Sigma has officially announced their latest lens for mirrorless cameras . The new 16mm DC DN for Sony E mount and Micro four thirds is a f1.4 aperture lens designed to take advantage of the crop factor on the Sony and Micro 4/3 camera systems and therefore the 16mm lens offers a (Full frame) equivalent - 32mm field of view on Panasonic , Olympus and other Micro 4/3 cameras and 24mm on Sony E APS-C cameras with a 1.5x crop .
The lens is equipped with 16 elements in 13 groups and has a 9 bladed aperture ring .The lens has a 67mm filter size and features a stepper motor for silent autofocus .
Pricing and availability details are yet to be revealed by Sigma .
Written by Rakitha for MasHD.
A new solution for mirrorless camera users
Via Press Release - Sigmaphoto
The second in a series combining F1.4 brightness and a compact body
Introducing a new high-performance, large-diameter wide-angle lens:
1 A new system for mirrorless cameras
2 Bright prime functionality to experience photography at its best
3 Image quality rivaling that of our Art line lenses
Accessory: Petal Type Lens Hood (LH716-01)
Corresponding AF mounts: Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount
*The appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Following the 30mm F1.4, the next in the series: the 16mm F1.4
The new SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary is the world’s first interchangeable lens for mirrorless Sony E-mount cameras in the APS-C format to offer a 24mm focal length (35mm equivalent) and F1.4 brightness. The lens for Micro Four Thirds offers a 32mm focal length (35mm equivalent) with the same f-number of 1.4. This is the large-diameter wide-angle lens for which mirrorless camera users have been waiting.
Developed to feature a lightweight, compact package for everyday use, SIGMA DN lenses for mirrorless cameras deliver superior performance covering the key focal lengths. The new lens builds on the success of the 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, which SIGMA released in 2016 as the first in a new series of prime lenses for mirrorless cameras. The 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary also combines F1.4 brightness with top-level optical performance.
Sharing its development concept with the SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, the 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary features a lens structure with 16 elements in 13 groups and includes the finest materials. This lens effectively minimizes optical aberrations and offers superb resolution at wide-open aperture and throughout the aperture range. The optical design and stepping motor deliver smooth autofocus during video shooting, while the mount features a special sealing for a dust- and splash-proof design.
About the lens name.
SIGMA lenses with “DC” in the name are designed for optimal performance on cameras with APS-C image sensors. When a DC lens is used with a camera with a full-frame image sensor, vignetting will occur. Photographers are advised to adjust image area settings for optimal image results. SIGMA lenses with “DN” in the name are designed for optimal performance on cameras with a short flange back distance.
A new system for mirrorless cameras
Over the years, SIGMA has built an extensive lineup of bright prime lenses ranging from wide-angle to telephoto. Now, for mirrorless cameras, SIGMA is developing a range of interchangeable lenses that feature a lightweight, compact package for convenient daily shooting while delivering superior performance and covering the key focal lengths.
Released in 2016 as the first of a new series of prime lenses for mirrorless cameras, the 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary combined F1.4 brightness with top-level optical performance. In order to achieve this low f-number in a large-diameter Contemporary lens, SIGMA took on a wide variety of challenges, leveraging its latest optical design technologies, incorporating updated video capabilities and utilizing in-camera digital correction to further improve the lens’ optical quality. While prioritizing optical performance, SIGMA developed a lightweight, compact package with steady AF that is truly easy to operate.
Like the 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, the 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary features SIGMA’s latest design technologies to offer F1.4 brightness while minimizing optical aberrations.
The first in this SIGMA series of prime lenses for mirrorless cameras was the standard prime 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, now followed by the wide-angle prime 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary. Going forward, SIGMA will add a telephoto lens to the series, making it a new and complete system for mirrorless camera users.
In addition, the SIGMA Art line includes three lenses for mirrorless cameras that cover a range of photographic needs: 19mm F2.8 DN | Art, 30mm F2.8 DN | Art, and 60mm F2.8 DN | Art. These lenses require no digital processing to correct for optical aberrations, instead using the optical system to minimize them.
The stepping motor delivers excellent autofocus with quiet performance.
The optical design and stepping motor deliver smooth autofocus during video shooting. The lens design fully accommodates the Fast Hybrid AF of Sony E-mount cameras for super-fast autofocus functionality. Using face recognition AF results in consistent autofocusing on faces, even as the subjects move.
Dust- and splash-proof design
The mount features a special sealing to make the lens an excellent choice in a wide variety of conditions.
Large lens hood (supplied) to keep out harmful rays
The lens hood cuts harmful rays that can negatively affect photographs while also minimizing reflectivity within the hood itself. The hood also features a rubber construction and a non-slip groove to make it easy to hold in a variety of shooting situations.
Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
“Made in Japan” with outstanding craftsmanship
TSC* used for a more compact structure and enhanced performance.
* Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) offers thermal expansion characteristics similar to those of aluminum. Since parts made with TSC expand and contract less due to changes in temperature, they tend to perform better under extreme conditions and help maintain the performance of the lens. TSC also offers outstanding elasticity. Compared to polycarbonate containing 20% glass, TSC offers approximately 70% higher elasticity. Compared to polycarbonate containing 30% glass, it offers 25% higher elasticity. (Comparison is between SIGMA-produced components.)
Available Mount Conversion Service
The Mount Conversion Service allows users to change mounts between Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds (this is a chargeable service)/.
Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system: A1
Brass bayonet mount
Year of release marked for user convenience
[Specifications] All figures based on Sony E-mount.
Lens construction: 16 elements in 13 groups Minimum aperture: F16 Filter size: 67mm
Angle of view (DC): 83.2° Minimum focusing distance: 25cm / 9.8in.
Dimensions (diameter x length): φ72.2mm×92.3mm / 2.8in. ×3.6in
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (Rounded diaphragm) Maximum magnification ratio: 1:9.9
Weight: 405g / 14.3oz.