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.
When can you use which lens? The SIGMA 35mm DG f/1.4 Art has already been presented to you. Today, I’d like to take a closer look on the SIGMA 50mm DG HSM f/1.4in a comparison to the 35mm fixed focal length. What’s better than a perfect comparison with a tour on the market and all the nice colors? I’ll take you along!
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.
Attention guys! There’s some big news coming from SIGMA again! Only this week four new lenses were presented at this year’s CP+ in Japan. We’re happy about two fixed focal length lenses from the Art series and two zoom lenses.
SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art:
This lens is the first and only F 1.8 with an ultra-wide angle. This provides photographers unforeseen new and creative prospects and, thanks to the enormous light intensity, a high resolution subject with a very shallow depth of field. The best requirements to capture some impressive subjects! This Art series lens is perfect for landscape and architecture photography as well as for astrophotography.
SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art:
Also new is this popular lens. A fixed focal length range of 24-70mm makes it an absolute all-rounder! This lens masters travel and documentary photography as well as portrait and wildlife photography.
SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary:
The SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM is the only lens among the four newcomers that’s not part of the Art but of the Contemporary series. According to the description this lens convinces with a good optical performance and with a very compact build quality. This ensures that the ultra-telephoto lens can produce top quality pictures and due to its light design it can be a fantastic companion for every sort of adventure.
SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art:
Another very promising newcomer from Sigma is the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art. With a light intensity of F1.8 this lens perfectly matches SIGMA’s Art series. It is said to convince with an excellent photo quality for the entire image field and it sets new standards for comparable telephoto lenses. When producing this lens manufacturers specifically focused on reducing longitudinal chromatic aberration in order to guarantee impressive bokeh. All this makes the lens ideal for wildlife, travel and portrait photography.
This year I already felt like getting on the plane in January to escape the daily routine for a couple of days. I wanted to go to a city where I wouldn’t have to rush from sight to sight but where I can simply enjoy the atmosphere. I wanted to stroll through the narrow lanes and the lively squares, enjoy some sun and have a unique view from nice rooftop terraces. Some good coffee and tea, fresh-squeezed juices, a different kind of cuisine, diligent handcrafts and amazing colors… A few days in Marrakech, the “red city”, the “pearl of the South” combine all these aspects for me!
In the city this winter is gray. Everything’s gray, the tall buildings, the sky and even sometimes the people appear somewhat gray to me because of the murky atmosphere. The snow never remains and that’s why there’s never a real winter feeling, except for our cold fingers and a red nose.
That’s also the reason why I grabbed my camera (a Canon EOS 5D Mark III) and my new SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM lens to go out of town. However, unfortunately I still wasn’t able to find a real winter. 😉
As you could already see on this blog, the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens has been part of the equipment I take with me for quite some time now. I’ve tested its heart and its soul by studying diverse reports, professional reviews etc. and, of course, by taking photos myself under different conditions.
In order to finalize all the information on this particular lens I took pictures under very special light conditions for you – in artificial light in the dark.
Regarding the specs I need to say that I took all the pictures with an APS-C camera, the Canon EOS 600D. This means that I had to keep the ISO value as low as possible in order to take high quality pictures – so it was a real challenge for the optics of the lens.
Just after arriving at the Photokina there were quite a lot of things to discover for a curious guy like me. Besides numerous innovations regarding print technology in photography and many fantastic exhibitions of pictures from all over the world, I was particularly fascinated by the recently announced lenses. Of course, Sigma’s optics attracted me and besides the SIGMA ultra-wide-angle 12-24mm F4 DG HSM and the fixed focal length Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM I came across the Sigma 85 F1.4 DG HSM of the Art series. I already know the big aperture from my experiences with the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens with which I already had the chance to take some amazing pictures.
Aiming for a stronger presence in the video business, SIGMA dives into the market with a new series of cinema lenses. The optics is specifically designed for cinematography.
There’s an increasing demand for high resolution lenses and the Japanese company is reacting to this. First, Sigma will release two zoom lenses for cameras with EF and E mounts. These lenses are made for a 6K and 8K resolution. One year later some more zoom lenses and five focal lengths are said to follow up.
High Speed Zoom series:
This product line will be the first to be released on the market. To be more exact, this line will first include only two T2 constant aperture zoom lenses. In the beginning there will be a 18-35mm T2 and a 50-100mm T2. The FF zoom line is, as its name suggests, designed for the use of full frame cameras. First there will be a 24-35mm T2.2 FF.
The focal lengths of the FF High Speed Prime series that have already been announced are the following: 20 mm T1.5 FF, 24 mm T1.5 FF, 35 mm T1.5 FF, 50 mm T1.5 FF and 85 mm T1.5 FF.
So far Sigma has not published any price information.