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