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Sigma’s new lenses for Nikon Z cameras are bad news for Canon

Sigma has announced its trio of existing and highly regarded DC DN Contemporary F1.4 prime lenses; the 16mm F1.4, 30mm F1.4 and 56mm F1.4, are coming to the Nikon Z mount –  and it’s another swipe at Canon’s seemingly closed RF-mount system. 

Already available in Sony E, Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds and L-mount, these will be Sigma’s first lenses for Nikon mirrorless cameras, being designed for APS-C cameras like the Nikon Zfc, Nikon Z30 and Nikon Z50

Sigma has shared a press release about its three new lenses where further details can be found.

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for Nikon Z mount on white background

(Image credit: Sigma)

There is currently no launch date for these three new lenses, nor word of other possible Sigma-made Nikon Z lenses in the future – including full-frame offerings – although Sigma describes these DC DN Contemporary lenses as the ‘first’ it will make for the Nikon Z mount.

Sigma has a long history of excellent quality lenses at competitive price points and the news will be music to the ears of Nikon APS-C mirrorless users for whom lens options are really rather limited. 

Regarding price, again there is no public information, although we can draw from existing prices of these lenses that are available in five other mounts to get a rough idea. The street prices for the lenses vary depending on the lens mount, but for the 16mm F1.4 are approximately £360 / $450 / AU$630; the 30mm F1.4 costs around £290 / $340 / AU$500, while the 56mm F1.4 is roughly £380 / $475 / AU$670.

Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for Nikon Z mount on white background

(Image credit: Sigma)

Analysis: Advantage Nikon for APS-C cameras

New APS-C lenses are great news for Nikon Zfc, Z30 and Z50 users. Currently there are only three Nikon-made autofocus zoom lenses available in this format, the 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 DX VR, 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 DX VR and 50-250mm f/4.5-5.6 DX VR, and no prime lenses.

Now there is the prospect of three highly regarded, lightweight and compact autofocus prime lenses. The APS-C sensor crop factor means the lenses have an effective focal length of 24mm, 45mm and 85mm respectively. 

That wide angle lens of the trio is synonymous with landscape photography, while the other two are particularly popular with portrait photographers, especially with the maximum F1.4 aperture. It’s an enticing pairing especially with the stylish Nikon Zfc.

Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN contemporary lens for Nikon Z mount on white background

(Image credit: Sigma)

The news is also a blow to those that own or are interested in the Canon EOS R7, R10 and R50 cameras – Canon’s lineup of mirrorless RF-mount cameras, also with APS-C sensor.

Like Nikon, there are only three budget-level zoom lenses available for the R7, R10 and R50 cameras, yet Canon persists in blocking third party lens makers, so the wait goes on for new Canon RF lenses. For a highly competent camera like the EOS R7 especially, the limited lens choice is its achilles heel, so for now, it seems Nikon has stolen a march over its historic rival. 

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