Sigma telephoto zoom lenses

Sigma 150-600mm Sports for Nikon, availability

During their latest Q&A session on Facebook, B&H Photo got a question regarding the availability of the Sigma 150-600mm Sports for Nikon. Here is their reply:

Unfortunately, at this time, we still have not received an updated arrival date for the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Nikon F. The lenses are shipping to us in limited quantities, but we are currently fulfilling pre-orders. All pre-orders must be filled before the lens will be listed as “IN STOCK” online or in our NYC Superstore. If you know you want to purchase the lens, my recommendation would be to pre-order the lens, as we are shipping pre-orders in the order in which they were placed. While we do not have an estimated arrival date, pre-ordering is the fastest way to obtain the lens.

So you can pre-order to get it as soon as it’s your turn, or subscribe here (point your cursor over the price) to receive an instant email notification when it gets the “in stock” status.

Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary tidbits

Sigma Japan held an event to showcase the two 150-600mm lenses. I found a report that provides a few bits of info:

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Sigma has officially announced the release of the A-mount Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, and it is already in stock at Adorama, B&H Photo and Amazon.

Additionally, a firmware update for the USB Dock is available. It adds compatibility with the lens.

Benefits of this firmware update
It will be compatible with SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014.

Applicable products

Please update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0 in addition to updating the SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware to Ver1.01 before using it with SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014.

Sigma Optimization Pro download page

[Sources : Release of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art for Sony | USB Dock firmware update]

Sigma LVF-01

Update: Sigma has officially announced the release of the LVF-01.

According to Sigma Australia, the LVF-01 LCD viewfinder for dp Quattro series will be available over there starting January 12, so the worldwide release should be around that time. Be sure to monitor the Cameras & Accessories page.

The Sigma LVF-01 is definitely a worthy accessory for any dp Quattro user that doesn’t mind the extra bulk.

  • Blocks extraneous light
  • Allows the photographer to easily check focusing
  • Offers better stability, for sharper images
Sigma LVF-01 LCD Viewfinder Specifications
LCD Magnification 2.5×
Diopter Range -2 to +1
Eyepoint 20mm
Dimensions (mm) 81.5 (W) x 70.9 (H) x 132.6 (D)
Weight 260g / 9.17oz
Supplied Accessories Pouch and eyepiece cap
Compatibility Sigma dp Quattro series, DP Merrill TBD
US Price TBA
EU Price €180.75 at Amazon Germany

Here’s a large picture of the device that clearly shows the attachment mechanism of the mounting frame, as well as what appears to be a strap eyelet, near the diopter adjustment ring:

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S

Update: The lens is now sold out.

Samy’s Camera has the Canon-mount Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports available through their eBay store.

Supply is very limited for this lens, as expected and announced by Sigma at launch, back in October.

Sigma Rumors on Facebook

Post your photo here!

Here’s an opportunity to have your pictures shown here. All you have to do is:

  • Post the photo of your choice on the Sigma Rumors Facebook page before Thursday, January 1 at 12:00 a.m. (EST). Include the name of the Sigma lens and/or camera you used, and anything else you want (like the story of your shot, a link to your website or Flickr/500px page, etc…).
  • Browse the Photostream, where all images appear, and give a like to… what you like. Needless to say, you’re free to post comments as well.

The pictures that get the most likes, and the text that comes with them, will be posted here.

The widest rectilinear lens for APS-C DSLRs

A Pentax Forums user got word from Sigma that a batch of K-mount Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM − the widest rectilinear lens for APS-C DSLRs − would be produced in November.

While most US stores no longer list it, the “Pentax” option is indeed back on the lens official product page, and can be purchased from there for $649.

[Via: Pentax Forums]

Sigma's flagship DSLR

We don’t know much, but enough to speculate a bit.

  • Sigma is at an early stage developing the successor of the SD1 Merrill.
  • It will use a Quattro-type Foveon sensor.
  • The design may be a departure from the previous SD cameras.

This last point has not been discussed yet. It refers to a statement from Kazuto Yamaki in a recent Q&A (translated from French):

The SD series fills a niche market, but our customers are loyal, and we have to work for them. There will be a follow-up to the SD series. For now, it’s way too early to give you more details, in particular regarding the design.

Source: Interview with Focus Numerique

It could be everything from a two-grip form factor akin to Canon’s and Nikon’s pro cameras, to something more “revolutionary” like an interchangeable mount, although I don’t have much faith in this.

The first point also sounds interesting when combined with the recent statements about a larger Foveon sensor being considered, raising the question whether Sigma could go full frame.

The thing is that with customer loyalty in mind, Sigma can’t offer a single, full-frame DSLR: current SD owners who use DC glass will want an APS-C sensor to match their lenses.

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Sigma Rumors' Price Guide Price/Stock Info as of 12/22/2014 19:05:51 GMT
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