At CES yesterday, Sigma announced two prime (i.e., single-focal-length) lenses available in lensmounts for either of two mirrorless camera systems—its first lenses for the formats.
The new 30mm ƒ/2.8 EX "Digital Neo" (DN) lens has a focal length equivalent of 60mm on Micro 4/3 and 45mm on Sony E-mount for the NEX cameras. There's also a sweet 19mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN that's a 38mm-e for Micro 4/3 and 28.5mm-e on E-mount. The latter should satisfy those who are uncomfortable with the Micro 4/3 lenses' software-based distortion correction system, as both Sigma lenses are optically rectilinear.
No pricing or shipping date announced yet. For more information, see Sigma's website.
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Featured Comment by Gerry Morgan: "If the 19mm has the gorgeous bokeh that I enjoy from my Sigma primes on my Canon SLR, it will likely be the lens that inspires me finally to give Micro Four-Thirds a try."
Featured Comment by David Dyer-Bennet: "Both slow, though. And the 19mm ƒ/2.8 doesn't sound like it has much to offer over the 20mm ƒ/1.7 many of us already have. Why don't they try some part of the focal length range that isn't already heavily served?"
Featured Comment by Ben Syverson: "How refreshing to see new primes that aren't straining to reach ƒ/1.4–ƒ/0.95. My guess is that these will be extremely well-corrected objectives. Perfect for pushing those newer NEX sensors to their limits!"