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Sigma dumps Pentax K, takes up with Canon EF-M just weeks later

Sigma Canon EF-M lenses
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Just weeks after announcing it had finished making lenses for the Pentax DSLR mount, Sigma has revealed three new lenses for Canon’s mirrorless EF-M system. This isn’t Canon’s full frame EOS R system, but its consumer level APS-C cameras, recently given a boost by the arrival of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II.

The new lenses will form part of Sigma’s ‘Contemporary’ line and include the 16mm F1.4 DC DN, 30mm F1.4 DC DN and 56mm F1.4 DC DN. All three are fast f/1.4 prime lenses which might tempt existing Canon EF-M camera owners or help newcomers decide which is the best Canon camera to invest in.

We have actually seen all three lenses before in the Sony E mount, but although they are not new lenses exactly, they will be a welcome boost to Canon’s EOS M range, which is short on premium quality, fast prime lenses and could use a few lenses like these to raise its status. All three have AF algorithms optimized for the EF-M focus drive systems, and are compatible both with Canon’s Servo AF and in-camera lens aberration correction.

Although the three lenses are part of Sigma’s mainstream Contemporary line, the company says their optical quality is close to its premium ‘Art’ line, and all three lenses are designed to give great looking bokeh.

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN

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Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN specifications

Lens construction: 16 elements in 13 groups
Angle of view: 79.9°
Diaphragm blades: 9 (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: f/16
Minimum focus distance: 25cm
Max magnification ratio: 1:9.9
Filter size: 67mm
Dimensions: 72.2 x 92.3mm
Weight: 405g

Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN

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Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN specifications

Lens construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
Angle of view: 48.2°
Diaphragm blades: 9 (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: f/16
Minimum focus distance: 30cm
Max magnification ratio: 1:7
Filter size: 52mm
Dimensions: 64.8 x 73.3mm 
Weight: 270g

Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN

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Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN specifications

Lens construction: 10 elements in 6 groups
Angle of view: 26.9°
Diaphragm blades: 9(Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: f/16
Minimum focus distance: 50cm
Max magnification ratio: 1:7.4
Filter size: 55mm
Dimensions: 66.5 x 59.5m 
Weight: 280g

Prices and availability

Sigma has not given a date when these lenses will go on sale, but says it will “gradually introduce” them. Prices for the existing Sony fit versions are $339/£399 for the 16mm, $339/£329 for the 30mm and $429/£399 for the 56mm f/1.4 lens.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio. Previously he has been Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. 

Rod's near-encyclopedic knowledge of cameras both old and new makes him an invaluable resource, whether we need to ask a question about transparencies or the latest X-Trans sensor. He owns all manner of cameras, from Nikon DSLRs through Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm bodies, and on any given day you'll see him using kit from just about every manufacturer.