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Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN

Sigma are squeezing in a 56mm f1.4mm lens into an already crowded MFT portrait lens market. While I think very highly of my only Sigma lens - the 30mm f1.4 DC DN, I wonder where this new lens will fit in the market.

The price is not clear yet but considering the superb value of the 30mm, it might be competitive for the 56mm too. If it is around the 450 mark, it probably will sell well, but will still have to compete with the old but all-metallic and superb Olympus 75mm f1.8 which is now available at around 500 new.

The semi-grey UK digital have announced it at 999 but methinks that this is an error. At that price, it will have to compete with the PanLeica Nocticron and Olympus 45mm f1.2, both of which have professional build quality. The build quality of my 30mm f1.4, though plastic, is very good and at an advertised weight 280 grams, the 56mm will almost certainly be similar but IMO will not be able to compete with those other two if the UK Digital price is correct.
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Re: Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN

It'll be huge since it's really an aps-c lens.

Personally, I find the 45/1.8 excellent and all I really need for portraits. If I wanted something better I'd go for the 45/1.2 which by all accounts is quite magical.
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Re: Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN

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It'll be huge since it's really an aps-c lens.
Seems I'm wrong

https://www.sigmaphoto.com/56mm-f1-4-dc-dn-c

If the IQ is good, then it could be a winner. Smaller than the 45/1.2 and almost certainly a lot cheaper.
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Re: Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN

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Personally, I find the 45/1.8 excellent and all I really need for portraits. If I wanted something better I'd go for the 45/1.2 which by all accounts is quite magical.
I agree about the excellence of Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens, especially given the sub 200 price tag. I had it for 5 years but sold it recently along with a few other lenses to help me finance the nocticron, which I now own.

The only issue I had with the 45mm f1.8 is its lightweight build quality. If it had been more like the all-metal 75mm f1.8, I would have kept it.

That is another thing I'd say in favour of Sigma's DC DN lenses. Though plastic, their build quality is at least as good as Olympus plastic bodies and better than standard (non Leica) Panasonic ones.
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Re: Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN

Comments are surfacing that this is going to cost around Euro 429 and be on the shops from November. This probably means that the UK price will be about 399, which would be highly competitive in the portrait market.
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Re: Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN

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This probably means that the UK price will be about 399, which would be highly competitive in the portrait market.
Sorry for quoting myself but I felt like bragging as I did not do too badly with my guess on what the release price in the UK would be.
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