Sigma’s third f/1.4 prime lens for Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mounts has arrived. Michael Topham offers his verdict

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Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary

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Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary review

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£399.00
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Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary review: Verdict

With the 56mm f/1.4 DC DN | C, Sigma has produced a very appealing compact prime lens for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount users. The nature of its size means that it doesn’t dwarf small mirrorless cameras and those who are after a fast prime that’s neither too heavy or too cumbersome will enjoy the handling and overall experience of using it.

Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN | C

The lens is the perfect size for Sony’s APS-C mirrorless cameras like the A6500 pictured here

Priced as it is at £399, this optic represents very good value for money, especially when you consider how well constructed it is and the quality of the results it delivers. It doesn’t provide optical image stabilisation and the focus mode can’t be set to manual via an AF/MF switch, but both of these exclusions aren’t unusual on a lens of its pedigree or price. Users won’t have any hesitation of using the lens wide open at f/1.4, with its impressive central sharpness, short depth of field and a fast fall-off making it very complimentary to portraiture and other subjects where an attractive separation between subject and background is desired. For the price and size of the lens you can’t argue with its image quality.

Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN | C

The 56mm f/1.4 DC DN C is relatively lightweight, adding just 280g to the weight of your camera

All in all, this is another welcome addition in Sigma’s Contemporary lineup and is bound to capture the attention of many mirrorless users who’ve hungered for an impressive performing f/1.4 prime at relatively low cost for quite some time.

Details

Price:£399
Filter diameter:55mm
Lens elements:10
Lens groups:6
Aperture Blades:9
Maximum Aperture:f/1.4
Minimum Aperture:f/16
Minimum focus distance:50cm
Dimensions:66.5x59.5mm
Weight:280g
Lens Mount:Sony E-mount (APS-C), Micro Four Thirds
Included accessories:Lens caps, lens hood
  1. 1. Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary review: Introduction
  2. 2. Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary review: Features
  3. 3. Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary review: Build & Handling
  4. 4. Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary review: Image Quality
  5. 5. Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary review: Resolution, shading and curvilinear distortion
  6. 6. Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary review: Verdict
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