By the look of it, we are living in the age of super high-definition and fairly big and heavy normal focal lengths. After Zeiss and Nikon introduced their fast, high-definition and bulky normal focal lengths Otus 55mm f/1.4 and 58mm f/1.4, it’s now Sigma’s turn. The dimensions and the quite sophisticated optical design of the 3 days ago introduced 50mm f/1.4 Art are indicative of a premium lens. The comparison with the current 50mm f/1.4 EX by Sigma illustrates: the ART is 85,4mm wide and 99,9mm long, while the EX is 84,5mm wide and 68,2mm long. The ART consists of 13 lenses in 8 groups, the EX of 8 lenses in 6 groups. Weight-and price-wise, Sigma hasn’t provided any information yet. With 50% more volume than the EX (505g), I’m afraid it will neither be light nor cheap. How will it perform in comparison to Otus and Nikkor? I’m curious! J
That’s by no means all, only yesterday, Sigma presented the successor model to the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM, the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Makro OS HSM Contemporary (whoa, that’s what I call long product descriptions). Compared to the 50mm Art, the Contemporary super zoom is both lighter (490g vs 430g) and smaller (75,3 x 87,7 mm vs. 70,7 x 86 mm) than the predecessor. Also, its design is less complicated (18 lenses in 14 groups vs. 16 lenses in 13 groups), but is said to provide better image quality and a bigger image ratio (1:3,8 vs. 1:3) thanks to generous application of exotic glasses (SLD and aspheric lenses). It will be available in February 2014 at an RRP of €549.