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 Tuesday, October 17, 2017
This year's hurricane season has been disasterous for thousands of people, but one lens company has stepped up to do what it can for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
 
Until December 31, Sigma is offering complimentary service repairs to get your still-under-warranty lenses operating again or trade-in options "...for a special price" (according to an email from Sigma's Public Relations firm that we received).
 
The full details for Sigma's hurricane relief program can be found below:
Sigma hereby extends the warranty coverage of Sigma products still under warranty for damages incurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. If your equipment is under warranty, Sigma will provide either (a) complimentary service to get your equipment running, or (b) a trade-in option. Just ship your damaged equipment to Sigma, and we will ship the equipment back to you without charge. All terms of your Sigma warranty coverage still apply, so when sending in your Sigma product, please be sure to include a copy of the original sales receipt as proof of purchase date. If you do not have appropriate documentation as a result of the Hurricanes, please contact us. Eligibility for this offer is subject to Sigma’s sole discretion. This offer is open through December 31, 2017 (we must receive your damaged equipment by that date).
We applaud Sigma's compassion and its dedication to taking care of customers ravaged by the devastating hurricanes.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/17/2017 3:27:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 4, 2017
From Sigma:
 
The breakthrough year for Sigma Global Vision Art, Contemporary and Sport lenses on display; brand new lens addition to be unveiled; Sigma Pros light up stage with new presentations
 
Ronkonkoma, NY – October 4, 2017 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, will showcase its full line up of Sigma Global Vision lenses, including a brand-new addition to the line, at the upcoming PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Expo held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 26-28, 2017 (booth 837). The company will also have on hand its breakthrough optics for the cinema market – the Sigma Cine high-speed Primes and Zooms – as well as the Foveon sensor-based sd Quattro and Quattro H cameras. “Sigma has had a landmark year with the introduction of seven new lenses across our Global Vision and Cine product lines,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our research and development team is dedicated to creating superior optics that meet the ever-growing requirements of today’s high resolution cameras, taking advantage of every possible design and element to capture the greatest picture detail for both still and moving images. We look forward to showcasing the culmination of what has been a remarkable year in optical advancements for Sigma at this year’s PPE event.” Sigma 2017 introductions include the award-winning 14mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art, 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art, 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Sigma Global Vision lenses and the new Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2 and 135mm T2 prime lenses.
 
Sigma Special PPE Presentation – Sigma Pro Phenom Jen Rozenbaum
Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum will take the PPE stage on Wednesday, October 25, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM to deliver a PPE Master Class on “How to make every woman look amazing.” Jen will share with attendees her vast experience in boudoir photography, providing top tips and secret tricks - from wardrobe to posing - that flatter all women. Jen’s presentation will help attendees understand how to best dress and pose any woman of any size and shape as well as gain confidence behind the camera whether they are shooting boudoir, wedding or seniors!
 
Master Photographers Take the Sigma Stage
Showcasing the very best in photography craft, the expanded Sigma Pro family will headline the Sigma stage and offer attendees a behind the lens look at the techniques and technology that captured some of the year’s most outstanding photographs in the areas of aviation, editorial, glamour, landscapes, travel and weddings.
 
This year’s prestigious Sigma Pro PPE stage line-up includes outdoor sports and adventure travel photographer Liam Doran, aviation photo expert Jim Koepnick, renowned bird and travel photographer Roman Kurywczak, fearless woman photographer Jen Rozenbaum, and glamour and wedding photographer Jim Schmelzer.
 
For the Sigma Pro presentation schedule days and times, please visit: https://blog.sigmaphoto.com/event/photoplus-2017/ ?
 
Sigma Super Giveaways at PPE 2017
PPE 2017 attendees who visit Sigma at booth 837 will have a chance to enter and win a Sigma grand giveaway – a 24-70mm F2.8 Art – an MSRP value of $1299.00 USD!
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/4/2017 7:13:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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 6D Mark II released on August 4th, as well as EOS 9000D (77D), EOS Kiss X9i (Rebel T7i) and EOS Kiss X9 (Rebel SL2).
 
When certain lenses are attached to these cameras and the “Lens aberration correction” function on these cameras is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.
 
Please set the “Lens aberration correction” function of the cameras to “Disable” when using SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON.
 
In addition, please also refer to other notice below, related to the usage of EOS mount SIGMA lenses on Canon cameras.
 
Phenomenon
 
When the lenses listed below are used on EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 9000D, EOS Kiss X9i, or EOS Kiss X9 and the “Lens aberration correction” function on the camera is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.
 
Products concerned
 
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Usage Notice for customers who are using EOS mount SIGMA lenses on CANON cameras
 
When using the SIGMA lenses for CANON, “Peripheral illumination correction”, “Chromatic aberration correction”, “Diffraction correction” as well as “Distortion correction” from the “Lens aberration correction” function of the camera are not supported. Therefore, we recommend you to set them to “Disable”.
 
If those functions are set to “Enable”, the performance of the lenses may not be accurate.
 
For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
 
We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.
 Friday, August 4, 2017
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available.
 
This firmware update corrects the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not operate properly when attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. For those who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro* by connecting it to a computer using a supplied USB Cable.
 
* Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not operate properly when attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON (ver. 1.02).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2017 7:27:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 14, 2017
From Sigma:
 
Full-frame sensor compatible, high-speed prime lenses bring Sigma’s esteemed Art lens technology to cinema cameras; the 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF begin shipping late July for a retail price of $4,999.00 USD each
 
Ronkonkoma, NY – July 13, 2017 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced the availability of two brand new cine lenses: the Sigma 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF, which will both begin shipping late July 2017. Compatible with full-frame image sensors, these high-speed cine prime lenses are available for EF, E and PL mounts. They are available as individual lenses for a retail price of $4,999.00 USD each, or as part of two and seven lens sets for retail prices of $10,499.00 USD and $24,799.00 USD respectively.
 
Go fast and wide with the Sigma 14mm T2 Cine Prime
The Sigma 14mm T2 FF Cine Prime lens is the world’s first and only to offer an incredibly fast T2 at this ultra-wide angle focal length for full frame sensors. Bringing remarkable optical performance to the art of capturing moving images, the Sigma 14mm T2 offers cinematographers the opportunity for robust cinematic expression.
 
Resolving power like nothing ever seen before with the Sigma 135mm T2 Cine Prime
The Sigma 135mm T2 FF Cine Prime offers astonishing rendering performance unmatched by almost any lens on the market. Retaining the optical performance of Sigma’s original Art lens for the still photographer, this exceptional lens enables cinematographers to enjoy the highest image quality for shooting movies.
 
Both lenses offer the following benefits and capabilities:
 
  • Bright, T2 full frame maximum aperture
  • Capable of resolving up to 8K
  • Available in Canon EF, Sony E & PL Mounts
  • 180-degree focus rotation
The Sigma 14mm and 135mm lenses are fully compatible with full frame sensors. The addition of these lenses to the Sigma cine lineup expands the FF High Speed Prime Line to a total of seven lenses, from a super-wide 14mm to a brilliantly sharp telephoto 135mm.
 
Pricing for individual lenses and lens sets
The newest cine lens offerings from Sigma will be available individually as well as in sets for the following retail prices.
 
  • Sigma 14mm T2 FF - $4,999.00 USD
  • Sigma 135mm T2 FF - $4,999.00 USD
The Sigma 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF Shipping Late July
The Cine 14mm and 135mm lenses and sets will begin shipping late July 2017 for EF, E and PL mounts.
 
B&H has the Sigma 14mm T2 FF and Sigma 135mm T2 FF cine lenses available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 7/14/2017 9:18:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 5, 2017
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
 
This firmware update allows compatibility with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art, Cine Lens 14mm T2 FF EF mount and 135mm T2 FF EF mount from FF High Speed Prime Line.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable.
 
* Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 
Benefits of this firmware update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art.
  • It has become compatible with the FF High Speed Prime Line SIGMA 14mm T2 FF (EF) and the SIGMA 135mm T2 FF (EF).
B&H carries the Sigma MC-11 EF-E Mount Converter.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2017 7:02:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 30, 2017
From Sigma:
 
The Sigma Corporation would like to announce the development of the rear filter holder for the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.
 
Sigma Developing Rear Filter Holder for 14mm Art Lens

By attaching the rear filter holder to the rear of the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM| Art, it is possible to use a filter sheet with the lens. This will allow more freedom of the expression when photographing starry skies.
 
* Only available for the Canon mount lens. There are no plans for the development in SIGMA and Nikon mounts.
 
As more details of this rear filter holder become available, a further announcement will be made.
 
B&H has the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/30/2017 5:46:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 23, 2017
Yesterday we reported that the 24-70mm f/2.8 OS Art and Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lenses were scheduled to begin shipping today based on information posted by B&H on the items' product pages. However, B&H has changed the availability expectations on their website as follows:
 
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens – "Coming Soon"
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens – "End of Jun 2017"
 
However, Sigma posted press releases today which state that both lenses are scheduled to begin shipping in "July 2017."
 
So... it looks like preorder customers will be waiting a little longer to receive their new lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/23/2017 10:47:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 22, 2017
Surprisingly, the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art and 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lenses are scheduled to start shipping tomorrow, the day immediately following the acceptance of preorders (source: B&H).
 
Trusted Retailers
 
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art – B&H | Adorama
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art – B&H | Adorama
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/22/2017 8:36:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The wait is almost over; the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art and Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lenses will be available for preorder from B&H at 1:00am Easter Time (roughly 2 hours after this post).
 
We expect there to be high demand for these lenses; be sure to preorder early if you want to receive your lens ASAP. Be sure to use the links above to support the site.
 
Update: Adorama also has the lenses available for preorder.
Categories: Preorders, Sigma News
Post Date: 6/21/2017 10:02:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 6, 2017
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
Sigma Corporation would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available.
 
By updating the firmware, the lens will offer improved AF performance. Also, the latest firmware of the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E will not only offer improved AF performance, but also enables the OS mechanism to start operating faster than before.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. For those who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using a supplied USB Cable.
 
* Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
Applicable Products
 
SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon
 
Benefits of This Firmware Update
 
  • Improved the AF performance.
  • When attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E (ver. 1.06), the firmware update offers not only the improved AF performance, but also enables the OS mechanism to start operating faster than before.
Applicable Products
 
SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
 
Benefits of This Firmware Update
 
  • Compatibility with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon (ver. 1.01).
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download Page
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2017 6:10:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 30, 2017
For customers using SONY a9 (ILCE-9) camera
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We have found that the combination of SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 (SA-E and EF-E) and some of SIGMA's interchangeable zoom lenses may not focus precisely, if it is attached to SONY a9 (ILCE-9), released by SONY in May in 2017. When using AF-S mode and shooting in telephoto range, it could occasionally display the shot is in focus, although it may not properly be focused on the subject.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience experienced by customers who use these products. We are now investigating the phenomenon and will make a further announcement on the website shortly.
 
We appreciate your continued support for our company.
 
For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/
Post Date: 5/30/2017 5:17:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
B&H is listing tomorrow as its expected availability date for the Sigma 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens.
 
The Sigma 100-400 C lens was announced in February alongside the 14mm f/1.8, 135mm f/1.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lenses. The 100-400 C is the second lens of the group to hit the streets, following a little more than a month after the 135mm Art's release.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/10/2017 7:20:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 24, 2017
From Sigma:
 
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce that the ultra-wide-angle zoom lens "SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art" and the ultimate lens for portraits and more "SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art" have won TIPA Awards 2017.
 
BEST DSLR WIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENS: SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art
 
Constructed with 16 elements in 11 groups, with FLD glass elements, an updated Hyper Sonic Motor with 1.3X torque for fast AF, and use of “the largest aspherical element in the industry”, this constant aperture wide angle zoom is designed for full-frame DSLRs but can also be used with APS-C sensor cameras to deliver a still impressive 18-36mm field of view (approximate, depending on camera model). With a minimum aperture of f/22 and close-focusing capability of 9.4 inches (24cm) at the 24mm focal length range, photographers can create unique images with startling depth of field, while the constant f/4 aperture and 9-bladed rounded diaphragm allows for outstanding bokeh effects.
 
BEST DSLR PRIME LENS: SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
 
Aimed at portrait photographers and those who want to create dramatic shallow depth of field effects, this full-frame 85mm lens in SIGMA’s Art series employs SLD (Special Low Dispersion Glass) and one element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and a high index of refraction. The lens contains a 9-bladed electronically controlled diaphragm, a hypersonic (HSM) motor for rapid and silent AF, and an AF system with 1.3X torque boost. Quality build features include a durable brass mount and a composite TSC barrel, a material known to provide consistent performance at extreme temperatures and is considerable lighter than other materials that would yield similar benefits.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art and Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/24/2017 9:25:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 18, 2017
From Sigma:
 
Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Firmware v.1.01:
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that 3D-tracking does not work when it is attached with TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 on a Nikon DSLR.
* For this update, it requires the firmware of the SIGMA USB DOCK for NIKON to be Ver.1.01 or later.
* Before updating the firmware of the 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports for NIKON, Please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to Ver1.4.1 or later for Windows, or Ver1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.

 


Sigma USB Dock Firmware v.1.03
 
  • Compatible with SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C017.


SIGMA Optimization Pro Download
 
B&H carries the Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens and USB Dock and has the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens available for preorder.
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