Ronkonkoma, NY – October 19, 2021 – SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is excited to announce the upcoming release of the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary lens. Ideal for travel and day-to-day shooting, this remarkable new lens offers a high-quality, versatile, extremely compact option for crop-sensor mirrorless camera users. Less than 3 inches (74.5mm) long and weighing just over 10 ounces (290g), it is the smallest and lightest F2.8 standard zoom for crop-sensor mirrorless cameras (as of October 2021).
The SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary lens will be available in the U.S. at SIGMA Authorized Dealers for a retail price of $549 near the end of October 2021.
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- Large F2.8 aperture and superb image quality
- Exceptionally compact and lightweight body ideal for mirrorless cameras
- Supports various shooting situations
Large F2.8 aperture and superb image quality
The SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary covers 27mm to 75mm in the 35mm format, and has a wide aperture of F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range. This makes it easy to achieve blurry backgrounds, which is ideal for shooting attractive portraits and close-ups. The bokeh is smooth and attractive so doesn’t distract from the in-focus subject.
The lens’ three high-precision glass-molded aspherical elements coupled with the minimization of the total number of elements yields superb optical quality without excessive weight, and the use of in-camera aberration correction further eliminates optical imperfections such as distortion and vignetting. This has all been made possible by the latest optical design technology at SIGMA’s only production base in Aizu, where all SIGMA lenses are built.
Exceptionally compact and lightweight body ideal for mirrorless cameras
The SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary is remarkably compact, matching the portability of APS-C mirrorless camera bodies. This makes it a perfect workhorse lens that is ideal for general day-to-day use. The lens is currently the smallest and lightest in its class*, boasting a maximum diameter of 65.4mm, a length of 74.5mm and weight of 290g**, yet still maintains a constant aperture of F2.8.
To keep the lens as light as possible, SIGMA constructed the body from carefully selected materials. A polycarbonate called Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) was used for the construction of the barrel, which is sleek, robust, and importantly has a thermal conductivity close to that of aluminum. This ensures stable performance and good operability when used in changing temperatures. By deliberately using metal for some of the internal structure, the parts could be much thinner and have a higher rigidity, ensuring the lens can stand up to frequent, heavy use.
* As an AF compatible, F2.8 constant aperture zoom lens for APS-C (as of October 2021, by SIGMA)
** Values are for L-Mount.
Supports various shooting situations
The SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary has fast and near-silent AF that makes it perfectly suited to a range of photographic applications, including shooting in quiet environments, recording videos and capturing fast-moving subjects. This has been achieved by using a stepping motor as the AF actuator. Since it is small and lightweight, it can be used flexibly in situations such as handheld shooting, which requires high mobility, as well as gimbal shooting, one-person operation video shooting, and vlogging.
With an emphasis on making the lens as versatile as possible in a wide variety of shooting conditions, SIGMA designed the lens with a minimum focusing distance of 12.1cm and maximum magnification of 1:2.8 (at 18mm), making it also ideal for close-ups.
Combined with the “Pocketable Full-Frame” SIGMA fp, the total weight is only 712g, and it can also be useful as an ultra-compact option for full-frame cameras (used in crop mode) to keep weight down.
- Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups, with 1 SLD and 3 aspherical elements
- Inner focus system
- Compatible with high-speed autofocus
- Stepping motor
- Compatible with lens aberration correction(Supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model.)
- Supports DMF and AF+MF
- Super Multi-Layer Coating
- Petal type lens hood (LH582-02)
- Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
- Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
- Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
- Every single lens undergoes SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measuring system
- 7-blade rounded diaphragm
- High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
- “Made in Japan” craftsmanship
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|Lens Construction||10 groups, 13 elements (1 SLD, 3 aspherical lenses)|
|Angle of View||76.5° (W) – 31.7° (T)|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7 (rounded diaphragm)|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||4.8 in. (W) – 11.9 in. (T) / 12.1cm (W) – 30cm (T)|
|Maximum Magnification||1:2.8 (W) – 1:5 (T)|
|Filter Size (mm)||⌀55mm|
|Dimensions (Diameter x Length)||2.6 x 2.9 in. / 65.4 x 74.5mm|
|Weight||10.2 oz. / 290g|
|Supplied Accessories||FRONT CAP LCF-55III, PETAL TYPE LENS HOOD LH582-02, REAR CAP LCR II|
|All figures calculated by L-Mount.|
Appearance, specifications, and other aspects of the product are subject to change for improvement without notice.