Sigma booth at Photokina 2014

Credit: Sigma France

Sigma France posted a set of pictures from Photokina, showing the booth setup (#B20/C29, hall 4.2) and the freshly announced gear, from the lenses to the new lines of filters. You can find it on Facebook.

Photokina ends September 21. Stay tuned for tidbits from the show throughout the week.


Sigma's latest telephoto Sports zoom lens is available for pre-order

Adorama has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports available for pre-order at the expected price of $1,999.

Available mounts: Canon | Nikon | Sigma


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Sigma Lens Naming

The Art, Contemporary and Sports categories are for Sigma’s latest line of lenses, called ‘Global Vision’, launched mid-2012.

  • Art: Wide angle to short telephoto, fixed-aperture lenses.
  • Contemporary: Superzoom lenses.
  • Sports: High-end telephoto lenses, with either fixed or variable aperture.
  • DG: Lenses covering the image circle of full-frame sensors. Suited to all DSLRs (Canon EF and EF-S, Nikon FX and DX…).
  • DC: Lenses covering the image circle of APS-C sensors. Not suited to full-frame DSLRs (Canon EF-S, Nikon DX…).
  • EX: Excellence. Used for pre-Global Vision high-grade lenses with a special finish.
  • OS: Optical Stabilization. Sigma’s technology to reduce the blurry effect of camera shake.
  • HSM: HyperSonic Motor. Sigma’s fast and silent autofocus motor.
  • APO: Apochromatic. Lenses incorporating special glass to reduce chromatic aberrations.
  • IF: Inner Focusing. No extension of the barrel while focusing. Many recent lenses have this feature, but are not given the IF designation officially.
  • Macro: Lenses with close-up capabilities. We write Macro between quotes when the maximum reproduction ratio of the lens is inferior to 1:2, to help differentiate these lenses from true macro lenses.

Sigma's new camera, lenses, teleconverters, and filters

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro Contemporary

  • Price will be $579. The Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts will be available in late September or early October. There is no release date for the Sony and Pentax versions yet.
  • With 4 FLD (fluorite-like low dispersion) elements, the optical design is rather advanced for a superzoom lens. In comparison, the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Contemporary does not incorporate any FLD glass.
  • Both AF and OS are newly developed and said to offer better performance. Field testing will tell.
  • The lens has a native maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, which can be extend down to 1:2 with a dedicated closeup lens that also allows infinity focus in the 80-300mm range. Set to be released in December.

Sigma 150-600mm f/3.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary & Sports

  • The Sports version will cost £1,599.99 with VAT in the UK (around 2,600 USD, but I expect it to be closer to $2k), and should be available in early October. No info on pricing of its Contemporary sibling.
  • The C will be available for all mounts except Pentax, and the S only for Canon, Nikon and Sigma.
  • Sigma promises “brilliant performance” at the telephoto end (they say that for the C, but the S is supposed to be even better). Again, field testing will be the judge.
  • The S offers complete weather sealing, while the C is sealed around the mount only.
  • For more details, check out the comparative post. More to come.

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What lens(es) would you like to see next from Sigma?

That’s probably what most of you are wondering after review of the various announcements below.

As a reminder, here are the three rumored Art lenses:

We thought that there was a really good chance to see at least one of the primes.

So where are we at now?

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Sigma posted two videos showing the weather resistance of the new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports. The Contemporary version is sealed around the mount only.

Splash proof

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Sigma 150-600mm brothers

Sigma announced a 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary (above on the right) and a higher-end 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports (introduced here a few days ago). We now know that focal length and aperture are not the only parameters when it comes to deciding in which category a lens should go.

So let’s review the common features and differences.

Features Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports
AF Enhanced AF Enhanced AF
AF with TCs Up to f/8 Up to f/8
Optical Stabilization OS with accelerometer OS with accelerometer
Build Light Sturdy
Dust and splash proof Yes (mount only) Yes (entirely)
Water and oil-repellent coating on front and rear lenses Yes Yes
Optical construction 20 elements in 14 groups 24 elements in 16 groups
Special glass 1 FLD and 3 SLD 2 FLD and 3 SLD
Focus ring Short Long
Zoom ring Long Short
Zoom lock switch Yes Yes
Manual override switch Yes Yes
Filter size 95mm 105mm
Minimum focusing distance 280 cm / 110.2 in 260 cm / 102.4 in
Maximum magnification ratio 1:5 1:5
Diaphragm blades 9 (rounded) 9 (rounded)
Size 105 x 260.1mm 121 x 290.2 mm
Weight TBA 2860 g / 100.9 oz
Available mounts Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony Canon, Nikon, Sigma
UK price (OFFICIAL) TBA £1,599.99
US Price (ESTIMATE) $1,099 $1,999