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Issue with the new Sigma Macro
An issue with the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Macro on the 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X has been discovered by LensRentals.com. If this has caused anyone to pull their hair out, the solution is pretty simple, just turn off illumination correction.
Below is an image taken by LensRentals.com showing the phenomenon.
Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro Issue – Click for larger
- The phenomenon shows up on Canon 5D Mk III and 1Dx cameras only. T4i and 7D bodies with firmware upgrade do NOT do this, nor do any other older cameras we could test.
- The Sigma 180 OS and Sigma 150 OS macro lenses both show the effect and it’s identical. No other Sigma lenses that we stock showed the effect, nor did any Tamron or Tokina lenses. Obviously I can’t test what we don’t carry.
- If you turn off Illumination Correction in the menu the effect goes away. To repeat, though, Illumination Correction in the 7D and T4i, on or off, doesn’t cause the effect.
The issue probably doesn’t show up on the APS_C cameras because of the image is about the same size as the circular anomaly in the center of the above image.
Read More at LensRentals.com
Canon Rebates Extended
The Canon rebate program that was set to expire at the end of May has been extended until the end of June. This is the double up savings program if you buy a camera body along with a lens. There are also instant rebates on lens purchases only.
The 5D Mark III isn’t found in stock in too many places, so at least you get an extra month if you’ve been waiting to take advantage of the rebate when buying a 5D3.
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Visit B&H for the rebate portal.
BG-E11 Shipping Everywhere
I’ve received notifications that B&H and Adorama have begun shipping the BG-E11 to preorder customers.
Sigma Lens Rebates
Sigma has rebates going on until July 31, 2012. Visit B&H for more.
Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II Availability
Various smaller retailers have received lenses. I know of a couple of 500′s that appeared in Toronto, and I received my 600 today.
I know B&H is expecting a shipment this week, however there is a preorder wait list. They expect the first 2 shipments to cover what is already preordered. I am unsure about the status with Adorama.
B&H: 500 f/4L IS II | 600 f/4L IS II Adorama: EF 500 f/4L IS II | EF 600 f/4L IS II
If you’re a retailer and get a 500 or 600 in stock that isn’t spoken for, please let me know and I can let the readers of CR know.
5D Mark III Stock
Stock of the 5D Mark III is low at the moment. Shipments for the camera should start arriving near the end of this week. I’m waiting to hear from the large retailers.
Stolen at CES?
The Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro lens that was showcased at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada has gone missing.
The lens was one of 2 pre-production models believed to be in existence. If you took it, give it back. For the record, I touched it, but I left it at the Sigma booth.
Off to Sigma
The first place I wanted to head to was Sigma and checkout the new Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro lens. It’s the first 180mm f/2.8 macro lens ever produced. Sigma hasn’t yet issued an official press release on the lens. The other lenses announced by Sigma were for the mirrorless market.
The new macro lens intro | Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 & my wife.
It’s an impressive size for a macro lens. It’s larger than the Canon 180 f/3.5L by a fair margin. Especially in width. The front element is quite impressive and it weighs accordingly. The tripod collar seems extremely solid and the switches on the side are of decent quality. The fit and finish on the lens is about what you’d expect from Sigma. This is another lens that no longer has the spray on hair coating of Sigma lenses in the past.
The lens didn’t have a lens hood on, so I have no idea how much that would extend the size of this large macro lens. I’ve yet to use a macro lens that isn’t sharp, and by appearance alone, this will probably continue the trend. I only hope Sigma has used quality parts inside the lens and quality control is up to par at launch.
The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Macro & 5D Classic
Availability & Pricing?
The official word I received from the representatives at the Sigma booth was the price was unknown and it would begin shipping in March.
I asked about more Sigma lenses in the pipeline and received the usual “no comment” and a smile.
Sigma will be announcing new photographic products on January 10, 2012 according to their web site.
There could be new cameras, both SD and DP as well as mirrorless lenses. We were told about new DSLR lenses that could be announced in January.
Source: [Sigma] via [PR]
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens @ Adorama (Save $100)
Some off brand goodness
A few of the highly regarded lenses from Sigma and Tokina are on sale at B&H until December 31, 2011.
I usually recommend the Sigma 50 f/1.4 over both the Canon 50 f/1.2L and 50 f/1.4 to most people I know. The 1.2L is better, but not by much.
- Sigma 85 f/1.4 $100 off (Buy)
- Sigma 50 f/1.4 $30 off (Buy)
- Sigma 30 f/1.4 $40 off (Buy)
- Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 $50 off (Buy)
I love the Sigma 50 f/1.4 and the Tokina 11-16. I’ve never handled the 85 or the 30 however.
I received word that a few lenses are on schedule to be announced in 2012.
Lots of people would welcome some updated fast wide angle primes that dont cost $1500.
- 24 f/1.8 (Full Frame)
- 35 f/1.8 (Full Frame)
- 300 f/2.8 OS
- 500 f/4.5 OS
It may have been suggested that the 500 could turn out to be an f/4, I had a hard time with translation.
I’m told a new superzoom is on schedule. Something in the 18-300 range. An updated 70-200 f/2.8 VC was mentioned as well as a new macro.
We previously reported Sigma would be updating some of their large primes.
[PR] via [EG] & have posted a patent for a new Sigma 500 f/4 supertelephoto lens.
With the price of the new Canon offerings, there’s going to be lots of room for other companies to make big glass more affordable.
- Patent: 2011-70043
- Patent filing date: Sept 28, 2009
- Focal length: 489.9938
- Aperture: 4.1004
- Angle of view: 5.0498 °
- Back Focus 90.3449mm
Sigma adding to the prime lineup
With the success and quality of the Sigma 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.4, I’m told they’ll be adding more fast primes to the lineup over the next 18 months.
Lenses on the horizon may include a 24 f/1.4, 35 f/1.4 and 135 f/2.
Sigma will also continue to update lenses by adding OS to them. The 300 f/2.8 may be the first to get OS along with the 500 f/4.5. With the pricing of the new Canon lenses in these focal ranges, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Sigma do something 20% cheaper.
The Sigma 85 f/1.4
You can preorder this lens from Amazon.
Preorder for $899 USD
Left: Nikkor 85 f/1.4 Right: Sigma 85 f/1.4
Canon 85 f/1.2L II MTF