SIGMA Welcomes New Line of Full-Frame Classic Art Prime Cine Lenses; Launches /i Technology-compatible Cine Art Prime PL mount lenses; and Announces SIGMA Mount Converter MC-31; See Them All at IBC 2019
September 10, 2019
Sigma Corporation today made the following announcements:
Introduction of the new series “Full-Frame Classic Art Primes” to the lineup, a new solution from SIGMA that meets the most advanced technological demands for classical expression; Compatible with Cooke’s /i Technology communication protocol, these lenses are ideal for shooting and editing with the latest imaging technology
Launch of new Art Prime PL mount lenses that support Cooke Optics’ /i Technology communication protocol in the latest addition to the SIGMA Full-Frame High Speed Prime Line.
The development of SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-31, a converter that allows PL mount lenses to be used on L-Mount cameras.
SIGMA’s new “Full-Frame Classic Art Prime” offers unrivaled expression for artists SIGMA’s answer to the demand for a classic, cinematic look from a prime lens is the brand new Full-Frame Classic Art Prime Line, compatible with 8K shooting with large format sensors, while achieving outstanding compact design.
Sigma announced it will port three of their DN DC lenses to the Canon EOS M system.
The first three lenses to become available for the EOS M are
SIGMA 16mm f/1.4 DC DN
SIGMA 30mm f/1.4 DC DN
SIGMA 56mm f/1.4 DC DN
Most likely the lenses will not have a new lens design, but having three f/1.4 lenses for the EOS M is great news. Looks like the clickbait rumors about an APS-C EOS R model might eventually disappear.
This looks like a cool piece of technology. Kudos Sigma for innovation and for continuing to surprise us.
SIGMA announces the “SIGMA fp”, the world’s smallest and lightest mirrorless digital camera* with a full-frame image sensor
SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of “SIGMA fp,” the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera*. The SIGMA fp incorporates a 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels in a compact body, and boasts great versatility and scalability that allows mixing-and-matching of a variety of interchangeable lenses and accessories. It is a camera that is casual enough to take anywhere, anytime, and high-spec enough for serious still and cine shooting in the highest image quality, all in a robust and classy body.
Regardless of the differences in shooting scenes and styles or genre boundaries between stills and videos, this new camera is set to expand the freedom and possibilities in image shooting and art creation further than ever before. A “pocketable full-frame” camera: SIGMA fp, is now available.
＊As of July, 2019.
SIGMA’s take on an entirely new system camera.
The world’s smallest and lightest “pocketable full-frame” camera is here.
The environment that surrounds shooting and art creation is undergoing radical changes. In this day and age when one user may have both a high-performance interchangeable lens camera and a smartphone camera, using them flexibly according to specific purposes and settings, SIGMA stopped and questioned the inherent value of a digital camera.
As a result, SIGMA set itself to develop a user-oriented digital camera that reflected the idea of “how a camera can be” in a more flexible and true-to-life manner, without conforming to manufacturers’ ideas of camera-centric categories and hierarchy.
Pocketable full-frame│Impressive portability and power
The “smallest and lightest body possible” with which one can express their creative ideas whenever they want, combined with a “full-frame sensor” that is suitable for serious occasions without compromising on image quality, and “superb build quality” that makes the camera the perfect linchpin of a high-performance lens system.
An “open and liberal system” that allows one to pair the camera with lenses and accessories, whether from SIGMA or other brands, using a variety of attachments, complete with “versatile scalability” that makes the camera adaptable to any scenes.
A “highly intuitive UI” that allows one to move between full-fledged still and cine shooting modes with just one finger, making for a “seamless and truly creative tool” that goes beyond style and genre differences.
Making it a top priority to realize these three concepts all at once and without requiring any trade-offs, SIGMA selected only the elements and mechanisms that were truly needed with no compromise to create the SIGMA fp as the embodiment of an “entirely new digital camera that SIGMA can offer to the world right now.”
It’s a camera body that changes its configuration with great flexibility centered around the user.
It’s a tool that gives the user the joy of a new camera life that they themselves are yet to discover.
It’s a new system camera that will overturn the paradigm of “digital cameras.”
The SIGMA fp is here to broaden the potential of “image shooting” ad infinitum.
For more about concept, please refer to the link: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cameras/fp-series/
Imaging Resource had the chance to interview Sigma’s CEO Kazuto Yamaki during the CP+ tradeshow in Tokyo.
While most of the interview is about the “L-Mount Alliance“, there are also some bits about the competition. Some excerpts:
IR: I don’t know if this is information you can share or not, but we’re curious because you make lenses that fit a number of manufacturers: Can you share any information about the sales of different mounts? Do you sell a lot more Canon than Nikon, or vice versa, or…?
Kazuto Yamaki: I can’t tell you the exact numbers, but the most popular right now is Canon, and next is Nikon. Sony E-mount is growing.
IR: I have another question: Have there been any plans to make lenses in Canon RF or the Nikon Z-mount?
Kazuto Yamaki: We are still checking their systems, and it’s a bit too early to make comment. But right now, we’re checking the compatibility between our lenses and their mount adapter. We already know that it works almost perfectly, but in some specific settings and [for some] operations, our lens does not work perfectly [with their adapter yet], like continuous burst mode…
Sigma Honored with Four Prestigious TIPA World Awards
The most coveted global imaging awards given to three new Sigma Global Vision lenses; special industry award highlights the technology innovation introduced by the L-Mount Alliance
Ronkonkoma, NY – April 3, 2019 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, is pleased to announce its latest lens introductions and newly formed technology alliance, of which Sigma is a part, have been honored by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) with TIPA World Awards. Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art ($1,399.00) won as the Best DSLR Prime Lens, Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports ($1,999.00) took the title of the Best DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens, and Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports ($1,499.00) received the accolade of the Best DSLR Professional Zoom Lens. The innovation behind the L-Mount Alliance comprised of Leica, Panasonic and Sigma was recognized with the Special Industry Award.
The TIPA World Awards distinguish the best products in the photo imaging market introduced during 2018-2019. These prestigious awards serve as an important benchmark and guide for consumers in making their purchasing decisions. The full list of the 2019 TIPA World Award winners can be found here.
Best DSLR Prime Lens: Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art The Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is Sigma’s first lens developed originally to live up to the sought-after angle of view and performance standard for a benchmark cine lens. With less than 1% distortion and near non-existent sagittal coma flare, this lens demonstrates consistent optical results featuring both 8K-compatible resolution and a beautiful bokeh. It is available now for Sigma, Nikon, Canon and Sony E-mount camera systems. The development of a native L-mount version has also been announced.
Best DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens: Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports The Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is the world’s first 10x optical zoom telephoto lens with a tele end of 600mm. It offers excellent and consistent image quality, which is achieved throughout the entire zoom range. Its intelligent OS featuring the latest algorithm delivers an image stabilization effect of four stops. When shooting at the focal length of 200mm, this lens can also be used for telephoto macro photography, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.3, thanks to its high rendering performance. Its multi-material build, which incorporates magnesium among other components, ensures durability and enhances portability, allowing for comfortable handling of the 10x zoom lens.
Best DSLR Professional Zoom Lens: Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports The Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports is Sigma’s flagship large-aperture telephoto zoom lens that meets the most stringent needs of professional and advanced enthusiast photographers. Robust yet lightweight, the lens’ magnesium body ensures high mobility and its dust- and splash-proof structure together with the water- and oil-repellent coating on the front element ensure safe use even in the most challenging shooting conditions. It also incorporates intelligent optical stabilization with an acceleration sensor and the latest algorithm capable of panning in all directions. The lens’ optical design, incorporating 10 exclusive low-dispersion glass elements, allows for extremely high resolution, from the center to the corners. By optimizing spherical aberration, a smooth and natural bokeh effect is achieved when using the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports for portrait photography.