Sigma is rumored to announce a new 24mm f/1.4 Art lens at Photokina 2014 and to release the optic sometime in October for a price higher than the one of the new 50mm f/1.4 Art lens.
Sigma has been drawing the plaudits ever since the introduction of the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens. This optic continues to gather positive reviews, although most attention has been turned towards the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, which is said to provide an optical quality comparable to the one provided by the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens.
According to the rumor mill, Sigma will not put an end to lens development and it is actively readying a new product for the Photokina 2014. Sources are reporting that a 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art version will become official this September for DSLR cameras.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art lens to be announced at Photokina 2014, released one month later
There is no doubt that Sigma will join the Photokina 2014 event this fall. It is world’s largest digital imaging event and all eyes will be on this show therefore not a single company can afford to miss it.
The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is part of a long list of products rumored to make their first official appearance at the event based in Cologne, Germany.
The Japanese corporation will release it for DSLR cameras with full frame image sensors, although it will support some APS-C mounts as well.
Sigma is already selling a 24mm lens, but the current model offers an f/1.8 maximum aperture. This Apsherical Macro model is available for around $500 at Amazon.
Sigma’s upcoming Art lens will be more expensive than the 35mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.4 Art optics
Sigma will release its new Art series lens sometime in October, the source says. Moreover, it has provided a possible price range: the 24mm f/1.4 lens will cost more than the 50mm f/1.4 model, which is priced at $949.
This also means that it will be priced higher than the 35mm f/1.4 Art, which is available for around $900. This is a bit expensive, but the retrofocus design of wide-angle lenses prevents manufacturers from decreasing the costs.
We have already discussed on previous occasions the matter of retrofocus wide-angle lenses, which are based on an inverted telephoto design. Pierre Angénieux has perfected this system in 1950 and, although it provides a higher image quality, an Angénieux retrofocus lens is more difficult to make, thus more expensive.
On the other hand, it is worth noting that there are no news about a sought-after 135mm f/1.8 Art series lens for now. Stay tuned, as more information is very likely to be leaked soon!