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Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN lens Announced for Sony E and Micro Four Thirds

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Sigma has announced the 56mm F1.4 DC DN lens for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts. The compact 56mm lens becomes the sixth DN lens for mirrorless cameras.

The first of the series is the standard lens Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN ($339), and the second is the wide-angle lens 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary. The third addition is this smallest mid-tele lens in its class, 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary.

Fast 56mm F1.4 prime lens will provide a 35mm equivalent focal length of 84mm for Sony E-mount and 112mm for Micro Four Thirds bodies, which is perfect for closeup portrait shootings.

While retaining the compact, lightweight, and outstanding image quality concepts of the Contemporary line. This addition completes the large aperture series comprised of portable wide-angle, standard, and telephoto lenses. Pricing and availability will be announced later.

Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary

This lens completes the Sigma large aperture series of portable wide-angle, standard, and telephoto prime lenses in Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts. Featuring compact design, light weight and outstanding image quality offered in Sigma’s Contemporary line, this lens stuns with a beautiful bokeh effect and the amount of brightness expected from F1.4 lenses even in the mid-telephoto range for cropped sensor cameras. In addition, this lens is characterized by smooth and quiet autofocus ideal for video shooting. Compatible with the Sony E mount Fast Hybrid AF, it also achieves precise AF tracking. By using the face recognition or eye AF functions of the camera, focus will continuously be on the face or the eye even if the subject moves during the shoot.

Key Features

1.Impressively compact construction with image quality rivaling SIGMA’s Art line

To achievesuch a compact construction, lens design is considered based on the capabilities of the camera bodyfunction to correct peripheral light amount and distortion. Moreover, axial color aberration, which isdifficult to eliminate by image processing, is efficiently corrected by incorporating an SLDglass element. A compactness and lightweightconstructioncombined with superb image quality isachieved.

2.The only three F1.4 AF lens system for APS-C Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras.

The lens benefits from an open aperture of F1.4 to achieve sufficient amount of bokeh and admirable brightnesseven with APS-C size cameras which tend to have smaller bokeh effects compared to 35mm full size systems. Its compact and lightweight body is perfect for daily use, capable of capturing various scenes ranging from portraits to snapshots, as well as night view.

3.Smooth AF ideal forvideo shooting

The combination of optical design for video AF and use of the stepping motor enables smooth and quiet autofocus. This lens is also compatible with the Sony E-mount Fast Hybrid AF, achieving precise AF tracking. By using the face recognition or eye AF functions of cameras, focus will continuously be on the face or the eye even if the subject moves during the shoot.

Other features

  • Mount with dust-and splash-proof design with rubber sealing.
  • Available Mount Conversion Service.
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system:A1
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount
  • “Made in Japan” craftsmanship

Specifications

  • Lens Construction: 10 elements in 6 groups
  • Angle of view (APS-C): 28.5°
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Minimum aperture: F16
  • Minimum focusing distance: 50cm / 19.7in.
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:7.4
    Filter size: ø 55mm
  • Dimensions (diameter x length): ø66.5mm x 59.5mm / ø2.6in. x 2.3in.
  • Weight: 280g/ 9.9oz.

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