Sigma Introduces 16mm Lens for Sony E and Micro Four Thirds

SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN
Sigma unveils new 16mm F1.4 DC DN lens for filmmakers looking for fast and wide shooting.

At PhotoPlus Expo in New York this week, Sigma has released its latest lens designed for APS-C mirrorless cameras including Sony E mount and Micro Four Thirds. The 16mm F1.4 DC DN is part of the Contemporary lens line and as the name suggests, features a max aperture of F1.4 with "DC" denoting APS-C sized sensors and "DN" for Micro Four Thirds, as we illustrated previously in our Sigma lens 101 article. 

16mm F1.4 DC DN
Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN & 30mm F1.4 DC DNCredit: Sigma
Sigma is claiming this is the world’s first interchangeable lens for mirrorless Sony E-mount cameras in the APS-C format to offer a 24mm focal length (35mm equivalent) and F1.4 brightness. If you're using a Micro Four Thirds camera, it offers a 32mm focal length (35mm equivalent) with the same aperture. 

The lens builds on the construction of the 30mm F1.4 DC DN and is the second in the DC DN series. The optical design features 16 elements in 13 groups which includes three FLD glass elements, two SLD glass elements, and two molded glass aspherical elements to minimizes optical aberrations. 

The large aperture is great for filmmakers looking for lowlight capabilities and its design is said to to minimize flare and ghosting. The 9-blade rounded diaphragm will create a smooth, round bokeh effect for your image with ample light throughout the frame. Sigma says the aspherical lens elements have been polished to tolerances under 10 nanometers to minimize the onion ring bokeh effect.

16mm F1.4 DC DN
Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DNCredit: Sigma

Additionally, a stepping motor provides smooth autofocus shooting video and the mount touts a dust- and splash-proof design. The lens also fully accommodates the Fast Hybrid AF of Sony E-mount cameras and uses face recognition AF results in consistent autofocusing on faces, even when the subject is moving. 

Sigma also started offering lens mount conversions for the Art, Contemporary and Sport lines. DC / DG lens are eligible for conversion to Sigma, Sony, Nikon Pentax and Canon mounts. DN can be interchanged between Sony E and Micro Four Thirds. A full list of lenses can be found here

To read more about the 16mm F1.4 DC DN, visit Sigma's website here. Or if you're in NYC this week, check it out in person at PhotoPlus Expo

Tech Specs: 

  • 16mm f/1.4
  • Lens Construction: 16 Elements in 13 Groups
  • Angle of View (DC): 83.4º
  • Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9 (Rounded)
  • Minimum Aperture: F16
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 9.8 in
  • Filter Size: 67mm
  • Maximum Magnifications: 1: 9.9
  • Weight 14.3 oz
  • Corresponding Mounts
    • Micro Four Thirds 
    • Sony E-mount

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