Sigma adds extreme primes and standard zooms to their beloved Art line
Japanese photo blog Nokishita has obtained the first images of four new lenses for Sigma's Art series. Covering outliers of the prime ranges and some popular zoom configurations, these lenses will be a welcomed addition for many photographers who swear by this lens series.
Sigma 14mm 1.8 Art
This is a lens after my own heart. As an avid astrophotographer, this lens looks fantastic for long exposures of night skies. My current go to lens for this purpose is the Nikkor 20mm 1.8, which is an incredible lens, but if this Sigma Art lens performs as well with color and distortion then it may replace the 20mm for the ultrawide Milky Way photos. This lens will also be a great choice for traditional landscape photography as well, assuming it performs as well as Sigma's other Art series lenses.
Sigma 135mm 1.8 Art
Finally, Nikon users will have a worthy competitor to the legendary Canon 135mm f/2L. I was waiting on Nikon to release a competitor or updated version of their old 135mm lens, but Sigma beat them to it while also making it even faster. 135mm is a great focal length for portraits, weddings, and studio work, and the fast 1.8 aperture will produce beautifully shallow depth of field and let you shoot in lower light settings. This may be a great alternative for Canon users as well, if it's priced competitively to Canon's premium L series pricing.
Sigma 24-70 2.8 Art
Rounding out some of the standard lenses that most photographers use, Sigma's version of the venerable 24-70 2.8 looks like a solid alternative to the first party choice, which are on the expensive end of things. I often recommend photographers the 24-70 lenses as their first big upgrade from kit lenses if they're not going the prime lens route, and this one might become the new go to recommendation if it can be had much cheaper than the Nikon and Canon models. 24-70mm is a great walk around zoom length, capable of landscapes, portraits, and general event coverage very capably. This lens plus a 70-200 would cover 95% of most photographers needs, though I would also through in a 50mm 1.8 just for the times you need a little fast speed or want a lighter setup to carry around all day.
Sigma 100-400 mm F5 - 6.3 Contemporary
Aimed more at hobbyists than professional photographers, the Contemporary line offers solid choices for photographers wanting versatility and smaller size while still having solid optical performance. For a 100-400mm lens, this looks to be about the size of a 70-200 f/4, which is impressive but still not "compact". This lens would be a good choice on a crop sensor camera for a photographer wanting to do birding photos or wildlife photography, but it has limited uses otherwise thanks to the slow aperture.
What do you think?
Do any of these new Sigma lenses interest you? The 14mm and 135mm are definitely on my radar for testing in the future, possibly as a replacement for my 20mm and 85mms. The 24-70mm will probably be a great choice for anyone moving from the beginner stages to more serious photographer, while the 100-400mm will be a niche for people wanting a budget friendly, versatile telephoto lens.
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