April 12, 2014
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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (The Phoblographer)

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The Phoblographer reviewed Sigma’s latest full-frame lens, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. The Sigma 50mm can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo (click here) and Adorama (click here).

This is the lens Sigma wants to compete with the manual focusing, $4,000 priced Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sells for $949 (and has auto-focus). Btw, in the meantime we know that the Sigma easily holds up to the Zeiss.

About build quality:

The 50mm f1.4 Art lens looks as spectacular as the 35mm f1.4–plus it feels like Hasselblad would have made it […] Everything about the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens screams about its quality

About auto-focus:

autofocusing to be speedy and accurate for the most part providing that the focusing point is over a clear contrasting point. In low light situations, the focusing struggled a bit

About image quality:

When it comes to image quality of the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens, it truly is deserving of its Art moniker. This lens delivers some of the most beautiful image quality that we’ve seen and surely puts lots of the first party offerings to shame

About sharpness:

Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 is super sharp. We find it to be incredibly sharp when shot wide open and that is manages to reach its critical sharpness at f8

About colors:

As far as colors go, We don’t think that the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens is better than the 35mm f1.4 Art offering

Conclusion:

Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 Art DG HSM is an exceptional lens. Starting with the design, it very much is in line with the company’s 35mm f1.4 Art optic. The outside feels and looks like something that Hasselblad might make. It feels just so great in your hands that you’d never want to let it go. In fact, if you’re a big fan of the 50mm field of view you might never want to give it up.

Users also just won’t be able to complain about the image quality. The sharpness, bokeh, colors and look are top of the class despite some personal gripes. We feel like most users will be very satisfied. Once again, if you purchase the lens and are still looking at/talking about how the Zeiss performs better, then you should probably just go for the Zeiss. Again though, not everyone can afford it.

The Phoblographer’s review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens comes with much more information, and a rich set of sample pictures. This is a killer lens at a killer price, there is no excuse not to buy it at this price :-)

Sample pictures shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (price & specs):

Image courtesy of The Phoblographer

Image courtesy of The Phoblographer

 

April 11, 2014
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Deal: Canon Rebel T3 w/ 18-55mm IS II Lens – $330

 

Very good deal by Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.3% positive ratings): the Canon Rebel T3 with 18-55mm IS II lens on sale for $329.99.Free shipping. Limited stock.
April 11, 2014
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Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD MACRO Price Is $629, Pre-Order Available at Adorama

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The price for the TAMRON 16-300mm Di II VC PZD MACRO lens has been revealed, it’s $629. You can pre-order the super-zoom at Adorama (click here). Tamron offers a 6 years USA warranty and has a dedicated page for the 16-300mm.

Other mount types sell for the same price (see here).

Sample pictures, product description and specifications after the break.

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April 11, 2014
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(Updated) And Here It Is: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available For Pre-Order (ships April 29, and it’s just $949!)

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Update: more pre-order options at Adorama (click here).

Ladies and gentleman here it is: the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM “Art” lens is waiting for your pre-orders at B&H Photo, and the Sigma has the very killer price we all were hoping it would have: $949! That’s a fourth of the manual-focusing Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, a $4,000 lens the Sigma can easily hold up to (and the Sigma has auto-focus). Expected shipping date: April 29th.

Let me explain this better. Sigma always claimed their 50mm f/1.4 Art lens would compete with the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4. It was a bold claim then, but now we know the Sigma can absolutely match the optical performance of the Zeiss. And that’s awesome given that the Sigma’s price is below $1,000.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art for other mount types: Nikon, Sigma, Sony.

See also the in-depth article by B&H Explora (with sample pics). B&H ships internationally.

Product description and specifications after the break.

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April 11, 2014
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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Release Date Officially Announced (EF mount)

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I have anticipated that we would soon have an official Sigma statement about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens, and her it is. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for Canon mount will ship by the end of the month (April 24th), the price in Japan should be around 127,000 Yen. Price in US$ has not been announced so far, most rumours point to a $1,000 price tag. If this will be the price of a lens that is substantially on pair with the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, then Sigma will land a bestseller.

Sigma press release:

Sigma Corporation is pleased to release the new SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM, the large aperture, standard prime lens from our “Art” line.In 2008, Sigma released a large diameter standard lens designed for digital SLRs, “SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM”. At that time, products for film cameras were prevalent, yet we spent enormous effort to set a new benchmark for the 50mm lens that optimizes the characteristics of digital cameras, such as compensating peripheral brightness, controlling the point images in the corners, and improving the image drawing, not only around the focusing point, but also other areas in the image.
In recent years, as the DSLR evolves, development of image sensors for higher pixel size has created the photographers’ desire for the lenses with superior performance. In 2012, Sigma has announced the “Art” line that achieves unsurpassed expressive performance to fulfill the higher requirement of photographers. The first lens from the “Art” line “SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM [A 012]” sought for uncompromising performance, and it resulted in great reviews as well as a lot of awards from all over the world. Based on the accumulated wisdom and know-how to establish the standard for our “Art” line series, we are proud to announce the development of the new high performance standard lens with a large diameter for this new era of superb image quality.

SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM F/CANON fittings are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month.
Launching date of Sigma, Sony and Nikon mount is not determined yet.
Corresponding AF Mounts: SIGMA, Canon, Sony and Nikon
Accessory: Case, Petal-Type Hood (LH830-02) supplied.
* The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

[via DC Watch]

April 11, 2014
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In-Depth Interview With Canon USA About Lenses (Video, NAB 2014)

The Digital Cinema Society interviewed Larry Thorpe of Canon USA at NAB 2014.

The interview points out once more how important lenses are in Canon’s overall strategy. Enjoy.

[via cinescopophilia]

April 10, 2014
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Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Officially Announced

Tamron 16-300mm

Tamron made the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO lens official, shipping in Japan is expected for the end of April.

Tamron has a dedicated page for the 16-300mm. B&H Photo (click here) and Adorama (click here) have product pages for the Tamron 16-300mm but no pre-order is possible so far. B&H allows you to be notified when the item can be pre-ordered.

Tamron press release:

Tamron introduces the ultimate in high-power zoom lenses, with expanded focal lengths at both wide-angle and telephoto ends of the zoom range, providing the world’s first zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.

A high-performance, high-power zoom lens that delivers focal lengths extending from an unprecedented 16mm at the wide-angle end up to a long-range telephoto 300mm! 

Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive)*1 and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 system to further enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation “all-round lens”, which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.

April 10, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the release of an advanced new all-in-one™ zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that provides an amazing 18.8x zoom ratio.

Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world-class optics to benefit consumers.

Tamron previously launched an 18-270mm (Model B008) all-in-one™ zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that features a 15x zoom ratio, superior image quality, swift, quiet AF, and Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, in an ultra-compact package. This ground-breaking lens has been winning plaudits throughout the world.

Responding to consumers’ demand for expanded focal lengths both at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end, Tamron has now developed a completely new all-in-one™ zoom lens design that provides an impressive focal length range extending from 16mm true wide-angle to 300mm super-telephoto.

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