Sigma 50/1.4 Art discounted

Adorama is giving Sigma Rumors exclusive deals on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art (Canon and Nikon mounts) and on the 19 and 30mm Art lenses for mirrorless cameras.

Use coupon code SRNOVEMBER at checkout to get 10% off on the 50mm f/1.4 Art, and $20 off on the DN lenses listed below.

The coupon will expire at 11.59 p.m. (Eastern time) on Sunday, November 2.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

$855 with SRNOVEMBER (regular price $949)

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Art

$179 with SRNOVEMBER (regular price $199)

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN Art

$179 with SRNOVEMBER (regular price $199)

Click on “Do you have a gift card or promo code?” in the Payment section of the checkout page, and enter the code to apply the discount.

Sigma telephoto zoom lens

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports in Nikon mount is in stock at Amazon (sold by CameraMall), but only two units are available as I write this (thanks EarlFargis).

Update: 17th Street Photo has one in stock (Nikon mount).

Amazon Spain sells the lens for 1,895.74€ (Nikon mount) and 1,900.02€ (Canon mount), and they have one unit of each version in stock.

Reference: Do you want Sigma to make a 24-70mm f/2 DG lens?

Do you want Sigma to make a 24-70mm f/2 DG lens?

That was a fun poll. I find it crazy that only one voter out of five has concerns about the size, weight and/or price of a 24-70mm f/2 full-frame lens… and that one third of the voters would buy it no matter what. Wow.

Unsurprisingly, the “f/2 but with a reduced zoom range” idea was widely rejected. A shorter range does not provide that huge versatility many dream about, and as a result, does not have much appeal against the nice 35 and 50mm f/1.4 primes. Opening up to f/2 from 24mm all the way to 70mm is the real deal.

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Sigma mount

Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki sat down with DSLR Magazine for an extensive interview. Lots of interesting points were raised.

UPDATE: In a tweet, Kazuto Yamaki suggests that some of the things he said during his long talk with DSLR Magazine have been misunderstood or misinterpreted “due to (his) poor English”, and points to the comments at DCI (mostly lens related so far). We don’t know what exactly those things are though.

Future lenses

  • There is a vague hint that Sigma is working on a new 85mm f/1.4 lens.
  • Sigma does not exclude the possibility of making a fast full-frame zoom lens, but aside from the “big and heavy” issue, the size of the mounts (especially the Nikon F mount and its 44-mm throat) must be factored in when designing a fast lens.
  • A good 24-70mm is very hard to design, due to the various field of views it has to cover. But again, a fast 24-70mm lens is not ruled out: “we are always accepting challenges”. From what is said, there is no way to say whether a lens of this kind is really thought about or not.
  • Most current pre-Global Vision lenses will be replaced by redesigned Art, Contemporary or Sports versions.
  • Sigma is planning to expand their line of mirrorless (DN) lenses in response to the growing market.
  • The possibility of making high-end lenses for the Sony A7 series has to be explored. The small width of the mount is, again, troublesome.
  • The nature of the future lenses will depend on how cameras evolve on the megapixel side. If manufacturers tend to stay at rather low pixels counts, focusing on other aspects of image quality, Sigma will consider making smaller and lighter lenses.
  • A 50mm f/1.4 lens that is a compromise between size/weight and image quality is not planned.

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Sigma's high-end Sports lens

Get the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports: eBay | Adorama | Amazon | B&H Photo | More options

Hands-on impressions of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports start appearing on review sites, and all lucky testers have been quite enthusiastic so far.

Here is a sum up of what is said about this beast.

Usability and build quality

  • With an all-metal casing, the 150-600mm Sports feels very well built.
  • Zoom and focus rings have a sturdy feel to them.
  • Zoom creep does occur, especially with the heavy hood on − the lock switch is essential.
  • The base of the tripod collar is adequately long and can be easily used as a handle when needed.
  • As expected, the lens is unwieldy.

Image quality

  • Images are very sharp at both ends of the range, and exhibit a nice clarity.
  • The bokeh is very pleasing.
  • Some amount of vignetting is present over the zoom range.
  • Chromatic aberrations and flare are very well controlled, which probably contributes to the aforementioned clarity.

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120-300mm Sports on SD1 Merrill

The excellent Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports (all mounts) gets a firmware update that enhances its compatibility with the new teleconverters.

From Sigma:

It has optimized the lens firmware for SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and TC-2001.
Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.

See the update information page

[Via The Digital Picture]

Sigma dp1Q (28mm equiv. lens)

UPDATE: Check out the Sigma dp1 Quattro photo pool on Flickr for full size samples.

Today is the release day of several Sigma products (at least in Japan), including the dp1 Quattro. Fifteen photos (not full size) from the camera can be viewed over at Mapcamera.

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