Sigma announces price and availability for 60mm f/2.8 Art lens for mirrorless cameras


posted Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM EDT

Japanese third-party lens manufacturer Sigma has today annnounced pricing and availability for a lens whose development it revealed at the CP+ camera show in Japan. The Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN | A prime lens belongs to the company's Art series, and will be offered in two mounts, both mirrorless: the Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mounts. On a Micro Four Thirds body it will offer a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 120mm, while the E-mount variant on a NEX-series body will have a field of view similar to a 90mm lens on a 35mm camera.

The Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN | A's optical formula hasn't yet been disclosed, but it's a telecentric design and includes both Special Low Dispersion and glass mold aspherical lenses, along with a seven-bladed, rounded aperture diaphragm that can stop down from the f/2.8 maximum aperture to a minimum of f/22. 46mm filter threads are provided on the front of the barrel.

Sigma's new 60mm f/2.8 prime lens will be offered exclusively for Micro Four Thirds and NEX camera bodies.

The lens has an inner focusing design and uses a newly-developed linear autofocus motor that is intended to reduce drive noise and improve accuracy, since it requires no gearing. The quieter drive in particular should make it more conducive to video capture. The minimum focusing distance is around 19.7 inches (50cm), yielding a maximum magnification of 1:7.2.

Dimensions are 2.4 inches (60.8mm) in diameter, and 2.2 inches (55.5mm) in length. Weight hasn't yet been revealed. The lens has a metal body, and two color options will be provided to complement your camera body: silver or black. Available from the middle of this month, the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN | A lens is priced at around US$240 in the US market.

Note that this particular lens isn't compatible with Sigma's USB dock, which is slated to begin shipping soon. Sigma also recently announced the world's first constant-aperture f/1.8 lens for DSLRs, and priced several other prime lenses in the Art series.

More details on the Sigma website.