Premium quality, prime lenses have long been missing from Canon’s EOS-M range of cameras. Equally so have the creative broll options you get from a fast, mid-tele lens. However the Sigma Contemporary 56mm F/1.4 looks to have changed that, breathing new life into canon’s older Mirrorless cameras.
Released at the end of 2019 as part of a trio of Contemporary Range lenses, the EF-M mounted Sigma 56mm F/1.4 can be found for £400. For that budget price point your getting a fantastic quality prime lens, that in many respects is a vide shooters best friend.
Sitting in front of the APS-C sensor you’re getting an effective focal length of around 90mm. When combined with this lens’s great optical quality & fast aperture it looks to offer the perfect lens for beautiful broll with equally beautiful bokeh.
It features a fast F/1.4 aperture when wide open that can stop all the way down to F/16. With a minimum focus distance of 50CM and weighing just 280g, it’s not only a great sized companion to any of the EOS-M cameras, but quite possible the best broll lens ever produced for the Ef-M Mount.
This lens is a Broll beast. For something that costs less than £400 new, the quality is not just surprising but truly incredible. It’s an ideal lens for anyone looking for beautiful creamy bokeh on the BRoll shots or even if you’re using an EOS-M camera as a B-cam for any talking head shots, giving that beautiful compressed background aesthetic.
The build quality, like the other two lenses in this range is fantastic and once again far exceeds it’s price point. Despite it’s small size and lightweight feel, it feels like a premium lens in hand and one that should stand the test of time.
A fast and prime lens for video is a great creative option to have, and in this mid-tele focal length is something that has long been missing from the EOS-M range. Considering it’s quality & price point I’d say it’s a must have for any EF-M mounted cameras and for me has allowed me to fall back in love with my older Canon Mirrorless cameras.
Now normally here I’d list of all the things that are and about this piece of equipment, the short comings or compromises that have been made. But I also have to do that with it’s price pint & end user in mind and in truth it’s almost impossible to be critical of this lens.
For sure there is the compromise of not having any image stabilisation and of course the lens isn’t weather sealed, but if there the compromises to have on a lens that offers this much optically at this price point, then I’ll gladly take those, especially as it brings my older EOS-M cameras somewhat back into relevance in 2020.
So much like it’s 2 siblings from the Sigma EF-M range, the 56mm F/1.4 offers so much quality at such an incredible price point that it’s very easy to recommend for any EOS-M users. For me personally this lens in particular is my favourite of the three that have been released and has brought new life back into my old EOS-M bodies.
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