It was bound to happen eventually. Today, Sigma is announcing something that has us very, very excited. The new Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens is their latest prime offering for full frame DSLRs (Canon, Nikon and Sony) and joins the 35mm and 50mm art lenses as the trinity for street photographers.
So what’s got us so excited? According to the summary of the press release, “The lens achieves a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches.” Additionally, the 24mm incorporates both “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, has an optical formula 15 elements in 11 groups which the company claims to help to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification especially in the edge of the image field, and has aspherical elements placed near the rear of the lens. Finally, the lens has manual focus overrride even when the autofocus is activated.
There is no official word on pricing yet, but all of Sigma’s primes have won Editor’s Choice awards from us.
And that’s not all that Sigma is announcing today.
Though their dp Quattro series of cameras have quite the odd ergonomics, this new one seems to be very interesting. Today, they’re introducing the dp0 Quattro; which is offering the widest field of view of any of the cameras in the lineup. With a 14mm f4 fixed prime lens attached, the camera will offer a 21mm field of view at f6 when translating it into full frame language.
Again, it’s using the Foveon “Quattro” Direct Image sensor, which is APS-C sized and offers some of the best color and resolution that we’ve seen. But given the focal length, this should be great for street photographers.
According to Sigma’s summary, “The dp0 lens features four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements, and two aspheric lenses, including a wide double-sided aspheric lens. This reduces chromatic aberration and distortion, which are characteristics typically present in super wide angle photography.”
Again, no word on pricing yet–but we’re waiting with baited breath.