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Review: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS Sport

Review: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS Sport

By Canon Rumors | May 26, 2015 | Canon Reviews

Friend of the site Dustin Abbott has completed his review of the brand new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS Sport lens.

Dustin initially wrote this lens off saying:

I had pretty much written off the new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM SPORT lens before I reviewed it. I saw the specs (including the heavy weight and increased size over the Tamron 150-600 VC), and the MTF charts and early shots didn’t seem to be a lot better than the Tamron.

However, after using the Sigma, Dustin came away quite impressed by the mix of build quality, performance and value.

All in all I consider this lens to be a smashing success for Sigma. It has some shortcomings (its vignetting, particularly slow aperture, and heavy weight), but the tradeoff for that weight is a beautifully constructed lens that really feels like a match for some of Canon and Nikon’s best made lenses. It has great optical performance that is going to make a lot of photographers very happy with the images they bring home (this would be an amazing safari lens!) That focal length is really quite incredible, and the fact that you can use the lens wide open at all focal lengths without hesitation is very empowering. The price may seem high in comparison to the Tamron, but after using this lens I feel that the price is actually extremely reasonable for what you are getting, and would probably still be a decent value if it were $1000 more.

Read the full review | Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG OS Sport at B&H Photo

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Canon Developing a New Slower Supertelephoto Lens [CR2]

Canon Developing a New Slower Supertelephoto Lens [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | May 25, 2015 | Canon Lens Rumors

We’re told that Canon is developing a new supertelephoto lens that is slower than f/4. One immediately thinks about an update to the EF 400mm f/5.6L, but we’re told that is not the case and it’ll be a new lens altogether.

While the source couldn’t nail down the exact focal length, speed or even if it was going to be a L lens, they did say the hope was to have such a lens to be announced some time in 2016 and that it would be “affordable”.

This sort of lens is definitely missing from the Canon lineup, both Tamron and Sigma have had a lot of success with 500mm and 600mm zoom lenses.

More to come…

24-70 f/2.8 DG OS Art Next from Sigma [CR1]

24-70 f/2.8 DG OS Art Next from Sigma [CR1]

By Canon Rumors | May 25, 2015 | Third Party Lenses

We’ve been told Sigma’s next Art series lens will be a zoom and most likely a 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS Art.

The last Art series zoom from Sigma was the 24-105mm f/4 OS DG Art, which has been out of production for some time while Sigma put their manufacturing capacity into the new art series primes as well as the 150-600mm Sport and Contemporary lenses, we’re told production of the 24-105 f/4 DG OS Art will start again soon if it hasn’t already.

There was a rumor a while ago about Sigma attempting a 24-70 f/2 lens for full frame, but we haven’t heard anything about such a lens in quite some time.

You can read more speculation about Sigma’s roadmap at Sigma Rumors.

Review: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L from B&H Photo

Review: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L from B&H Photo

By Canon Rumors | May 22, 2015 | Canon Reviews

B&H Photo has posted a longer review of Canon’s legendary EF 1200mm f/5.6L. It’s definitely a lens that presents some challenges when walking around New York City, but it still looks like a lot of fun.

Some History on the Lens:

Canon made this lens available by special order only. A $10,000 deposit was required with the order and manufacturing would only start when several lenses were put on order. Sports Illustrated magazine purchased two 1200mm lenses in the 1990’s. Canon lent a lens to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1999, so they could document Major League Baseball slugger Mark McGuire’s single-season home-run record attempt from center field; photographing every pitch McGuire faced that season. The extreme focal length of the lens gives a unique perspective of the distant view from the outfield fence that other lenses cannot capture.

Read the full reviewCanon EF 1200mm f/5.6L $180,000 at B&H Photo

*The offer still stands, if you buy the lens, I’ll buy you the LensCoat for it!

Source: [B&H Photo] via [Northlight]

Patent: Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L III

Patent: Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L III

By Canon Rumors | May 22, 2015 | Canon Patents

We just wrote about a replacement for the EF 16-35 f/2.8L II this week, and now a patent showing an upgraded optical formula has appeared.

Patent Publication No. 2014-206674

  • Published 2014.10.30
  • Filing date 2013.4.15

Example 1

  • Zoom ratio 2.06
  • Focal length f = 16.49-23.74-33.94mm
  • Fno. 2.91
  • Half angle of view ω = 52.69-42.35-32.51 °
  • BF 38.74-48.38-63.65mm

Source: [EG]