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New Sigma Lenses

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Lots of new goodies from Sigma
Sigma has launched a bunch of new lenses, a new dslr and 2 updated DP series cameras.

– 85 f/1.4 (Knew about this one a while back, it has to be great to offset the 2 Canon 85’s)

– 70-200 f/2.8 OS

– 17-55 f/2.8 OS

– 8-16 f/4.5-5.6 (This could be a neat lens)

– 50-500 OS (Bigma needed an upgrade)


127 responses to “New Sigma Lenses”

  1. The Tamron 200-500 is said to be quite good optically, but it has no VC (the Tamron variant of IS/OS) and nu ultrasonic AF motor. Being tripod-lazy, this lens is therefore not an option for me. If Sigma fails with 50-500 OS (as they did with the better in theory 150-500), maybe Tamron updates this lens soon and at least adds VC, which I know from one of their superzooms and which I find surprisingly effective.

    I am still hoping for the “BigmOS”, though.

  2. I also have the Sigma 10-20 (the 4-5.6 version), and I am not that happy with its image quality (never really sharp, not even stopped down, not on my 450D, and of course even less so on my 7D), but I slowly start to appreciate its usefulness for certain applications. Since the lack of sharpness is not limited to a particular area of the frame, it doesn’t seem to be a centering defect, which would be hard if not impossible to fix, but rather an AF issue, but its hard to tell. Howevr, given that UWAs don’t have very shallow DOF, I wonder what else could be wrong with my sample.

  3. I too have the 17-55 2.8 IS, and I am not so fortunate. There seems to be a minor centering issue which becomes apparent at the wide end even after stopping down considerably, and the AF is close, but often not really spot on (independently of the body I used, I have a 450D and a 7D).

    This is perhaps one of the reasons why the 24-105 is still my most used lens for social events (where flash use is acceptable).

  4. Agreed on all points.

    I have a 28mm f/2.8 that is OK optically, but could use some upgrading in terms of build quality, USM, aperture blades etc (OK, just get the 28mm f/1.8, which is also quite old…).

    On top of that I could use a 35mm. There is nothing between the plastic f/2.0 and the f/1.4L. The L, while being a fantastic lens, is too heavy and expensive for me. I am trying to get my hands on a Zeiss to see what that is like, but then I might as well go with the Canon L…

    Few lenses are easier to get right than a 85mm. They are simply not very challenging optically, and the excellent pre-WWII Planar design still is used for most of them. I will keep my Canon 85mm f/1.8. It is one of my oldest lenses, but maybe the one I am most happy with.

    Now if there was an affordable 500mm…

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