Sigma Is Going Fast and Wide with Their New Art Lens, the 24mm f/1.4
In recent years, Sigma has won over photographers and filmmakers alike with their high-quality Art lineup of lenses.
Today Sigma announced a new addition to that lineup, one that is sure to please lovers of wide-angle lenses the world over. It's the 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM, and like the other two high speed primes in Sigma's Art lineup (the 35mm and the 50mm), the new 24mm will cover a full frame sensor. For APS-C sensors, the effective focal range of this lens will be roughly 38mm. Like Sigma's other Art lenses, the 24mm will be available in Sigma's proprietary mount, as well as Nikon and Canon mounts.
Here are the basic specs from Sigma's website:
- Lens Construction:15 Elements in 11 Groups
- Angle of View: 84.1º
- Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9
- Mininum Aperture: f16
- Minimum Focusing Distance: 25 cm / 9.8 in
- Filter Size (mm): 77mm
- Maximum Magnifications: 1:5.3
- Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 85mmx90.2mm / 3.3inx3.6 in
- Weight: 665g / 23.5oz.
Sigma's mechanism for switching to manual focus simply by rotating the focus ring is also making it to this lens. This way, the lens can be kept in auto-focus mode for the bulk of your shots, but quick critical focus changes can be made manually without having to flip the focus switch on the lens barrel back and forth.
While we don't know the pricing or expected shipping dates of the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 at this point, this is certainly a lens that filmmakers and photographers should get excited for if it meets the same phenomenal quality standards as Sigma's previous high-speed primes in the Art lineup. The 24mm focal length is an extremely versatile and useful one for filmmakers in particular, especially those who shoot lots of handheld or with various types of stabilizers.