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Sigma UK has announced the price of the sports model (£15,999) and a launch date of Sept 2014, so perhaps the sceptics about release dates and vapour products might just be wrong.

http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/index.php?route=information/news&news_id=92

Alan, I think you entered a extra digit in the price.  That price is up in Canon range. :)

I think this is what you meant.  Price: £1599.99

So that's US$2600.  Not a competitor with the Tamron at that price.  I expect that a new 100-400 will be at least that much.

The Sport model may be ready to go, as it has more complete specs, and the early rumor was clearly about it.  The C model is more likely to be vapor, or a very long time arriving.

Well typically UK £ match US $ - also, the 120-300 f2.8 is currently running at about 70% of Sigma RRP - so could possibly make the street price of the 150-600 S about £1200 here

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Great move by Sigma full of confidence, hey look, not only do we have a Tamron lens, which matches Canon's 100-400 offering, but hey look, we have this "plus" model too !

Also announced is a 18-300mm APS-C and new teleconvertors

Can't wait to see the tests on these two plus comparisons against the competition

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I've certainly got to take my hat of to Sigma on this one, a real shout of confidence to say yep, we can match Tamron and the old Canon 100-400 alternative but hey, wait, look at the even better version we have !

Also announced was a 18-300mm for APS-C and two new extenders

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Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:21:03 PM »
This is great news, reinforcing a commitment to replacing very old pre/early digital age lenses such as the 28-135mm, I'm hopeful of a similar, maybe 20% increase over the 28-135mm which means the new 24-105mm would be about £400 in the UK.

The non-L range is tired, to push FF into budget markets requires new low cost FF glass, roll on a range of non-L lenses, an ultrawide 17-40mm replacement, perhaps a 24-135/200mm, an improved 70-300 with AF that works, all fitting with the expanding range of non-L primes...   Wait, where's the new 50mm & 85mm non-L's ?

The new lens will cost much less to produce than the L version, providing an opportunity to generate a better profit margin on potentially greater sales numbers - that's a shareholder win


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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:09:16 PM »
Any new lens is great news in my book, especially when it's EF-S specific as that confirms confidence in the crop body range - roll on more EF-S & EF-M specific lenses.

I'm expecting a similar price to the 40mm, plus waiting for the first person to remove the back section so that it works on Full Frame ;-)

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Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 21, 2014, 09:51:35 AM »
Just a thought, if this goes live, perhaps if there are sufficient posts per week, a split into country / regions might be useful - I may be interested in buying a lens in the UK, but not so one in the US for example

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Lenses / Re: Development Announcement of a New 800mm f/5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2014, 03:25:20 PM »
Yay !  Another opportunity to push the price up by 25%

What exactly is up with the currently massively priced lens that's just 6 years old ?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:04:35 PM »
I still think FF Mirrorless is a flash in the pan, Mirrorless is most about being small, why shrink the body to fit a bigger sensor when most people couldn't tell the difference between a photo taken on a crop vs one taken on a FF

Mirrorless is here to stay, APS-C/M43 is where it will stay profitable, DSLR's will evolve into a Mirrorless world eventually, maybe 2-3 pro generations from now, we will be debating the merits of a Mirrorless full frame pro sized 5D/1D model range, mirrors will slowly drop away from the cheaper models, leaving a range of Mirrorless cameras with small EOS-M style, medium sized consumer APS-C models and pro sized APS-C & FF models

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EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: August 09, 2014, 12:09:01 PM »
Current list of Canon EF-M patents...

9-18mm f4.0-5.6
10-20mm f4.0-5.6
16-120mm f3.5-5.6
18-40mm f4.0-5.6 - Pancake
18-55mm f4.0-8.0 - Pancake
18-200mm f3.5-6.3
22-46mm f3.5-5.6 - Pancake

Some odd conflicting sizes here, what's missing are the primes

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2014, 04:02:41 PM »
11mm ???  On full frame, just how wide will the front element be ?

Sounds interesting, but definitely not at nearly 3k !

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Lenses / Re: Thoughts on 70-200 f/4 vs 70-300 vs 100-400?
« on: August 03, 2014, 12:01:19 PM »
Really happy with my 70-300L, a real step up from the non-L, but it's a shame the trade off in size means it's not compatible with the Canon extenders for the rare times I need longer.  I've still got a 70-200 2.8 II IS in my sights, but feel I'll end up also with a 100-400 once the MkII comes out...  Damn you GAS ;-)

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Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:11:50 AM »
1st April already ????

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 02:13:39 PM »
Can somebody tell me why people want next gen lenses but want smaller f/stops to go with it?

To clarify, my comments about a range of f1.4 replacements is more an opinion on Canon's recent trend, rather than what I'd like - realistically, Canon hasn't yet produced a lens with IS on an f-stop less than 2.0, I have read elsewhere that IS on fast lenses gets more difficult, so a f1.4 lens with IS looks unlikely.

Fast lenses come with compromises, this is why most people reserve use of the widest f-stops for special use rather than the norm, which is why IS on fast'ish lenses has become another compromise for many, making lenses like the 35mm f2.0 IS considerably better in low light situations, in particular where action doesn't need freezing, than previous faster f1.4 lenses. 

I'd love to see a f0.95 50mm lens with IS, but the technology isn't there and the cost would make it a very specialist lens, unless fantasy land could make it for £99 - but that's not gonna happen ever. ;-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:57:20 AM »
Big ?   

4k comes to the C100/C300, or

8k comes to 1D-C MkII / C500 ?

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 09:27:56 AM »
As I've said elsewhere

- The 40mm 2.8 is the new 50 1.8 as the "first prime" for many
- I'm firmly of the opinion that the next 50mm will be a 1.8/2.0 IS in the same mould as the 35 2.0 IS, selling for around the £500-600 mark initially, stabilising at about £450, closely followed by a 85 2.0 IS of a similar style
- I also believe that a £1000+ 50 f1.4 with stunning performance in the mould of a 24 1.4 will follow soon afterwards, along with a new 35 & 85 1.4 for similar prices
- I suspect the 50/85 1.2 will become a collectible
- I suspect the 50 2.5 Macro and 85 1.8/100 2.0 will silently disappear

Leaving 40 2.8, 50 1.8/2.0 IS & 50 1.4 - the new default lens is the 18-55, Canon practically give it away free, the prime is a specialised bit of kit, one most of us on here have (we are the 1% of users), but even so, very few of us use to anywhere near the same degree as the 18-55/15-85/24-70/24-105 standard zooms

The market is changing, 20 year old lenses start to become uneconomic to build, new techniques in plastics and electronics yield a better product with a great profit margin, equals happy photographers and happy shareholders

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