Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART Review (premium 28mm lens, D. Abbott)

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG Art

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements, Three SLD Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott published the full review of the Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART lens. A lens that catches a lot of attention.

Among the things D. Abbott liked are the excellent build quality, quick and accurate AF, sharpness starting at f1.4, bokeh, contrast, well controlled chromatic aberrations, and more.

From his conclusion:

In many ways the Sigma 28mm F1.4 ART is the lens that the 35mm F1.4 ART should have been.  It delivers better focus accuracy, richer image quality, and has a superior build.  I would actually like to see Sigma build a 35mm F1.4 ART Mark II in the future and update it with some of the experience gleaned since its release (it was the first of the ART series lenses).  The only negative that I can point to by comparison is that the price has crept up to where the 28ART can no longer be considered a bargain even if it is cheaper than direct competitors.  And that may be the primary obstacle to it being a sales success for Sigma.  The 28mm focal length is not intensely popular (though incredibly useful), so the price tag (though probably warranted by performance) may be steeper than many want to pay. 

If you want a premium 28mm lens, however, it’s hard to rule out the Sigma 28mm F1.4 ART.  It does so many things very well, and produces truly beautiful images.  What more could you ask for?

Despite being a real world review, D. Abbott’s review of the Sigma 28mm F1.4 ART lens covers everything you might want to know and comes with a huge set of sample and test pictures. This is the kind of review I look for when I want to learn about gear.

If you prefer to watch your reviews, the videos below are ready for you.

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART:

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Canon Might Have a 50mm f/1.8 and a 28mm f/1.8 For The EOS R System On Their Agenda, Patent Suggests

50mm F/1.8

Canon patent application 2019-0113711 (USA) describes the optical formula for an RF 50mm f/1.8 and RF 28mm f/1.8 lens, both for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

Focal length 48.50
F-number 1.85
Half angle of view (degrees) 24.04
Image height 21.64
Total lens length 95.00 
BF 15.80

Focal length 28.80
F-number 1.85
Half angle of view (degrees) 36.91
Image height 21.64
Total lens length 80.30 
BF 7.00 

It’s likely Canon will launch these non-L lenses sooner than later. Both are popular focal lengths on full frame, and it’s also likely Canon is set to offer some less expensive (aka budget) lenses for the EOS R system.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production in the next few years are these:

Source: Canon News

Deal: Lensbaby Trio 28 Lens with Filter Kit For EOS M – $159.95 (reg. $299.95, today only)


Lensbaby Trio 28 Lens with Filter Kit at a glance

  • Trio 28mm f/3.5 for Canon EF-M
  • 46mm Neutral Density 0.9 Filter
  • 46mm Circular Polarizer Filter
  • 46mm 8-Point Star Filter
  • Carrying Case

Only for today (2/18/19) B&H Photo has the Lensbaby Trio 28 Lens with Filter Kit for Canon EF-M mount (EOS M system) on sale at $159.95. Compare at $299.95. Free shipping.

More exclusive and selected deals:

Sigma Adds 3 Lenses to Cine Lens Lineup (28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF, 105mm T1.5 FF)


Press release:

Sigma Adds Three New Lenses to Its Cine Lens Lineup

Brand new introductions to the FF High Speed Prime Line – 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF – will be debuted at IBC2018

September 11, 2018 – Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the development of three new Sigma Cine lenses in the FF High Speed Prime Line: 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF. With these additions, the FF High Speed Prime Line now includes ten lenses covering 14mm to 135mm and T1.5 to T2, giving cinematographers even more options to empower their artistic expression and take their cinematic vision to the next level.

Available for test-shooting at the 2018 IBC Show in Amsterdam from September 14-18, 2018, attendees are welcome to visit the Sigma booth 12.D64 to get hands-on with the new cine lenses.

New Models in the Sigma Cine FF High Speed Prime Line
All the lenses in the FF High Speed Prime Line, including the brand new 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF, are compatible with full-frame image sensors and optimized for ultra-high-resolution 6K-8K shooting.

All three lenses come in PL, EF and E mounts with lens support foot and cap included. The 105mm T1.5 FF is expected to start shipping in October 2018, the 40mm T1.5 FF in the end of 2018, and the 28mm T1.5 FF in early 2019. Pricing for each new model will be announced at the time of availability. For further technical specifications and lens characteristics and high-resolution product images, please download the full announcements here:

Development of LPL Mount
In the future, the Sigma Cine lens series will include an LPL mount, the new lens mount optimized for the large format sensor released by ARRI in 2018. The planned release date for the Sigma Cine lenses in LPL mount is 2019 or later.

Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 lens sample pictures

Kamlan 28mm F/1.4

The Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 (announcement) will be available for Canon EOS M systems, and for Sony E, Fuji X, and M4/3 mounts. You can order it for $199 on this Kickstarter page. Delivery is expected for August 2018.

DPReview posted a set of sample images shot with the Kamlan 28mm f/1.4, unfortunately not on a Canon EOS M but on Fuji and Sony gear. The Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 lens appears to be a pretty good performer for the money it costs.

This is the upcoming Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 lens for Canon EOS M systems (and other MILCs)

Kamlan 28mm F/1.4

Machang Optics announced the development of the Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 lens. The Kamlan 28mm f/1.4  will be available for Canon EOS M systems, and for Sony E, Fuji X, and M4/3 mounts.

Starting from June 1, 2018, you’ll be able to order it for $199 on this Kickstarter page (where you can also view a gallery of sample images). Delivery is expected for August 2018.

28mm are 42mm equivalent when used with APS-C bodies, so this becomes a normal view lens on crop sensors.

Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 product description excerpt:

The Kamlan 28mm f/1.4 sports an all metal and glass design with a premium feel that belies its inexpensive price tag. The manual aperture ring is declicked, allowing videographers to make smooth aperture changes while retaining traditional aperture stop markers for stills photographers. The manual focus ring is incredibly smooth and perfectly damped, allowing for smooth and accurate focus results across the 160 degrees of focus travel. The quality of the focus and aperture rings is that of a premium lens.

The lens has a metal 52mm front filter thread, and the lens hood is included to allow for shading from the sun along with protection for the lens. The lens is well corrected for chromatic aberrations, allowing for minimal color fringing even at very wide apertures.

We have designed a new premium metallic lens hood for the New Kamlan 28mm F1.4, which employs a threaded connection for a firm, easy to use connection. The lens hood has built in filter threads to allow for the use of filters even with the hood attached […]

One of the key strengths of the Kamland 28mm f/1.4 is its high degree of color accuracy and richness. Unlike some competing lenses, it does not introduce too much color cast to images but instead delivers a neutral, accurate color rendition even wide open, that will be useful to both stills photographers and video users as well.

The lens utilizes high quality optical glass with higher levels of refraction to help shape light more efficiently and to produce lower chromatic aberrations. Chromatic aberrations are noticeably more controlled than on competing lenses.

In real-world shooting there are minimal chromatic aberrations on the Kamlan 28mm f/1.4, and what aberrations do exist are easily corrected.

Kamlan lenses are available on Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK.

[via Mirrorless Rumors]