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Sigma now shipping Art series prime lenses for Sony E-mount

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:34pm

Sigma has announced that its five of its Sony E-Mount Art-series primes, announced earlier this year, are now shipping. The 20mm F1.4 DG HSM, Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM, Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM and 85mm F1.4 DG HSM are designed for Sony's full-frame a7-series and a9 mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The E-Mount version of the 14mm F1.4 DG HSM (shown above, in prototype form) is expected later.

Optically the E-mount primes are unchanged compared to their DSLR-mount predecessors but are compatible with high-speed continuous autofocus and should offer faster data throughput compared to using a DSLR-mount version with an adapter. This should improve autofocus speed across the board, compared to using a DSLR-mount version with an adapter - something we hope to test for ourselves in the coming weeks.

Press release:

Sigma Ships Five Prime Art Lenses for Sony E-mount Cameras with Full-Frame Sensors

Ronkonkoma, NY – June 19, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced availability of five of its interchangeable Art prime lenses for Sony E-mount camera systems – Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ($899 USD), Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM ($849 USD), Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM ($899 USD), Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM ($949 USD) and Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM ($1199 USD).

Offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new Sony E-mount models feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses are compatible with Sony’s Continuous AF (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, which are not addressed by Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. Like MC-11, the lenses are compatible with in-camera image stabilization and in-camera lens aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations and distortion.

Key Features and Benefits

Autofocus Tuned for Each Lens

Thanks to an autofocus drive control program tuned for each lens and high-speed data transmission, the lenses offer a high-speed autofocus at the same performance level as that of a lens designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras. In particular, in E-mount cameras offering Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF, AF-C mode delivers exceptional subject following performance. Autofocus remains
extremely precise even in those E-mount cameras offering only contrast AF.

Compatible with In-Camera Image Stabilization

The lenses are compatible with in-camera image stabilization. The Sony E-mount camera senses the focal length of the lens and automatically optimizes image stabilization performance.

Data Loaded for Compatibility with In-Camera Aberration Correction

The lenses are fully compatible with in-camera aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations and distortion. By matching corrections to the optical characteristics of the lens, this function takes image quality to an even higher level.

Native Mount for a More Rigid and Stable Feel

Making the mount native to the lens means a more rigid and stable feel to the lens. Featuring a special surface treatment to enhance strength, the brass bayonet mount offers a high-precision fit and exceptional durability. The mount connection area incorporates rubber sealing for dust- and splash-proof construction.

Available Mount Conversion Service*

This service converts the mount of Sigma lenses to that of a different camera body, allowing photographers to continue using their favorite lenses over the long term regardless of camera system.

*The Mount Conversion Service is different from a normal repair. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized Sigma subsidiary or distributor: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/.

**This service is performed exclusively by Sigma.

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Florence + The Machine Release Soulful New Track 'Big God': Listen

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:30pm
Florence + The Machine has released a new single from their upcoming album High as Hope today (June 19). "Big God" is...
Categories: Music Industry

German Rights Body GEMA Applauds Europe-Wide Efforts to Curtail 'Parasitic' Value Models of Digital Services

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:30pm
The international music industry is in immediate need of fairer online distribution, declared GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker at the first Music Economic...
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'Produce 48' Premieres in South Korea, Putting K-Pop Hopefuls & J-Pop's AKB48 in the Spotlight

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:25pm
First came I.O.I, then Wanna One, and now another new group is in the works from the prominent Korean competitive Produce 48 series, produced by...
Categories: Music Industry

5 Things That Gave Us the Feels at Hayley Kiyoko's Final Stop on Her Expectations Tour

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:23pm
You could feel the love in the room at New York City’s Irving Plaza on Monday (June 18), as singer-songwriter and all-around gay icon --...
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Whole Foods Mysteriously Purges Instagram Feed, Only Follows Beyonce, Cardi B, Sting & Bon Jovi

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:17pm
Whole Food's official Instagram page was once brimming with photos of foods and drinks from the supermarket chain, but as of Tuesday (June 19),...
Categories: Music Industry

Midem Sets Sights Globally With Upcoming Data-Driven Awards Show

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:08pm
On June 7, the Midem Music Conference announced one of its most ambitious ventures yet: a new, data-driven awards event called the Midem Music...
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SoundCloud's Emerging Artist Campaign Extended to Germany, U.K.

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:50pm
As of Tuesday (June 19), SoundCloud has extended its First On SoundCloud emerging artist discovery campaign to Germany and the U.K. The European leg...
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Frightened Rabbit's Meltdown Festival Set To Be Replaced With Mental Health Panel

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:42pm
Frightened Rabbit was scheduled to perform at London's upcoming Meltdown Festival before the tragic death of frontman Scott Hutchison last month...
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Meghan Trainor Announces New Album 'Treat Yourself'

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:34pm
It's a fantastic day to be a Megatron. Meghan Trainor took to Instagram today (June 19) to announce that her new album, Treat Myself,...
Categories: Music Industry

Rich The Kid Released From Hospital Following Home Invasion Attack

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:31pm
Rich The Kid was the victim of a brutal home invasion last week (June 14), and on Sunday morning (June 17), RTK posted a photo to...
Categories: Music Industry

Rounder Records Signs The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:26pm
Bluegrass group The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys have inked three new partnerships, including a label [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Randy Houser, Eric Paslay Added To Tailgate Fest Lineup

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:26pm
Randy Houser and Eric Paslay have been added to the lineup for the Tailgate Fest Sept. 1 on [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Takeover Tuesday: Cole Swindell Celebrates Summer With Country Jams

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:22pm
Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive...
Categories: Music Industry

Snails Launches His Own Label Slugz Music: Exclusive

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:20pm
Montreal artist Snails, real name Frédérik Durand, never had an issue finding his sound. The "vomitstep" DJ and producer...
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CMA Announces Two New Staff Additions

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:12pm
The Country Music Association has added two new staffers. Michael Farris joins as Senior [...]
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Dolly Parton Visits Children's Hospital, Opens Hannah Dennison Butterfly Garden: Watch

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:04pm
In the fall of 1974, Dolly Parton topped the Hot Country Songs chart with a single that would prove to be one of her most iconic – “...
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Dierks Bentley & Sugarland Debut on Top Country Albums Chart

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:00pm
Dierks Bentley collects his seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated June 23), as his ninth full-...
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Raphaelle Lets Love Shine on 'Scream For the Light': Video Premiere

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:00pm
“I’m a dark, moody writer and I’m not afraid to really express myself authentically that way. I really, really like darkness,...
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Watch the Video for Pamela Moore's 'WiFi Zombie': Exclusive

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:00pm
Pamela Moore didn’t have to reach too far for a concept to the music video for “WiFi Zombie,” the new single from her album...
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