Sigma 105mm F1.4 'Bokeh Master' Art lens is Coming!

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Sigma was founded in Tokyo in 1961 and it's grown to become the largest independently owned lens manufacturer in the world. It's a family business that has flourished in the last few years with its ART and CINEMA lenses. 

In May, Sigma announced their new 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens, which according to them is the "Bokeh Master". With its long focal length and ultra-wide aperture of f/1.4, I don't doubt it either. This immediately becomes the new flagship lens for Sigma's Art line. 

The crazy thing about this lens is that it has a whopping 17 elements in 12 groups, which is normally the number of lens elements you'd find in a zoom lens, not a prime. It has multiple FLD, SLD and one aspherical lens element to limit axial chromatic aberration, which is when lenses have a failure to focus all colors from light at the same convergence point. This lens is meant to capture crystal clear high-resolution images without sacrificing brightness. 

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The 105mm lens also inherits some qualities from Sigma's famed SPORT line of lenses, getting a dust and splash proof construction with special sealing at the mount (note this doesn't apply to Sigma cameras), sealed manual focus ring, and cover connection. The front of the lens also gets the SPORT line's oil-repellent coating, protecting it from water and making it easy to clean with the bottom of your shirt if that's all you've got time for. The lens hood on this camera is even made out of a carbon fiber reinforced plastic to make it extra durable. 

All of those things make this an incredibly expensive lens. Sigma's suggested retail price is $1,599. Which is only four hundred dollars less than a brand new Sony A 7III. 

But here's what makes it worth it. Sigma is selling the lens in native Nikon, Canon, Sigma and Sony E-mount versions and each version will take advantage of specific camera manufactures features. For example, the Canon mount is compatible with Canon Lens Aberration Correction function. The Sony E mount is compatible with Sony's in-camera image stabilization and in-camera lens aberration correction. These are custom lenses for each camera, which make it worth the price. 

The new Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens is available for pre-order and it should be shipping in the next few weeks for Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts with the Sony E-mount version shipping in August.