Sigma News Flash #4

November 20, 2014 Posted in News, Sigma 150-600mm 18 Comments

Sigma News Flash 2

1. As expected, the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports units are slowly starting to trickle in. The lens hit the US shelves in very limited quantity. Note that we can notify you when it gets in stock, for any of the shops listed here.

2. Sigma warns that the 150-600mm S cannot be used with most film cameras. A member of the DPReview forum, who owns the Nikon F100, asked Sigma for more details. Here is their reply:

It may very well work with the F100 but we cannot test it with all Discontinued cameras. The F100 may not drive the HSM motor correctly or may have different metering circuitry. As we have not tested it we cannot indorse it.

This pertains to all film SLR cameras with the exception of the Nikon F6 and Canon EOS-1V, which are compatible.

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Patent: Sigma 17-55mm f/2.8 OS

November 19, 2014 Posted in News 10 Comments

Sigma standard zoom lens

A new concept for a Sigma 17-55mm f/2.8 OS lens has made an appearance.

This is not the first patent for a standard APS-C zoom lens with fixed aperture we’ve seen recently, as a 16-50mm f/2.8 without OS also exists.

Sigma 17-55mm f/2.8 OS
Patent Filing Date 03/29/2013
Zoom Ratio 3.14
Zoom Length 17.52-30.00-54.94
Fnumber 2.92
Angle of View 80.06-50.16-28.52
Image Height Y 14.20mm
Focusing Mechanism Inner

The table displayed at Egami also shows a 70-200mm f/5-5.6 (?) design that is not talked about.

[Source: Egami]

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Contemporary for Pentax

The Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM C for Pentax is expected to start shipping (worldwide) in late November.

A bit of specs…

Lens Construction 16 Elements in 13 Groups
Angle of View 76.5º-8.1º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 7
Mininum Aperture f/22
Minimum Focusing Distance 39 cm / 15.4 in
Maximum Magnification 1:3
Filter Size 62 mm
Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 70.7mm x 86mm / 2.8in x 3.4in
Weight 430g / 15.2oz
US Price $399

Of course, the lens is available for pre-order: Adorama | B&H Photo

[Source: Sigma Japan]

Sigma Quattro camera with Foveon sensor

The Sigma dp1 Quattro is finally in stock at B&H Photo (thanks Tim).

All the accessories are listed in the price guide: Cameras & Accessories. Note that the dp1Q uses the same lens hood as the dp2Q (LH4-01).

Sigma Quattro camera with Foveon sensor

In Europe, the Sigma dp1 Quattro can be purchased at Amazon (see the options) from third-party sellers.

Full-size photos abound in the dedicated Flickr photo pool − a highly recommended browsing if you’re on the fence about this camera, with a free trip to Japan as a nice bonus…

A note on the viewfinders. The Sigma LVF-01 and Sigma VF-31, respectively for all dp Quattros and for dp1 Quattro, are both listed at 229 EUR at Amazon Germany. I’m not sure that it is the final price for those items (the VF-41 for dp2 Quattro sells for 189 EUR) so I would recommend to wait before pre-ordering.

Sigma News Flash #3

November 6, 2014 Posted in News 4 Comments

Sigma news flash 1

1. The Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX Macro has been added to the list of discontinued lenses at Sigma Japan. Only the Canon mount is listed as such on the US website.

2. Sigma has posted an article on the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Contemporary that is worth a look if you’re considering this lens. The first copies have shipped to retailers and the dedicated AML72-01 close-up lens is available for pre-order at B&H Photo.

3. Have a look at this set of images comparing the two Sigma 150-600mm lenses physically. The Contemporary version will most likely be released sometime in the first quarter of 2015.

4. The Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art for Sony is still not on the horizon, according to an SAR reader who got in touch with Sigma. See our pre-order options for this lens.

5. gave the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art the “Best Innovation in Cameras” award for 2014.

[Sources and references: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5]

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]

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