Sigma's 18-35mm f/1.8 blew people's minds when it burst on the scene a couple years ago. Both the price and performance were unprecedented, as it was (and is) the fastest zoom lens ever created to that point. All the while also being priced at well under $1000. It has no stabilization, but the crystal clear image, along with the wide constant aperture, certainly garnered much respect and attention.
The only problem was, that it's just a bit on the wide end of things. Realistically, to have all your bases covered you would probably need something longer, possibly in the 50-XXXmm range to go along with it, even if you're utilizing both a Speedbooster and dummy adapter on smaller sensor cameras like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and (Super 16) Pocket Cinema Camera. This two adapter method allows the user to get two different fields of view out of the single lens, which is pretty handy.
Those who saw the lens first hand from CP+ seem to think it's very similar in build quality to the previously released 18-35mm lens, and the image characteristics should dovetail between the two lenses very nicely. The internal focusing and zooming mechanisms will have the video shooter very pleased as well, especially when dealing with rod systems and matte boxes that require cinema style internal mechanics.
Also, I'd imagine this new lens will be "cinevised" with re-housings, lens gears, clickless apertures, etc. almost immediately upon release by people like cinemaglass.com, Duclos, and other lens modification services.
While these lenses not yet officially released yet, it stands to reason that this could possibly be best 1-2 punch combination of lenses for most people, period. Paired with Speedboosters or regular adapters, the focal range available from just these two lenses is pretty unbelievable. Throw in the fact that they are on par (image-wise) with many top of the line prime lenses and it appears to be the makings of an unbeatable combo.
All for under $2000!
The Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens will be available at the end of April 2016, in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma SA mount. It will retail for $1099.
- Canon EF Mount/APS-C Format
- 80-160mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
- One SLD and Three FLD Elements
- One High-Refractive Index Element
- Super Multi-Layer Coating
- Hyper Sonic AF Motor
- Internal Zoom and Focus; MF Override
- Rounded 9-Blade Polycarbonate Diaphragm
- Fixed, Rotating Tripod Collar