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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.
Currently, 30 publications from Europe and other parts of the world are members of the TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) organization, and chief editors and technical editors of these publications constitute this organization. Since 1991, TIPA has presented many awards in several sectors, including imaging. In 2018, TIPA changed the name of the award to the TIPA World Award to reflect the current composition of its membership, its publications, as well as the global influence of the TIPA award itself.
The L-Mount was developed by Leica Camera under the proviso of providing customers with a future-proof, flexible, robust and precise bayonet mount that would fulfill even the most demanding photographic needs. Since its initial appearance in 2014 within the Leica T, development of the L-Mount was continued by Leica as well as by its strategic partners, which led to significant improvements and therefore an effectively new and more polished L- Mount technology.
To ensure maximum product diversity, the diameter of 51.6 millimeters was chosen to make the L-Mount suitable for use not only with full-frame cameras, but also on cameras with APS- C sensors. The short register of only 20 millimeters enables a short distance between the lens and the sensor, which in turn enables considerably more compact construction – which is particularly helpful for developments in the wide-angle lens segment. To ensure resistance to even the most extreme stresses, and to guarantee customers maximum reliability in many years in intensive use, the camera bayonets are manufactured from wear-resistant stainless steel and with four flange segments that prevent canting and ensure particularly secure and precisely positioned lens attachment. The standardized L-Mount contact strip ensures trouble- free communication between the electronic components of the lens and the camera – including the possibility of installing future firmware updates for lenses to react to technological advances and exploit the full performance potentials of the lens.
The lens mount is currently used in the Leica SL full-frame camera system and the Leica CL, TL2 and TL APS-C camera models, as well as Panasonic LUMIX S1 an Panasonic LUMIX S1R camera models. All lenses made for the various different systems can be used on all cameras without adapters and without any functional limitations – this illustrates only one of the numerous benefits the common bayonet brings for customers.
About Sigma Corporation
Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, Sigma has been devoted the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan.
In 2012, the company introduced the Sigma Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sport. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Sigma and L-Mount Alliance, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, Sigma entered into the world of cinematography lens production. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the Sigma benchmark of excellence, the cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production.
Sigma continues its tradition of imaging excellence with the mirrorless sd Quattro, sd Quattro H and the compact dp Quattro camera line. Leveraging the ultra-high resolution Foveon sensor, the Sigma Quattro cameras are designed to produce the highest quality image with every shot.