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.
There’s some exciting news for all Sony photographers among you! The MC-11 mount converter makes it possible to use interchangeable lenses with SIGMA SA-mounts and SIGMA EF-mounts on camera bodies with Sony E-mounts.
The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography is a renowned photography prize that is awarded every year for extraordinary performances. The award, which is considered to be the most significant in photography worldwide, is organized by the Hasselblad Foundation and worth about 100,000 €.
The list of award winners includes big names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson (1982), Irving Penn (1985) and Cindy Sherman (1999). This year the famous award was given to Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra.
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.
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.
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.