Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens to be released in two months

A reader visited The Photography show in NEC, Birmingham and asked when the new Sigma  50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens will be available. The Sigma staff told him that the lens will probably be released in two months.

The new Sigma DP Quattro camera was not on display at the show.

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  • Eric Calabros

    I’m ok with f/2 and less optics, but half of this tank

    • preston

      I don’t mind the size but I’d love to see sigma make a range of f/2 Art primes just so I could afford them!

      • Andrzej Lukowiec

        They do. For “smaller” sensors. F/2.8 Art. 19mm, 30mm and 60mm. And very affordable. £110 per lens 😀

      • Grev

        If you can’t afford the already cheap sigma lenses then…

  • Cowleystjames

    I was told by the very same staff at The Photography Show to expect release third week of April.

    • Russ Barnes

      They told me 3-4 weeks, which would put it at the end of March 😉

  • Spencer

    Would this be the release date for Canon mount only? Or is Sigma going to ship both the Nikon and the Canon versions of the lens simultaneously this time?

    • Cowleystjames

      I wax told, unlike Tamron, both mounts would be simultaneously available.

  • Johnny Doe

    Comes with a free waving cat too!

    • Johnny Doe

      Or, don’t be a pussy, buy this lens

  • Andrzej Lukowiec

    And the same staff told me, they hope, the price would be less than a grand…

    • Global

      It should properly be less than the 35mm 1.4. Otherwise 99.9% of people are far better served with any other 50mm.

      • Russ Barnes

        The staff on the Sigma stand said expect it to cost more than the 35…

      • Andrzej Lukowiec

        Well… I’ve got two of them. 50 f/1.4 and 50 f/1.8… And Sigma 24-105 f/4 beats both of them out of the box. Sharpness, contrast… So cannot even imagine, what this boy could do… 😉

  • Sigma now makes some of the sharpest and highest IQ lenses and at the same time their bodies/sensors are the least demanding on lenses to produce high resolution. Don’t think irony is always this sweet.

    • AM

      Will those lenses survive? That’s the question. Only time will tell.
      Unfortunately for Sigma, their proven record doesn’t help them.

      • That’s fear mongering at best. Sigma is a company that has been around for a long time and a lot of their old lenses are still used by professionals. Think of the 500 4.5 and 300-800/5.6, etc.

        Aside from their modern lenses being more future proof than the older ones, you’d be able to buy 4 Sigmas for the price of getting one Zeiss. By the time the warranty runs out on the 4th lens it’d be 16 years later any way.

        • Global

          Don’t forget that Sigma lens on-lens software and chips constantly have to be updated.

          For some reason their lenses stop working right over time. Some other 3rd parties haven’t had that issue. But Sigmas stop working correctly on many new camera bodies.

          • Isn’t the lens updating a lot easier now with Sigma’s new policies and also the USB device? Correct me if I’m wrong…

          • Andrzej Lukowiec

            I thought Global means… global. Wide spread… Not only Canikon 😉 I was wrong then.
            And you are perfectly right, Sir 😀

      • Bobby

        Maybe you should learn to handle your gear better. In all my years of photography I have never damaged a lens to the point where I have had to go crying about it on a photo rumors website.

        • AM

          That’s the point, even when properly handled, Sigma lenses crap out.
          It just took me one time to learn the lesson the hard way. I purchased one of their lenses already knowing the bad reputation Sigma had. Took the risk, and was punished, simple as that. The lens practically fell apart in my hands, started rattling when autofocusing, and few seconds later just broke and got jammed. Even manually was unusable.

        • Photo-Jack

          no necassity to play the teacher here. If you’d pair my gear with brand new stuff you’d have a hard time to tell which is the new one!
          I had 2 Sigma f2.8 zooms and both stopped AF out of the blue from one shot to the next. The lady in the Sigma subsidary over here was pprobably new staff, and betrayed to me that this phenomenon would not be uncommon to Sigma.
          I was lucky enough, that this happened during the last few days of warranty so I didn’t have to pay for the repair. But I sold these lenses right after this and replaced them with Nikon ones, never considering Sigma again.

          The quest now is, if the Sigma art lenses are more stable and if Sigma can handle the obstacles that Nikon apparently implemented into their cameras to make 3rd party lenses not work without complications. Though Nikon’s counter measure seem to work out primarily on Sigma lenses.

      • Anthony Woodruffe

        I know people who have replaced there Nikon and Canon AF lenses because the motor has worn out after 3 years. Would I by a lens for a grand knowing it will ned to be replaced after 3 years or pay nearly 2x or 3x that for a Nikkor with the same issues.

  • TinusVerdino


    • Russ Barnes

      It won’t be a budget release.

      • Yes, it will be an expensive lens, the question is how expensive. Over $1,000? Over $1,500?

        • johnny

          Perhaps $990. You will probably hear “Otus under $1000!” from Sigma.

        • Andrzej Lukowiec

          Actually, $790 😀

        • Is there any truth to the rumors that it’ll cost only US$790?

          Sigma Rumors is reporting something between that and AU$1099.

          • I’ve been told that it will be higher than that, but I do not have a number.

  • g16

    I was wonder why Sigma release that USB docking until Nikon did rape us with firmware update. Now people can feel comfy buying high price Sigma lenses.

  • NancyP

    Don’t disrepect the image quality of the latest Foveon sensors at low ISO. The quality matches or exceeds the 6D at low iso.

  • mskutispwet

    the hype is just taking the price higher than it should be [ I think so ] but SIGMA is a game changer with its ART lens lineup and kicking Canon and Nikon counterparts

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