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New Sigma primes are light, compact – and under $1000

The full-frame compatible Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary and the Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary for L-mount and Sony E-mount hit the sweet spot where lightweight, compact construction intersects with both high optical performance and sharp pricing – both new lenses have an Australian RRP of $939.

Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary: Sigma I-series lenses for mirrorless cameras are light and compact.

The two new lenses join the four recent releases in the new I series, sharing an all-metal build and a manual aperture ring.

‘Both lenses are super compact and have the highest quality materials used in the finish – all metal all over, and 100 percent Made in Japan. Sigma lenses are offered at world’s best parity pricing through the extensive range of C.R.Kennedy authorised dealers,’ said CR Kennedy director, Clem Kennedy.

(We did a ‘back of the envelope’ calculation regarding parity pricing. The lenses are have a recommended price in the US of US639, which converts to $869. Add 10 percent GST and the local price would be $956. You don’t see that too often!)

‘In this new era of mirrorless cameras, the balance between performance and size of lenses is now more crucial than ever,’ said Clem. ‘We have noticed that there is a growing demand in the market for high-performance and high-quality lenses that are also compact in design. These new I series lenses achieves just that.

Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary: A new sub-$1000 option for Sony and L-mount full frame mirrorless cameras.

‘The new I series range of premium compact prime lenses all offer brilliant optical performance, a large bright aperture, and these lenses are all housed in a full metal casing with an old school manual aperture ring. There is a very retro feel to these lenses, whilst still using the latest in lens technology for the internals.

‘The new 90mm lens will be the ultimate lens for portrait photography either in the studio or on the street. While the new 24mm lens is great for landscapes, night skies, and every day general shooting even in low light using the large F2 aperture.’

He said the lenses would be hitting retail shelves at the end of September.

The versatile mid-telephoto focal length, the 90mm lens is the longest I-series lens yet, but is compact (64 x 59.7mm) and light (295g) for day-to-day use. Sigma says it is ‘fully-optimized for mirrorless systems with ultra-fast and accurate AF performance, and it boasts outstanding optical capabilities. The rich, smooth bokeh makes for attractive backgrounds.’ Minimum focusing distance is just 50cm and maximum magnification ratio is 1:5.

Full press release: Sigma I series 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary

Sigma says the 24mm F2 ‘delivers exceptional edge-to-edge rendering power. Rresolution is extremely high, and is uniform from the center to the periphery of the image. Sagittal coma flare is also well suppressed, giving the lens a high degree of rendering power that makes it ideal for night sky photography.’

It weighs 365g and has dimensions of 70mm×72mm.

Full press release: Sigma I series 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary

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