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New SIGMA Art Prime Lenses Revealed

Simon Skinner - 6 months ago

Masters of the third-party lens market, SIGMA, have revealed two new Art prime lenses for both L-Mount and Sony E-mount camera systems. Read on for more.

The lenses from SIGMA, which have been announced today, include the all-new SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art and the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art. Both designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, the new lenses bring a spectrum of new features, along with the razor-sharp optics and excellent build quality that photographers have come to expect from the brand.

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SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art

The new 20mm F1.4 GN DN Art lens is a wide-angle, ultra-wide-aperture prime that should be an ideal choice of lens for astrophotographers. It’s available in L-Mount and Sony E-mount and promises to deliver outstanding Art-line optical quality and a range of advanced technical features. The 20mm F1.4 is also an ideal choice of optic for landscape, interior and a range of other wide-angle photography applications.

SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art side
The new SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art lens.

It weighs in at just 635g and is significantly lighter and more portable than Sigma’s existing 20mm F1.4. It introduces a number of important features including a manual aperture ring with de-click and lock functionality, a front filter thread and rear filter holder, a Lens Heater Retainer to hold a heat strip in position, and an all-new Manual Focus Lock switch to fully deactivate the focus ring.

With premium optical performance, the lens promises super-sharp results across the whole frame; even at F1.4, and controls sagittal coma flare, which is essential for astrophotographers. The bright aperture is perfect for night sky landscapes, as well as for hand-held low-light shooting and for achieving a shallow depth-of-field.

SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art in hand

SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art

This new lens from SIGMA isn’t really so different from the 20mm version above. It’s equipped with a range of features that make it easier to achieve pro-grade results and boasts both a front filter thread and a rear filter holder, which provides plenty of options for attachment. For example, astrophotographers might wish to connect a light pollution filter at the front and a soft filter at the back.

SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art
The new SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art lens.

A manual aperture ring is built in, which is de-clickable for a smooth transition between aperture settings; useful for changing exposure seamlessly when shooting video. The aperture ring also has a lock switch. A new manual Focus Lock [MFL] switch completely deactivates the focus ring, ensuring the focus position won’t change if it is accidentally knocked. So for night-sky photographers, the days of using tape the hold the focus ring in position are over!

SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG DN | Art

An AFL button is also built into the lens, which can be customised to a range of different functions, and on the L-Mount version, it’s possible to switch between linear and non-linear focus ring movement [USBDock required].

Film-makers will like the fast yet near-silent autofocus functionality, which is driven by a stepping motor.

Both lenses are available from the 26th August 2022The 20mm will be priced at £859 and the 24mm will be priced at £779. See more at SIGMA’s dedicated web pages HERE.

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.