Big price drop on the Zeiss 15mm, 18mm and 135mm lenses after Sigma’s announcement

February 21, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Big price drop on the Zeiss 15mm, 18mm and 135mm lenses after Sigma’s announcement



Just a few hours after Sigma announced their new Sigma 14mm f/1.8 and 135mm Art lenses, Zeiss introduced a big price drop on their own 15mm, 18mm and 135mm ZF.2 full frame DSLR lenses for Nikon F mount:

Related: a few weeks ago DxOMark tested the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens ($1,199) and placed it at the #1 spot pushing the $4,490 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens to the #2 spot.

Source: Big price drop on the Zeiss 15mm, 18mm and 135mm lenses after Sigma’s announcement

Sigma Announces the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens

February 21, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Sigma Announces the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Introducing the light bazooka-a new approach to the ultra-telephoto zoom

  1. Top performance with the specification and functionality of a more expensive unit
  2. Compact packaging with uncompromising image quality
  3. Push/pull zoom mechanism incorporated
  4. Telephoto plus macro functionality
  5. Other features

A compact body and top performance in one complete package

An ultra-telephoto lens with an optical stabilizer (OS) system has several advantages. The OS allows the photographer to take photographs in unstable circumstances. The narrow angle of view makes it possible to dramatically compress perspective and flexible handling of the background. The photographer can thereby make the subject appear to jump out of the image, with the area in focus impressively sharp and clear. Nevertheless, ultra-telephoto lenses have traditionally had some disadvantages as well. As the nickname “bazooka” implies, they have tended to be big, heavy, and therefore burdensome to carry around. With the goal of creating an ultra-telephoto lens that is far more accessible, SIGMA incorporated all of its latest technologies into SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary. With its outstanding combination of optical performance and compactness, this is an ultra-telephoto lens that is a joy to carry and use. While keeping the robust functionality and exceptional image quality of an ultra-telephoto zoom lens intact, SIGMA has achieved amazingly compact packaging enclosing 400mm optics. Introducing the new and greatly enhanced “light bazooka” ultra-telephoto zoom lens.

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary offers the compact size, lightweight, and high cost performance of a 70-300mm lens while delivering 400mm telephoto performance. This approach results in a tempting new ultra-telephoto choice for photographers. Offering a combination of stunning image quality and outstanding functionality, this lens satisfies the needs of pros and amateurs alike.

【Key features】

  1. Top performance with the specification and functionality of a more expensive unit

Since its release, the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary has won photographers over with its strong fundamental performance and exceptional image quality. The new lens retains all of this performance in a compact 400mm ultra-telephoto zoom package with a filter size of just ⌀67mm and weight of just 1,160g. Yet it also comes with the full range of features and functions expected of an ultra-telephoto zoom: optical stabilizer (OS), hypersonic motor (HSM) with updated algorithm for fast autofocus, focus limiter, and more. In addition, this uncompromising specification becomes customizable with the available SIGMA USB Dock accessory.

  1. Compact packaging with uncompromising image quality

In designing this lens, SIGMA strived to push both compactness and image quality to the limit. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass lens elements and an optimized power distribution help minimize optical aberrations. Moreover, by taking special care to minimize transverse chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected via aperture control, SIGMA has ensured outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range.

  1. Push/pull zoom mechanism incorporated

For quick control of the angle of view, the zoom ring incorporates a push/pull mechanism in addition to the regular twist mechanism. The exclusive lens hood has also been designed to accommodate push/pull zooming and overall lens maneuverability. By making it possible to adjust the angle of view instantly, this lens gives photographers an even better chance of getting that crucial shot.

  1. Telephoto plus macro functionality

With a minimum shooting distance of 160cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8, this lens can shoot either from a distance or up close.

  1. Other features
  • Dust- and splash-proof mount

Since the area of the lens most vulnerable to dust and other foreign bodies is the mount, rubber sealing helps provide peace of mind.

  • All-new optical stabilizer (OS) unit with exclusive algorithm

Featuring a newly developed gyroscopic sensor and a new and exclusive algorithm, the all-new OS unit provides a powerful stabilization effect. An acceleration sensor detects camera shake in any direction—horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. This technology allows the OS to stabilize the image very effectively, regardless of whether the camera is being held in horizontal or vertical orientation.

  • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included

The Nikon mount version of this lens includes an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that allows it to receive the appropriate signals from the camera body. This feature ensures precision diaphragm control and stable Auto Exposure (AE) performance during continuous shooting.

Note: Functionality may be limited on some camera bodies.

  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Compatible with the newly developed tele converters
  • Fast AF with full-time manual override

Note: The operation of full-time MF may vary based on mount type

  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK (Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible)
  • Available Mount Conversion Service (Allows use with another camera body)
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan (With outstanding craftsmanship)
  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release


Source: Sigma Announces the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens

Announced: Sigma 14mm f/1.8 & 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art, 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS

February 21, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Announced: Sigma 14mm f/1.8 & 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art, 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS

Sigma Unveils Four Brand New Global Vision Lenses at CP+

Sigma Corporation today announced its brand new Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses introduced at the 2017 CP+ Camera + Photo Imaging Show in Tokyo, Japan.




Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

World’s first F1.8, ultra-wide, full-frame prime lens designed for high resolution cameras; ideal for shooting architecture, astrophotography, documentary and landscapes.

Lens Construction 16 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View 114.2º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 27 cm / 10.6 in
Filter Size (mm) N/A
Maximum Magnifications 1: 9.8
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
9.5in x 5.0in
Weight  1,170g/41.3 oz

Debuting the world’s first 1.8 wide-angle lens, the 14mm F1.8 Art incorporates the same groundbreaking aspherical element as Sigma’s critically acclaimed 12-24mm F4 Art. Boasting outstanding image quality from center to edge, the 14mm F1.8 Art features the largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Three lens elements are made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance, and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberration. In addition to the great IQ from edge to edge, the new 14mm F1.8 offers a superfast and efficient AF system.

With a minimum focus distance of 10.6 inches at 14mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive background



Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

Formidable telephoto prime with high-speed aperture; ideal for shooting weddings, concerts, events and studio/location portraiture.

Lens Construction 13 Elements in 10 Groups
Angle of View 18.2º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 87.5 cm / 34.4 in
Filter Size (mm) 82mm
Maximum Magnifications 1: 5
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
4.0″x4.5″ in
Weight  1130g/ 40.2 oz

Boasting outstanding sharpness and great IQ from edge to edge, the 135mm F1.8 Art lens enters the market as Sigma’s new premiere mid-range telephoto prime lens. Ideal for events such as concerts, indoor sports, conferences and press events, the 1.8 F-stop delivers greater “shallow depth of field” and isolation of subjects. The outstanding compression effect makes it equally as powerful for up-close and full-length portraits. Its new large hyper sonic motor (HSM) provides ample torque to the focus group for optimal speed while the acceleration sensor detects the position of the lens for compensation focus groups for factors including gravity, producing faster and more responsive AF. Equipped with a focus limiter, the 135mm F1.8 Art can be easily optimized for a variety of distances and situations.




Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art

Fast, constant-aperture zoom workhorse upgraded to the exacting standards of the high performance Sigma Art series.

Lens Construction 19 Elements in 14 Groups
Angle of View 84.1-34.3º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f22
Minimum Focusing Distance 37 cm / 14.5 in
Filter Size (mm) 82mm
Maximum Magnifications 1: 4.8
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
3.5 x 4.2 in
Weight  TBD

Featuring a brand new OS and highly efficient and fast AF system, the revamped 24-70mm F2.8 Art embodies all the technical qualities and finesse that define the high-performance Sigma Global Vision Art series. Covering a wide range of shooting scenarios, the 24-70mm workhorse DNA includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberration. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art aspherical elements use Sigma’s groundbreaking thicker center glass design and highly precise polishing process, delivering stunning images and bokeh effects. The lens’ purpose-built structure boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion.




Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary

Highly versatile, lightweight and compact super zoom touting strong IQ and image stabilization.

Lens Construction 21 Elements in 15 Groups
Angle of View (35mm) 24.4º-6.2 º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Mininum Aperture f22
Minimum Focusing Distance 160 cm / 6.3 in
Filter Size (mm) 67mm
Maximum Magnifications 1:3.8
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
86.4×182.3mm/ 3.4×7.2in
Weight 1160g/ 40.9oz.

Boasting outstanding reach and performance value, the new 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary telephoto zoom lens offers great IQ and usability with its lightweight, compact, dust- and splash-proof design. Equipped with the newly released Sigma OS and AF, the lens provides exceptional performance at lower shutter speeds. Highly versatile, the 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary also features Sigma’s unique macro function (1:3.8 ratio) for perfecting close-ups and distance shots, and push/pull focal zooming for ease of use.

The all-new four Sigma lenses supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm.

Sigma Global Vision lenses, including the new 14mm F1.8 Art, 135mm F1.8 Art, 24-70mm F2.8 Art and 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary lenses, can be updated with the latest lens software from a workstation or laptop using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately). The new Sigma lenses are also available for mount conversion services.

Source: Announced: Sigma 14mm f/1.8 & 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art, 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS

Weekly Nikon news flash #406

February 19, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Weekly Nikon news flash #406

→ New speed tests for the Lexar 64GB Professional 2000x UHS-II SDXC and Lexar 64GB 2933x XQD 2.0 memory cards on the Nikon D500 camera.


→ The latest Nikon deals:


→ Rare stereo Nikkor 1:3.5 3.5cm rangefinder lens listed on eBay for $24,999.95


→ The latest version 11.4 of DxO OpticsPro 11 now supports the Nikon D5600 camera.


→ Nikon debuts new BLACK riflescope series.
Nikon India expects to continue with double digit growth going forward.


→ New Nikon buyback offer in India.

Source: Weekly Nikon news flash #406

Four New Sigma Lenses Leak Ahead of CP+

February 19, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Four New Sigma Lenses Leak Ahead of CP+

Four new Sigma lenses have leaked out ahead of CP+

  • Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DGArt (wow, we were wrong!)
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS Art
  • Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG Art
  • Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 OS Contemporary

Source: Nokishita 


Source: Four New Sigma Lenses Leak Ahead of CP+

First pictures of the new Sigma 14mm f/1.8, 135mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 lenses

February 19, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on First pictures of the new Sigma 14mm f/1.8, 135mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 lenses

The first leaked pictures of the four new Sigma lenses I reported about yesterday are now available:

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art full frame DSLR lens:


Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art full frame DSLR lens:


Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art full frame DSLR lens:


Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary:


To get an idea of the size of the new Sigma lenses, you can see them attached to the Sigma sd Quattro H mirrorless camera:

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art full frame DSLR lens:


Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art full frame DSLR lens:


Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art full frame DSLR lens:


Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary:


Via Nokishita

Source: First pictures of the new Sigma 14mm f/1.8, 135mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 lenses

Four new Sigma lenses to be announced soon: 135mm f/1.8, 14mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/5-6.3

February 18, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Four new Sigma lenses to be announced soon: 135mm f/1.8, 14mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/5-6.3


Sigma is going to announce four new lenses (most likely for the CP+ show next week):

Via Nokishita

Source: Four new Sigma lenses to be announced soon: 135mm f/1.8, 14mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/5-6.3

Comparison: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC G2 & Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II

February 17, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Comparison: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC G2 & Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II

A Canon Rumors reader has put together a nice and quick comparison between the recently announced Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.

You can see a physical comparison of both lenses here.

You can see a quick sharpness comparison between the two lenses here.

thanks Frank

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 $1299: B&H Photo | Adorama | MPEX


Source: Comparison: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC G2 & Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II

Deal: Save 10% off Refurbished Lenses at the Canon Store

February 16, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Deal: Save 10% off Refurbished Lenses at the Canon Store

  The Canon Store has a 10% off sale on in-stock refurbished lenses. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II $1151 Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS $791 Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L $539 Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II $1115 Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS $431 Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II $1367 Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS $395 Canon Read more…
Source: Deal: Save 10% off Refurbished Lenses at the Canon Store

Datacolor Partners with Adobe to Offer the Ultimate Photography Workflow Bundle

February 16, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Datacolor Partners with Adobe to Offer the Ultimate Photography Workflow Bundle

Datacolor Partners with Adobe to Offer the Ultimate Photography Workflow Bundle

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Source: Datacolor Partners with Adobe to Offer the Ultimate Photography Workflow Bundle

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