Interchangeable Camera Lenses Pick Up Steam, Sigma’s New Digital NEO Lenses
Riding the popular compact, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera wave (that was a mouthful!), Sigma announces the 30mm f/2.8 EX DN and the 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lenses in this year’s CES in Las Vegas.
This new line of “Digital NEO” lenses of Sigma fits the popular Micro 4/3 mount that Panasonic and Olympus use as well as support for the Sony NEX E-mount as well.
Understanding that most small ILC camera users, particularly photographers who purchase ILC cameras to supplement their DSLRs will look for a high-performance prime lens to maximize the portability of such systems.
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN
The new 30mm F2.8 EX DN employs a brand new optic design and specialized Super Multi-Layer coating to reduce ghosting and flare as well as maximizing contrast and details on mirrorless cameras.
A new linear AF system promises quiet focusing even for video shooting.
On a Micro 4/3 system, the Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN will end up having a field of view of a 60mm lens due to the sensor’s 2x crop factor. While on an APS-C NEX system, the equivalent field of view is wider at 45mm.
Close focusing has always been a strong suit for Sigma and this 30mm f/2.8 lens can go as close as 11.8 inches for its minimum focusing distance with a 1:8.1 magnification.
Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN
The Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN shares many similar feature as the 30mm f/2.8 EX DN but of course has a wider field-of-view. The 19mm focal length has the equivalent angle of view of a 38mm
on the Micro 4/3 systems and 28.5mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent).
Minimum focusing would be around 7.9 inches at 1:7.4 magnification.
Sigma with Fuji X Mount?
Sigma’s again spearheads the 3rd-party lens route with this new line of lenses ahead of Tamron and Tokina. It’ll be interesting if they’ll support Fuji’s new X-mount system as well in the future.
Read Sigma’s Full Press Release on Sigmaphoto.com