Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Like the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art a few days ago, the 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art receives a firmware update that enables full support of the Canon EOS C100′s autofocus.

From Sigma:

Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.
Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art firmware ver. 1.03


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Photokina is about two weeks away, and rumor websites are buzzing with tidbits on upcoming products. Things are quieter on the Sigma side. Let’s see the current state of things.

24mm f/1.4 Art or 85mm f/1.4 Art?

The rumor for a fast 24mm prime lens has been around for almost two years, starting not much after the release of the 35mm f/1.4 Art. The development of this lens probably started a while ago. There is a gap to fill in the lineup, and the current 85mm f/1.4 design was among the latest EX lenses to see the light of day, back in 2010. That’s why we should see the 24mm f/1.4 Art before the 85mm f/1.4 Art.

14-24mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art

The initial and one-shot rumor still seems to hold true, and it is even said that this lens − as well as the 24/1.4 Art − will come in Sony A-mount about six months after the Canon EF and Nikon F versions.

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The world's widest rectilinear lens for APS-C DSLRs

Here are a couple of appealing lens deals, with the links pointing to Adorama. Check out the bundles − for the price of the lens alone, you also get a handful of useful accessories.

Speaking of prices, deals, availability… Something big is coming soon here. Stay tuned!


SPP

Sigma issued a statement about Sigma Photo Pro 6.1, which will support X3F files from the first generations of Sigma cameras. The release, initially scheduled for August, is postponed to October.

SIGMA Photo Pro 6.1 can be used for RAW data (X3F file) taken with all SIGMA cameras. We were planning to announce its availability within August. However, since we are currently ensuring the improvement of SIGMA Photo Pro 6.0 by releasing updates with first priority, for the development of SIGMA Photo Pro 6.1 we require more time than initially expected.

Under such circumstance, we would like to inform that the release of SIGMA Photo Pro 6.1 is rescheduled for October.
For everyone who has been looking forward to SIGMA Photo Pro 6.1, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, but highly appreciate your kind understanding and patience.

Read the full statement


Sigma 2013 Art lens lineup

There has been more discontinued lenses than new lenses lately. Sigma is seeking to refine the lineup, with less lenses, but stronger ones. It makes sense both from a production standpoint, and for the target of the Global Vision line.

Sigma 20mm, 24mm and 28mm f/1.8 EX DG HSM

The wide-angle brethren did not receive much love throughout their lives, and the likelihood of seeing them individually replaced is very small.

What’s coming: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art (to be unveiled at Photokina)

Sigma 50mm and 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro

These two designs were the oldest of Sigma’s macro crowd, with outdated mechanics but great optics. We probably won’t get a direct replacement for each, but a single short macro lens is possible.

What’s coming: Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Macro Art?

Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 DC OS HSM

The possible reasons why this good lens was discontinued have been much talked about. May Sigma have something better in the oven? As already discussed, wishful thinking for a faster design (50-100mm f/2, 35-70mm f/2) is noticeable, and such a lens could definitely come.

What’s coming: Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 DC OS HSM Sports, or a reduced range with constant f/2 or f/1.8 aperture

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Olympus TCON-17X on Sigma DP3 Merrill − Photo Courtesy of Shinichi Taki

Olympus TCON-17X on Sigma DP3 Merrill − Photo Courtesy of Shinichi Taki

Going beyond what these fixed-lens cameras offer in terms of field of view…

On the wide side

Ricoh GW-3 0.75× wide-angle converter − 21mm (FF equivalent) FOV on the DP1 Merrill

The GW-3 screws right in the DP1M 49mm filter thread (ironically, an adapter is required to mount it on the Ricoh GR, for which the GW-3 is designed). I found a significant decrease in contrast when paired to the DP3M, so I don’t recommend it for this camera.

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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art

This firmware update for the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art is of interest to videographers using the Canon EOS C100.

From Sigma:

Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.
Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art firmware ver. 1.02