Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens announced

Sigma 24mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F
The long rumored Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is now officially announced and will be available for Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. Estimated availability for Sigma and Canon mounts is March 2015, Nikon mount should arrive in April 2015.

Update: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens price announced, available for pre-order.

Additional information (including specifications, MTF charts, lens design, press release) after the break:

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MTF charts

Sigma 24mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art lens MTF charts
Lens design

Sigma 24mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art lens design

Specifications

Lens Construction 15 Elements in 11 Groups, FLD and SLD glass elements to reduce distortion
Angle of View 84.1º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Minimum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 25 cm / 9.8 in
Filter Size (mm) 77mm
Maximum Magnifications 1:5.3
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
85mmx90.2mm/ 3.3inx3.6 in
Weight 665g / 23.5oz.
Corresponding Mounts
Sigma DG HSM
Nikon DG HSM
Canon DG HSM
HSM -Hyper-Sonic Motor* The appearance, specifications, and the like of the product are subject to change for improvement without notice.

Press release

Sigma 24mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

Sigma Corporation of America Introduces New 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens at CP+ Imaging Show

Latest Global Vision Art lens offers highest-quality optical performance in its class

YOKOHAMA, Japan — February 10, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens, the ninth Global Vision lens to join the company’s iconic Art line-up. The announcement comes at the start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2015, which begins on Feb. 12 in Yokohama, Japan.

The much anticipated 24mm F1.4 Art wide angle lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The lens is ideal for capturing a variety of photography subjects, including cityscapes, mountain ranges, astrophotography and weddings and is great for videography work as well. The 24mm also excels at indoor photography in low illumination thanks to the combination of exceptional focal plane sharpness, and gorgeous bokeh rendered by nine rounded aperture blades. The lens achieves a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches. The 24mm incorporates both "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification especially in the edge of the image field. Moreover, the optimized power layout includes aspherical elements that are positioned in the rear of the lens for improved wide open performance. This helps to ensure minimal distortion through the correction of axial chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare. The new lens element design also delivers excellent peripheral brightness.

“The Sigma Art lenses are recognized by photographers for world-class performance, and the new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM will be a significant contribution to our selection of fast aperture prime lenses which is quickly becoming a strong force in the industry” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma is redefining the expectations of fast-aperture full-frame prime lens performance, especially wide-open, and the results the 24mm F1.4 will deliver will be up to the exacting standards set by the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM.”

Other updates to this lens include a new full-time manual focusing mechanism that switches to manual focusing, simply by rotating the focus ring, even when AF is being used, first introduced on the 50mm Art. This allows the photographer to make focus adjustments quickly and easily. As with all new lenses under the Global Vision categories, every 24mm will be tested using Sigma’s own MTF measuring system, “A1,” in the company’s factory in Japan.

Other lenses in the Art line include 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM, 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, 50mm F1.4 DG HSM, 19mm F2.8 DN, 30mm F2.8 DN and 60mm F2.8 DN.

The 24mm F1.4 is compatible with Sigma’s USB dock, allowing photographers to update the lens’ firmware and change focus parameters as well as manual focus over-ride using Sigma's Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service. The lens will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, and timing, pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

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  • Paco Ignacio

    Great! Just hope they announce a 135mm as well.

    Poor Nikon…

    • Spy Black

      Yeah, a 135 and an updated 85 would be nice.

      I’m at a loss how they could make such great lenses and such crappy cameras.

      • csmuncy

        I for one am utterly fascinated by the 180 degree change Sigma’s made over the last few years. Before the 35mm 1.4 Art lens they were a third tier lens maker with wildly uneven quality control. Their Art series are now considered some of the best in the business. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this.

      • outkasted

        I see a merger coming! Sigma and Nikon!

    • johnny

      135 is a must. In addition, another 100/2 APO is even better.

  • Sold my 24L II a while back knowing this is coming 🙂 Happy about the sale but not happy that good lenses are now not exclusive anymore. Same with FF since cheap FF bodies are everywhere.

    If Sigma can match (or maginally best) C/N/Z at these prices, i wish they made some crazy quality glass at double the price of what they ask for the Art range. That would make Sigma not just one of the best makers but also a maker of must have for anyone.

    • sasa208

      “i wish they made some crazy quality glass at double the price of what they ask for the Art range.”
      Exactly! Build quality of Otus lenses, still somewhat cheaper and even slightly higher optical performance. I bet they can do it. Maybe this opens up the way for a very high megapixel and demanding Foveon chip (medium format?)

      • Since the current Art range is on par with the Otus range in terms of the end results, I’m more than happy to pay Otus prices for a Sigma that’s just plain better than anything and everything.

        The same lens produces better images on Foveon than on Bayer sensors. E.g. see the quality of the Canon 85L @ 1.2 on an EF converted Foveon X3 Sigma DSLR… it’s much cleaner. So a FF Foveon would be awesome enough, medium format aside. But the new Quattro layout doesn’t produce the iconic Sigma look I’m afraid. Here’s a discussion:
        http://www.flickr.com/groups/foveon/discuss/72157646647945985/

    • bas076

      Sold? Why?
      Buy all of them. You can make money from museum of lenses. You will be at the
      end real scientist.:) Gear history also science.:)

      • Why? I think I’m going to use the money to get you English lessons 🙂

    • saywhatuwill

      It is a bummer that FF and great lenses aren’t exclusive any longer, but now it’s up to the photographer’s ability to be unique.

      • Hmm not sure if I agree 100%… being unique in practice is something we try to do even in real life, but does that mean we don’t mind wearing the same clothes, shoes, etc. as everyone else? 🙂

  • Eno

    A great lens from a great company!

  • doge

    Priced at what, a grand?

  • Marcelo Tezza

    Sh**t! I want all new Sigmas 1.4!!! Bye Bye to my nikkor primes!

    • Hermann Kloeti

      Keep wanting. I bought a Nikon 24 f/1.4 a month ago and it does an excellent job.

    • peter w

      Industry will love you for your attitude
      Wild West materialism:

      buy first, ask later

      • Marcelo Tezza

        Ask later?
        The only prime that not got reviews is the 24, the others kicked ass!
        Ah, are you a troller…
        Troll first, troll later

        • peter w

          Agree, the 35 and probably the 50 are great alternatives to Nikons offerings, if you don’t mind the weight and size. Which gives good hope for this third Sigma art-prime, this 24 lens, of which we know little, since it is not tested yet, and which is subject in this thread.

          I am quite sure you weren’t referring to the prior – quite good – models 30, 50 and 85 F1,4. I was not so sure if you were referring to an expected 85 F1,4 art.

          I am not a troll thought, well, I don’t really know what a troll is, consider me a wise-ass. Kicked-off by your enormous enthusiasm.

        • outkasted

          i love my Sigma Art 35. I love the 50mm Art and will try to get it soon…. But i’ve seen the results of the 24mm in broad daylight on the canon rumours site and to say i’m a little disappointed is an understatement. I really don’t see the wow factor. And I really want a 24mm! I will wait to see some night life photos first shot under Nikon equipment before i settle on my decision. I will keep hope alive 🙂

  • Neopulse

    “For Photokina in September Sigma is rumored to announce the previously rumored 24mm f/1.4 Art lens and a new 14-24mm f/4 with OS. The 24mm lens will be priced at $1,099 and the 14-24mm will be $1,199. The 14-24mm will have an 82mm filter ring.

    After the success of the 35mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.4 Art versions, a new 24mm lens would be the next logical step. There were also rumors
    for a new 85mm f/1.4 lens, but I have not heard anything on that model.
    Sigma may also announce the future development of a new 24-70mm f/2 lens.”

    http://photorumors.com/2014/08/14/sigma-lenses-rumored-for-photokina-24mm-f1-4-art-and-14-24mm-f4-with-os/

    They need to announce those lenses already, the 24mm f/1.4 was months late!

    • I think now every product in the photo industry is delayed by default.

      • Neopulse

        Yeah I agree. I think I would prefer statements or a Sigma roadmap to give the users an idea before it’s release. Delays always happen unfortunately with every company.

  • Anonymous

    Come on

    I was hoping they’d refresh all three of their 1.8 primes

    I want a 20mm 1.4 ART, dammit

  • Yawn

    Cool. One in 4 will be centered enough. 1 in 5 will focus properly. 1 in 6 will not break too soon. Some might even have all this at the same time!

  • Duarte Castelo Branco

    cool, now i have something i can attach my d3100 to, not the other way around of course because the lens is massive. A 24mm f2 FX would be a much interesting offer for most

  • johnny

    Anyone knows how to read Sigma’s MTF? There is insufficient info on the lines. Are they representing 30 lp/mm lines at f/1.4 & f/8?

  • Steve Griffin

    Massive astigmatism in those MTF charts. It doesn’t appear to be in the same league as the 50′ & 35′ from what I see. I wonder if it’s field curvature rather than lousy optics that is causing it?

  • Jedy

    I have been concerned the new Sigma 24mm would be as large as the 50mm ART. Fortunately it seems to be not much larger than Sigma’s previous 24mm (which I own). The quality will no doubt trounce the old 24mm! It seems it will cost a lot to own so serious professionals and rich amateurs will be the likely market.

  • saywhatuwill

    I just threw my Nikon 24mm f/1.4G into the e-waste can because of this announcement. I can’t stand having inferior lenses. Can’t wait to get the Sigma 24mm lens. I just hope that the weather sealing is better than the Nikon version. 😉

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