A new wide angle
We’re told that Sigma almost has a 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens ready. An announcement could come this year or early next year. The build quality and performance will rival that of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM we’re told. The lens will be a little more expensive, but Sigma hopes to keep it under $1000 USD.
We were also told that Sigma is planning something “big” for Photokina 2014 a year from now. It was hinted that it could be new super telephoto lenses.
A new 35L
We haven’t heard anything in regards to a replacement for the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L lens in a long time, however this weekend it was mentioned that the EF 35 f/1.4L II is in fact in testing. There is no imminent announcement date, and it may be held until a new full frame camera is ready to go in 2014.
We’ve talked about this lens a lot in the past and it has been rumoured to be replaced since the EF 24 f/1.4L II was announced. We also know that patents do exist for the optical formula.
Sigma’s 35mm f/1.4 DG seems to be taking a lot of sales from the current Canon equivalent, here’s hoping that forces Canon’s hand on getting a replacement ready.
Is this your next 35mm lens?
With Canon being slow in replacing their decade old EF 35mm f/1.4L with new technologies, Sigma has stolen a ton of hype from both the Canon & Nikon sides with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM.
Is this the best 35mm autofocusing lens you can buy for Canon at this time? It just might be. There’s a couple of drawbacks, but for the money, I think you’d be hard pressed not to at least consider this wonderful lens from Sigma.
“The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is the finest lens I’ve ever used from the company. It has impressed me more than many of Canon’s own primes. Perhaps some of that is a bias because my expectations were slightly lower or I was at least cautiously optimistic about this offering. Either way, I have been thoroughly sold on the lens and have given up my quest for a Canon 35mm f/1.4 L even if Canon does replace their lens soon (which they should).”
Read the entire review here | Buy the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
Delay of the first “sport” product
Sigma has delayed the release of the new 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens. This lens was to be the first in their “sport” line of lenses. Along with the lens, the USB dock they announced with it has also been delayed.
Sigma suggests that the delay is due to sourcing parts for the new lens. It was originally scheduled for a March release, but now a release date is undetermined.
Sigma has been riding a wave of great publicity because of the 35mm f/1.4, so this is a disappointment.
I know you may be getting tired of hearing it, but the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG lens is an astounding accomplishment by Sigma, or any manufacturer for that matter.
DXOMark has reviewed the lens and has found it to be a new benchmark for excellence, and the fact that it’s under $1000 is icing on the cake.
“Sigma has stated previously that it was upping its game with new pro-level lens designs and the new 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM is not only on a par with OEM lenses optically it surpasses them in most areas, especially in both acutance and resolution.”
*Note: The review is for the Nikon mount version, but it should be identical to the Canon mount version as far as performance goes.
Read the entire review | Buy the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG for Canon $899