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New Sigma Lenses Coming Q1 of 2015 [CR1]

New Sigma Lenses Coming Q1 of 2015 [CR1]

A reported roadmap for Sigma has shown up over at SigmaRumors.com. They’re told that Sigma’s 24mm f/1.4 ART lens has been delayed until Q1 of 2015. This has been a rumoured lens for quite some time.

Also mentioned are a 14-24mm f/4 Art which makes a lot of sense. Also mentioned is a 16-20mm f/2, which seems a bit constrained on the zoom range, why not just make a 16mm f/2?

Source: [SR]

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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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