Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens - Sony E Mount

SigmaSKU: 85126351656

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Introducing the Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

Unlock the potential of your crop-sensor camera with the Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens, your go-to short-telephoto companion for portraits and travels.

Capture Stunning Portraits

Crafted to perfection, this short telephoto prime lens boasts exceptional image quality paired with an ultra-wide f1.4 aperture, all packed into a remarkably portable body weighing under 300g. Designed for photographers who demand both performance and convenience, it offers an equivalent focal length of approximately 85mm on APS-C sensor cameras and around 112mm on Micro Four Thirds, making it an ideal choice for portraits, weddings, travel, street, and pet photography. Its rapid autofocus capability also makes it a seamless fit for video projects.

The f1.4 aperture not only facilitates captivating, creamy bokeh backgrounds, perfect for highlighting your subject against any backdrop, but also ensures crisp, blur-free shots even in challenging low-light conditions. Available in various mirrorless mounts including L-Mount, Sony E-mount, Canon EF-M, Micro Four Thirds, and Nikon Z Mount, the Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN is part of a series of portable crop-sensor primes with an f1.4 maximum aperture, offering photographers the versatility of a cohesive lens range.

Built to Last, Crafted for Precision

Constructed with a durable yet lightweight polymer, this lens strikes the perfect balance between strength and portability, measuring a mere 57.5mm in length, making it the most compact optic in the f1.4 DC DN range. Its large rubberized focus ring ensures seamless manual focusing, while the included petal-type lens hood helps control unwanted flare in bright lighting conditions.

The robust brass mount, complete with a rubber seal (excluding EF-M mount), provides added protection against dust and moisture, ensuring reliable performance in various shooting environments. Equipped with inner focusing technology and a stepping motor, the lens delivers swift, precise autofocus for both stills and video, seamlessly integrating with the latest AF camera technology.

Outstanding Optical Performance

Featuring an advanced optical design comprising 10 elements in 6 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 1 SLD element, this lens guarantees unparalleled sharpness and clarity while effectively minimizing common optical aberrations such as chromatic aberration, flare, and vignetting. Employing in-camera digital correction further refines the final output, ensuring exceptional image quality from corner to corner.

With superb control over chromatic aberration and minimal vignetting even at wide apertures, combined with advanced optical coatings that mitigate flare and ghosting, this lens delivers stellar performance in various shooting scenarios.

Low-Light Mastery and Beyond

The Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN excels in low-light conditions, thanks to its bright maximum aperture of f1.4, allowing ample light transmission—four times more than an f2.8 optic—ideal for handheld shooting in dimly lit environments. Additionally, the fast aperture enables exquisite background blur, empowering photographers and filmmakers to isolate their subjects effectively, creating visually impactful imagery with smooth, attractive bokeh that enhances rather than detracts from the focal point.

Perfect for Urban Exploration

For street photographers seeking agile, high-performance lenses with a compact build, the Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN is the ultimate choice. Its mid-telephoto focal length is tailor-made for capturing intricate details in bustling cityscapes, while the f1.4 aperture ensures swift shutter speeds in any lighting condition, enabling photographers to seize the moment with precision and clarity.

Two Lightweight Marvels for Crop-Sensor Cameras

Weighing in at just 285g, the Sigma 56mm f1.4 DC DN is one of the lightest lenses in the Sigma lineup, measuring less than 6cm in length (excluding hood and rear cap). Alongside its sibling, the 30mm f1.4, these lenses redefine portability without compromising on performance, making them indispensable tools for portrait and street photography alike.

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Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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