Sigma, the Japanese manufacturer of cameras and lenses, is bringing its prominent Art series lenses to consumers locked into Sony’s E-Mount system.
Previously, Full Frame E-mount owners were forced to opt for the company’s Canon-fit lenses and purchase a $300 MC-11 adapter to ensure compatibility. But now Sigma is releasing nine prime Art lenses: The 14mm f/1.8, 20mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 70mm f/2.8 Macro, 85mm f/1.4, 105mm f/1.4, and 135mm f/1.8.
Sigma says the new Sony E-mount lenses will feature the exact same optical designs that have attracted rave reviews, but the lenses will also feature a “newly developed control algorithm that optimises the autofocus drive and maximises the data transmission speed.”
The company says the lenses will work with Sony’s Continuous AF (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, and is also attuned to Sony’s in-camera image stabilisation and in-camera aberration correction which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations, and distortion. Sigma claims that by matching corrections to the optical characteristics of each lens, this function takes image quality to an even higher level.
The lenses are constructed with a brass bayonet mount and rubber sealing is intended to give the lenses a degree of dust and splash resistance.
Pricing for the lenses begins at $849 for the 24mm and up to $1,599 for the 14mm. The lenses will be available for purchase next month.