This web page is all about Sigma’s Artwork lenses designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras, particularly the 35mm f1.2 DG DN Artwork and the 14-24mm f2.eight DG DN Artwork. Every lens prices round 1400 to 1500 {dollars} or kilos, making them extra reasonably priced than most options for these programs, whereas in some circumstances delivering a novel focal vary or aperture not but obtainable. On the time I made this assessment, they have been obtainable in native variations for Sony E-mount or the Leica L-mount, though let’s all preserve our collective finger’s crossed that Sigma additionally makes variations for Canon and Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras sooner or later too.

I’ve already examined each lenses and you may see how they carried out or obtain my pattern pictures in my Sigma 35mm f1.2 DG DN Artwork assessment and Sigma 14-24mm f2.eight DG DN Artwork assessment. However on this web page I wished to check out the L-mount variations on the Panasonic Lumix S1R, as they tremendously develop the choices obtainable for that system. So within the video under, I filmed my experiences utilizing each lenses on a Lumix S1R physique. For extra data on the digicam, take a look at my Panasonic Lumix S1R assessment.

 

 

 

I’ve mentioned it earlier than and I’ll say it once more: the Sigma Artwork lenses remodel the L-mount system, significantly for Lumix S homeowners who now have entry to a broad assortment of reasonably priced, high-performance lenses. Positive, they’ve at all times been capable of match one in all Leica’s modest assortment of present L-mount lenses, however they’re simply so costly I can’t think about anybody doing it. So till the cavalry, I imply Sigma, rode to the rescue, Lumix S homeowners solely realistically had three native lenses to select from, courtesy of Panasonic itself. Now they’re completely good choices, nevertheless it’s exhausting to get enthusiastic about – or certainly put money into – a system in its infancy.

However by the point you learn this, Sigma can have begun re-releasing all of its Artwork primes within the native L-mount, massively increasing the choices and general desirability of the system. In actual fact it’s superb how way more viable Lumix S turns into with simply these first two Artwork lenses. The 14-24mm f2.eight not solely zooms wider than something within the native L-mount to this point, however prices nearly one quarter of the Leica 16-35mm whereas additionally being round a cease sooner. Leica additionally has a 35mm prime, however at f2, it’s over a cease dimmer than the Sigma 35mm f1.2 Artwork and thrice the worth too. In actual fact the Sigma 35mm f1.2 is roughly two thirds the worth of the Panasonic 50mm f1.4, whereas once more being a bit brighter, so in the event you’re after a quick prime for comparatively commonplace use, it’s a compelling different. In actual fact I’d say each lenses are just about no-brainers for Lumix S homeowners. I do know I’d put money into them as quickly as I may.

That is the important thing behind Sigma’s deserved success with the Artwork lenses: to ship wonderful, even aspirational high quality at a comparatively reasonably priced worth, whereas additionally having some enjoyable with focal lengths, apertures or ranges that aren’t at all times on provide. Sony’s e-mount tremendously benefitted from Sigma’s native full-frame mirrorless lenses, however whereas they be part of a longtime assortment of choices for that system, they actually fill essential gaps for L-mount that beforehand didn’t exist or have been out of attain.

 

sigma-35mm-f1-2-art-S1R-hero1

 

And whereas I appreciated the standard of the Artwork lenses on Sony cameras, they make way more bodily sense on the extra substantial Lumix S our bodies. Once I first examined the Lumix S cameras, I used to be struck by their dimension and heft which was not dissimilar to a semi-pro DSLR like a Canon 5D or Nikon D850. This makes them comparatively massive for a mirrorless digicam, however completely suited to balancing massive full-frame lenses. The 35mm f1.2 specifically felt front-heavy on a Sony A7 physique however completely at residence on a Lumix S . – see above.

In actual fact I cherished going out capturing with the S1R accompanied by each Sigma Artwork lenses – eventually that is the partnership and potential promised by the L-mount alliance, and it ought to make you’re taking a really severe second have a look at the Lumix S our bodies. Sigma could have taken its time preparing, however has now arrived on the social gathering and it’s simply received much more thrilling.

PS – Sigma’s additionally launched an L-mount digicam of its personal, the fp which turns into the smallest full-framer to this point and crying out to be rigged-up for filming. Take a look at my Sigma fp assessment thus far.

Shop Amazon