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July 9, 2014
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Pic Of The Day: My Neighbors In Old Manali (EOS 70D & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8)

Old Manali

35mm, 1/800, f/2, ISO 100

Neighbors #6 by CW Steve on 500px

Unfortunately I had an accident with the motorbike while travelling to Ladakh. I injured my left hand and now I am stuck here in Old Manali, India, for some time. I spend most of the day walking around this mountain village, chatting with the people and taking pictures.

The pic above is one of my favourites so far. Shot with the Canon EOS 70D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM, post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 5 and Perfect Photo Suite 8.

January 18, 2013
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Sigma EF 35mm f/1.4 DG Reviews Round-Up


Sigma EF 35mm f/1.4 DG Reviews

Well, just two Sigma EF 35mm f/1.4 DG Reviews. :-)

The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG (price & specs), part of Sigma’s “A” (Art) line-up, is getting very positive reviews allover the web. Having a price tag of $899 it is also affordable for most of us.

Photography Blog has to say:

If the new 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens is anything to go by, Sigma are definitely raising their game with the recent introduction of their three new lens ranges (Art, Sports and Contemporary). The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is a fast and tack-sharp lens that exhibits low chromatic aberrations and very little barrel distortion. Vignetting at wide-open apertures is the only real optical issue of note, something that other fast lenses also suffer from, and stopping down to F/4 solves the problem altogether.

SLRgear writes:

Sigma’s produced an excellent lens in the 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM, with comparatively great performance at the ƒ/1.4 aperture setting, where the lens will no doubt be used for the majority of the time. There’s a lot to like here: great results for sharpness, low chromatic aberration, and low distortion. There is some significant corner shading when used wide open, but coupled with the corner softness at the same aperture settings this contributes to an interesting look and subject isolation. If you’re looking for corner-to-corner image sharpness you’ll need to stop down. The Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 is definitely priced to compete, and designed to perform.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

November 7, 2012
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Sigma Announced Price Of 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens ($899, pre-order option)


Sigma announced the price of the new 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, part of the company’s “Global Vision” line-up (category “Art”). The price will be around $899. The specifications:

  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)
  • Floating Internal Focus System
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 11.8″
  • Anti-Flare Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • USB Dock: Adjust AF & Update Firmware
  • Special & “F” Low Dispersion Elements
  • Front Filter Thread Diameter: 67mm
  • SIGMA Optimization Pro Software
  • 9x Circular Aperture Blades

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM pre-order options: B&H


Sigma’s press release:

Ronkonkoma, NY, November 7, 2012 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that the first lens of its new Global Vision lineup, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, is now available for the street price of $899.

The 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, is designed for photographers who want to achieve creative, dramatic effects in their photographs. As the first lens released under Sigma’s new Art line, it will feature a new matte finish and overall new design concept, which includes a clearly defined category label on every new lens. This 35mm wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of 1.4 ensures outstanding performance in low light, and a stunning bokeh background effect to emphasize the subject.

“We’re thrilled to break into this category of lenses with a product from our new Global Vision,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We’re confident that our A1 quality control system, coupled with the industry’s first USB dock, will differentiate our lens in the category. Since it’s so versatile – ideal for scenes including landscapes, portraits, close-ups and studio photography – we think that it will be a hit.”

Other features of the new 35mm F1.4 DG HSM include:

One “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass lens and four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass lenses to ensure exceptional correction of lateral and axial chromatic aberration, the latter of which cannot be corrected in post production

A floating inner focus system to provide extremely high optical performance for close-up photos

Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting and provide sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions

A HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) that ensures high speed, accurate and quiet AF

Rubber incorporated into the attachment part of the lens hood, and an improved redesign of the lens cap and AF / MF changeover switch have been improved

Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), which has high affinity to metal parts, that are housed internally, increases overall functionality, lifespan, and quality of the lens

A rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image

A newly developed USB dock, which will be sold separately and exclusively for new product lines, can be paired with new Sigma Optimization Pro software to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters, such as micro focus adjustment

All of Sigma’s manufacturing – right down to molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated production system, based entirely in Japan. Sigma is now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely made in Japan. Every 35mm F1.4 DG HSM will be checked using Sigma’s own MTF measuring system, “A1,” as will all new lenses under the Global vision categories. This system uses 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors to pick up previously undetectable high-frequency details for quality control inspections.

The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM will be available in Sigma, Sony (D), Nikon (D), Pentax and Canon mounts.

[via DPreview]


August 1, 2012
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Sigma 180mm f/2.8 Macro EX OS HSM (f/ Canon) Limited Stock

B&H has the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon) in stock and ready to ship for $1,688 (click here), but just a limited quantity. Free shipping in the US.

  • 180mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1:1 Magnification
  • Optical Stabilizer Function
  • FLD Glass Elements Reduce Aberration
  • Floating Inner Focusing System
  • Multi-Coating Reduces Ghosting and Flare
  • Hyper Sonic Motor for Quiet Focusing
  • Focus Distance of 18.5″ / 47cm
June 21, 2012
Posted in Deals

[DEAL] Sigma Lens Rebates: Up To $200 Savings On Selected Lenses

B&H has a Sigma Lenses Rebate Program going on (click here to see all lenses eligible for a rebate). The offer expires July 31.

June 15, 2012
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[Pre-Order] New Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS Available For Pre-Order

Both Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here) have the brand new Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS ready for your pre-ordering pleasure. Price tag is $499. The lens has a wide zoom range and covers wide angle, telephoto and macro photography. One size fits all! Moreover: minimum focusing distance is 35cm. The lens is made of Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), a material that has characteristics similar to metal (and thus avoids problems with thermal contraction). The OS (Optical Stabilizer) is said (by Sigma) to give you 4 stops. What else? The lens has a Hyper Sonic Motor for fast and silent focusing, maximum magnification ratio is 1:2.9. For a hands-on by ephotozine click here.

Focal Length 18mm – 250mm
Angle of View 6.5° – 76.5°
Max Aperture f/3.5 – f/6.3
Min Aperture f/22
Filter Size 62mm
Min Focus
Elements 16
Groups 13

Press Release

Sigma Corporation of America announces new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens

Sigma Corporation of America announces new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens
New Thermally Stable Composite material offers wide range of photography in compact, stabilized, macro lens

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June 15, 2012
Posted in Deals

[Deal] Discounted Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Bundle & Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Bundle

Adorama has the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens discounted at $199 (click here), and even better: the lens comes with some useful accessories, such as a Tiffen 58mm UV Filter, a Lens Cap Leash, and a Professional Lens Cleaning Kit. Hurry up ’cause such deals usually won’t last long (click here to see al Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG deals). Technical specifications:

Construction 10 Groups /14 Elements
Angle of view 34.3°-8.2°
F stop range 22-32
Closest Focusing Distance 150 macro (95)cm/59.1 macro (37.4)”
Maximum Magnification Macro (1:2)
Filter Size 58mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter) 4.7″ x 2.9″
Weight 545g / 19.2oz.

Cool travel lens IMO. Free shipping in the US.

There is more. Adorama also has a nice EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM kit available (see pic below). The kit includes a Tiffen 77mm Wide Angle Filter Kit, a Lens Cap Leash and a Professional Lens Cleaning Kit. The whole bundle is yours for $1,099 (click here)