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.