Sigma targets Zeiss Otus with the new 50mm f/1.4 Art!


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Thanks to Sigma-Rumors I have discovered this highly interesting hands-on article by Imaging-Resource. According to that, Sigma doesn’t consider the Canon L or Nikkor 50/1.4 G, but rather the most expensive and currently best normal focal length, the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, as competition to its recently announced 50mm f/1.4 Art. I expected something along these lines when I saw the datasheet on Tuesday. It wouldn’t make much sense to target considerably smaller and less complex standard primes by CaNikon with a 85,4 x 99,9mm (which is huge for a 50) lens consisting of 13 glasses in 8 groups (extremely complex for a 50). This is like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut. There is a wide gap between the mentioned CaNikon lenses and the Otus when it comes to image quality, so the next best target for consideration is the Otus.

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The IR article provides other interesting tidbits as well: the Art is said to weigh as much or even slightly less than the current 50mm f/1.4 EX despite its size and the enormous amount of glass. How that’s possible, I have no clue. Mind you, the Art is 50% more voluminous than the EX. In the face of anticipated optical performance, I don’t think the Art will be available at a similar price as the EX. An RRP of €1000 seems more realistic to me.

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