Sigma has announced a new standard 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art lens that the company says is an update of their classic prime for Sony E-Mount and L-Mount cameras.
The new “nifty fifty” has been revamped to provide faster autofocusing and a scaled-down form factor to suit the mobile-centric shooting of users of the Art line.
The 50mm F1.4 Art lens packs 14 elements in eleven groups, with one Super Low Dispersion lens element and three aspherical elements for sharp, accurate images with minimal distortion and suppression of aberrations such as astigmatism and field curvature. Its angle of view is 46.8°.
The lens also offers an eleven-bladed aperture for a consistent, round bokeh and superior depth of field.
Sigma has also upgraded the 50mm Art lens with high-response linear actuator (HLA) autofocus motors that provide high-speed, high-precision, and quiet AF.
The aperture run is de-clickable and sports a lock switch and a customizable AFL button. The L-mount variant can also switch between linear and non-linear focus ring settings.
The Lens has a dust and splash-resistant build, with a water and oil-repellant coating on the front element to protect against foul weather and smudges.
Sigma states that the lens offers “exacting sharpness,” a shallow depth of field, and bright image capture in low-light conditions. The lens is ideal for all-purpose shooting but is bound to find its way as a favorite for portraits, landscapes, and more.
The 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art lens has also been trimmed down to a more manageable 1.48 pounds (670g), and has dimensions of 3.1 x 4.3 in. (78.2 x 109.5mm, with a magnification ratio of 1:6.8 and filter size of 72mm.
The retail price of the 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art lens is $849 and will be shipping later this month, February 2023.
fp Firmware update
In other Sigma news, the company has updated the firmware for its fp and fp L cameras to provide more options for shooting 4K video with an updated color mode, open gate with anamorphic de-squeeze, support for external SSDs up to 4TB, and Camera to Cloud support using Atomos Cloud connection devices.
The new color mode is called “Warm Gold,” which Sigma says creates a mellow image with subdued skin tones and warm colors. The OpenGate mode provides ARRI-like anamorphic options that include x1.25 / x1.3 / x1.5 / x1.65 / x1.8 / x2.
There is also an EL Zone false color exposure tool with up to six steps for highlights and shadows which pushes both cameras to their maximum in terms of dynamic range.
Lastly, the cameras can now be turned off while in long exposure mode to preserve battery life.
Update vs. 3.00 for the Sigma fp L and version 5.00 for the Sigma fp, offer the same features and expand these cameras with improved cinema camera features.
The free updates will be available for download beginning February 8th from Sigma’s website.
[source: Sigma, here and here]
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens, L Mount (B&H)
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens, Sony E Mount (B&H)
Sigma fp Mirrorless Camera (B&H)
Sigma fp L Mirrorless Camera (B&H)