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Sigma Unveils the 24mm f/1.4, A Premium Wide Angle Prime ‘Art’ Series Lens

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Sigma has announced the latest lens in its highly-acclaimed Art series of premium lenses. The newly unveiled 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM follows the 35mm f/1.4 and 50 f/1.4 in Sigma’s efforts to offer relatively affordable products that meet (or exceed) the quality of the lenses designed by the heavyweights in the industry.

The 24mm f/1.4 is designed to cover full frame sensors — it’s effectively a 38mm lens on crop sensor cameras — and will be available for Sigma, Canon, and Nikon cameras. It has 15 elements in 11 groups, 9 rounded aperture blades, a 77mm filter thread, and a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches.

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“The Sigma Art lenses are recognized by photographers for world-class performance,” says Sigma’s USA President Mark Amir-Hamzeh, “the new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM will be a significant contribution to our selection of fast aperture prime lenses which is quickly becoming a strong force in the industry.” The company says the 24mm f/1.4 will have performance that matches the standards set by prior Art lenses.

The 24mm f/1.4 will be compatible with Sigma’s USB dock, allowing photographers to update firmware and make calibrations to the lens from their own computer.

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Pricing and availability have not yet been announced. Just to give you an idea of the potential pricing, however, consider this: Nikon’s official 35mm f/1.4 lens currently costs $1,600, while its highly-reviewed Sigma counterpart costs $900. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is priced at $950. We’re guessing we may see a price point that isn’t too far off from these current lenses.


Update on 2/11/15: The price is out. The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 has a price tag of $849, even less than the 35mm and 50mm. By comparison, the Canon 24mm f/1.4L II costs $1,649 and the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 costs $1,929.

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