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Photokina 2008 - hands-on with the new Four Thirds Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Sigma's Four Thirds lens range steadily grows with the addition of a 50mm f/1.4 fast prime

Sigma had several Four Thirds lenses and E-3 bodies on hand for demonstration purposes

We stopped by the Sigma booth this morning to get a hands-on feel for the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM. This is a premium category 'EX' Sigma optic and meets the call for more fast prime lenses for the steadily growing Four Thirds lens range.

Being equivalent to a 100mm f/1.4, this new lens from Sigma should earn a reputation as a very special portrait lens. f/1.4 is a whole stop brighter than the Zuiko Digital 50mm f/2 Macro, and should exhibit even better defocussed effect qualities, or 'bokeh'. HSM autofocus is fast and quiet, too.

Equating to a 100 f/1.4, the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM promises to be a superb portrait lens.

The lens is reasonably large, but feels solid and well proportioned when used on an E-3 body. The view through the E-3's viewfinder is even brighter than usual thanks to the brightness of this lens.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM certainly feels very much at home on an E-3

Not details are yet available concerning pricing or availability.

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Photokina 2008 - hands-on with the new Four Thirds Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Four Thirds User editorial team Photokina 2008 - hands-on with the new Four Thirds Sigma 50mm f/1.4
We've been over to the Sigma booth at Photokina to have a play with the latest Four Thirds lens from... (more)

Bob Ross Re: Photokina 2008 - hands-on with the new Four Thirds Sigma 50mm f/1.4
That looks like a very interesting lens. When do you anticipate getting a sample to evaluate? I pres... (more)

Ian Re: Photokina 2008 - hands-on with the new Four Thirds Sigma 50mm f/1.4
That's right, Bob, all the Sigma lenses use mechanical (SWD style, if not SWD motored) manual AF.... (more)

f22 Re: Photokina 2008 - hands-on with the new Four Thirds Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Ian, Thanks for the report, what were your impressions of the autofocus performance with this len... (more)

Ian Re: Photokina 2008 - hands-on with the new Four Thirds Sigma 50mm f/1.4
I'll be honest, there was too little time to offer a useful opinion regarding AF performance, alb... (more)

f22 Re: Photokina 2008 - hands-on with the new Four Thirds Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Ian, OK thanks anyway for the report.... (more)