Sigma to Unveil a Crazy Fast 50-100mm f/1.8 Art Lens


Whoa. Sigma is on the brink of shaking up the camera lens industry yet again with another groundbreaking Art lens. Next week, on February 23rd, 2016, Sigma will reportedly announce a new 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens — a zoom lens with an unusually large f/1.8 fixed aperture.

While news of this new lens has been rumored for days now, the product photo above and some specs were just leaked by Japanese camera site digicame-info.

It’s designed for APS-C sensors with Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mount, so it has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 75-150mm — perfect for things like portraits and weddings.

It weighs about 3.28 pounds (1490g), so it’s not exactly light. But by comparison, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II weighs 5.4 lb and the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II weighs 5.45 lb.

Other reported specs of the new lens include 21 elements in 15 groups, an 82mm filter thread, a minimum focusing distance of 0.95m (~3.12ft), a length of 170.7mm (~6.72in), a 9-blade circular aperture, and a new HSM motor.

The lens will reportedly cost about ¥167,400 over in Japan (~$1,500), and may hit stores in late April 2016. Stay tuned!