Sigma To Of­fer Art Lenses In Sony FE Mount

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It’s a sign of the grow­ing im­por­tance of Sony’s Fe mount full-35mm mir­ror­less cam­era sys­tem that many of the in­de­pen­dent lenses mak­ers are in­tro­duc­ing com­pat­i­ble prod­ucts. And it’s a sig­nif­i­cant boost for the sys­tem that Sigma has an­nounced nine its much-awarded Art line lenses will be avail­able in the Fe mount soon.

Sigma’s Art line lenses boast a very high level of qual­ity – both phys­i­cally and op­ti­cally – which has seen them com­pared favourably with prod­ucts from both le­ica and Zeiss. Seven ex­ist­ing Art line primes – cov­er­ing 14mm to 135mm – will be in the new Fe mount line-up, plus the two new mod­els that Sigma has just an­nounced – the 70mm f2.8 DG macro Art and the 105mm f1.4 DG HSm Art. Ad­di­tion­ally, Sigma says it plans to of­fer yet more Fe mount ver­sions of Art lenses in the fu­ture.

Sigma has ob­tained a li­cens­ing agree­ment with Sony which means the Fe mount Art lenses will be fully com­pat­i­ble with the A7 and A9 se­ries mir­ror­less cam­eras, in­clud­ing the ‘Fast Hy­brid AF’ con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus­ing mode, the in-body im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, and in-cam­era lens cor­rec­tions – for pe­riph­eral il­lu­mi­na­tion (vi­gnetting), chro­matic aber­ra­tions and dis­tor­tion.

No de­tails about avail­abil­ity have been an­nounced yet, the Fe Art lines will be the 14mm f1.8, 20mm f1.4, 24mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.4 and 135mm f1.8 plus the two new mod­els noted ear­lier. The 70mm f2.8 is the first macro lens in the Art line and de­liv­ers true 1:1 re­pro­duc­tion (i.e. life size) plus it has a weather-sealed ex­ter­nal con­struc­tion. The new 105mm f1.4 model also has a weather-sealed con­struc­tion and Sigma is promis­ing it will de­liver “in­cred­i­ble res­o­lu­tion” and “ex­cep­tional pe­riph­eral bright­ness”. In ad­di­tion to the Sony Fe mount, both new lenses will be avail­able in Sigma and Canon mounts while the 105mm will also be of­fered in the Nikon mount (in other words, the macro lens won’t be avail­able for Nikon D-SlRs). For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.sigmaphoto.com.au

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