Photokina – Imaging Unlimited


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We’ve already written about this topic once – but now the time’s come! In the scene it is THE big event – the Photokina. Photographers from all around the world travel to Cologne end of September to visit the exhibition. It’s always highly anticipated because camera and lens manufacturers like to use it as a platform to announce their new products to the public for the first time. In 2008, for example, the Leica S System was announced, or at the last Photokina in 2014 the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1, a mirrorless digital compact camera with a full frame sensor, was presented, or SIGMA’s high-resolution digital cameras DP1 and DP2 Merrill with a Foveon X3 sensor.

The target groups at the Photokina are very broad as you can quickly notice on the homepage: They address pros but also young “smartphoners”. No surprise – because the presentations and discussions offered are as diverse as the numerous international exhibitors.

This year, among other things, the event covers the following focus topics: The popular photo competition BLENDE will take place where everyone can prove their abilities and talents. Besides that there will be a stronger focus on blogging, on the internet and social media as well as on video and light painting. You’ll get the chance to try out virtual reality headsets as well as 360° videos and images. Fun, thrill and a wonderful innovative experience in this branch in technology will be guaranteed to every visitor.

 The Photokina takes place at the Messegelände Köln from 20 to 25 September 2016 daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

Brandnew optics for SIGMA


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.

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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.

An award for the 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens


EISA is a unique association of 50 special interest magazines from 22 European countries. This association is mainly known for its annual award.

Every year in June the editors-in-chief of all EISA member magazines come together to decide which products of the previous year have proven to be the best and therefore deserve to receive the prestigious award. There’s an award in the categories audio, video, home cinema, photography, vehicle electronics and mobile devices. The jury considers excellent products combining advanced technology, desired features, attractive design and excellent quality for this award.

Winner in the category EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2016-2017

The SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens is a powerful telephoto zoom lens for APS-C format cameras. It combines some classic and very popular focal lengths (85mm, 105mm & 135mm) and it impresses with its versatile use. In addition the lens convinced the jury with its wide aperture, its precise noiseless and fast auto focus and its good image quality. Like all the lenses in the Art series it is a high quality product that meets the high expectations!

SIGMA NEWS: When will the wait be over? – SIGMA 85mm Art lens


The SIGMA 85 1.4 Art lens is probably the most anticipated and desired lens created by this manufacturer.  As perhaps all of us know, the SIGMA ART series hasa very good reputation. The Art 35 and 50 are excellent high-quality lenses which have often been awarded and are in demand worldwide. Of course we all hope that the 85mm Art will continue the success of the previous two lenses!

In 2015 rumors surfaced already about this lens coming onto the market. We all regret that these speculations haven’t turned out to be true.  This year there’ve been some rumors and speculations on the release date as well. The website photorumors.com mentioned a release of the lens this August while Digicame-info.com refers to a tweet that claims the lens has been produced and is most likely to be announced at the Photokina in September this year.

Unfortunately, no official statements have been given on this so far. I can only say that for quite some time I’ve been looking forward to the release and I can hardly wait to test the 85mm 1.4!

SIGMA News: SIGMA awarded as “Most Innovative Brand of the Year“


 

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End of June SIGMA was awarded the world’s biggest prize for innovations: the Plus X Award in the category video and photography technology, as “Most Innovative Brand of the Year”. The award was officially handed over to SIGMA in the building of the first German Bundestag in Bonn at the Plus X Award Night.

Robert Kruppa, General Manager of SIGMA Germany, received the prize and commented on the award as follows:

“The honor of such a prestigious prize once again confirms that by introducing our premium strategy SIGMA Global Vision we have consequently and strategically continued developing our markets over the past few years. It proves that in terms of unique image quality, latest photography technology and high quality standards we keep setting benchmarks that convince both hobby and expert photographers on all levels.”

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SIGMA News: Teleconverter


The compact and cheap alternative to the telephoto lens – a teleconverter

SIGMA offers two different teleconverter series. Both converters, the TC-1401 and the TC-2001, were exclusively developed for SIGMA converter-compatible lenses in all three product lines, the Contemporary, the Art and the Sports series.

But what exactly are teleconverters?

They are optional optical device accessories mounted between the lens and the camera. They are device accessories that increase the focal length of the existing lens so that a smaller angle of view is captured and the image is enlarged at the same distance from the subject. You can easily calculate the enlargement scale by increasing the focal length of the respective lens by the factor of the converter in combination with the teleconverter. You should keep in mind though that the aperture is reduced by this very value!

Advantages of a teleconverter:

With a teleconverter in your bag you don’t necessarily need a telephoto lens. The clear advantages of a converter are that  it’s very compact and lightand  it’s also cheap. A teleconverter costs only a fractional amount of what you’d have to spend on an ordinary telephoto lens.

Cutting-edge SIGMA teleconverters

The previous versions of converters could mostly be combined with every lens. SIGMA developed its cutting-edge converter specifically for particular lenses though, both on an optical and on a mechanical level. The specific build quality of a teleconverter can guarantee the best image quality.

The SIGMA teleconverter

Currently SIGMA offers four different kinds of teleconverters, two models for each series:

  • 4x Converter EX DG
  • 0x Converter EX DG
  • TC – 1401
  • TC – 2001

The delivery package of each teleconverter contains both front and rear cap. The EX DG series also includes a quiver.

The SIGMA EX DG Teleconverter series:

The SIGMA 1,4x EX DG converter

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Specs:

The 1.4x Converter EX DG consists of 5 lens elements in 3 groups. It is both designed for APSC cameras as well as for full format devices. It increases the fixed focal length by the factor 1.4.

Advantages:

Weighing 188g and measuring 68×20.1mm, this teleconverter is a very compact and light, but an extremely handy accessory to your camera equipment.

Costs:

The recommended retail price of the converter is 309 Euros.

The SIGMA 2.0x Converter EX DG

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Specifications:

The 2.0x Converter EX DG doubles the focal length of the mounted lens. It has 6 lens elements arranged in 5 groups and a lot bigger and heavier than its little brother. It weighs about 240g and measures about 68×45.3mm.

Costs:

The recommended retail price is 349 Euros.

Specifications of both SIGMA teleconverters 1.4x and 2.0x EX DG

Both converters in the EX DG series are equipped with a super-multi-layer (SML) coating to avoid so-called ghost images which can be created due to reflections on the sensor surface. Besides this it also guarantees good color balance while maintaining the performance level of the mounted lens in the complete focal length range.

Compatibility of both SIGMA teleconverters 1.4x and 2.0x EX DG:

On this link you can check on a compatibility list whether the converters match your camera and your lenses.

The SIGMA TC teleconverter series:

The SIGMA TC-1401

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Specs:

The TC-1401 is a standard teleconverter that increases the focal length by 1.4 times.

It has 7 lens elements arranged in 5 groups and measures about 69.8x25mm. It weighs only 190g.

Specifications:

The TC-1401 is available on the SIGMA website in a set with the following lenses:

  • SIGMA 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
  • SIGMA 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports

Costs:

The recommended retail price is 359 Euros.

The SIGMA TC-2001

 

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Specifications:

The high quality SIGMA TC-2001 teleconverter doubles the focal length of the mounted lens. It has 10 lenses arranged in 5 groups and measures about 69.8×48.9mm and weighs 290g.

Costs:

The recommended retail price for this converter is 439 Euros.

Specifications of the SIGMA TC teleconverter:

Both converters contain glass elements called SLD for “Special Low Dispersion”. This high quality material perfectly corrects image errors. Another big plus of both converters is that they are dust-proof and splash-proof.

Compatibility of the SIGMA TC teleconverters:

As with the first series, you can also take a look at the link  with a compatibility list where you can check whether the converter works with your equipment.

SIGMA NEWS – Product lines


Hey guys,

here’s Tamara. Today I’d like to tell you a few things about SIGMA. Many of you may know most of it already, for all the others it’s certainly good to know. Today’s topic will be about SIGMA’s three big product lines! These are the Contemporary, the Art and the Sports series. Which series is suitable for which target group, what are their characteristic features and how can I decide which one fits my purpose of use best?

In 2012, the company radically restructured their range of camera lenses and launched these three product lines!  Each product line stands for a clearly defined concept. Since this period all their products have been developed so that they can be assigned to one of these series.

I’ll start with the Contemporary series. These are allrounder lenses. They’re suitable for travel photography as well as for family celebrations. With these lenses you can cover many fields of photography. Another specific feature is their simple build quality. You can find standard, telephoto and zoom lenses in this particular range. Recently I tested the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens.

Next, I’d like to say some words about the Art series. These lenses promise a demanding optical performance and high expressive power. The product line also has an excellent reputation among absolute professionals and experts! With an excellent image performance the lenses aren’t only suitable for landscape, portrait, still life photography, close-ups or even snapshots, but also for more artistic photography. The Art series includes wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses for intense fixed focal lengths as well as macro and fisheye lenses.

The third product line is the Sports series. The purpose of these products is to capture action in movements and to allow dynamic sports and action shots as well as wildlife shots. Sports lenses deliver a demanding optical performance and great expressive power while they also guarantee detailed shots. The lenses need to be fast and precise and offer these qualities in spite of great distances. Besides being used in sports photography, the lenses are also perfect for nature photography as well as for taking pictures of planes and trains, for motor sports but also for portraits. Another characteristic of this series is the possibility of a customized and individualized set-up of certain features with the help of specific software. In this product series you can find telephoto and super-telephoto (zoom) lenses.

I hope I could provide you with some new insights on the various SIGMA series! 🙂

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News from SIGMA for fans of macro photography

The new all-rounder by SIGMA, the 18-300mm F3,5-6,3 DC Macro OS HSM lens of the Contemporary series was presented on the SIGMA website as lens of the month. To revamp it even a little more, the macro lens AML 72-01 was specially developed.

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For those of you, who don’t want to spare macro possibilities in a universal lens this means that you gain a higher magnification factor with the macro lens. Nonetheless, the pictures don’t lose any of their quality according to the manufacturer. Without the AML 72-01 the closest focusing distance of the lens lies at 39 centimetres. The working distance is 14 centimetres and the largest possible magnification ratio of 1:3, similar to macro lenses. With the AML 72-01 the magnification ratio rises to 1:2. Furthermore, by zoom-macro photography the viewing angle can still be changed – the creation of close-up images is possible by turning of the zoom ring. What is more, on it the maximum magnification ratio for the respective focal length is marked, so you can always comprehend the magnification of the photographed subject.

The cost of this exclusive macro lens lies at 69€, which certainly is worth a thought for all owners of the general lens.

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The photokina is about to start – And the SIGMA rumor mill is speeding up

The probably most popular trade fair for the photography and video industries is about to start – the photokina. It will take place in Cologne from September 20 to September 25.

The offer comprises the complete range of photographic equipment: from cameras, storage media, camcorders, scanners to image editing software, photo books, lighting technology and lamps.
For all these reasons the wide-ranging and large photokina show is a perfect stage for announcements of great news about well-known camera and lens manufacturers.

The rumor mills also speed up when it comes to SIGMA. Thus, for example, an Art series of the SIGMA 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens is on top of the wish list after the very good performance of the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM and the SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lenses.

Beyond this, there are speculations on whether the SIGMA 24-700mm f/2.8 DG HSM lens will be included in the SIGMA premium class, the Art series, after certain amendments. And there are also wishes about the SIGMA 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM serving as sports optics.

On the website mirrorlessrumors.com, which, as its name tells you already, focuses on mirrorless system cameras, you can find some references to a new SIGMA fixed focal length with MFT lenses or with a Sony e-mount, respectively, which SIGMA generally refers to as a DN for mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses.

We’re already very excited about the SIGMA announcements at the photokina, but the great number of speculations clearly indicates that SIGMA has really hit the mark with its absolutely high-quality Art series.

 

Art-Diversity


Every two years the perhaps most exciting event for technology lovers of photography takes place. Now in 2016 it’s happening again and Photokina in Cologne is about to start. There the digital progress of various different manufacturers is presented and the newest trends are announced.
The Sigma Art series has already brought about widely popular lenses, specifically the 35mm and 50mm versions, and the highly demanded 85mm/1.4 lens will most probably join the club. Likewise, the 2,8/24-70mm as an Art lens and the 2,8/70-20mm lens with sport optics are wished for. Both amateurs and professional photographers are attracted by the high value for money and the expansion of the product range will further enable the creation of superb low light shots. It is, however, not yet clear if there will also be a 28mm/2.8 lens, as it’s being discussed in some of the forums. With the 19/2.9, 30/2.9 and 60/2.8 similar lenses already exist rendering a 28mm lens somewhat unnecessary. But we will see. As a lover of Sigma I’m already very curious and I’m looking forward to the new brilliant lenses with a thrill of excitement. The creative liberties in dynamic lighting of the image are what makes the Art series so special and therefore it will certainly keep on inspiring photographers keen on trying out new things.

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