Sigma Announces New 50mm f/1.4 Art and 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Contemporary Lenses


It’s a good year for glass at CES in Vegas. First Samsung debuts its first premium ‘S’ lens, then Fuji comes out with the 56mm f/1.2R, and now Sigma is joining the fray by releasing two new lenses: an all-new 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens and a significantly updated 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro lens.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art


The lens announcement that has gotten the most people’s blood pumping is the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4. If you’re familiar with the company’s lineup, you know they already offer a 50mm f/1.4 that is quite popular. But that isn’t stopping Sigma from improving on a good thing.

The lens will is part of Sigma’s much-loved Art series, and has been “completely redesigned and reengineered.” The new lens, which now sports a matte black finish, can focus as close as 15.7-inches and sports 13 elements in 8 groups, arranged in such a way as to provide “incredible focal point sharpness when wide open.”

In all this looks to be a beast of a lens, and will make one heck of a companion to Sigma’s 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM.

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | Contemporary


The other Sigma lens to receive a grand unveiling at CES was an 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 superzoom lens for APS-C cameras.

When compared to its predecessor, the new 18-200 is smaller, lighter and designed to focus much closer. The minimum focusing distance is 14.7-inches and the max magnification ratio is 1:3, giving Sigma the confidence to add the Macro moniker to the lens name.

Macro capability is further enhanced by the use of Special Low Dispersion glass. And since the devil is in the details, the product name has been engraved on the front of the lens to prevent reflections of the letters during close-up photography, and maximum shooting magnification for each focal length is indicated on the lens barrel itself.

You can get more detailed info about both lenses by heading over to Sigma’s website here and here for the 50mm and 18-200mm, respectively. No pricing or availability information has been released for either lens, but both will be available in Canon, Nikon, Sigma, and Sony mounts, with the 18-200mm also available for Pentax shooters.

  • Vlad Dusil

    If the fast 50 is as good as the 35mm lens, we’ll have a real winner.

  • David Liang

    I hope Sigma enjoys great success along with their incredible effort. I except maybe Tamron with their recent Zooms…no other company 3rd party or OEM seems to be trying so hard at bringing amazing lenses out at fantastic prices.

  • Sarah BK

    Two focal lengths I would definitely own, if they beat the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Canon 18-55mm (besides the obvious extra length) respectively!

    And of course… if they are affordable…

  • Abir

    Tokina makes some good wide angles at reasonable prices. Also Rokinon makes some great bang for buck if you can live with manual focus only. But Sigma is much larger the former 2 and I hope that Sigma succeed in grabbing a good portion of the lense market.

  • Keith D

    The new Sigma will undoubtedly beat out the Canon 50 1.8 and Canon’s 1.4. The current Sigma 50 already blows both out of the water. Based on the MTF charts released by Sigma, this one plans to be even sharper. Just don’t expect Canon 1.8 or 1.4 prices. Probably somewhere in the 800-950 USD range.

  • Parampreet Dhatt

    If Sigma keeps this at the level of their recent releases – 35mm f/1.4 and 24-105 f/4, this should be an outstanding performer. I hope they keep the pricing in line with Nikon and Canon’s 50mm f/1.4, and they’ll have a sure shot winner.

  • Sarah BK

    I’ve heard that the current Sigma is very nice and sharp as well – never went ahead and bought one because of the price and focus issues I read about.

    Ouch. Will have to wait a while till I’ll afford one of these new 50mms then – seems like it’s worth the wait anyway!

  • Keith D

    What I am going to do is wait for it to go on sale and pick up a used copy that I know doesn’t have focus issues. You should be able to pick up the older version for the same price as a new Canon 50 1.4 once this goes on sale.

  • harumph

    I’d be really surprised if Sigma’s 50 is more expensive than their 35mm 1.4. I’d bet that they’re shooting for the $500 mark again.

  • Sarah BK

    That’s a good idea. I really wish I could do the same – but my only option is to buy the lens online, as the only shop that stocks Sigma here in Malta sells them for about 100 euros more than the best online price I found, and barely anyone would own the lens because of this fact, let alone sell it second hand.

    If the price goes down (which does sound logical) that would be great – however that still leaves the risk of getting a faulty one…

  • David Liang

    Yeah I really like Tokina wide angles, I have their 17-35 f/4, top stuff.

  • lex

    As the new 50mm seems to be significantly larger than the 35mm (77mm vs 68mm filter thread) I tend to think otherwise, though the difference may not be big.

  • Tyler Magee

    I have the 11-16 2.8 and I love it on my crop body. its fun to mess around with on full frames because you know the 11mm becomes circular and all that jazz

  • Nico

    Great redesign i only own one sigma lens the 180mm F/2.8 macro and its amazing the bokeh out of this 2.8 manual focus lens is stunning. I enjoy what you are putting out and and what you have to off for the ever-changing camera format. It all looks professional and well built. I might toss my 50mm f1.2 if this preforms like the 35mm f/1.4. but the 18-200 those are always up in the air.

  • Toronto Product Photographer

    I find it interesting to see these 1.4 lenses. I never use that thought – very little dof. I guess the option is there for me to use.

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    I can’t understand you. “i never use that thought’ ????