Some fun to start the week with: Canon set to acquire Sigma? [CW1]

Sigma-Logo

Let’s start the week with another wishmor (wishful rumor), or whatever you want to name it. Just got this in my inbox:

Canon is interested in acquiring Sigma and has made two offers. Its first offer at 7x Sigma’s net value was rejected by Sigma but Canon quickly hit again with a 2nd offer of unknown valuation. There are long talks between the two companies. No idea what will happen with Sigma’s products if the buyout goes forward.

No comment :-)

Sigma 12-24mm lens coming (Art and Contemporary versions)? [CW3]

Sigma 24-35mm F/2

Is Sigma working on a new 12-24mm lens? Latest rumors suggest they are.

It appears the company is working on a new lens, a 12-24mm wide angle lens. This lens is said to be released in two versions, one “Art” and the other “Contemporary”. This is not the first time Sigma releases two versions of a lens. They did the same with the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG, released as “Sport” and “Contemporary” version. For the time being it is not clear if it will be for full-frame or APS-C sensors. My guess is for FF.

Sigma has a 12-24mm lens in their line-up, the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM, released in 2011. I think this rumor is solid. Stay tuned.

[via PR]

New Canon Ultra Wide Lenses To Be Announced Very Soon (EF-S 10-18mm and EF 16-35mm f/4L IS)

 

EF-S 10-22mm486708

The Canon EF-S 10-22mm (left) and EF 16-35mm (right)

Digicame-info (translated) reports that they got word from a trusted source that Canon will announce 2 new ultra wide angle lenses in the next days. The rumored lenses are the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.

So it seems Canon is going to replace two popular lenses: the excellent EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 and the highly regarded EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, although in the latter case it is less a replacement and more an addition of a new lens to the line-up.

Both lenses will get image stabilisation, the EF-S 10-18mm gets a bit slower than the EF-S 10-22mm (will it be lighter because of the smaller aperture?), the EF 16-35mm also gets slower and gains IS. The big question here is the pricing. At least for the 16-35mm I expect a price tag somewhat shy of $2,000 (the current 16-35mm is $1700). The EF-S 10-18mm will most probably also be pricier than the current EF-S 10-22mm ($650), since it comes with IS.

If you have a Canon APS-C DSLR and the EF 16-35mm is on your radar, think again and get the amazing Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art, a lens  with constant f/1.8 over the zoom range and that sells for $799, and a lens that puts the competitors to shame (Zeiss included).

Stay tuned, more to come soon…

[via DCI]

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Will Be Released April 25th (Canon mount), More Sample Pics

Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Japanese site mynavi (translated) seems to refer to an official Sigma statement when they say that Sigma will release the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM for Canon EF mount on April 25th. The price is said to be 127,000 Yen, which is a bit more than the rumored $1,000 for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4.

Sample pics shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM and an EOS 5D Mark III also showed up at Gear for Image [source: SR].

Could mean Sigma will make an official announcement very soon.

[via DCI]