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Sigma seals Nikon Z licensing deal

Sigma is officially supporting the Nikon Z system with the announcement of three f1.4 Contemporary APS-C prime lenses – 16mm, 30mm, 56mm.

The three new APS-C format lenses.
Sigma’s three new Nikon Z APS-C format lenses.

It’s unusual that Sigma’s first Z lenses are APS-C rather than the full-frame format. Nikon offers just three DX (APS-C) sensor cameras that are geared toward enthusiasts, the Z50, Zfc, and Z30. Whereas there are double the number of FX (full-frame) Z cameras, with several pro-oriented models.

There was speculation that Nikon’s lens mount licensing deal limited Sigma from designing products that would compete with Nikon’s existing lens line up. Sigma CEO clarified this is not true.

Sigma’s decision to release these three lenses, available for several years in five other mounts, may be a test to measure the market’s response before pouring resources into more high end optics.

The global announcement didn’t include pricing or availability.

Here’s the Sigma Global press information:

SIGMA launches interchangeable lenses for Nikon Z Mount system

SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of interchangeable lenses for Nikon Z Mount system. This addition allows users to enjoy high performance, and high quality SIGMA lenses in native mount on their Z Mount system. Three F1.4 prime lenses (16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary), which are currently available in five mounts (Sony E-mount, Canon EF-M mount, FUJIFILM X Mount, Micro Four Thirds mount and L-Mount) will be simultaneously released in Z Mount.

Main specifications and features

Control algorithm including AF drive and communication speed optimization has been developed specifically for Z Mount interchangeable lenses. In addition to realizing high-speed AF, the lens also supports AF-C (Continuous AF) and in-camera aberration correction*. The mount is rubber-sealed to cater for use in a variety of environments.
* Available on supported cameras only.


●16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary
Lens Construction:16 elements in 13 groups|Angle of View:83.2°|Number of Diaphragm Blades:9 (Rounded diaphragm)|Minimum Aperture:F16
Minimum Focusing Distance:25cm|Maximum Magnification Ratio:1:9.9|Filter size:φ67mm
Dimensions (Diameter × Length):φ72.2mm × 94.3mm|Weight:420g|Compatible hood:LH716-01
●30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary
Lens Construction:9 elements in 7 groups|Angle of View:50.7°|Number of Diaphragm Blades:9 (Rounded diaphragm)|Minimum Aperture:F16
Minimum Focusing Distance:30cm|Maximum Magnification Ratio:1:7|Filter size:φ52mm
Dimensions (Diameter × Length):φ70.0mm × 75.3mm|Weight:285g|Compatible hood:LH586-01
●56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary
Lens Construction:10 elements in 6 groups|Angle of View:28.5°|Number of Diaphragm Blades:9 (Rounded diaphragm)|Minimum Aperture:F16
Minimum Focusing Distance:50cm|Maximum Magnification Ratio:1:7.4|Filter size:φ55mm
Dimensions (Diameter × Length):φ70.0mm × 61.5mm|Weight:295g|Compatible hood:LH582-01

*The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change.
*This product is developed, manufactured and sold under the license agreement with Nikon Corporation.

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