Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens becomes official

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Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens becomes official

Sigma has announced the world’s first 20mm wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4. As the rumor mill predicted, the 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM prime will be added to the high-end Art series by the end of this year.

Around mid-2015, Sigma revealed the 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art and stated that photographers should expect more goodies in the future. Insiders reported that at least one new optic will become official this fall and here it is: the 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art.

As usual, we are not surprised by the fact that a Sigma product is a premiere for the digital imaging industry. The just-unveiled 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is world’s first wide-angle prime for full-frame cameras to feature a maximum aperture of f/1.4, which will be useful in low-light conditions.

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens becomes world’s first 20mm optic with f/1.4 aperture

Digital cameras are having more and more megapixels. In order to take advantage of their full power, lens makers must provide high-quality optics, too. A company that almost always delivers is Sigma and its latest creation is the 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art.

The Japanese manufacturer has had to come up with something that matches the demands of the users, so here is the world’s first full-frame lens with a 20mm focal length and a maximum aperture as bright as f/1.4

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens will be ideal for low-light shooting thanks to its bright maximum aperture.

According to the press release, the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens delivers high image quality when it comes to landscapes, indoor photography, starry skies, and portraits.

The product has been developed in order to capture distortion-free photos, thanks to aspherical glass elements, and to reduce ghosting as well as flare, courtesy of a Super Multi-Layer Coating.

Canon, Nikon, and Sigma DSLR users to get their hands on this product this year

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is based on a design that consists of 15 elements in 11 groups. The internal configuration includes F Low Dispersion (FLD) as well as Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements along with a rounded 9-blade aperture.

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art MTF chart
The MTF charts of the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens.

The product employs a Hyper Sonic Motor which is said to provide quick, silent, and smooth autofocusing. It comes packed with a barrel made out of Thermally Stable Composite, so it is a durable optic, just like the rest of its Art-series siblings.

A manual focus ring is available on the lens alongside a distance scale for photographers who prefer focusing like in the old days. The optic weighs 950 grams / 33.5 ounces, while measuring 90.7mm in diameter and 129.8mm in length.

It has been confirmed that the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens will be become available as of November for Canon, Nikon, and Sigma full-frame cameras for a price of $899.

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