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Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:51:30 AM »

Imaging-Resource sat down with Sigma at the CES show that wrapped up last week in Las Vegas to talk about the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens they announced.


It turns out Sigma’s goal isn’t to top the Canon 50′s in performance, but to get as close as possible to the new king of resolution, the $4000 Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4.


From Imaging-Resource

“But the most impressive information we gleaned? When discussing their goals of image quality and sharpness for the lens, Sigma mentioned they’re confident they’ll surpass competitive products from Canon and Nikon and are instead gunning for Zeiss’s new 55mm Otus lens. It’s a serious claim. TheĀ Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus lensĀ – with its $4000 price tag — is squarely aimed at high-end professional shooting such as fashion, advertising and editorial work.”


A lofty goal indeed.


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Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:51:30 AM »

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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2014, 10:01:18 AM »
A lofty goal indeed! These are good times for the consumer.
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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2014, 10:05:45 AM »
Let's see the images first.

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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2014, 10:09:36 AM »
Let's see the images first.
+1
If the praise is already so high before any raw-pictures have been released, it might become a disappointment because expectations are too high ::)

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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2014, 10:10:39 AM »
For that number of elements/groups and the expected increased weight from all that glass, this lens should be a serious improvement over the existing Canon and Sigma offerings and over the Zeiss Macro-Planar 50mm f/2.

I am looking forward to this lens and to the Canon replacement, because I am trying to assemble a primes kit and don't have a modern native 50-55mm lens yet. I am using ancient all-manual lenses I had already: Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 (amazing aberrations at f/1.2, can be put to use in a pictorial low-contrast effect, but usable as a regular lens from f/2.8), Mamiya-Sekor 55 mm f/1.4 and 60mm f/2.8 macro, with non-chipped adapters.

Sigma seems to be on a roll. I have contemplated getting a FF walkaround zoom as well, and the Sigma new 24-105mm f/4 behemoth has good reviews (not in local stores yet). I have the Sigma 35mm f/1.4, a very nice lens worth its price and bulk/weight.

Now back to my conditioning program, so I can carry that 35-40 pound photo plus camping pack come springtime.  ;)

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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2014, 10:19:17 AM »
I'll definitely watch for the reviews.

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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2014, 10:31:38 AM »
Yes that's a very loft goal indeed but I'm excited to see the outcome...  :) :) :) :)
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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2014, 10:31:38 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2014, 10:36:21 AM »
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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2014, 10:49:34 AM »
It's nice to hear that.  However, where is the lens and reviews?
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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2014, 11:02:08 AM »
I've been following this, but haven't seen an ETA on this lens.  Does anyone know?
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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2014, 11:11:33 AM »
Release date hmm?

Start to save my money now^^...

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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2014, 11:18:08 AM »
I am so glad to hear this about the Sigma lens...I own the original Sigma 50mm, because even with "it's" issues...it was better than any of the Canon lenses to me....WHY???? has Canon not delivered a better 50mm after all of these years? It is the normal lens for FF cameras...it is an important lens format...and big red has just never given it any real respect.  For that matter..why has it taken Sigma so long to do this!!!! LOL!!!
...can't wait to see what this lens can do.
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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2014, 11:20:05 AM »
Let's see the images first.
+1
If the praise is already so high before any raw-pictures have been released, it might become a disappointment because expectations are too high ::)
I am expecting this lens to best all of the Canon offerings but not reach as high as the Zeiss (in price either!!! LOL!)..
plus...we have AF with this bad boy. If you just look at the construction of the lens, 13 elements (I believe)...Sigma is obviously serious about this offering.   I am sure it will be a great lens at a decent price. Can't wait!!!
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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2014, 11:20:05 AM »

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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2014, 11:20:47 AM »
Sold my Sigma 50 1.4 some time ago, AF issues were too much to bear.

I am sure this lens will be awesome in many ways, curious to see sample shots and bokeh. Always thought the bokeh on Sigma 50 1.4 was a little clinical looking, but it's a matter of taste.

I feel I've been burned by Sigma once, but this lens - along with that USB thing that allowed you to change focus adjustment at different levels between MFD and infinity - may get me to bite again.

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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2014, 11:39:24 AM »
For that number of elements/groups and the expected increased weight from all that glass...

It actually weighs "only" 470g. The 35mm ART is 670g, for a comparison.

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Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2014, 11:39:24 AM »