Third party photographic lens maker Sigma has just announced pricing for its much-hyped 50 f1.4 Art lens, which was first announced back in January. So, after onths of anticipation, Sigma has finally announced that the lens will sell for $949 when it starts hitting stores later this month.
So, what of the new lens?
In sharp contrast to the existing 50 f1.4, the new 50 is a completely different beast, boasting a completely different, very complex optical design, consisting of 13 elements in 8 groups. The lens can be stopped down to f16 and features a 9-bladed diaphragm with rounded blades, designed to produce smooth bokeh (out of focus blur). The lens also features multiple low dispersion and aspherical elements.
As for more things to like, there's the HSM focus, which means fast, silent AF that can be overridden at any time without having to flip any switches. The 50 f1.4 Art is also compatible with Sigma's new USB dock (which allows one to download new firmware and tweak AF parameters, among other things) and is compatible with Sigma's new mount conversion service, too.
While all good on paper, what about in real life?
Well, SLR Gear, an offshoot website of the Imaging Resource, one of the web's most-trusted resources for all things digital photography, has just posted an in-depth review of the new Sigma 50 f1.4 Art lens, which the company bills as being a direct rival to the $4000+ Zeiss Otus.
How does the Sigma do? Short answer: SLR Gear reviewers even going so far as to say that this Sigma is probably the most exciting lens they will test all year (and it's only the start of April). Translation: this is a good one!
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