Deals: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM – $529 (reg. $799), Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM – $649 (reg. $899, free USB dock)

Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC ART
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM ArtSigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART
– Canon EF-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
– 28.8-56mm (35mm Equivalent)
– Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
– Four Aspherical, Five SLD Glass Elements
– Super Multi-Layer Coating
– Hyper Sonic AF Motor
– Internal Focusing and Zoom Design
– Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
– EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
– Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
– One FLD Element, Four SLD Elements
– Two Aspherical Elements
– Floating Elements System
– Super Multi-Layer Coating
– Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
– Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
– Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Adorama has the amazing Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens on sale at $529. Compare at $799. Free shipping.

The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART lens is discounted to $649 at both Adorama and B&H Photo. Comes with free Sigma USB dock.

B&H Photo has the 3 days long Mega Deal Zone event going on. Choose from almost 500 selected deals.

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Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART Review (premium 28mm lens, D. Abbott)

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG Art

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements, Three SLD Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott published the full review of the Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART lens. A lens that catches a lot of attention.

Among the things D. Abbott liked are the excellent build quality, quick and accurate AF, sharpness starting at f1.4, bokeh, contrast, well controlled chromatic aberrations, and more.

From his conclusion:

In many ways the Sigma 28mm F1.4 ART is the lens that the 35mm F1.4 ART should have been.  It delivers better focus accuracy, richer image quality, and has a superior build.  I would actually like to see Sigma build a 35mm F1.4 ART Mark II in the future and update it with some of the experience gleaned since its release (it was the first of the ART series lenses).  The only negative that I can point to by comparison is that the price has crept up to where the 28ART can no longer be considered a bargain even if it is cheaper than direct competitors.  And that may be the primary obstacle to it being a sales success for Sigma.  The 28mm focal length is not intensely popular (though incredibly useful), so the price tag (though probably warranted by performance) may be steeper than many want to pay. 

If you want a premium 28mm lens, however, it’s hard to rule out the Sigma 28mm F1.4 ART.  It does so many things very well, and produces truly beautiful images.  What more could you ask for?

Despite being a real world review, D. Abbott’s review of the Sigma 28mm F1.4 ART lens covers everything you might want to know and comes with a huge set of sample and test pictures. This is the kind of review I look for when I want to learn about gear.

If you prefer to watch your reviews, the videos below are ready for you.

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG ART:

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Deal: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary – $729 (reg. $1089, today only)

Sigma 150-600mm

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5 to f/22
  • One FLD Element, Three SLD Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic Motor AF System
  • OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable, Rotating Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Today only (6/2/19) B&H Photo has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens (Canon mount) on sale at $729. Compare at $1,089. Free shipping.

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Deal: Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens – $999 (reg. $1399, today only)

Sigma 40mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Three SLD Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Only for today (5/7/19) B&H Photo has the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens on sale at $999. Compare at $1,399. Free shipping in the USA.

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Interview With Sigma CEO, Company Might Make Native Lenses For Canon EOS R

Canon Eos R

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…

Read the interview at Imaging Resource

Sigma Honored with Four TIPA World Awards

Sigma 40mm F/1.4

Press release:

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 LensSigma 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.

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