Has Sigma done it again?
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CP+ 2016 is about to kick off in Japan, but Sigma is getting things started early with the release of two new lenses and a lens adapter, including an "affordable" 30mm f/1.4 prime and the world's first 50-100mm f/1.8 telephoto zoom lens.
The telephoto zoom is sure to be the star of the show, though it's better known as the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art. Available in Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts, it'll offer a focal range that covers many popular focal lengths. Similar to Sigma's wildly popular 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens, this could potentially replace your 50mm, 85mm, and 100mm f/1.8 prime lenses.
The lens also comes equipped with in-body focusing, a tripod socket, and a new version of Sigma's Hyper Sonic focus motor. This lens has 21 elements in 15 groups, with several elements geared towards combating chromatic aberration.
Next up is the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens, a wide-angle prime designed for low light shooting with crop sensor. It's designed for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount mirrorless owners and should complement the existing Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art lens. With 9 elements in 7 groups, the lens can take photos of subjects as close as 11.8 inches, and can use 52mm filters.
One of the more exciting announcements isn't a lens at all, however. It's the new MC-11 adapter for Sony's E-mount cameras, and it will let you attach 19 of Sigma's Canon- and Sigma-mount lenses with full phase-detect autofocus compatibility. The compatibility may change over time, so the adapter even has a small LED indicator letting you know if it'll work correctly or not.
No pricing has been set for either lens or the adapter, but we should know more about how well they hold up once we get some hands-on time later this week at CP+.
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