Sigma treats Micro Four Thirds and E-mount camera owners to new lenses


Sigma has announced four new lenses in their ART product line for the American market, which includes three lenses designed for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and one for DSLR cameras with APS-C-size sensors.

The 30mm F1.4 DC HSM (shown above) wil be available with Sigma, Canon, and Nikon DSLR mounts. The lens features Sigma’s new USB dock, which enables firmware updates and focusing adjustments. Sigma says “new optical configurations of nine elements in eight groups, as well as rounded aperture blades” provide “pleasing sharpness and beautiful bokeh background.” The angle view is equivalent to 45mm on a 35mm camera – or similar to human vision. The minimum focusing distance is 11.8 inches and a maximum magnification ratio for the lens is 1:6.8. 

Sigma designed the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM with an optimized power distribution that helps to minimize field curvature, prevent loss of image quality at the edges of photographs, and produce impressive image quality. The optimized auto focus (AF) algorithm and rear focusing system ensures smooth and accurate focusing.

The three other lenses offer a few new features. The 30mm F2.8 DN, 19mm F2.8 DN, and 60mm F2.8 DN lens will be available for both Micro Four Thirds (MFT) or Sony’s E-Mount (NEX) camera systems.

The 60mm F2.8 DN features a natural perspective of midrange telephoto lens combined with a shallow depth of field. The lens has an angle of view equivalent to 120mm on MFT and 90mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). The minimum focusing distance is 19.7 inches and the maximum magnification is 1:72.2. The lens contains Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, which helps minimize axial and transverse chromatic aberration.

The 19mm F2.8 DN is a high-performance, wide-angle lens with an angle view equivalent to 38mm on the MFT and 28.5mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). The lens is appropriate for studio photography, architecture, and starry skies. The minimum focusing distance is 7.9 inches and maximum magnification is 1:7.4.

The 30mm F2.8 DN is a high-performance standard lens. The lens has an angle view equivalent of 60mm (MFT) and 45mm (E-mount), 35mm equivalent focal length. The lens works well for formal portraits, documentary photography, travelogues, and everyday shooting. It includes a double-sided aspherical lens that enhances its optical performance. The minimum focusing distance is 11.8 inches and maximum magnification is 1:8.1.

Sigma has not set a price or release date for the lenses.

Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN, 19mm F2.8 DN, and 60mm F2.8DN lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount (NEX) mirrorless cameras.
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN, 19mm F2.8 DN, and 60mm F2.8DN lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount (NEX) mirrorless cameras.

Taking shots in the dark with Night Sight, the Pixel’s newest photo feature

The Google Pixel range has always been the home of some of the mobile world's best phone cameras. That performance is now getting even better with the introduction of the low-light Night Sight mode.

How to take great photos with the Pixel 3, the best camera phone around

You’ve scored yourself a new Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, and you want to take advantage of that incredible camera. We’ve got everything you need to know right here about how to snap the best photos with your Pixel 3.

Xfinity indoor/outdoor camera zooms in on Grinch’s faces and license plates

Comcast's Xfinity Home security cameras can help the police catch Grinches who steal delivery packages from your home. The cameras use artificial intelligence to analyze moving objects and zoom in on faces at your door and license plates.

Golf ball-sized Lume Cube Air is a pocketable LED for photos and video

Off-camera lighting for smartphones and GoPros just got even smaller. Meet the Lume Cube Air, a smaller portable LED light designed for photos and videos that weighs only about two ounces.

Which smartphone has the best camera? We found the sharpest shooters

They say that the best camera is always the one you have with you and that makes your smartphone camera very important indeed. Join us for a closer look at the best camera phones available right now.

Edit portraits with A.I. and adjust focus in the new ON1 Photo RAW 2019 editor

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 now has a dedicated tab for portraits that automatically recognizes faces to help with retouching. The update also brings a new focus stacking tool, enhancements to layers, and improvements to local adjustments.
Product Review

Fewer pixels, better camera? The Nikon Z6 shows the beauty of restraint

The Nikon Z6 is the sibling to the new mirrorless Z7 -- but for some photographers, the cheaper Z6 may be the better option. Read where the $2,000 camera beats the $3,400 one (and where it doesn’t) in our Nikon Z6 review.

Alpha Female: Sony awards five women grants to support artisan diversity

Women can face several challenges in launching a photography career -- Sony's latest initiative aims to help propel women in the industry forward. Sony recently announced the winners of the Alpha Female program.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Social Media

Build a wish list and shop videos with Instagram’s latest shopping update

Eyeing a product on Instagram? Now there are more ways to shop from the social network. Instagram just rolled out options to save products in a collection as users can also now shop from videos.

See the National Forests like never before in these awe-inspiring drone videos

What's the difference between a National Park and a National Forest? Drones. With no ban on drones in National Forests -- at least, not yet -- filmmakers have a way to capture the immensity of these locations with stunning results.
Product Review

With outstanding image quality, the ‘basic’ Sony A7 III excels in every way

Replacing the four-year-old A7 II as the new entry-level model in Sony's full-frame line, the A7 III is an impressively capable camera that gives more expensive models a run for their money.
Social Media

Addicted to Instagram? Its new ‘activity dashboard’ is here to help

Ever get that nagging feeling you're spending too much time on Instagram? Well, a new "activity dashboard" has a bunch of features designed to help you better control how you use the addictive photo-sharing app.

Photography news: Best spot for fall photos, new firmware from Fuji and Nikon

Where's the best spot to take fall photos? Michigan, according to social media and a Nikon contest. The results and more in this week's photography news, including significant firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-T3, X-H1, and GFX 50S.