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 Monday, November 7, 2016
The Sigma 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 Cine lenses, designed for the exacting standards of 6K and 8K cinematographers, are scheduled for availability next month. The lenses will be produced in EF, E and PL mounts, but only the EF and E mounts will be available initially.
 
Unfortunately, pricing information has yet to be released.
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Post Date: 11/7/2016 5:57:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 1, 2016
From Sigma:
 
Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Contemporary lens, 20mm F1.4 Art lens, 24-35mm F2 Art lens, 50-100mm F1.8 Art lens and Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 garner top accolades
 
New York, New York – November 1, 2016 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, has been honored with 10 prestigious industry awards in 2016, including two Lucie Technical Awards presented at the recent 2016 PhotoPlus Expo. The Sigma Global Vision 20mm F1.4 Art took home a Lucie for “Best Wide Angle Prime Lens,” and the brand new Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art received the “Best Standard Zoom Lens” award for its outstanding technical innovation
 
Sigma Global Vision lenses and the brand new Mount Converter MC-11 have earned high marks throughout 2016, receiving numerous awards and accolades including:
 
  • The world renowned TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) judging panel named Sigma’s 50-100mm F1.8 Art as “Best DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens”; the 24-35mm F2 Art as “Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens”; and the 20mm F1.4 Art as “Best Professional DSLR Lens.”
  • Madavor Media’s Digital Photo magazine put the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art on its Editor’s Choice Awards list for “Best Professional APS-C Lens.”
  • Professional Photographer honored the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art lens and Mount Converter MC-11 with highly sought after Hot One Awards, citing the newcomers as the year’s best and most noteworthy technology products for professional photographers.
  • The 50-100mm F1.8 Art proved to be the top zoom lens choice again in August, when Sigma was presented with the “European DSLR Zoom Lens 2016-2017” award from EISA (the European Imaging and Sound Association).
  • Rounding out the list is the 2016 TWICE VIP Award for the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Contemporary lens, which took honors in the “Best Camera Accessories” category.
“It’s a true honor and privilege to be recognized by these highly respected industry organizations,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma is incredibly passionate about creating innovative lenses and accessories for everyone from amateur photographers to seasoned professionals. A special thank you goes to EISA, Madavor Media, Professional Photographer, The Lucie Awards, TIPA and TWICE for recognizing that innovation and passion.”
 
Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC HSM OS Macro Contemporary Lens
Designed for APS-C cameras (equates to a 27-450mm), the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 lens features a 16.6x zoom ratio covering focal lengths from wide to telephoto. It also boasts a 1:3 macro ratio. An enhanced optical stabilizer compensates for camera shake, while an optimized hyper-sonic motor ensures quiet and fast autofocus. Four FLD (performance equal to fluorite) paired with one SLD glass element capture incredibly sharp and contrasted images all the way through the focal length. Top quality glass mitigates aberration to produce outstanding results.
 
Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Ideal for videography, astrophotography, landscape, low-light/indoor and event photography, the state-of-the-art 20mm F1.4 Art is a wide-angle prime lens that supports both full-frame and APS-C sensor cameras. Designed with careful attention to the lens’ edge-to-edge performance, the 20mm F1.4 is Sigma’s widest prime Art lens to date. It features premium FLD glass and five SLD glass elements in a 15-element, 11-group design. The advanced lens structure minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature to deliver incredible image quality. Tested using the proprietary “A1” measuring system, the 20mm F1.4 Art delivers the highest standard of operation for professionals.
 
Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens
The 24-35mm F2 Art lens is the world’s first full-frame F2 zoom lens, marrying the versatility of a zoom with outstanding optics performance. Featuring premium FLD glass and seven SLD glass elements, the 24-35mm F2 creates sharp and beautiful images. Its large diameter, aspherical lens also provides a stunning level of brightness, which is ideal even at the widest of apertures.
 
Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
Building on the core capabilities of the Sigma 1
8-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the five-time award-winning Sigma 50-100 F1.8 Art lens covers three popular short tele prime focal lengths (85mm, 105mm and 135mm), offering a mid-range zoom that is ideal for both photographers and videographers. Key features include three FLD glass elements and one high-refractive index, high-dispersion glass element to minimize aberrations; a redesigned, enhanced Hyper Sonic Motor; a durable polycarbonate diaphragm and a versatile inner focusing and zoom design.
 
Sigma Mount Converter MC-11
The high-performance Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 is engineered for Sony E-mount, full frame and APS-C sensor cameras. It allows users to access 17 high-performance Sigma Canon Mount (EF) and Sigma Mount (SA) Global Vision lenses. It features an internal control data system that ensures perfect optimization of AF drive, aperture control and additional supported functions including continuous autofocus and eye detection. Utilizing the latest technology, the MC-11 supports fast and accurate autofocus and will work in conjunction with in-camera and in-lens stabilization functions. With added integrated flocking, lens performance is assured to have no internal reflections and reduction. As new compatible lenses are released, the MC-11 can be updated via a personal computer using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately).
 
B&H carries the following products:
 
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Post Date: 11/1/2016 11:24:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 20, 2016
From Sigma:
 
Cine High Speed Zoom 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 lenses begin shipping on December 9 for a retail price of $3999.00 USD
 
New York, NY – October 20, 2016 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, announced today that the Cine High Speed Zoom 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 lenses will begin shipping on December 9, 2016 for a retail price of $3999.00 USD. Born from the new Sigma Cine family of products, the High Speed Zoom lenses leverage the outstanding optical design of the company’s world-renowned Global Vision still photography lenses. Combined with the 100% new mechanical lens body design, the Cine lenses meet needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production with the core optical quality DNA that has defined the Sigma benchmark of imaging excellence.
 
See the Sigma Cine Family of Products at PDN/PPE 2016 Expo
Demonstrated for the first time to the public in the United States, attendees to the 2016 PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo (PPE), held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 20-22, 2016, can see first-hand the new Sigma Cine family of lenses:
 
Cine High Speed Zoom Line - 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2
The high speed zoom line, which is compatible with the Super35 image size standard, offers the constant aperture of T2 throughout the zoom range with superior optical performance that is capable of high-resolution 6K-8K shooting. Delivering the highest image quality in its class, the High Speed Zoom is ergonomically compact and designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.
 
Cine FF Zoom Line - 24-35mm T2.2 FF
Compatible with a full-frame image sensor, the FF Zoom’s outstanding optical performance also supports 6K-8K shooting. Because so few lenses cater to the requirements of the latest digital cinema cameras’ image sensors, this line provides a rare option for cinematographers. The FF Zoom is designed for E and EF camera system mounts.
 
Cine FF High Speed Prime Line - 20mm T1.5 FF, 24mm T1.5 FF, 35mm T1.5 FF, 50mm T1.5 FF and 85mm T1.5 FF
The Cine High Speed Prime lineup features lenses ranging from 20mm to 85mm, with all five touting an aperture of T1.5. Highly compact and compatible with full-frame sensors, these lenses offer superior resolution. They bring a consistent level of light to the production, offering greater consistency to any film’s color, contrast and overall look before it enters post-production. The FF High Speed Prime line is designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.
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Post Date: 10/20/2016 8:57:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 14, 2016
From Sigma:
 
Get hands-on with Sigma’s brand new 85mm F1.4 Art, 12-24mm F4 Art, 500mm F4 Sport, Cine lens line and sd Quattro camera lineup, learn tips and techniques from Sigma Pros, and stop by booth 537 for a chance to win big!
 
New York, NY – October 14, 2016 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, has announced its participation in the 2016 PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo (PPE), held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 20-22, 2016. In addition to presentations by its esteemed group of Sigma Pro photographers, Sigma will display the brand-new 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art and 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport Global Vision lenses and its new line of Cine lenses at booth 537.
 
Adding to this year’s excitement, Sigma will also have one giveaway each day for attendees who visit the booth. Attendees can enter the daily drawing for a chance to win a 24-35mm Art lens, 50mm Art lens or a Sigma sd Quattro with a 30mm F1.4 Art lens, a total value of more than $2500.00!
 
Brand New High-Performance Sigma Global Vision Lenses
Unveiled at Photokina 2016, the highly anticipated Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art, 12-24mm F4 Art and 500mm F4 Sport Global Vision lenses will headline the Sigma photo exhibit.
 
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art – the ultimate portrait lens. The new Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art lens is engineered to support the highest resolution sensors on the market with an exceptional degree of sharpness. The high-performance optical system is purpose-built by Sigma R&D to produce the attractive bokeh effect sought after by discerning photographers.
 
Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art – an ultra-wide angle zoom for the era of high resolution digital cameras. Boasting the renowned Global Vision image quality from center to edge, the new Sigma 12-24mm F4 features the largest aspherical glass in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide angle zoom with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting.
 
Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport Lens – the pro fast-aperture prime super telephoto. The flagship Sigma super telephoto 500mm F4 Sport lens incorporates the very latest in Sigma optical technology and innovation. Designed for the professional sports and wildlife shooter, the ultra-durable lens features magnesium alloy components, a carbon fiber hood and a water- and oil-resistant front element, and is dust and splash proof. In addition to the enhanced weather sealing, the 500mm F4 features a drop-in rear filter slot for polarizers, UV and other critical filters.
 
In addition to the new lenses announced at Photokina, Sigma will have the sd Quattro H, its second camera in the Quattro DSLR line up, on hand. Sigma’s highly unique APS-H mirrorless camera features the Foveon sensor and is renowned for its incredible image quality and color fidelity; producing imagery comparable to that of a 51MP DSLR with a Bayer-pattern sensor.
 
A Leap Forward for FilmmakersSigma will also be showcasing for the first time in the United States its new lineup of Cine lenses. A bold step forward into the world of cinematography, the new Sigma Cine lineup features eight high-performance lenses purpose-built for the latest, high-resolution digital cinema cameras. Supporting 6k and 8k productions, the new Sigma Cine lenses leverage the outstanding optical design of the company’s world-renowned Global Vision still photography lenses. Engineered with a completely new mechanical lens body, the new Cine lenses are designed to meet the needs of modern-day cinema production with the core optical quality DNA that has defined the Sigma benchmark of imaging excellence.
 
The Cine High Speed Zoom Line - 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2
The high speed zoom line offers the constant aperture of T2 throughout the zoom range with superior optical performance that is capable of high-resolution 6K-8K shooting. Delivering the highest image quality in its class, the High Speed Zoom is ergonomically compact and designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.
 
The Cine FF Zoom Line - 18-35mm T2.2 FF
Compatible with a full-frame image sensor, the FF Zoom’s outstanding optical performance also supports 6K-8K shooting. Because so few lenses cater to the requirements of the latest digital cinema cameras’ image sensors, this line provides a rare option for cinematographers. The FF Zoom is designed for E and EF camera system mounts.
 
The Cine FF High Speed Prime Line - 20mm T1.5 FF, the 24mm T1.5 FF, 35mm T1.5 FF, the 50mm T1.5 FF and the 85mm T1.5 FF
The Cine High Speed Prime lineup features lenses ranging from 20mm to 85mm, with all five touting an aperture of T1.5. Highly compact and compatible with full-frame sensors, these lenses offer superior resolution. They bring a consistent level of light to the production, offering greater consistency to any film’s color, contrast and overall look before it enters post-production. The FF High Speed Prime line is designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.
 
Sigma Pros and Experts Headline the Sigma Theatre
Sigma Pros and experts will once again take center stage on the Sigma PPE Theater. Fan favorites Roman Kurywczak, Brian Linhoff, Andy Marcus, Jen Rozenbaum and Jim Schmelzer will share their latest tips and techniques in the following presentation topics: Paradigm Shift in the World of Bird Photography, Fast Glass for Night Photography, Destination Weddings, How to Empower with Boudoir, Design your own Portrait, Maximum Impact and Creative Flair as well as a special presentation on the new Sigma Cine lenses. For more information including presentation descriptions, please visit: https://blog.sigmaphoto.com/2016/sigma-at-photoplusexpo-2016/.
 
Sigma Giveaways at PPE 2016
PPE 2016 attendees who visit Sigma at booth 537 will have a chance to enter and win one of Sigma’s daily gear giveaways: 24-35mm Art lens, 50mm Art lens or a Sigma sd Quattro with a 30mm F1.4 Art lens.
 
B&H has the following available for preorder:
 
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Post Date: 10/14/2016 9:45:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 23, 2016
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
Please find the following notes on the usage of SIGMA interchangeable lenses for EOS, when attached to Canon EOS 5D Mark IV that is released on September 8th.
 
  • MO (Manual Override) function is unavailable with this camera (Full-time Manual function can be offered).
  • When using a SIGMA interchangeable lens for EOS, setting the corrections to [Disable] is recommended, as “Lens Correction” functions of the camera, such as Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction, Diffraction correction and Distortion correction are not supported.*
* If those functions are activated, the performance of lenses may not be accurate.
* This is not only for EOS 5D Mark IV, but also for other camera bodies with the same function.
 
We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.
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Post Date: 9/23/2016 5:27:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 19, 2016
From Sigma USA:
 
Sigma Adds the 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art, and 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport Lenses to Its Global Vision Line
 
Outstanding optical performance, ultra-wide zoom range, and versatile flagship sports lens headline the Sigma line-up at Photokina 2016
 
Cologne, Germany – September 19, 2016 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading camera, DSLR lens, flash and accessories manufacturer, unveiled its new 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art and 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport Global Vision lenses at the Photokina 2016 event (hall 4.2, stands B020, B028 and C029).
“We are thrilled to announce three state-of-the-art additions to the Global Vision line. The Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art has been a highly requested lens and we are very confident those customers who have been waiting for us to deliver this lens will be more than pleased with the superior optical performance and zero compromise,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “In addition, the re-engineered 12-24mm F4 and highly competitive 500mm F4 Sport lens both embody the world-class performance our Global Vision lenses are known for. We look forward to seeing the incredible images our customers will create using these new Sigma lenses.”
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art – The Ultimate Portrait Lens
 
Delivering the ultimate in creative expression, the new Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art lens is engineered to support the highest resolution sensors on the market with an exceptional degree of sharpness. The high-performance optical system is purpose-built by Sigma R&D to produce the attractive bokeh effect sought after by discerning photographers. The lens’ advanced architecture features two SLD (special low dispersion) glass elements and one glass element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and refraction. A re-engineered AF system brings 1.3X the torque of its predecessor, while other features such as a full-time manual focus override have been added, which can be controlled when the focus ring is rotated, even during continuous AF.
 
The Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature a brand new electromagnetic diaphragm.
 
The Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art lens will be available in late October and retails for a recommended street price of $1199.00 USD.
 
Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Ultra-Wide Angle Zoom for the Era of Ultra-High Resolution Digital Cameras
 
Boasting the renowned Global Vision image quality from center to edge, the new Sigma 12-24mm F4 features the largest aspherical glass mold in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide angle zoom with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Encompassing the long history of Sigma wide angle lens development expertise, the new 12-24mm F4 performance highlights include constant F4 brightness and the brand new Sigma AF system with 1.3X torque boost. The 12-24mm F4 features lens elements made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance. Combined with an optimized power distribution, the result is outstanding image quality from center to edges. With a minimum focus distance of 9.4 inches at 24mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive backgrounds.
 
The all new Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm.
 
The Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art lens will be available in late October and retails for a recommended street price of $1599.00 USD.
 
Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport Lens - Pro Fast-Aperture Prime Super Telephoto
 
The flagship Sigma super telephoto 500mm F4 Sport lens incorporates the very latest in Sigma optical technology and innovation. Designed for the professional sports and wildlife shooter, the ultra-durable lens features magnesium alloy components, a carbon fiber hood, a water and oil resistant front element, and is dust and splash proof. The 500mm F4 features a drop-in rear filter slot for polarizers, UV and other critical filters. To help prevent damage during shooting and maintenance, the lens is also compatible with the exclusive SIGMA Protector LPT-11 (sold separately).
 
The lens incorporates two FLD and one SLD glass elements, while the optimized power distribution helps minimize spherical aberration and axial chromatic aberration. The optical system also effectively minimizes transverse chromatic aberration, which can affect the edges of the shots taken in the telephoto range. In addition, image quality remains exceptional when the lens is used with a Sigma Telephoto Converter (sold separately).
 
Other key performance features include Sigma's two-mode Optical Stabilizer for enhanced performance when shooting handheld for still subjects or panning and tracking for moving subjects. There is also a customizable AF "return" function for setting the focus position of one's choice and returning to that preset distance. The all new Sigma 500mm F4 supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. The Sigma 500mm F4 Sport lens, in Canon and Sigma mounts, will be available in late October. The Nikon mount will be available in late November. The 500mm F4 will retail for a recommended street price of $5999.00 USD.
 
All Sigma Global Vision lenses, including the new 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art, and 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Global Vision lenses, can be updated with the latest lens firmware from a workstation or laptop using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately).
 
Preorders:
 
  • Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens – B&H | Adorama
  • Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens – B&H | Adorama
  • Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens – B&H | Adorama
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Post Date: 9/19/2016 1:48:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art
 
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art, an ultra-wide-angle zoom for DSLRs with full-frame sensors. This new lens offers an optimal package of center-to-edge image quality, minimized distortion, and a minimal focusing distance.
 
To achieve these qualities without compromise, the SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art incorporates the latest lens design, advanced materials such as low-dispersion glass and cutting-edge large-diameter molded glass aspherical lens processing methods.
 
Release date and price: TBD
Accessories: Case
Corresponding AF mounts: SIGMA, Canon and Nikon
 

SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
 
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the ultimate lens for portraits, the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art which offers outstanding resolution with minimized chromatic aberrations.
 
Outstanding resolution and the attractive bokeh effect that large-diameter lenses offer. Fulfilling the exacting standards of the Art line, the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art delivers both of these elements at the highest level. The bokeh effect is so precise, you can focus on the pupil of the subject’s eye while blurring the eyelashes. Adding to the effect, the area in focus is extremely high-resolution while the bokeh area is very attractive in appearance. The SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art incorporates 14 lens elements in 12 groups, a remarkable structure that helps the lens deliver ultra-high-resolution. This lens is therefore an excellent match for full-frame DSLRs offering 50-megapixel or higher resolution.
 
Release date and price: TBD
Accessories: Case, Hood (LH927-02)
Corresponding AF mounts: SIGMA, Canon and Nikon
 

SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports
 
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the flagship lens of the Sports line, SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports which has both outstanding functionality for challenging shoots and top-level optical performance.
 
The SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports incorporates SIGMA’s latest technologies and delivers a full range of advanced features and functions: enhanced dust- and splash-proof construction, Optical Stabilizer (OS) system, SIGMA Tele Converter compatibility, AF function switch, SIGMA’s latest-generation Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), and more. Combining top-level optical performance with functionality for challenging shoots, the flagship lens of the Sports line, SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports sets a new standard for high-performance telephoto lenses.
 
Release date and price: TBD
Accessories: Case, Hood (LH1388-01),WR Protector,Lens is equipped with fixed tripod socket.
Corresponding AF mounts: SIGMA, Canon and Nikon
 
B&H has the following available for preorder:
 
Preorders:
 
  • Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens – B&H | Adorama
  • Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens – B&H | Adorama
  • Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens – B&H | Adorama
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Post Date: 9/19/2016 1:15:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands — September 7, 2016 – The SIGMA CORPORATION is pleased to announce that it will enter into the cinema lens market with the release of its SIGMA CINE LENSES, designed specifically for cinematography. In the world of digital film production, there is an increasing demand for higher resolution, and SIGMA’s new lineup of high-performance lenses is compatible with the latest, high-resolution digital cinema cameras. SIGMA has developed its own production system by establishing the required technology for mass production of high-performance lenses for ultra-mega-pixel shooting.
 

The company feels this valuable new lens line could create a fundamental change in digital film production, and provide a new solution for cinematographers.
 
  • Unbeatable value – the highest optical performance in its class and outstanding compact design
  • Wide range of lenses for professional use
  • Optimized for the latest digital moviemaking technology
For the first phase, SIGMA will release two zoom lenses in Japan and the USA for EF and E mount camera systems. Furthermore, another zoom lens and five prime lenses will be released to the market in sequence from 2017 onward. SIGMA plans to develop additional zoom and prime lenses as well as add support for PL mount camera systems. The latest release information will be sequentially updated on its official website.
 
High Speed Zoom Line
High Speed Zoom Line offers the constant aperture of T2 throughout the zoom range, and the optical performance is ready for high-resolution shooting such as 6K - 8K. Furthermore, while offering the highest image quality in its class, the High Speed Zoom Line has a compact construction and offers amazing value.
 
FF Zoom Line
FF Zoom Line is compatible with a full-frame image circle, and the optical performance is ready for high-resolution shooting such as 6K - 8K. It provides a rare option for cinematographers since very few lenses can cater to the requirements of the latest digital cinema cameras' image sensor, which is larger than Super 35, and expand the range of compatible cameras. This is the cinema zoom lens offering the highest image quality and compact design. This lens is not available in PL mount.
 
FF High Speed Prime Line
The lineup ranges from 20mm to 85mm, and all five lenses are T1.5. They are compatible with full-frame sensors and, while being more compact, can offer superior resolution than other high-end prime sets do. With the five prime lenses from FF High Speed Prime Line, there is no need to change the lighting to shoot a variety of cuts. These lenses bring a consistent level of light to the production and offer greater consistency with regards to the film’s look and color/contrast before it enters post-production.
 
Each CINE lens model is weatherproof and has luminous paint markings to aid in changing and operating the lens in the dark. It touts a long focus rotation of 180 degrees and is guided by cams for smooth operation and accuracy. The CINE lens design features standardized essentials such as an 82mm front for ND filters* and a 95mm front diameter for matte box use and standard gear positions for accessories like follow focus. They also include a manual linear iris control and electronic mounts that provide vital camera metadata. Each lens is manufactured and inspected in the SIGMA factory located in Aizu, Japan.
 
Availability & Pricing
Availability: toward the end of 2016 (in Japan and USA in the first phase)
Pricing: TBD
Mounts: Initially Canon-EF and Sony-E to be followed later by PL
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Post Date: 9/7/2016 5:40:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 30, 2016
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to inform you of the lens firmware updates which incorporate a new algorithm to improve AF performance even further. Although we announced on April 14th, 2016 that release of the firmware updates is planned around June to August, the development has been delayed and the actual release will start from October onward.
 
For customers waiting for the availability of the lens firmware updates, we apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding and will continue the development with our utmost efforts.
 
Release of the firmware updates will be announced as they become available.
 
Products that we are developing its firmware
 
LensMount
SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon

B&H carries Sigma lenses.
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Post Date: 8/30/2016 9:29:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 5, 2016
Sigma has firmware updates available for the following lenses:
 
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary
  • Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary
  • SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports
All three firmware updates resolve an underexposure issue when the lens is used with a Nikon D500. The 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports firmware update is only required if using a TC-1401 or TC-2001 teleconverter with the lens.
 
Sigma Global Vision lenses (like the ones above) can be updated using Sigma USB Dock. Before updating, be sure to download and install the latest version of Sigma Optimization Pro.
 
If you do not own a USB Dock, you can send your lens to a Sigma Service Center and have its firmware updated free of charge. However, considering the cost of shipping a lens insured and the universal nature of the dock, simply buying the USB Dock seems to be the most practical way to update your lens' firmware.
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Post Date: 8/5/2016 7:37:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 24, 2016
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce the update in the lens firmware of the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon and SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art Canon on the SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
The latest firmware update makes it fully functional with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C300 Mark II.
 
For those customers who own the following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
[Applicable products]
SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art– Canon mount
SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art– Canon mount
 
[Benefit of this firmware update]
 
  • It becomes fully functional with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C300 Mark II.
  • For SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon, this lens firmware update also corrects the phenomenon that the images show some underexposure when "Evaluative Metering" or "Center-weighted Average Metering" is selected on Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
Please be sure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version before upgrading the lens's firmware.
 
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page:
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/
 
We appreciate your consistent support for our company and products.
 
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock.
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Post Date: 6/24/2016 5:36:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce the availability of new firmware and support for the applicable lenses regarding the phenomenon that exposure of the image may not be accurate, which was announced on May 27th, 2016. This happens when some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are used on Canon EOS-1DX Mark II.
 
If you own the following applicable products, please refer to the information below and update the lens firmware accordingly.
 
[Benefit of this firmware update]
The lens firmware update corrects the phenomenon of some underexposure when the lenses listed below are used and either “Evaluative Metering” or “Center-weighted Average Metering” is selected in Metering Mode of the camera.
 
[Applicable products]
SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount
SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM – Canon mount
 
For customers who own the applicable products listed above, the lens firmware update will be provided free of charge. Please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary/distributors of SIGMA.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, and either the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon or the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon, please update the lens firmware using SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.
 
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/24/2016 5:28:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 1, 2016
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We have found that some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are not fully compatible with CANON EOS-1DX Mark II, which was released on April 28th. When certain lenses are attached to this camera, exposure of the image may not be accurate.
 
We are sorry for the inconvenience, and we will make a further announcement on our website when specific details are finalized. In addition, please also refer to the below usage notice related to this announcement.
 
[Phenomenon]
When the lenses listed below are used and either “Evaluative Metering” or “Center-weighted Average Metering” is selected in Metering Mode of the camera, the image could show some underexposure.
 
[Products concerned]
 
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
We are currently working on the firmware update for respective lenses, and the release dates will be announced later.
 
Usage Notice for customers who are using EOS mount SIGMA lenses on a CANON EOS-1DX Mark II
 
  • MO (Manual Override) function is unavailable with this camera (Full-time Manual function can be offered).
  • When using a SIGMA interchangeable lens for EOS, setting the corrections to [Disable] is recommended, as “Lens Correction” functions of the camera, such as Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction, Diffraction correction and Distortion correction, are not supported. If those functions are activated, the performance of lenses may not be accurate. This is not only for EOS-1DX Mark II, but also other camera bodies.
We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.
 
Note from TDP: Any firmware fix will either require the Sigma USB Dock or a trip to Sigma's Service Center to implement. If you don't already have the dock, I highly suggest picking one up. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/1/2016 7:23:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 21, 2016
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of “SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3 for Windows” and “SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3 for Macintosh”, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
 
This download service is for SIGMA USB DOCK users and/or SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 users who are using our interchangeable lenses from our Art, Contemporary and Sports product lines.Please be sure to download SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3 to use the SIGMA USB DOCK and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 effectively.
 
Benefit of SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3:
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3 for Windows
 
  • It has enabled compatibility with SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
  • It has enabled compatibility with Windows 10.
  • It has corrected the phenomenon where click-and-drag operation for the Focus Limiter adjustment slider is not possible when the check box to switch the primary mouse button from the left to the right is ticked in Mouse Preferences within the Windows Control Panel.
SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3 for Macintosh
 
  • It has enabled compatibility with SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
  • It has enabled compatibility with OS X El Capitan 10.11, and Condition of Operation has changed to Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11.
  • When adjusting the timing of the MF switch function, it has corrected the icon which shows the amount of the focus ring rotation.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/en/
 
Please ensure the SIGMA USB DOCK has the latest firmware installed.
 
B&H has the Sigma USB Dock in stock and the Mount Converter MC-11 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/21/2016 5:05:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 19, 2016
From Sigma:
 
The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens, 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens, and 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens were chosen as this year’s best DSLR telephoto zoom lens, best DSLR wide angle zoom lens, and best professional DSLR lens, respectively
 
RONKONKOMA, NY – April 19, 2016 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced it has received three awards from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). Sigma was awarded with the honors of Best DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens for the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens, Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens for the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens, and Best Professional DSLR Lens for the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens.
 
The annual TIPA Awards honor the best photo and imaging products introduced during 2015 through 2016. Renowned in professional photo markets across the world, TIPA awards are among the highest accolades photo and imaging products can receive. The TIPA organization has a worldwide membership of 27 photo and imaging magazines from 16 countries across five continents.
 
“We are once again honored to have the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens, the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens and the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens selected by TIPA for their outstanding quality and impact on the industry. The thorough judging criteria take into account not only the innovation, but also the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease of use as well as the price/performance ratio. We are incredibly proud to have Sigma lenses meet these high standards,” comments Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We pride ourselves on designing and manufacturing the very best lenses using today’s most cutting-edge optical technology. I want to thank the Sigma design and manufacturing team for their commitment to engineering excellence and look forward to seeing the inspiring images Sigma fans will create using our lenses.”
 
B&H carries the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art, 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art and 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lenses.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/19/2016 11:15:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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