Sigma Announces Nine New Art Prime Lenses for Full-Frame Sony E-mount Cameras!

It's happening. The mountain has finally come to Muhammad. Sony has released some of the best cameras ever made in the last year and lens makers are finally cashing in on it.

Sigma announced the upcoming release of NINE Art Prime Lenses for Full Frame Sony E-mount Cameras. Seven of the lenses were already available for Canon and Nikon in the Art line series ranging from 14mm to 135mm. Those will be gradually (re)introduced over an unspecified timeline, but two of them are brand new! The new lenses will be a 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO/Art and a 105mm F1.4 DG HSM/Art.

Sony had this to say about the new lenses:

"While offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new Sony E-mount models will feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses will be compatible with Sony's Continuous AF (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, which are not addressed by SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11. Like the converter MC-11, the lenses will be compatible with in-camera image stabilization and in-camera lens aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations, and distortion."

These lenses like all the Art lenses are built like a Sherman Tank. They're dust-proof, splash-proof, and have a water and oil repellent coating. They weren't completely re-engineered for Sony cameras so, they're a little bit big but they're still a high quality relatively affordable option for Sony users.

Key Features of each lens:

  • Autofocus tuned for each lens
  • Compatible with in-camera image stabilization
  • Data loaded for compatibility with in-camera aberration correction
  • Native mount for a more rigid and stable feel
  • Available Mount Conversion Service

The brand new 105mm F1.4 Art lens is super fast and designed to make sure both the in-focus and out of focus elements of your image are pleasing to the eye. Sigma has already dubbed it the "Bokeh Master".

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The lens has 17 optical elements arranged in 12 groups which is a crazy number of elements for a prime lens. Sigma says it was necessary to keep the focus sharp while producing bokeh.

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Here are some images Sigma released that were taken with it.

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The new 70MM F2.8 Macro is the first macro lens in the Art line and it too is beautiful.

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Here's a sample image from the new 70mm Art Macro.

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You can check out few samples here in Sigma's gallery.

Click here more information on E-mount release of the Art line from Sigma, and if you want to know more about the two brand new lenses, Sigma has a full write up about both the 105mm F1.4 and the 70mm F2.8 Macro.