New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line
The 65mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary brings to the table the highest level of optical performance even at its maximum aperture of F2. Axial chromatic aberration, which tends to be noticeable with medium and telephoto lenses and cannot be effectively reduced in-camera, is corrected thoroughly with the use of SLD glass, allowing it to resolve extreme detail.
A pair of glass-molded aspherical lenses is used to correct spherical and comatic aberration, as well as astigmatism, while also helping make the optical configuration smaller in size. A combination of the latest optical design and advanced processing technology gives the 65mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary its excellent optical performance as well as compact size.
In addition to the beautiful bokeh effect thanks to the control of spherical aberration, the reduced effect of vignetting help curb lemon-shaped or swirly bokeh and give photographers greater control over the out-of-focus areas of their images. And SIGMA-standard anti-ghosting and anti-flare technology ensures high-end performance in backlit conditions.
An ultra-sharp portrait lens with little flare or ghosting
The 65mm focal length, exceptional optical performance and wide aperture of F2 make this lens is ideal for portraits. SIGMA-standard anti-ghosting and anti-flare technology ensures high-end performance in backlit conditions. Image: Kazuyuki Hagiwara
Beautiful bokeh with near circular highlights
The lens displays a particularly attractive bokeh effect thanks to the control of spherical aberration and its nine rounded diaphragm blades, with near circular out-of-focus highlights across the frame and at the widest aperture of F2. Image: Kazuyuki Hagiwara
Introducing a new photographic experience for mirrorless users
The SIGMA I series features full-frame-compatible lenses that offer mirrorless users a new and better alternative, both in the experience of shooting with the lens and in the impressive results it is able to achieve. One of the key advantages of mirrorless cameras is their smaller form-factor, and this new 65mm optic is designed to be perfectly matched to these more compact systems without sacrificing performance. This combination of superb optical quality with exceptional portability, not previously possible with DSLR systems, will bring new opportunities to this and future generations of photographers.
Simultaneously, SIGMA is aware that, in this day and age when we have such huge diversity when it comes to what we use to photograph, as represented by smartphones, people look for something more than a mere act of taking pictures when they choose to own a camera and lenses. SIGMA’s excellence in development and processing technologies has been built up since its founding in 1961, and has become further sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision range in 2012. With this as a base, SIGMA has given careful thought to how photographers use and enjoy their lenses, including optical design, advanced functionality, superb build quality and the experience of picking up and using the lens, and with all of this carefully considered, the I series was born.
Exceptional build quality and with a compact form factor
Sigma is now one of the very few imaging manufacturers whose products are solely made in Japan. This gives us full control over our production processes and helps us maintain the highest levels of quality control over the design, manufacture and construction of every product. Great care is taken to ensure the highest quality materials are chosen.
All I series lenses are designed with an all-metal barrel. The precision-cut aluminium parts not only give the lens a sleek, stylish finish but provide superb durability, which improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components, crafted with Sigma’s cutting-edge metalworking technology, are also used in the production of the cine lens line-up for professional film-makers.
The lens has an aperture ring (1) so that users can change aperture using either the lens or the camera. Great attention was paid to ensure the click is well-define but not too sharp. Sound-deadening grease has been used to create a more rounded sound and smooth action. Similarly the metal focus ring is perfectly weighted for a precise and smooth action to ensure accurate manual focus control. The ‘knurling’ grooves cut into both rings improve slip resistance (2).
As on the I series 35mm F2 DG DN, the cover ring between the focus ring and the aperture ring has brushed metal effect similar to the finish on the rear cylinder of the Art lens line. This functions as a finger grip when attaching or detaching the lens (3).
Magnetic metal lens cap and metal lens hood
The 65mm F2 DG DN | C comes with a carefully machined metal lens hood, a feature not even found on Sigma’s Art series lenses. A large number of grooves called ‘knurling’ are cut in, improving the lens operation by serving as slip resistance and giving the lens a premium look and feel unique to the I Series. A specially chosen plastic was used for the part that connects to the lens to ensure smooth operation.
Included in the box is the regular Sigma plastic lens cap as well as an all-metal magnetic cap (pictured left), which snaps firmly on to the end of the lens. With no requirement for a spring-loaded clasp, the cap has a sleek, minimal finish.
|Lens Construction||12 elements in 9 groups|
|Angle of View (35mm)||36.8 degrees|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||55cm|
|Filter Size||Diameter 55mm|
|Dimensions||Diameter 72mm x 74.7mm|