Sigma Corporation has made an announcement that will make all Lightroom users thrilled. Their new Sigma SD Quattro H is available for sale, and it comes with improvements that will finally let photographers edit RAW files in Lightroom. [Read more…]
Sigma announced that they were jumping into the world of cinema in a big way at the beginning of September. Last month, they announced pricing and availability for the first two cine lenses in the range to be released. These are the 18-35mm T2.0 and 50-150mm T2.0, both due to start shipping in just under two weeks.
To show off their capabilities, Sigma have produced the 15 minute short film “Blur”. Shot entirely with the pair of Super 35mm (APS-C) zoom lenses, on the Arri Amira, it’s a touching story. A boy’s slightly weird father, seen by his friends as the “cool dad”, is obsessed with his camera. His photographs aren’t very good, but he keeps shooting.
Sigma recently made a big leap into the world of the cinema by announcing 8 new cine lenses all at once. While most are expected to be released throughout the course of 2017, pricing and availability for the first two has now been announced. Those two lenses are the 18-35mm T2.0 and 50-100mm T2.0 lenses for APS-C sensor cameras.
Designed for super high resolution 6K and 8K footage, they’re also very fast at T2.0. Priced at $3,999 each, they’re certainly not inexpensive lenses, but they’re not too unreasonable when stacked up against the competition. These lenses are compatible with the “Super35” image size standard and are available in Canon, Sony and PL mounts.
Here is a bit of interesting news, a letter that Sigma distributors just sent to their retailers tells that Sigma is stopping to make some of the Sony mount Sigma lenses.
A reliable source within the industry tells us that Sony is actually quite a small business with Sigma, so they are letting this line go.
Everybody wants to know what Sigma plans for the future. Ever since they launched the ART line, the company has been getting nothing but praise.
While there is a huge focus on Sigma’s lenses, the company’s camera line does not “suffer” from the same success. I mean Sigma’s lenses are a viable option when looking for a camera, but I don’t really think photographers are considering them seriously when deciding on a new body. So here is the million dollar question, why are Sigma making cameras in the first place?
When you get a third party lens, there is a concern that it will not always be compatible with your camera. I mean Canon, Nikon and the likes have no obligation to make their bodies work with third party lenses.
Now Sigma has actually found an incompatibility with some Canon bodies, and issued an incompatibility warning, most notably with the new Canon EOS 5DmkIV, they also released a workaround:
When Sigma set their mind to something, they really seem to go all-in lately. That’s what they’ve done today, by announcing EIGHT new Cinema lenses at the same time. The new collection of lenses comprises five T1.5 primes and three zoom lenses. Well, it’s certainly a nice collection to kick off their entry in the world of cinema lenses.
It makes sense that Sigma are expanding their range into other markets. Their quality control has gone way up in recent years. Many of their photography lenses now keep up well with Nikon, Canon and other 3rd party counterparts. With the move toward video for many photographers, this is a smart move. And if Sigma’s photography lenses are anything to go by, they’ll be extremely competitive.
I’m not one who generally tends to pay much attention to DXOMark scores, but this one quite surprised me. Released in 2014, Tokina’s AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 Pro FX seems to do pretty well against the main competitors, and actually scored higher than Nikon’s current model 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, released in 2015.
So, if you’re a Nikon shooter thinking of picking up a fast 24-70mm zoom, Tokina might now be a name you want to consider.
Sigma have today confirmed the final pricing and availability of the Sigma sd Quattro camera and EF-630 flash units announced in February, along with a new bundle that includes the sd Quattro and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens.
The Sigma sd Quattro is a mirrorless camera with an APS-C Foveon sensor, which Sigma claim as being “equivalent” to 39MP, and will cost a mere $799 body-only when it starts shipping in July.