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In spite of the raves that current micro four-thirds and Sony E-Mount cameras have actually received of late, there’s still a dearth of lenses for the fledgeling systems contrasted to their even more entrenched equivalents. The good news is, Sigma‘s just contributed to the pool of autofocus-equipped designs for each system: updated 19mm F2.8 DN and 30mm F2.8 DN models along with an all-new 60mm F2.8 DN telephoto lens. Each Japan-made model has a “telecentric” optical design to minimize CMOS color problems, a metal outside with silver or black color choices, and a linear autofocus motor that Sigma claims is silent enough to utilize for video. At the same time, the imaging outfit additionally announced an updated 30mm, F1.4 DC HSM design for Canon APS-C, Nikon DX and its very own Sigma mount. All that’s terrific news, though we’re still awaiting an AF/electronic F1.4 or faster lens for E-Mount (there’s just one on MFT also)– though this might tide us over, in the meantime. See the PR after the break for more info.
Sigma Firm announces four brand-new lenses at CP + Camera and Image Imaging Program 2013
January 29, 2013
Sigma Firm reveals 4 new lenses at CP + Camera and Picture Imaging Show 2013
APS-C format, E-Mount and Micro Four Thirds lenses feature streamlined new ‘Art’ item line design
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Jan. 29, 2013-Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, supplier and service supplier of a few of the world’s most outstanding lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today revealed the release of 4 brand-new lenses for the ART product, including 3 lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and one lens for DSLR cameras with APS-C size sensors. This statement comes at the start of the CP + Camera and Picture Imaging Program 2013 this week in Yokohama, Japan.
The brand-new and updated Sigma lenses include the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, which will be offered in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts, and the 30mm F2.8 DN, 19mm F2.8 DN and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses, which are available for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount camera systems. Prices and accessibility on all these lenses has yet to be revealed.
The 60mm F2.8 DN lens is totally new to the Sigma lineup, while the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM and the 30mm F2.8 DN and 19mm F2.8 DN lenses are existing focal lengths that have actually been revamped with improved optical performance and consisted of as part of Sigma’s brand-new Global Vision group restructuring. All 3 DN lenses incorporate telecentric optical designs and a linear, vehicle focusing motor that guarantees precise and silent concentrating for video recording. They likewise boast metal exteriors and a merely shaped focus ring, with varying structures to distinguish each part of the lens. In addition, DN individuals could select between a black or silver finish to match their favored equipment.
“We’re truly proud of the extremely sharp lenses we’ve produced in the previous year and these new Art lenses will continue to excite our fans and critics alike. They’re optimal for the landscape, portrait, still-life, close-up and laid-back photographer who values creative, dramatic results above density and multifunction,” stated Mark Amir-Hamzeh, head of state of Sigma Company of America. “The lenses are completely made in Japan and they boast the brand-new product line’s sleek design and enhanced quality assurance. We’re quite proud of these modifications – and additions – to our lens lineup; they’re more evidence of Sigma’s forethought in this fast-moving sector.”
Below are more details on these brand-new lenses from Sigma:
& middot; 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Sigma’s new USB Dock, which will make it possible for firmware updates and concentrating adjustments, is anticipated to be readily available in coming months. – Sigma pioneered the large-aperture, APS-C format, basic lens group with its 30mm F1.4 lens in 2005. With new optical configurations of nine aspects in eight teams, along with rounded aperture cutters, this updated lens provides pleasing sharpness and a beautiful bokeh background. Its angle of view is equivalent to 45mm on a 35mm camera (which is comparable to that of human vision), its minimum concentrating distance is 11.8 inches and its maximum magnification ratio is 1:6.8. The lens’ enhanced power circulation helps to reduce area curvature, prevent a loss of image quality at the edges of pictures and produce superior image quality. Its double-aspheric lens minimizes spherical distortion, astigmatism and coma, and its rear focus system avoids focus-dependent variation in aberration. Together, the new optimized car focus (AF) algorithm and rear concentrating system ensure smooth and accurate concentrating. The brand-new 30mm F1.4 is additionally compatible with Sigma’s new USB Dock, which will enable firmware updates and concentrating adjustments, is expected to be offered in coming months.
& middot; 60mm F2.8 DN – Featuring the natural point of view of mid-range telephoto lenses, together with a shallow depth of field, this lens permits the photographer to catch a single part of a subject with excellent bokeh impacts. It has an angle of view equivalent to 120mm on the Micro 4 Thirds system and 90mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). The minimal focusing distance is 19.7 inches; the max magnification is 1:7.2. This lens additionally contains Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, which helps lessen axial and transverse chromatic aberration.
& middot; Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN – This high-performance, wide-angle telephoto lens has an angle of view equivalent to 38mm on the Micro Four Thirds system and 28.5 mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). As a wide-angle lens with exceptional mobility, it is optimal for studio photography, architecture and starry skies. Its minimum concentrating distance is 7.9 inches and its optimum magnification is 1:7.4.
& middot; Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN – This high-performance, standard telephoto lens has an angle of view equivalent to 60mm on the Micro Four Thirds system and 45mm on the E-mount system (35mm comparable focal length). This lens, which is perfect for casual and formal portraiture, documentary photography, travelogues and everyday shooting, consists of a double-sided aspherical lens that improves its optical efficiency. Its minimum concentrating distance of 11.8 inches and its max magnification is 1:8.1.
For details about Sigma Corporation of America, see www.sigmaphoto.com. For the complete news release for each of these new lenses, see Sigma’s news section at www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-news.
About Sigma Company
For even more than 50 years, Sigma Corporation’s know-how and breakthrough has actually driven the business’s center approach of “understanding, plus experience, plus creativity, “with anemphasis on producing top notch, high-performance photographic technology. This family-owned company is the largest, independent SLR lens maker in the globe, producing more than even more than 45 lenses that work with most producers, consisting of Sigma, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax. Sigma Firm additionally produces digital SLR cameras and high-definition digital compact cameras. The company is headquartered in Japan, with offices strategically found throughout Europe, Asia and North America. For details, please go to www.sigmaphoto.com.
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Fans of Sigma’s compact collection will be delighted by the information of this brand-new camera. Dubbed the DP3 Merrill, this compact camera comes with the exact same 46-megapixel (15.3-megapixel equivalent) Foveon X3 APS-C sensor as seen on its 2 other DP Merrill siblings in addition to the SD1 DSLR. Where the DP1 had a 28mm-equivalent lens and the DP2 with a 45mm-equivalent, this new DP3 stuffs a 75mm-equivalent lens (marked 50mm), and indeed, it’s still F2.8. The focal length might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but it could still do macro at down to 22.6 centimeters (with up to 1:3 magnification), and at 400g, this should still catch the interest of Foveon fans.
The DP3 Merrill utilizes Real II image processing engine and boasts a ISO 100 to 6400, and it provides nine focal points, 7fps constant shooting, a 3-inch 0.92-megapixel LCD and a more intuitive UI. Sadly, for video it’s still stuck with VGA resolution. We’ll let you guys understand when we get a cost and a date, so remain tuned.
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We were still wearing our winter coats when Sigma revealed its 19mm F2.8 toutin’ (28mm equivalent) DP1 Merrill compact was getting a (pseudo) 46-megapixel sensing unit overhaul. Now, we finally get word on when we can easily take the refreshed snapper for a spin: mid-September. If you’re interested in an autumnal upgrade, we wish you have actually been conserving, as you’ll have to drop a durable $ 999 for the privilege. Which is great, just as long as you just weren’t placing of the vacation until this arrived.
Continue reading Sigma finally reveals cost and availability for DP1 Merrill compactFiled under: CamerasSigma finally announces price and availability for DP1 Merrill compact initially appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Aug 2012
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A big draw at CP+ this year has been Sigma’s DP2 Merrill 30mm (45mm equivalent) f2.8 fixed focal length compact. As we noted in our announcement post, the DP2 features a three layer, 15.3-megapixel Foveon X3 sensor. It produces 4,704 x 3,136 x 3 (the number of layers) RAW images at its highest setting, generating file sizes of about 45MB — or roughly 10MB larger than the 14-bit uncompressed RAW images coming off Nikon’s new professional D4 DSLR. Sigma had a couple of (very) pre-production DP2s at CP+ and we got to take a few quick shots with it on the show floor.
The exterior design of the new DP2 is generally unchanged from the version released back in 2009, although the scroll wheel has been moved from the rear to the top of the…
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We heard about the SD1 back in September: a Foveon-based DSLR with 45 megapixels, as they define them, though the “megapixel” rating is difficult to compare when you have different sensor patterns going on. They’re confident enough to price this thing above even Canon and Nikon’s pro level cameras. Yes, it’ll set you back $ 9700. That’s $ 2000 more than a 1D mk III and $ 4000 more than a D3X or S.
Sigma is hoping that it’ll be picked up not as a superior pro camera but as a cheap alternative to medium-format brands like Hasselblad and Leaf. But there are a few problems there:
- The Foveon sensor has its strengths, but it also has its weaknesses, and I doubt studio photographers are risk-takers. Is it really able to run against Hasselblads?
- I’m not loving that low-resolution LCD. The screen on Canon’s sub-$ 1000 DSLR line is far sharper, and that resolution matters when you’re reviewing shots or checking focus.
- In the end, definition is determined by the lens. Sigma makes a million lenses but for years I’ve heard their consistency trashed. No one is going to pay ten grand for a camera if you can’t guarantee a cherry lens every time. Nikon and Canon have this covered with their high end lenses, and the built-ins on medium formats are married to the sensor. Can Sigma compete?
Unfortunately for Sigma, I just don’t think the camera will be a hit at that price. It has a lot going for it, but when you’re putting it up against cameras four times the price while at the same time missing features available on cameras half the price, you’re not going to make a lot of friends.
After buying up Gennum and its VXP video processing technology back in ’08, Sigma Designs has finally managed to shoehorn its “professional grade” scaling (previously sen in high priced boxes from Kaleidescape and Mark Levinson) into a chip destined for consumer set-top boxes. The SMP8910 system-on-chip claims to have enough power for all manner of over the top application or middleware, while the VXP processing cleans up video well enough for it to claim Netflix streams of higher quality than on competing hardware and reduced ghosting on 3D content. We’ll need to actually see the chip at work in a Blu-ray player, IPTV box or similar device to judge its capabilities for ourselves but if it was good enough to make some people consider a $ 4,000 DVD player and is available for more reasonably priced applications, then we’re all ears.
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Sigma’s certainly managed to get plenty of photographers’ attention with its line of Foveon sensor-equipped digital cameras, but it hasn’t exactly always managed to meet expectations. According to Photography Blog, it looks like that’s also the case for the company’s latest: the SD15. While the camera is described as ‘less of an obvious odd fish than its forebears,” the site says that it’s still best suited for photographers looking for a “challenge,” and that you likely won’t want to have it as your only DSLR. In particularly, Photography Blog found that while images exhibited less of the odd color casts and white balance issues of previous models, they still left quite a bit to be desired, especially at higher ISOs. On the upside, that Foveon sensor does still offer some capabilities that can’t be found elsewhere, and the site says that the camera is unique enough that it can’t bring itself to actively dislike it.
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All together now: “Finally!” Believe it or not, we first saw the SD15 glimmer back in September of 2008 — practically an era ago based on what has transpired on our little planet since — and we found out this February that Sigma was keeping the dream alive for the time being. According to a report straight out of Japan, it looks as if the long wait for a DSLR that’s possibly past its prime by now is just about over. As the story goes, the SD15 (along with its famed Foveon X3 image sensor) will be shipping in at least some portions of the world by the month’s end, with a body-only price of ¥120,000 / €1,199 (around $1,310 on a good day) and a kit price of ¥140,000 ($1,528). ‘Course, we’re still planning to wait for the first legitimate consumer unboxing before we commence celebrating, but at least the end of the tunnel is clearly marked.
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Still no word on price, but Sigma’s recently-announced DP2s, DP1x, and SD15 cameras were on hand at PMA, just out of reach of our greasy hands. A shame, really, but at least we managed to at least stand in the trinity’s presence, right? Perhaps more interesting comes from the mouth of Chief Operating Officer Kazuto Yamaki, who in an interview with Digital Photography Review predicts that zoom lenses are in the future for mirrorless camera systems — which, for those not hip to his jive, apparently include Olympus’ and Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds shooters, Samsung’s "hybrid DSLR" NX10, and quite possibly Sony’s new Alpha compact concept. Color us intrigued, but as Yamaki noted, it’s all a matter of whether or not the market picks up. Let’s hope — those cameras featured above? Closer shots below.
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I doubt Sigma’s DP2s (stress “s”) update will clean up Wilson’s DP2 review in any real way, but the improved autofocus algorithm could help reduce the camera’s complexity a tad. Thing’s still going to be expensive though.
Now that’s only an educated guesstimate, using Sigma’s existing pricing practices as a guide, because official pricing isn’t available just yet.
We only know of new features, aforementioned autofocus tweaks chief amongst them. The tweak is all about speed. As in, the camera will do it faster. Items not getting tweaked include Sigma’s traditional bare bones interface and camera body. Those remain Spartan and simple, as they were with the DP2. Inside the 14MP FOVEON X3 CMOS sensor is yet another example of Sigma’s push to include larg(er) senors in their compact cameras.
There’s also a Power Save Mode that should help budding photographers take more pics on a single charge (in theory and PR speak only, for now).
A final addition is the inclusion of Sigma’s beefy RAW image processing software, “SIGMA Photo Pro4.0″ (lack of JPEG+RAW was a ding against in the DP2 review). With the Mac version, Sigma promises previously PC-only features like JPEG conversion and batch white balance settings. [Sigma via DPReview]
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