For CES 2014, Sigma has decided to revamp two of their most popular lenses. It was only apparent that a redesigned 50mm f1.4 was coming, but we didn’t really expect to see a new 18-200mm f3.5-5.6. The 18-200mm is designed for APS-C DSLRs, can focus as closely as 14.7 inches and has Special Low Dispersion elements. Not much information is available at the moment though, but Sigma is also putting the MACRO term in the name of the lens.
As excited about the new 18-200mm as Sigma states they are, the real star of today’s show is the new 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art. The lens features SLD glass and Sigma is also claiming that wide open performance will be better due to placing the wider elements towards the front. Plus, the lens has a matte finish like its 35mm f1.4 brother (that is essentially my spirit animal.) The lens also sports 13 elements in eight groups. Lastly, it can focus as closely as 15.7 inches, which trumps the previous version’s 18 inches.
No other word is available on pricing or tech specs just yet. We’ve already called in review units–so stay tuned.