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Sigma USB Dock Firmware 1.02 Released

Sigma USB Dock Firmware 1.02 Released

Sigma has released firmware version 1.02 for their USB dock.

Compatible with SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014 and 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014.

* If SIGMA Optimization Pro is Ver. 1.2, it will display the message for firmware update when you start up the software. Please follow the indicated steps and update the firmware of SIGMA USB DOCK accordingly.=
* If SIGMA Optimization Pro is Ver. 1.1 or earlier, please firstly update the version of the software to Ver. 1.2.

Download the USB dock firmware update from Sigma

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Sigma to Release Firmware for 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports & New Teleconverter Compatibility

Sigma to Release Firmware for 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports & New Teleconverter Compatibility

Sigma Corporation would like to announce that there are two types of new tele converters to be released on October 24th, 2014. Please note that the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports requires an update to the firmware to make it compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001.

For those who own the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports and considering using it with either the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 or SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001, please follow the steps below to update the firmware of the lens.

Please be advised that the updated version of firmware will make it compatible with the new tele converters, however it will also make it incompatible with conventional APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG and APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG. For further information, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.

For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK
Please start up the SIGMA Optimization Pro software and update the firmware of the SIGMA USB DOCK. There will be the optimized firmware compatible with the new tele converters (Sigma: Ver. 1.01, Nikon: Ver. 1.02, Canon: Ver. 1.03), currently scheduled for release on October 24th.

For customers who do not own SIGMA USB DOCK
We are going to start the service for update on October 27th. Please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.

Source: [TDP]

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Patent: Tamron 10-50 f/3.5-5.6 VC Fisheye for APS-C

Tamron looks to be continuing their set of VC wide angle zoom lenses. This time with a 10-50mm f/3.5-5.6 VC fisheye lens for APS-C cameras. This would follow the very well received 15-30mm f/2.8 VC that was shown at Photokina this month in Germany.

Tamron 10-50 f/3.5-5.6 VC Fisheye

Tamron 10-50 f/3.5-5.6 VC Fisheye

Patent Publication No. 2014-178388 (Google Translated)

  • Published Date 2014.9.25
  • Filing date 2013.3.13

Example 1

  • Focal length f = 10.302-21.15-47.803mm
  • Fno. 3.53-5.05-5.62
  • Half angle ω = 90.00-39.00-17.00 °
  • Maximum image height Y = 14.200mm
  • (L131 part of the third group) anti-vibration
  • Inner Focus (L134 part of the third group)

Source: [EG]

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Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test

Matt Granger got to spend some time with the recently announced Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC lens for full frame cameras. We think he’s one of very few that’s been able to take images and video with the lens.

You can see more at MattGranger.com

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Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap

Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap

 

Sigma has opened up about their future plans to Focus-Numerique and what sorts of lenses and products they are, and are not developing.

  • Sigma will update their 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM (with an f/2 version?) and 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lenses.
  • Sigma’s next DSLR will have a brand new design philosophy.
  • Sigma is not interested in developing a new mirrorless interchangeable camera for now.

Source: [PR] / [FN]

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Schneider-Kreuznach Announces Three New EF Lenses

Schneider-Kreuznach Announces Three New EF Lenses

NEW RANGE OF DSLR LENSES BY SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH

Schneider-Kreuznach presents newly designed lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras at photokina 2014, the leading trade show for photography. They are the first in a new series of Schneider-Kreuznach DSLR lenses with an electronic connection to the camera.

The Xenon 1.6/35 mm and Xenon 1.4/50 mm lenses are equipped with an electronic interface to the camera and a mechanical automatic iris for Nikon cameras. The Macro Symmar on display with an 85 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of 2.4 has a motorized iris and an electronic interface for the Canon EOS system. The automatic aperture function is driven exclusively by the camera.

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All lenses will be available for Canon EOS and Nikon-F systems.

The lenses have been developed to meet the increasingly stringent requirements in combination with a continuous decrease in pixel size. “The lenses are produced in Bad Kreuznach for sophisticated users. They stand out in particular with their high image quality,” says Frithjof Spangenberg, product manager for photo imaging at Schneider-Kreuznach.

Visit Schneider | Seen on [PR]

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Sigma at Photokina 2014

Sigma announced 3 lenses, 2 teleconverters, filters and a new Quattro camera, and we were able to play around with the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport lens. They did not have the contemporary lens on display.

The new sport lens is built to the same standard as the 120-300 f/2.8 OS lens that Sigma released over a year ago. The focus and zoom rings are extremely smooth, and the autofocus was relatively quick on the 5D Mark III I borrowed to try the lens out with. The weight is well balanced and the lens doesn’t expand as much as I thought it would when zooming to 600mm.

There’s definitely a space in the market between the Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC ($1100) and the Canon EF 600 f/4L IS ($12,000). The added reach will also sway a lot of Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS ($1700) prospective buyers over to the Sigma camp if the autofocus can perform up the standards most birders and field sport photographers demand.

I suspect the contemporary version will be priced in the $1200 range, but we’ll have to wait on the official word from Sigma.

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

Sigma at Photokina 2014 | Click for Larger

Sigma at Photokina 2014 | 150-600 Contemporary is on the left | Click for Larger

As you can see from the image above, the Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 OS Sports series lens is bulkier and longer. Sigma told us that the lens is better built for the elements, autofocus performance and optical quality. At the $1999 price tag for the sports version of the lens, Sigma should be very competitive once again from a price standpoint.

Preorder: Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 C | Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 S | Sigma 18-300 f/3.5-6.3 C

Preorder: Sigma TC-1401 Teleconverter | TC-2001 Teleconverter

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Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Reviews

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Reviews

If you love reading reviews, Zeiss seems to have done a wonderful job of getting the new Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 in the hands of photographers for a barrage of reviews praising its quality. Below is a rundown of reviews from around the web and they all have the same running theme, and that is the lens is pretty good.

List of Reviews

Preorder the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* $4490

Source: [PR]

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Tamron Announces Development of Full Frame 15-30mm f/2.8 VC

Tamron Announces Development of Full Frame 15-30mm f/2.8 VC

September 12, 2014, Saitama, Japan. – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world’s first in its category. The price and launch date are to be determined. The lens will be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina 2014, September 16- 21, 2014 in Cologne, Germany (Photokina Booth Number:Hall 4.2 D10 – E19).

Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. SP 24-70mm F/2.8 was the first in the series, being integrated with VC, followed by the 70-200mm F/2.8, 90mm F/2.8 Macro, and 150-600mm F/5-6.3. The array of those new lenses have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts and working pros around the globe. To address the needs for more towards the wider angular field, Tamron spearheaded the development of SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, a fast ultra-wideangle zoom lens with the image stabilization feature, setting itself apart from the rest of zooms in this category.

Product Highlights

Superb image quality and performance

With an optical construction of 18 elements in 13 groups, inclusive of XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements in the system, aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral color are efficiently compensated for enabling the zoom lens to deliver outstanding image quality throughout the entire range from corner to corner.

Prominent competence of VC when shooting night scenes and under low light conditions

Recognizing the needs for image stabilization capability on a wideangle lens voiced by a number of photographers, especially for a full-frame, fast F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens category, VC is tuned for providing discernible competence throughout the entire zoom range. The feature enhances image depicting capabilities for shooting night scenes and under low light conditions.

Benefit of the eBAND and the improved BBAR coatings

Tamron’s acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images.

Fluorine coating on the front element, Tamron’s first

Due to the large diameter and the prominent convex profile of the front element, it is not practical to deploy a protective filter. For the first time, a fluorine coating is applied to the front element, which repels water or any type of dirt, while making it easier to remove such smudge when contaminated.

Fascinating background “bokeh” with the fast maximum aperture of F/2.8

Natural and smooth blur on the subject background enhances depictive capabilities of wide-angle photography when a subject is located in the close distance. The 9-blade diaphragm construction retains a near-circular aperture opening even when stopped down by two steps from its full open position and delivers ideal bokeh effects.

Easy-to-use autofocus

Speed of autofocus and control accuracy are further improved. USD[4] (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) delivers tack-sharp images due to the high torque and fast response speed with least amount of lag time, yet with extremely low acoustic noise. Equipped with a full-time manual focus mechanism, fine focus adjustments are enabled without exiting from the AF mode.

Comes with “SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron”, RAW image processing software customized for Tamron SP lenses

The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software provides an added feature to generate high-quality images from RAW data, while performing adjustments to reflect a personal style and a taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras.

The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (lateral color, distortion, relative illumination fall-off) referring to the optical design data. Optimal use with Tamron’s SP series lenses – renowned for their high-depiction capabilities – delivers images that meet photographers’ most exacting demands.

[4] USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron’s proprietary ring-type ultrasonic motor.

Detailed Feature Explanation

VC (Vibration Compensation)

VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary image stabilization system. Tamron’s VC is a three-coil system, whereby three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three ceramic ball bearings. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the ceramic ball bearings, achieving smooth movement with little friction. And since the VC mechanism is moved in parallel using only the motorized control, the mechanical structure has been simplified, enabling the development of a more compact lens.

The Ultrasonic Silent Motor (USD)

In the ultrasonic motor, a piezoelectric element arranged in a ring formation generates ultrasonic vibrations in a metallic ring stator, and the vibration energy is used to rotate a metallic ring rotor that is attached to the stator. The rotation energy is in turn transferred from the metallic ring rotor to operate the focusing mechanism of the lens.

eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating

eBAND Coating, developed by Tamron, is a new coating technique that radically improves anti-reflection properties. A nano-structured layer (1nm = 1/1,000,000mm), with dimensions smaller than the wavelengths of visible rays of light, is deployed on top of multiple coating layers to maximize efficiency.

Reflections occur at the interface between the lens and the air because of the difference in refractive indices of the two substances. The nano-structure of the eBAND Coating renders an extremely low refractive index by minimizing the differential with that of air while actively inducing air to its own structure, thus significantly suppressing the extent and degree of reflections.

In addition, a total anti-reflection efficiency at the lens surface is further improved by means of integrating the conventional coating technique based on an active utilization of the “interference of light” principle, attenuating an amount of reflections by overlaying reflected light on the coating front surface and that of the back side with its phase shifted, thus increasing the net transmissivity.

As a hybrid technology between the newly developed nano-structured layer with an extremely low refractive index and conventional multiple-layer coatings, the eBAND Coating provides superb anti-reflection performance, delivering crisp, razor sharp images, and remarkably eliminating the flare and ghosting that can tangibly damage image quality.

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Sigma Corporation Announces New 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary

Sigma Corporation Announces New 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary

RONKONKOMA, N.Y — September 12, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is adding a new lens to its Global Vision Contemporary category with today’s announcement of the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM. The lens will become available in October for the street price of $579.

Designed exclusively for APS-C camera sensors, the new 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM features a 16.6x high-ratio zoom lens which equates to a 27-450mm zoom range. It incorporates four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance equal to flourite, in addition to one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element. This enables the lens to minimize the chromatic aberration, especially toward the telephoto-end, and provide clear image quality with high color fidelity. Also, this lens comes with a newly developed optical stabilization (OS) system, ensuring better compensation.

Preoder the Sigma 18-300 f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM Contemporary at B&H Photo

“We expect the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM to be yet another standout in our Global Vision lineup, and a perfect option for anyone looking to carry minimal equipment and still be able to capture breathtaking images” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “It will be a compact and affordable, high-performance, all-in-one lens that offers wide-angle to telephoto versatility and the very unique macro-zoom capability for close-ups. It’s perfect for all photographic needs – especially for those purchasing this product as their first time interchangeable lens.”

The lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 15 inches, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3. To enhance the macro capabilities of the lens, Sigma Corporation has also designed a dedicated close-up AML72-01 lens that pairs with the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 to offer a maximum magnification ratio 1:2 and changeable angles of view. Even when this close-up lens is attached, the image taken at maximum magnification ratio, at 300mm, infinity, shows very little difference in modulation transfer function (MTF). This close-up lens will be sold separately for $55 and will also be available in October.

The 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM incorporates a bigger and newly developed Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures high speed and quiet AF. Additionally the Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, to provide the user with sharp and high contrast images.

The lens will be available in Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Sony mounts; Pentax and Sony mounts will not offer OS.

The 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM is compatible with Sigma’s USB dock, allowing photographers to update the lens’ firmware and change focus parameters using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service. Sigma remains one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely made in Japan. Moreover, all products, including the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM was designed to surpass the required quality inspection of every Global Vision lens with Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system to create a new optical standard to align with the high-spec cameras on today’s market.

The company will be exhibiting at the 2014 Photokina in Cologne, Germany, later this month. The latest lenses from the Global Vision lineup will be on display at the event and attendees are invited to stop by booth #B20/C29 in Hall 4.2. For information about Sigma, go to www.sigmaphoto.com or follow the company on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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