Sigma has just announced a new 16mm f/1.4 DC DN lens for Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. It’s the second lens in a series that was started by the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, which has received stellar reviews.
“This is the world’s first interchangeable lens for mirrorless Sony E-mount cameras in the APS-C format to offer a 24mm focal length (35mm equivalent) and F1.4 brightness,” Sigma says. “This is the large-diameter wide-angle lens for which mirrorless camera users have been waiting.”
On a Micro Four Thirds camera, the lens will be the equivalent of a 32mm f/1.4 lens. Sigma has a lens conversion service that can convert this lens between Sony E and Micro Four Thirds (for a fee).
The lens is part of Sigma’s Contemporary lineup, but Sigma says it has image quality that rivals lenses in its highly-regarded Art series.
For video shooters, the lens features a stepping motor for fast, quiet, and smooth autofocusing while you’re recording.
Other features and specs of the lens include a 9-blade aperture, a brass bayonet mount, 16 elements in 13 groups, design elements that minimizing flaring and ghosting, Japanese manufacturing, and a dust- and splash-proof design.
Pricing and availability for the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 have yet to be announced, and the design and specs may still be changed between now and when the lens hits store shelves. Sigma says it’s planning to add a telephoto lens as the third lens of this mirrorless camera lens series.
Update on 11/9/17: Sigma has just announced that the lens will be available starting in late November 2017 with a price tag of $449.