CContemporary

65mm F2 DG DN

Performance meets portability with this short-telephoto portrait prime for mirrorless systems.

The SIGMA I series introduces compact, beautifully designed, high-performance optics for mirrorless camera systems. In its first collection, SIGMA introduces a high-performance 65mm lens to the Contemporary line-up, which combines excellent resolving power with a small body that is perfectly weighted for mirrorless systems.

The all-new I series 65m F2 DG DN | C, which is available for L-Mount and Sony E-mount cameras, blends a very compact design with an unusual but versatile focal length that is much loved by both photographers and film-makers. This ultra-sharp full-frame optic is a perfect mid-point between standard primes and classic portrait lenses, and is ideal for portraits, weddings, short-telephoto landscapes, street photography and astrophotography.

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.

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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

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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

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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.

Optional magnetic lens cap holder with carabiner

Available to buy separately is a new lens cap holder, onto which the magnetic metal lens cap can be quickly and easily attached when the lens is in use. This keeps the cap within easy reach and makes it less likely to get lost. Plus, its elegant design is a stylish addition to a photographer’s equipment.

The holder comes with a carabiner so that it can be attached to clothing or a bag strap.

Other features

  • Lens construction: 12 elements in 9 groups, with 1 SLD element and 2 aspherical elements
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Stepping motor
  • Aperture ring
  • Compatible with lens-based optical correction (supported cameras only. Corrections may vary)
  • Mount with dust- and splash-proof structure
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Focus Mode Switch
  • Metal Lens Hood
  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimise flare and ghosting
  • Supports DMF, AF+MF (for Sony E-mount only)
  • Inner focusing
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measuring system ‘A1’
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • ‘Made in Japan’ craftsmanship

Essentials

You'll find our philosophy and craftsmanship in every product

Our new lineup fully expresses our approach to lenses and photography itself. All of our lenses belong to one of three lines—Contemporary, Art, or Sports—all of which share our development philosophy and advanced manufacturing system. High performance, high quality, and high end in every respect, these lenses give people who love photography lasting value and consistent, exciting results. The secret is our passion for craftsmanship that we put into every production process and every product.

Evaluation with Sigma's own MTF measuring system “A1”

We used to measure lens performance with MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.

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“Made in Japan”

All Sigma’s manufacturing – right down to moulds and parts – with a few exceptions, are carried out under a single integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely “made in Japan”. We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

Applicable for the Mount Conversion Service

As an experienced lens manufacturer that has been creating a diverse range of interchangeable lenses, we have started the innovative chargeable service “Mount Conversion Service”. With this service, the mount of your current SIGMA lenses can be changed to another mount of your choice. It gives a new life to your favourite lenses when you wish to use it on a different camera body.

* This “Mount Conversion Service” is different from a normal repair. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary/distributor of SIGMA.

Performance meets portability with this short-telephoto portrait prime for mirrorless systems.

Lens construction

Specifications

CContemporary

24mm F3.5 DG DN

Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups
Angle of View (35mm) 36.8 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Minimum Focusing Distance 55cm
Maximum Magnification 1:6.8
Filter Size Diameter 55mm
Dimensions Diameter 72mm x 74.7mm
Weight 405g

Corresponding AF Mounts

Barcode No.

L-Mount 00-85126-353698
Sony E-mount 00-85126-353650

Performance meets portability with this short-telephoto portrait prime for mirrorless systems.

Diffraction and Geometrical MTF Chart - 65mm F2 DG DN

Performance meets portability with this short-telephoto portrait prime for mirrorless systems.

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Performance meets portability with this short-telephoto portrait prime for mirrorless systems.

Accessories

Magnetic metal lens cap FRONT CAP LCF62-01M for 65mm F2 DG DN I series | C

The SIGMA I series features full-frame compatible lenses that offer new value to mirrorless systems. It is the dedicated magnetic metal lens cap crafted without any compromise that completes the concept of the I series, which embodies the quality of the products, the feeling of using it and the pleasure of owning it. In order …

Item No. A00262

£20.99

Magnetic metal lens cap holder SIGMA LENS CAP HOLDER CH-11

The magnetic metal cap holder LENS CAP HOLDER CH-11 (sold separately) allows you attach the cap to the strap of your belt or a bag for carrying around hands free. Push your finger through the donut-shaped hole when you remove the cap from the cap holder. Lens cap supplied separately.      

Item No. AN2900

£19.99

Petal Type Lens Hood LH656-01 for 65mm F2 DG DN | C (Copy)

The knurled surface of the metal hood helps prevent your fingers slipping when attaching and removing the hood. All of the grooves are machined one by one to provide a comfortable, premium grip is important for a good user experience.

Item No. 353H01

£39.99

Sigma USB Dock UD-11

Designed exclusively for the use with a SIGMA Contemporary, Art, or Sports lens and its accessories, the SIGMA USB DOCK allows users to update firmware and customize settings on lenses in these lineups. As the latest addition to the lineup, the USB DOCK UD-11 is designed for two types of mirrorless camera mounts: the L-Mount …

Item No.

£59.99