Months and months in the making, the Phoblographer staff has been working hard to finish a guide that we’re finally proud to say is ready for release. In the past couple of years, Sigma has stated that they have improve their QC measures in manufacturing lenses and also released the plans for a new vision of their future products. Today, they are separated into Art, Contemporary and Sports. And one of the leading third party manufacturer of lenses, they helped to vanquish the ideology that third party products just aren’t as good as the first party.
And with that in mind, we bring you our guide to Sigma’s Prime Lenses–featuring the entire list of Sigma fixed focal length glass.
Editor’s Note: This guide was not sponsored by Sigma. It was done by the Phoblographer staff with complete Editorial credibility being kept intact. However, before you make a purchase, we recommend that you give them a try first. And we recommend no one else but BorrowLenses.
Congratulations: you’ve moved up in the photo world. You’re past the kit lens and now you’ve got your hands on one of the most valued pieces of glass any photographer will ever want or have–the 50mm lens. On an APS-C sensor camera, you’ll get the equivalent of a portrait focal length; that is unless you go for something that will give the field of view of a 50mm instead. On a full frame camera, you’re bound to take full advantage of the 50mm field of view in all its glory.
But now that you have the lens, how the heck do you take advantage of it?
Honestly, you may not believe the amount of 50mm lenses I own. Ever since I got my first one, I’ve been infatuated with them. They are not just fashion accessories, they are fantastic tools. I don’t use 50mm lenses everyday, however I find uses for, most of them, here and there. You see, the 50mm focal length can do almost anything. The 50mm lens is a normal lens–its perspective closely matches the human eye. They are great examples of what prime lenses should be as well. At first glance they all seem to do basically the same thing.
However they are not all created equal. That’s a good thing.
I have few. Some say I have too many. However, I have found a way to incorporate them into my photography. [click to continue…]
Sony is showing off two full-frame sensor lenses for the Sony A-mount. On the way are the 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II telephoto zoom lens and a Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f1.4 ZA SSM lens. Both of these lenses feature Sony’s Super Sonic Wave Motor intended for quiet and speedy autofocus and other performance improvements. For APS-C shooters, the DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II is coming to replace Sony’s older version of the same glass but with both external and internal redesigns.
Zeiss has been known to deliver some serious optical performance. We reported on their lens chart results a while back from DXOMark and now it seems like they’re trying to push the performance even more. When they announced their 55mm f1.4, they stated that it was designed for Full Frame DSLR with extremely high megapixel counts.
We had the chance to play with the lens a while ago at Photo Plus, and it is very much something that the company would produce. Zeiss has produced a creative marketing video talking with the lens’s designer about the optic. The charts he mentions and showcases are the exact same results that we saw in our meeting with Zeiss.
But in terms of optical performance, they’re absolutely correct. As an owner of Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 (one of the latest and best) I can attest to the fact that this new lens from Zeiss nearly destroys anything else out there. I’ve also been a user of Leica, Canon, Nikon, and more. Nothing comes close.
The MS-Optical Sonnetar 50/1.1 on the Leica M8. The lens is surprisingly small for its focal length and speed.
The Sonnetar 50mm f1.1 for Leica M is the latest lens design by Mr. Miyazaki from Japan, the man who brought us the 35mm f3.5 and 28mm f4 “Perar” pancake lenses before. The Sonnetar is not a pancake, but still not large either considering its speed. Based on the classic Sonnar design by Zeiss, the Sonnetar manages to be fast and compact at the same time. As with all MS-Optical lenses, it is designed and assembled by only one person, which is why it comes in limited numbers only. I had the opportunity to take a closer look at a pre-production unit of this unique lens.