Sigma Global Vision: Release of SIGMA Interchangeable Lenses for L-Mount

https://www.sigma-global.com/en/news/2019/02/26/2042/

2019.02.26

Release of SIGMA Interchangeable Lenses for L-Mount

SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the Art line prime lens lineup for full-frame cameras in L-Mount. These L-Mount series lenses have achieved high-speed AF and are fully compatible with AF-C mode, in-camera image stabilization, and in-camera aberration correction. The lineup will consist of 11 prime lenses for full-frame cameras from SIGMA’s Art line covering from 14mm to 135mm currently available in other mounts, allowing the Art line, which pursues the highest performance, to be enjoyed on L-Mount cameras.

[Features]
1. Optimized AF for L-Mount※1
With the AF drive control program and high-speed communication tuned for each lens, shooting at speed with high-precision AF control is achieved. The lenses also support the AF-C mode.

2. Compatible with in-camera image stabilization※1
Compatible with in-camera image stabilization, the camera automatically detects the focal length of each lens and optimizes image stabilization performance.

3. Data pre-loaded for compatibility with in-camera aberration correction※1
Fully compatible with in-camera aberration correction (corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations, and distortion). By matching corrections to the optical characteristics of the lens, this function takes image quality to an even higher level.

4. Native mount for a more rigid and stable feel
Making the lens mount native provides a much more rigid and stable feel to the lens than using an adapter. Featuring a surface treatment to enhance strength, the brass bayonet mount offers a high-precision fit and exceptional durability. The mount connection area incorporates rubber sealing for dust- and splash-proof construction.

5. Available SIGMA Mount Conversion Service※2
This service converts specifications of the mount of SIGMA lenses to that of a different camera body. Users can “tailor” their favorite lenses to the camera body if they plan to get a new one in the future. This allows continued use of their favorite lenses over the long term regardless of the camera system.

※1 Compatibility with each function depends on the functions available on each camera.
※2 The SIGMA Mount Conversion Service (chargeable) is different from a normal repair service. It is not available at stores. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor.

SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case supplied

SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case supplied

SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case, Hood, Tripod Socket, and Protective Cover PT-21 supplied

SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
Launch: TBD
Case and Hood supplied

More about SIGMA Interchangeable Lenses for L-Mount

[Contact]
For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA representative listed in the link below:
https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/

[Product information]
SIGMA GLOBAL VISION:https://www.sigma-global.com/en/

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Panasonic Lumix S1R 35mm mirrorless digital camera.

Sigma L-Mount Art lenses and EF-to-L-Mount adapter to be released early 2019

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At the time of writing this article Sigma has the launch date of its first batch of L-Mount lenses marked as TBD but I hope the company can arrange to release them and the MC-21 Mount Convertor in its EF-to-L-Mount version at the same time Panasonic releases its Lumix DC-S1 and DC-S1R 35mm sensor mirrorless cameras.

No mirrorless hybrid camera system maker has managed to release its first cameras alongside an almost full collection of prime and zoom lenses, thus enabling early adopters to buy in and get to work almost immediately without the often years-long wait for the right focal lengths to finally appear.

Sigma’s first L-Mount prime lens release comprises a very usable set of optics, from 14mm up to 135mm, and it contains several that I consider invaluable as a documentary and portrait photographer and moviemaker.

Here is my ideal set of L-Mount lenses for a range of applications and genres:

  • Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG MAcro | Art
  • Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art

Alternatively, one could purchase the MC-21 EF-to-L-Mount adapter and a set of Canon EF-Mount Sigma lenses for maximum versatility and use on a range of cameras with different-sized sensors via adapters.

What is next for Sigma’s L-Mount lens collection?

Zooms and long telephoto prime lenses, I assume.

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Sigma Fills the Gap with 28mm f/1.4 and 40mm f/1.4 Art Lenses, Two of the Most Currently Neglected Prime Lens Focal Lengths

With almost every new camera coming with a kit zoom lens and the popular image of newspaper photographers stalking the streets with three DSLRs and the usual wide, standard and telephoto zoom lens trio, prime lenses have taken a back seat and most lens makers seem to have forgotten some of the most useful, most classic prime lenses upon which documentary photographers and moviemakers once depended upon to earn their living. 

I am referring to the 28mm and 40mm focal lengths with the former documentary photographer’s go-to wide angle lens and the latter a favourite focal length of many of the great Hollywood feature film cinematographers and directors. 

While I remain hopeful that other camera and lens makers will soon release professional-quality 28mm and 40mm lenses for 35mm sensor cameras and their equivalents in other sensor formats, Sigma Corporation has led the way in creating the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art and Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art prime lenses for 35mm sensor cameras.

In the Micro Four Thirds sensor format, their equivalents would be 14mm and 20mm, and in the APS-C sensor format they would be 18mm and 27mm.

While all of those focal lengths are catered for with pancake or near-pancake lenses in APS-C by Fujifilm and in M43 by Panasonic, none are suitable for the rigours of professional-level documentary photography and photojournalism, or feature film and documentary moviemaking.

The 28mm focal length, superb for documenting people in places without optical distortions detracting from the story

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Photograph made by Karin Gottschalk with Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS kit zoom lens at 18mm setting, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm sensor format.
Photograph made by Karin Gottschalk with Fujifilm X-T3 and Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS kit zoom lens at 18mm setting, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm sensor format. If only Fujifilm made a professional quality 18mm prime lens!

Prime lenses in 24mm equivalent focal lengths such as 16mm in APS-C and 12mm in M43 appear to be touted these days as the “replacement” for 28mm and its equivalents, but 24mm super wide angle lenses have inherent optical distortions and volume deformations that must be corrected in software in-camera and on-computer.

I rarely use 24mm, preferring instead 21mm for establishing shots and tiny-figure-in-landscape images as well as architecture, but when I am not carrying the wider lens and only have a zoom lens with 24mm at its widest find I must apply DxO ViewPoint after processing the raw file.

The other big difference between 28mm and 24mm?

Photographs made with the 28mm draw attention to the contents of the image itself whereas photographs made with the 24mm often draw attention to the lens that was applied.

I know which one I prefer for immersive documentary photography that respects the subject and enhances the story.

The most famous 40mm lenses were introduced with the Leica CL and Minolta CLE

The 40mm focal length is often characterized as “perfect normal” as opposed to the “standard normal” of the 50mm focal length that was introduced as standard with the first Leica cameras in the early 20th century.

Stop press: Zeiss announces Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2.0 prime lens for Sony E-Mount cameras

As I was writing this article news arrived of Zeiss’ announcement at photokina 2018 of its new Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2.0 prime lens, characterized as “the versatile lens”.

Some 35mm DSLR camera and lens makers still produce 40mm lenses as low-price options such as Canon while Voigtlaender has several 40mm lenses for DSLR and rangefinder cameras.

The 40mm focal length is also available in some high end cinema prime lens brands.

Leica and Minolta’s 40mm lenses were discontinued at the same time as the cameras for which they were designed, but remain popular purchases on the second-hand market.

Now that Sigma is a member of the L-Mount Alliance, let’s hope that the company comes up with a wide range of L-mount Art prime and zoom lenses including 28mm and 40mm.

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