Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lenses announced

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Sigma announced two new lenses at the CES show today: 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM. The 50mm f/1.4 will definitely be very interesting considering the price and performance of the latest Art series lenses from Sigma. The prices of the new lenses are not yet announced. Additional details:


Lens Construction 13 Elements in 8 Groups
Angle of View 46.8º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 40 cm / 15.7 in
Filter Size (mm) 77mm
Maximum Magnifications 1: 5.6
(Diameter x Length)
85.4 x 99.9 mm/ 3.4 x 3.9 in
Weight 470g / 16.6oz.
Corresponding Mounts
Sigma DG
Nikon DG
Canon DG

Lens design:

Sigma 50mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art lens design

MTF charts:


Press release:

Sigma Corporation of America introduces two lenses at Consumer Electronics Show 2014

Staple lenses in Sigma lineup redesigned as part of the company’s Global Vision Rework

LAS VEGAS– Jan. 6, 2014 – 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 launch of two new Global Vision lenses from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The improved and redesigned 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses are the latest additions to Sigma’s Global Vision lineup. Both lenses’ availability and pricing have yet to be announced.

“These two lenses are among our most popular, and we’re pleased to reintroduce these products by adding them to our Global Vision lineup,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 18-200mm, in particular, is an exciting new lens as it now has improved close-up macro functionality, updated optics and a Global Vision design, making it a fantastic alternative to the kit lens. As has been the case with our recent Global Vision lenses, we expect an array of photographers to gravitate to their technically advanced features and slick new look.”

The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens, designed specifically for APS-C DSLRs, is the successor to the18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM, which was launched in 2011. The smaller and lighter lens (15.2 ounces and 2.8x3.4 inches versus 17.3 ounces and 3x3.5 inches) now macro capabilities with a minimum focusing distance of 15.4 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, as opposed to the lens’ earlier minimum focusing distance of 17.7 inches and max magnification ratio of 1:3.8. Its minimum working distance is 14.7 inches, which makes the lens suitable for close-up shooting with natural light, keeping shadows of the camera and lens out of the image.

The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Macro has also been updated to incorporate Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements that have a high refractive index and can correct chromatic aberration at the telephoto-end. Moreover, aspherical lens elements, including double-sided aspherical lenses, will ensure a compact size and excellent correction of distortion.

The new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art has been reengineered and redesigned to set a new standard of performance in the Art line. A staple focal length, the new Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art is a pro level performer for full-frame DSLRs great for many different types of photography including portraits, landscapes, studio work and still-life. It has been updated to include SLD glass and optimized for rich peripheral brightness with improved large aperture performance by positioning wide elements into the front groups. Other updates include an optimized autofocus algorithm for smoother focusing and a floating focusing system to reduce lens movement while focusing. Under the Global Vision line, it features a new matte finish, improved AF on/off switch and guarantees every lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system before being shipped. Now with 13 elements in 8 groups compared to the previous 8 elements in 6 groups, it also has improved close focusing at 15.7 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.6

Both lenses incorporate Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) system to produce quiet, high-speed auto focus. In addition, they include Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, and to ensure high-quality images throughout the entire zoom range. The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses are also compatible with Sigma’s USB dockand the company’s Mount Conversion Service.

Other recently announced lenses and accessories such as the  24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | ART andUSB Dock will be on display at Sigma’s CES booth. For information about Sigma, go to Visit Sigma at CES 2014 at booth 10431 in Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 7 to 10.


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  • rob ellis

    Hope the 50mm matches the 35’s performance!

  • Johnny Dough

    They should have tried at least to get the long end of that zoom to 5.6, ah well…

  • dgr

    When it comes to 50’s, it’s a saturated market. I own 2 50’s and a 55 already. Don’t need another.

    • lasse-san

      Many 50s out there I agree. But not so many high quality 50s out there at all for a reasonable price! (Nikkor NOCT 3000 US$ used ikes). Not many too good 50s out there with AF anyways. If it performs similar to my 35 mm, I am sure it will sell well. I guess it doesn´t need to hide from the new Nikon AF-S 1,4 58mm …

  • ShakyLens

    A 50mm lens the size of an 18-200 zoom? Blimey!

    Will it autofocus? Answer: sometimes.

  • alreadyupsidedown

    That lens looks oddly long and thin for a 50mm… It’ll probably perform great, but Sigma sure isn’t holding back on the size of their A lenses.

    • In other words, there are lots of small crappy fast 50s out there if performance is not the main thing 🙂

      • TinusVerdino

        No, in other words it is sharp and halo free at 1.4 at a great cost in weight as well as price. There are no crappy fast 50’s out there.

        • Depends on your standards of what you call good. Compared to my “good” lenses, there are no 50mm fast normal lenses that I can beat them… not even the Otus gloatus

      • Corbin Dallas

        Yea, cause we all know how horrible the Zeiss 50/2 Makro Planar is…

        Guess I’ll wait for the Samyang 50/1.2 that’s supposed to be coming soon, or the EF 50 IS… that or I’ll just get the Zeiss and give up the faster aperture.

        To me a 50mm this huge kind of defeats the purpose.

        • Cyrille Berger

          You mean the Zeiss 50/2 Makro Planar that is likely to cost 20 times more ? So yeah, for that price, they can manage to make it small.

        • When there are even f/0.95 50 lenses out there in production, a f/2 50 can’t be called “fast”.

          I don’t see how this defeats the purpose… everyone raved when the Sigma 50 1.4 came out for its performance although it’s bigger than other 50 1.4s. This new one is even better and suddenly it “defeats the purpose” now?

          • Corbin Dallas

            Yes, it can, because f/2 is still fast… especially for FF. And even the old Sigma was too big IMO (the main reason I didn’t buy one).

            50mm is the ideal FL for many people (myself included) because it’s in-between wide and tele, it’s fast and it’s small and light enough to use as a one lens solution. When it becomes as large as a 24-70/2.8, it sort of loses it’s purpose for me… if I’m going to buy a prime that large it’s going to be something more specialized like an 85/1.2 or 35/1.4,

            50mm isn’t really ideal for any kind of portraiture, sports or much else, it’s good for general use, and at this size, it no longer is.

          • Funny you call it a fast lens and a non specialised one because the 50/2 MP is a lens that is intentionally made slow because it’s a specialised macro-optimised.

            Also I don’t know why you have to justify a “normal” lens to me… I have over 10 of them on 8 different formats 🙂

          • jedy

            “Also I don’t know why you have to justify a “normal” lens to me… I have over 10 of them on 8 different formats :)”

            Do you go out and shoot many pictures with your 10 normal lenses or just spend your days ranting on forums?

          • I shoot almost every day… not just with the normal lenses. How does this matter to you?

          • The 50 0.95 lenses are also for FF. f/2 is a relatively slow speed for a ~50 just like f/4 is a relatively fast speed for a ~500-600mm.

          • The 50 0.95 lenses are also for FF. f/2 is a relatively slow speed for a ~50 just like f/4 is a relatively fast speed for a ~500-600mm.

    • Sebastian

      High-resolution sensors demand for high-resolution lenses. To make fast ones sharp even in the corners you need many surfaces. Now all those elements have to go somewhere, making for a long lens body. This lens has a retrofocus design despite the normal focal length. I think that’s mainly to gain space for more elements. And the large front elements are needed to keep vignetting low.
      The Zeiss Otus 55 is also a monster, even without AF. It’s the price to pay for corner-to-corner resolution on 36+ MP sensors. Like other posters wrote, plenty of I would say decent 50s around, so if decent does the job no need for this monster. But you cannot get the entire potential of a d800 from a 50 1.8D or the like.

    • Guest

      Size matters….

  • Johnny Dough

    Oh and updating the 17-50 to the new design would be nice, with full time manual focus override

  • Nice work, Sigma! Would be quite a hoot if this did what the Otus 55 did to the Apo Summicron 50 back to the Otus… very unlikely but guaranteed to come close if what Sigma has been doing lately is something to go by.

  • TinusVerdino

    At that size it should be 1.2 77mm filters…. iv’ got a 50mm 1.4 that takes 49mm and is excellent. Hopefully samyang will breng a 50/55mm 1.2 soon.

    • Jonny

      Good luck with your SAMYANG

  • This is ridicoulous

    Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 is 220g heavy, have a filter size of 49mm and it is a very good lens.

  • sasa208

    Otus competition

  • Anthony Woodruffe

    I’ve been thinking or replacing my nikkor 1.8G.. this could be the ticket…

  • rt-photography

    WOW, I got my eye on that 50. cant wait to see what it can do. this may be the lens that brings me back to Sigma after I vowed never to buy again. but they are impressing people and if it has fast AF im in. only reason im not going nikon is the slow AF.

  • Joseph Li

    just read a preview somewhere saying it’s aimed going against Zeiss Otus…damn that got me real excited. Beating the nikkor and canon 50mm is no big deal..they arent superb lenses to begin with and have been around for a while

  • SkyMeow

    PLEASE, it better be weather seal. I don’t know why but every time I shoot outdoor, it always rain or snow.

  • James

    Why isn’t it going to be released for Sony??

    • Jonny

      You shoot Sony??
      (unless the A7R)

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