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Sigma has officially announced the 24-105mm f/4 DG OS Art series lens.
RONKONKOMA, NY — October 16, 2013 — 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, today announced its newest addition to the Sigma Art line of lenses for full-frame cameras, the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM.
True to its categorization as a Sigma Art lens, the new 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is designed for artistic expression and top-notch image quality. This versatile lens covers the basic shooting range from wide to medium tele with an inner focusing system that eliminates front lens rotation, enhancing the lens stability and allowing the use of circular polarizing filters. It also boasts a constant aperture of F4, and contains Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology to compensate for camera shake. Moreover, it 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 new optical standard to align with the high-spec cameras on today’s market.
“For many years, Sigma users have been seeking a standard zoom lens in this range,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is yet another example of Sigma listening to its users and delivering new and innovative products with the highest image quality.”
Amir-Hamzeh added that this new lens combines the largest possible fixed aperture to zoom ratio that will maintain optimal integrity for many kinds of photography, including landscapes, architecture, portraiture and still-life. With a minimum focusing distance of 45cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.6, this lens is also excellent for close-up photography.
High-performance glass elements, including SLD, FLD, which is equal to fluorite, and glass-molded single- and double-sided aspheric lenses have been included into the optical system to prevent aberration, field curvature, distortions and color aberration. The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM lens is also able to suppress chromatic aberration very effectively at the telephoto-end, and can achieve superior image quality throughout the zoom range. Unlike lenses with similar specifications, this lens overcomes low peripheral brightness. Although it is designed for full frame cameras, it also works with APS-C sensors, giving an increase to focal length.
The lens’ Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures a silent, high-speed auto focus function and enables full-time manual focusing capability. The 24-105mm is also compatible with Sigma’s USB dock allowing photographers to update its firmware and change focus parameters using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s recently announced Mount Conversion Service.
Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS
We have received an image possibly showing a Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS lens. As with any image from an unknown source, there’s always a possibility it’s a fake, although those are becoming more and more rare.
We had previously written that such a lens was on the horizon.
Below is what we’re told is a soon-to-be-announced Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS. We’re told an announcement should come some time in the next 6 weeks.
This lens is apparently going to be bigger and heavier than the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS. It will have an 82mm filter, weigh 885 grams (the Canon is 670g). The lens will have 19 elements in 14 groups.
I will leave you guys to debate how legit the photograph is below. To my eyes, it looks pretty good. We’ll try to confirm this with a couple of our Sigma sources.
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From B&H Photo
B&H Photo has posted a quick review by Lloyd Chambers of the highly anticipated Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon lens. People are expecting this lens to set a new standard in SLR lens performance.
“Photographers looking for the very best in imaging quality need look no further. When everything is considered, the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon is without a doubt the finest lens ever produced for a 35mm SLR or DSLR (or rangefinder). It sets a new benchmark.
The Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon on a high-resolution DSLR makes a strong challenge to medium format on total imaging quality (not just resolution). Moreover, in resolution terms, the 55mm f/1.4 has ample reserves for a future 60/70/80-megapixel DSLR.”
Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon $3999 | Read Full Review
New Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon
We’re told that the new Zeiss 55 f/1.4 will be part of the new “Otus” family and will appear for preorder some time in the next 24 hours. This lens is the start of a new family of lenses from Zeiss that will set the gold standard of optical quality.
The price for this new lens is apparently $4000 and is manual focus. The lens will be available on November 11, 2013.
Preorder the Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4
Is Sigma getting serious?
Below is a list compiled by [PR] about possible lens announcements by Sigma before the Photokina show in September 2014. Most of these lenses we’ve already posted about, but once you put them in a list, it appears Sigma has their work cut out for them.
Announcements don’t necessarily mean availability before next year, especially with the big super telephoto lenses.
- Sigma 24-105mm f/4 OS
- Sigma 24-70mm f/2 OS HSM (Could be 2.8)
- Sigma 300mm f/2.8 OS
- Sigma 400mm f/2.8 OS
- Sigma 500mm f/4 OS
- Sigma 600mm f/4 OS
- Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG OS
- Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG ART
- Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART
More from Sigma?
We’ve been told to expect an announcement some time in 2013 for a 24-105mm f/4 OS lens from Sigma.
Such a lens could be a big winner if it performs better than the Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS and the EF 24-105 f/4L IS.
Super Telephoto ART Calibre Lenses
We’re told Sigma is working on new 300 & 400 f/2.8 OS lenses as well as new 500 & 600 f/4 OS lenses. The lenses would incorporate Sigma’s new philosophy on quality, but at a much lesser price than the Canon or Nikon counterpart.
We could see an announcement on multiple large lenses sometime in 2014.
A new wide angle
We’re told that Sigma almost has a 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens ready. An announcement could come this year or early next year. The build quality and performance will rival that of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM we’re told. The lens will be a little more expensive, but Sigma hopes to keep it under $1000 USD.
We were also told that Sigma is planning something “big” for Photokina 2014 a year from now. It was hinted that it could be new super telephoto lenses.
From Tamron USA
Expanded Tamron repair technician and customer service staff at Tamron USA’s Long Island Headquarters makes the dream a reality
August 14, 2013, Commack, N.Y.- Tamron USA announced that the company now offers 3-business day repair service turnaround for photographic lenses. This achievement works to alleviate customer concerns that when they send in a product for repair service, they may be left without that product for some time. Now, all lenses received in our system by noon EST are estimated the same day and moved onto the next stage. Lenses under warranty (Tamron USA offers a 6-year limited warranty on its photographic lenses) are repaired and shipped back to the customer within three business days. Out of warranty lenses are repaired and shipped back within three business days of the customer’s approval of the repair estimate.
“We are thrilled here at Tamron USA to supply our customers with a 3-business day turnaround time,” stated Pat Simonetti, Director Technical & Customer Service/Distribution. “With the support of our parent company, we were able to take the necessary action to build upon our staff and make this dream a reality. This accomplishment was and continues to be a real team endeavor. I truly appreciate the efforts from all of those involved in this project,” said Simonetti.
Customers may anguish about sending a lens in for repair, expecting that they could be without their favorite or workhorse lens for some time. Tamron Co., Ltd. recognized this and challenged its subsidiaries to reach a standard 3-business day turnaround service to make customers feel more confident that, in the unlikely event their lens requires service, they would not be long without it. “By speeding up the repair turnaround time, we can alleviate our customers’ anxiety about repairs and thereby increase their satisfaction of and confidence in Tamron products,” stated Tak Inoue, President and CEO of Tamron USA. Tamron USA took dramatic steps over the past year to increase the number of repair technicians that work on photographic lenses as well as customer service staff. Internal systems were changed to accommodate the inspection of lenses received by noon of each day and route the lenses to the proper technician for expert repair. Repaired lenses are then given top priority in the distribution center to ensure the product is on its way back to the customer within the established guidelines.
Tamron at B&H Photo
Bryan at TDP has completed his review of the highly anticipated Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens. His only knocks against it are the lack of OS (which isn’t a huge deal) and the limited range on APS-C. However, the uniqueness and performance of this lens should overcome both of those negatives if you’re looking for something in that range.
“It is easy to overlook any focal length range deficiencies when getting an f/1.8 max aperture available over the entire focal length range. Not only is this the widest aperture zoom lens, but it is also the widest aperture 18mm lens. Full frame sensor camera owners have typically enjoyed about 1 stop of high ISO noise benefit and background blurring capability over APS-C/1.5x/1.6x format sensor camera owners. But, full frame camera owners do not have a zoom lens wider than f/2.8 available to them. The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM “Art” Lens is a bit of an equalizer in this comparison.”‘
Read the full review
Preorder the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM $799 (Coming August 26, 2013)