2019: A Year of Sigma Lenses

A Year of Sigma Lenses

Over at B&H, Bjorn Petersen wraps up a year of Sigma lenses. I shot with most of the lenses Bjorn cites. And, expect even more from Sigma in 2020. They just announced a set of Cine lenses. Of the 11 lenses Sigma ported to Sony E mount, the 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art ($1499) is the most impressive and a lens for creatives.

This beast of a lens, another one I got to review, sports a truly fast f/1.2 design, a wealth of specialized elements, and real character for such a familiar focal length.

Bjorn wrote and in my review, I said

By releasing the 1.2, Sigma solved the seemingly impossible challenge of a sharp image across the entire frame at a very large aperture. Having worked with Sigma for 3 years now, it’s great to see them not only achieve ultimate image quality but take it to the next level.

Sigma 35mm F1.2
Sigma 35mm F1.2 with declick ring and AFL button.

The 1.2 gives you the flares and Hollywood look you want while correcting the aberrations you don’t. I’m taking it with me to Maui later this week. Most remarkable, even wide open, I’m not spending any time correcting in post, just refining, and I’ve got plenty of resolution to work with.

Model flying
Taken during Sony Creative Space NYC.

The only comparable lens to the 1.2 is a Cooke I shot with.

It costs 3X as much. Looking back at a year of Sigma lenses another model I’m very interested in is the 24-70. One news item you may have missed about Sigma is this

… High Speed Prime lens were used for shooting “Top Gun: Maverick,” scheduled to be released in 2020.

That’s incredible for Sigma and my guess the best thing of the year for them.

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