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.

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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

70/2.8: Production stopped

Following its little 50mm sibling, the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro, a little optical marvel, is on the chopping block. The Canon version is marked as discontinued at Sigmaphoto.com, and Adorama only has the Sigma and Sony mounts left.

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art EISA Award

Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens won EISA’s best product award in the European DSLR Lens 2014-2015 category.

You can see all the winners here.

The Nikon-mount Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is finally back in stock at Adorama and B&H. Not sure how long this will be true (the stock of the Canon version lasted a couple of hours).

Changing a bit from product images, the video above was shot on a Blackmagic 4K camera using the Sigma 50mm Art lens in Canon EF mount.

Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM

The 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM is now listed in the list of discontinued lenses at Sigmaphoto.com, and the product page says “This product is discontinued“.

The process started with the Canon mount a few months ago, and the Nikon version was the last survivor. Adorama and B&H Photo still have stock of the latter.

That is food for speculation on what will replace it (well, for the fun of it we’re assuming Sigma will replace it, and they should). A lighter and better 50-150mm f/2.8 DC would be nice, but something faster and with a shorter range seems to pique a bit more interest, and would come as a logical complement to the super-popular 18-35mm f/1.8 DC Art.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

In a reply to an inquiry from a Pentax user, Sigma’s sales operations supervisor admitted that the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM in Pentax mount was no longer made due to insufficient sales. There is one left in stock from a third-party seller at Amazon.

As far as I can tell, the Canon and Nikon mounts are good sellers, so the lens itself shouldn’t leave the lineup until a Global Vision version (which is high on many wish lists) gets in.

[Source: Pentax Forums]