Sigma has once again redefined how fast and sharp a zoom lens can be.
The engineers over there have done some incredible things, first with the tack sharp APS-C 18-35mm f/1.8, and now with the new APS-C 50-100mm f/1.8. The new 50-100mm f/1.8 — which will come in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mounts — joins the rest of Sigma's high-performing Art lens lineup, and is listed at $1,100. In addition, they've announced another new APS-C lens for their mirrorless line, the 30mm F1.4 DC DN, which will be available in Sony E and MFT mounts, and is listed at $340. Lastly, the previously leaked E-Mount adapter, MC-11, has also been announced, and will cost $250. Unfortunately it seems that it will only work with Sigma lenses out of the gate.
All three of these will be available in the next month or two.
50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art
Here are the specs for the 50-100mm:
- Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA Mounts, Covers APS-C Sensors
- 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: F16
- 82mm filter thread
- Minimum Focus Distance: 37.4in
- Dimensions: 3.7x6.7
- Weight: 52.6oz
- Availability: April 2016
- Price: $1,100
30mm f/1.4 DC DN
And the specs for the 30mm f/1.8:
- Sony E-Mount and Micro Four Thirds Mount, Covers Up to APS-C Sensors
- 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: F16
- 52mm filter thread
- Minimum Focus Distance: 11.8in
- Dimensions: 2.6x2.9in.
- Weight: 9.3oz
- Availability: March 2016
- Price: $340
MC-11 Lens Converter
The MC-11 lens converter is designed for Sony E-Mount cameras, and though it seems like it's only made to work with Sigma branded lenses, theoretically there is nothing stopping them from developing the tech to work with other brands in the future. Right now the adapter is made to work with Sigma SA and Canon EF mounts, adapted to E-Mount, runs for $250, and will be available at the beginning of April. Here's more from Sigma on the lens adapter:
The Sigma MC-11’s sleek LED display lets Sony users know if the attached Sigma lens is compatible and whether or not the MC-11 needs to be updated for that specific lens. Its internal control data system keeps detailed information on each compatible Sigma lens, automatically optimizing performance of AF drive, aperture control and other critical lens functions. The MC-11’s internal control data system also maintains continuity with key camera functions that control brightness and correct transverse chromatic aberration, distortion, and more. The complete compatibility with both Sigma lens OS and Sony in-camera OS ensures correction of camera shake and other stability issues and when used with in-camera stabilization, MC-11 allows angle shake correction in the lens. The integrated flocking helps prevent internal reflections and reduction in lens performance. In addition, the MC-11 retains important EXIF data ensuring users can analyze every detail of their lens setting.
The Sigma MC-11 converter can be updated with the latest compatible lens information from a workstation or laptop using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately).
And here's the compatibility list:
It should also be mentioned that Sigma offers a lens conversion service, and will convert one Sigma lens mount to another:
Sigma will convert the current mount of your Sigma Global Vision lens to another of your choice. Sigma lenses currently from the Contemporary, Art or Sports line, in Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax mounts can be converted to Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Sony or Pentax*. Mirorrless lenses can be converted to Micro Four Thirds and Sony-E Mount. They cannot be converted to either an APS-C or a Full Frame format.
For more info, be sure to check out the links below.
I seriously want that 50-100 and then the 18-35 would be the ultimate run and gun combo
February 22, 2016 at 9:14PM
Same! It's my workhorse on the GH4 with Speedbooster, I'm always a little disappointed when I have to take it off for my 50 or 85; now I can just carry these two around!
February 22, 2016 at 9:54PM
Yeah, along with the Tokina 11-16 I've got this is going to be an amazing triple set.
February 23, 2016 at 12:15AM, Edited February 23, 12:15AM
I've got a similar combo. The 35-100mm Lumix 2.8 and it works great! I'd love the extra light of this new lens but it will be hard for me to sell because of the lack of IS. I could definitely live without it but it will be missed if the optics are superior in this lens. Also this looks like it's twice the weight of the 18-35, which is expected for all the additional/up-scaled elements, but will be hard once again for me to let go of my tiny 35-100.
February 23, 2016 at 7:45AM
I am still waiting for that 70-200 art. I cant wait to see some field tests with this lens.
February 22, 2016 at 9:41PM
wish it had IS but eh, is cool
February 23, 2016 at 7:40AM
Spot on, Sigma. I took a whole bag of lenses away with me last week and used the 18-35mm for almost every shot.
I'd like to hear more about the shape and number of blades. Couldn't see any info on their site.
A week after getting the 18-35mm, a gust of wind put a few grains of sand inside the lens, which I could feel when focussing. Sigma UK cleaned it up and returned it to me within a week, so support seems very good.
February 23, 2016 at 7:47AM
Astounding.... If this is as good as the 18-35 f1.8, there won't be much of a need for primes.
February 23, 2016 at 11:18AM
I wish I could afford camera like that :( Maybe one day!
February 23, 2016 at 11:58AM
they're lenses, not cameras.
February 23, 2016 at 6:15PM
Perfect. I'm buying the 50-100 even before I see testing. I own the 18-35 and love it. I trust this is just as awesome.
February 23, 2016 at 4:41PM
Like others, I'm using the Sigma 18-35 and Tokina 11-16 with a SpeedBooster on my GH4, so this 50-100 Sigma would be a logical addition. I currently use the Pany 35-100, which I like very much as its fast enough for most shots, and the stabilization is decent. I want stabilization with any lens over 35mm for hand held shots, but for locked off shots the faster 50-100 would be really nice. If the image quality matches the 18-35, it will be hard to resist buying this.
February 24, 2016 at 10:47AM
Here is some night footage of the Sigma 50-100mm on a Panasonic GX85 with IBIS using the Metabones Speedbooster Ultra for Canon mounts. Most scenes use an aperture of f/1.3 and ISO 1000.
December 18, 2016 at 2:13PM, Edited December 18, 2:13PM