Nikon body, but all my event lenses are Sigma (Art lenses, 35, and 24-105), Tamron (their newest 70-200 f/2.8), and Rokinon for the 12mm fisheye. I used Nikon’s 50, and 85 f/1.8 from time to time, and I love the 135 f/2 for studio work. But in the field, Nikon is just the body and the speedlight anymore.

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    • robert s

      I think theyve gone crazy with the pricing. the yen has been down against the dollar and prices are still the same

      the 80-200 AFS sold for $1400 when new.
      the 70-200 VR1 sold for $1650 when new
      the 70-200VR2 sells for $2400 new…wheres the proportion?
      $750 price jump for a lens that has heavy focus breathing and the minimum focus switch is limiting.

      today a pro can buy a complete set of all 3rd party lens and get stellar IQ at a huge discount. im sure canon and nikon realize this. I have no brand loyalty and all I care about is bang for the buck. bravo to sigma and tamron for stepping up. I couldnt be happier. I have no interest in any nikon lenses for now.

      I want to upgrade my tamron 17-35 2.8-4 to the 15-30 if the tests are positive
      I want to upgrade my 85 1.8D to a 1.4. I had the 1.4AIS, the 1.4D and now im waiting for sigma or tamron to deliver something yummy. im sure many are as well
      I also want to upgrade to a different 50mm. I had the 1.4g slow as hell and my 1,8g isnt that much better. if they dropped the ART to $600 ill buy otherwise 50 isnt a FL I like using often.
      a 135 ART would be delicious right about now.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Unless any of us are market analysts actually studying these industries that are producing items and bringing them to market, I don’t think there is a definitive word on what “too much” is. Pretty much all of this mass-produced stuff is already taking advantage of cheap labor and materials somewhere, in other words. And even if most people will probably say “that’s just the way it is” …my point still is, these Nikon lenses we’re calling “overpriced” would still cost twice as much if they were made in the USA like a Really Right Stuff tripod or something…

      There is also still something to be said for the quality and reliability of Nikon’s best lenses compared to even the best Sigma Art lenses, too. Sigma Art glass isn’t weather-sealed, and it has yet to stand the test of time. I have a friend who has destroyed two copies of the Sigma 35 Art already, and I’ve had the privilege of seeing the insides of that lens. It’s well built, but I don’t know if it’s truly equal to, let alone superior to, Nikon’s lens construction, even despite Nikon’s interest in plastic parts as of late.

      Then there’s inflation to consider, since the day’s of lenses like the 80-200’s… Add stabilization and other modern technologies, and I don’t think it’s a far cry to jump from $1400 to $2400 for a flagship, high-end lens over the course of the decade or so that it’s been.

      I’m not making an excuse for Nikon to ignore Sigma’s pressure, mind you, I do think that both Canon and Sigma need to do a little better. But considering Nikon and Canon’s long-standing reputation for reliability and quality, and considering Sigma’s relative newness in the arena of such high quality, I don’t think the “pressure” is as great as some folks are saying…

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  2. Amanda Jehle

    Definitely going to start saving my pennies for this one. It comes in at around HALF the price of Canon’s 24mm 1.4L. I am severely lacking in the wide-angle category. Thank you Sigma. :)

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  3. Derek Schwartz

    Ooooh…gonna be an expensive year for me. Looking to move from APS-C to full frame…and now this lens. Damn. I tried out a 5D3 & 24/1.4 combo for what I normally shoot (cars at car shows and other events) and I was in love…

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  4. Chuck Eggen

    I want to see a 135mm Art!

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  5. Brandon Dewey

    It’s cheaper then price I was expecting and I am excited that it will be out before milky way season! I can’t wait to get mine.

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  6. Matthew Saville

    whatever your favorite prime lens is, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm, Sigma will soon have completely taken over this market.

    I would still consider “filling the gaps” with more affordable f/1.8 G glass from Nikon, if one prime focal length is your favorite but you still need 1-2 others. Then again Sigma could turn around and do f/2 OS versions of those lighter, more affordable lenses any day too. But yeah. These things are killing it! Very excited…

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  7. Kevin Cucci

    As far as I can see so far with these Sigma’s ART lenses and If all goes as expected with this new 24mm… SIGMA: 6 (yes there are 6 between FX & DX) – CANON/NIKON: 0 They are just hands down winning. Great build quality, great image quality, great price quality. Now PLEASE bring me my 85mm ART next… Please

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    • Steve VanSickle

      I haven’t bought the Sigma 50mm Art yet because I already have a Nikon 50mm f/1.8. But even though I have the Nikon 85 f/1.8, I would buy a Sigma 85 Art in a heartbeat.

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