Sigma Sets Price of 50mm f/1.4 ART at $949

Sigma today set the price for its long-awaited 50mm f/1.4 ART lens at $949 with availability at the end of the month in the United States. Early tests apparently showed that the lens outdoes the outstanding Sigma 35mm ART and comes close to the $4,000 Zeiss Otus.

My stars must be aligned right, because Zeiss has promised me an Otus loaner for later this month and I’ve pre-ordered the Sigma, so I’ll have the opportunity to have the two do battle on my Canon 5D Mark III and Sony A7R (I sold my Nikon D800e).

It’s interesting how the best normal lenses now are apparently those produced by third parties instead of the camera manufactureres themselves. How come it looks as if they’re dropping the ball when it comes to matching their lens line to the progress they’re making with their sensors?

If you’re interested in the Sigma, here are the B&H links:

50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens for Canon EF

50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens for Nikon F