Photography News Issue 53


Photography News | Issue 53 |


Sigma Art sensation

Leading independent lens brand Sigma has made a whole raft of product announcements. Let’s start with the widest, the 14- 24mm f/2.8 DG HSMArt. Available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, this lens will be available thisMarch and will sell at £1399.99. As you would expect from an Art lens, this ultra-wide’s optical construction boasts plenty of exotic glass. There are three FLD elements, three SLD elements and three aspheric lens elements to help deliver outstanding image quality and minimal distortion. The second new arrival into the Art family is the 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM, the longest Art lens of this aperture we have seen thus far. With 17 elements in 12 groups including three FLD and two SLD glass elements, this lens claims to offer great sharpness and a beautiful bokeh effect so this lens has the potential to be the ideal portrait lens. It will be available in Canon, Nikon, Sigma and Sony E mounts, but there is no price or availability date yet, and that also applies to the next Art lens, the 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro which will be offered in Canon, Sigma and Sony E fittings. This lens uses a two group focusing

ABOVE Sigma’s 70mm f/2.8 macro lens. RIGHT Sigma’s 14-24mm ultra- wide Art series lens is sure to attract many buyers.

mechanism to give consistent high quality throughout the lens’ focusing range. It focuses down to 25.8cm to give life-sizemagnification. The 105mm f/1.4 and 70mm f/2.8 are compatible with Sony E-mount cameras with full-frame sensors and these two will be joined by seven more Art optics. No launch date has been confirmed but Sony E owners can look forward to choosing from the

14mmf/1.8, 20mmf/1.4, 24mmf/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/1.8. These lenses are currently available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma fittings, so we already know how good they are. We’ll publish prices and launch dates for these products in Photography News as soon as the details are released.

Two from Tamron

Tamron announced a high- spec compact telezoom that will be in shops from April. The 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD features a 20 elements in 14 groups construction, will be available in Canon and Nikon fittings and is priced at £699. Key features include a 4EV benefit VC image stabilization system, a 67mm filter size and minimum focus distance of 95cmgivingamagnification ratio of 1:3.1. The front element has a protective fluorine coating and the lens boasts a moisture- resistant construction. Zooming is handled by an internal system so the lens’s exterior size is constant and AF is handled by a high speed dual micro processing unit for fast responsive focusing performance. Tamron’s second new arrival is the 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD for Sony full-

frame mirrorless cameras. RXD stands for Rapid extra-silent stepping drive which means you get very quiet focusing; so perfect for shooting video. There is no price for this lens yet and it won’t be in the shops until mid 2018.

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