THE SIGMA ART SERIES
One of the core missions of Sigma is to help photographers and videographers in their desire to create vivid memories and express important messages and we’re big fans of the Sigma Art lenses here at Contrastly.
The passion for photography also drives Sigma to come up with nothing but the best for their clients – world-class innovation, exceptional quality, and first-rate performance.
To keep up with their goals and missions, Sigma never stops until it finds ways to make artistic expression more convenient (and fun) for photographers. This is why they came up with the Art lens series.
What are Sigma Art Lenses?
The tiniest details of a painting or any work of art matter a lot if you want to completely and accurately tell your story. This is what Art lenses are for. They are lenses created for images that give the sharpest details a photographer can possibly aim for. They also have higher apertures – f/1.4 to f/2.8.
So, in a more specific photography term, Art lenses, even with the widest openings, exhibit exceptional focal plane sharpness. The Sigma Art series produces images with the most unique of colors – colors that are different from those of other lenses’, like Canon’s.
There are many other characteristics that make Sigma Art Lenses ideal for photographers who want to express themselves in the most artistic ways.
The Sigma Art line is intended to help photographers come up with the best photos. This is why these lenses offer the best optical performance. No matter what the subject is, you are guaranteed a work of art.
The outstanding features and biggest selling points –
- Sharp details
- Excellent focus
- Top-notch construction
- Offers focal plane sharpness even at the widest aperture
- Compatible with Sigma USB lens docks for microfocus adjustments
- Are tested using an A1 device (to ensure genuine world-class quality of the product)
- More affordable than other premium lenses
Sigma Art Lenses are basically fast-aperture lenses that produce unbelievably sharp images. They’re so sharp that it’s like you’re looking at the tiniest details up close, without any visual hindrances.
Sigma Art lenses are perfect for a long list of photography types and shots – including portrait, macro / close-up, landscape, still life, underwater, architecture, commercial, corporate, and studio photography.
Here are a few Sigma art series lenses available on rent with Paxton Equipments in Canon and Sony Mount.
20MM F1.4 DG HSM | ART
The Sigma 20mm 1.4 DG HSM Art is a state-of-the-art wide-angle prime lens designed for Full Frame cameras but will work with APS-C sensors as well. Using over 50 years of lens making experience, particularly the knowledge gained from the 35mm 1.4 Art and the 24mm 1.4 Art, the 20mm 1.4 Art is the widest large aperture Art lens to date. The latest optical design allows for the utmost in image quality with careful attention paid to edge to edge performance.
24MM F1.4 DG HSM | ART
The Sigma 24mm 1.4 DG HSM Art is a state-of-the-art wide-angle prime lens designed for Full Frame cameras but will work with APS-C sensors as well. Using premium FLD & SLD glass elements, the lens brings aberrations and distortion to a minimum, an issue many wide-angle lenses suffer from. With class leading performance, this lens is ideal for wedding photography, landscape photography, videography, astrophotography, lowlight/indoor photography and event photography.
35MM F1.4 DG HSM | ART
The Sigma 35mm 1.4 DG HSM is a state-of-the-art lens designed for full frame cameras but can also be used with APS-C sensors as well. The first addition to the Art category in Sigma’s Global Vision, the 35mm 1.4 DG HSM includes new features based around a unique lens concept and design. The 35mm is a staple focal length in the world of photography, and paired with Sigma technology, this lens can take artistic expression to the next level.
50MM F1.4 DG HSM | ART
The staple Sigma 50mm 1.4 DG HSM has been redesigned and reengineered to set a new standard for the Art line. With a large 1.4 aperture, the Sigma 50mm 1.4 prime lens is a pro level performer for shooting everything including portrait photography, landscape photography, studio photography and street photography. A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet, smooth and accurate autofocusing and paired with Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass and Super Multi-Layer coating, the 50mm 1.4 is a high-performance lens for the modern DSLR sensors.
85MM F1.4 DG HSM | ART
The Sigma 85mm 1.4 DG HSM Art is designed and engineered for unparalleled image quality. It employs a completely new optical design and premium components. 2 FLD (performance equal to fluorite) glass elements and 1 element boasting a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and high refraction achieve a class leading level of performance. The highly anticipated 85mm 1.4 Art is an ideal lens for a variety of photographic subjects, particularly portrait photography, both in-studio and on-location. The newly updated Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) allows for 1.3X the torque of previous generations for fast and efficient autofocus. Through rigorous testing, the Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art ushers in a new era of quality and performance for this popular fast prime focal length. A 9-blade rounded diaphragm creates beautiful background bokeh to isolate and accentuate the subject.
For those who cannot purchase a Canon L series lens or Sony G masters, the Sigma Art lenses are the best alternatives. These lenses produce sharper, more detailed, and uniquely-colored images than those of Canon’s or Sony’s. Even for first time fine art photographers, a Sigma Art lens can be an excellent choice.