New firmware updates for lenses


A few days ago SIGMA published new firmware updates for lenses. The four new editions are models with Canon EF and Sigma SA mounts. The updates are said to have led to improvements concerning the auto-focus as well as to a reduction of the operating noise of the shutter lamellae. Sigma has published firmware updates for four of its lenses with Canon EF and three models with Sigma SA mounts.

There are updates for the following lenses, whereas the first three have been improved for SA and EF bayonet mounts and the 24-105mm lens can be downloaded for Canon EF bayonet mounts only.

17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM 
18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM 

SIGMA promises an improved AF performance in particular in connection with the lens adapter MC-11, which I’ve already tested for you recently . In connection with Sigma’s sd Quattro cameras the speed of the auto-focus, in particular, is said to have been enhanced.

Another improvement will make all the video enthusiasts among you very happy! With Canon EF mounts, AF exactitude in the LiveView and video modes are said to have been upgraded. Besides that, the operating noise of the shutter lamellae in the video mode was reduced, which has improved the sound while recording videos.

There’s also an update available for the Adapter MC-11. It enables the use of the upgraded lenses.

You can easily find all new firmware versions on the SIGMA website under Support: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/lenses/firmware/

The SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 in a warm spring rain


On the fotogenerell blog, the SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens has often received a lot of positive feedback and in my opinion it is one of SIGMA’s evergreens. And this isn’t the case for no good reason – the all-round lens from SIGMA’s promising Contemporary series guarantees what the manufacturer promises. Compared to many lenses from SIGMA’s premium class, the Art series, the lens is very compact and light, which is why I prefer packing it in as a travel companion with the other heavier lenses. To me this lens has always been more than just a good backup – it has taken many of my favorite pictures.

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Program range update of Leica‘s À la carte series


At the end of last year, Leica announced its multi-color digital M (Type 240) À la carte camera, which for the first time allowed some individualization in many areas, in particular when it comes to design. Now the black-and-white analog M Monochrome Camera (Type 246) is on Leica’s individualized menu. Both À la carte photo surprises have a 24x36mm CMOS sensor with a 24 megapixel resolution.

The rangefinder system, the Leica Maestro high-performance processor and the top build quality perfectly match the Leica design. You can use the camera individually due to different leather trims in diverse colors and textures and many other refined features on the surface. Besides that you could have the camera’s cap engraved. Another aspect that you can select is the display glass made of different materials, such as scratch-proof gorilla glass or even more robust sapphire glass. And you could go for an image field selection tool either in black or in silver, or you can also choose the color of the omni-selector on the back. Moreover, the Leica M Monochrome Camera has a 2 gigabyte storage capacity.

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Three cheers for the new Hasselblad X1D


The guessing on the “Game Changer” that had been announced by Hasselblad has been taken out for a week now – the cat is out of the bag. And it’s a big cat which many photographers have been hoping for. The new X1D-50c is a mirrorless system camera with a medium-format sensor, measuring 44×33 millimeters with 50 megapixels. The great technology was packed into a compact body and weighs about 800 grams.

The X1D was announced at a presentation by Hasselblad CEO Perry Oosting. He said that with the camera Victor Hasselblad’s long-cherished wish has come true as he had already planned building a handy, compact and robust camera for wildlife photographers at the beginning of his career.

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News: A reason to be happy – News about Sigma at the CP+


In one of my previous blog articles I wrote about the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show in Japan. Some particularly positive news that was presented and comes from SIGMA is its MC-11 Mount Converter which allows SIGMA “SA” and SIGMA “Canon EF” mounts on interchangeable lenses to be used on a Sony device with an E-mount. Today I’d like to write a few words about this piece of news.

The converter is of great advantage for all photographers whose equipment includes a Sony E-mount camera system, as they get provided with a greater range of good interchangeable camera lenses by SIGMA that, depending on the mount, can then also be used on other camera systems (SIGMA or Canon) without an adapter. Or in addition – now all those using second cameras with compatible interchangeable camera lenses will be able to use them on their Sony camera as well!

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Rob Spence aka „Eyeborg“: the man who replaced his eyeball with a camera


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Rob Spence aka the „Eyeborg“ is a filmmaker from Toronto, who lost vision in one of his eyes at the age of nine. In 2011 Spence had his right eyeball removed and replaced with a prosthesis with an integrated camera – 26 years after he lost his sight in the said eye in an accident while shooting with a shotgun. Unlike Retina implants this camera is not connected to the optic nerv, but instead transmits the video stream to a small, external computer.

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© Rob Spence

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Perpetuum mobile: a camera that does not need electricity


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I still remember very well how our physics teacher always told us that a perpetuum mobile was physically impossible. Nothing could put out work if no energy is put in from the outside first. Depending on how “outside” is defined, an appliance can be a perpetuum mobile for all intents and purposes, even if it, strictly speaking, is not. Scientists at the Columbia University in New York are currently working on exactly that kind of appliance – a camera that can keep taking pictures and videos for an indefinite amount of time, as long as there is enough light (300 Lux).

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Image source: Computer Vision Laboratory, Columbia Engineering

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