Sigma adds Canon Lens Aberration Correction and Nikon bug fixes with new firmware updates

Jan 25, 2019

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Sigma adds Canon Lens Aberration Correction and Nikon bug fixes with new firmware updates

Jan 25, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sigma has released a range of firmware updates for some of their Art, Sports and Contemporary lenses for both Canon and Nikon to add feature support and fix a few bugs. There’s also an update for the Sigma MC-11 adapters expand lens compatibility.

For Canon

The Canon updates mostly ensure compatibility with Canon’s Lens Aberration Correction function. This enables automatic correction right in the camera, which corrects things like vignetting and chromatic aberration. But one lens sees an autofocus speed improvement and another becomes compatible with the EOS R’s 1.6x crop mode.

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art for Canon EF

  • It has ensured compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, which enables correction matching the optical characteristics of the attached lens.*
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function is enabled.

Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports for Canon EF

  • It has ensured compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, which enables correction matching the optical characteristics of the attached lens.*
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function is enabled.
  • It has improved the AF speed when the lens is used in combination with some cameras.

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary for Canon EF

  • It has ensured compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, which enables correction matching the optical characteristics of the attached lens.*
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function is enabled.
  • It has become compatible with EOS R’s “1.6x (Crop)” to be set automatically as well as with “Scene Intelligent Auto Mode”.

* Compatible Canon camera models: EOS R1, EOS-1D X mark II, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R, EOS 5D mark IV, EOS 6D mark II, EOS 80D, EOS 8000D (EOS Rebel T6s, EOS 760D), EOS 9000D (EOS 77D) , EOS Kiss x8i (EOS Rebel T6i, EOS 750D), EOS Kiss x9i (EOS Rebel T7i, EOS 800D), EOS Kiss x9 (EOS Rebel SL2, EOS 200D) 

For Nikon

The Nikon updates fix various bugs when certain lenses are used on the Nikon Z cameras along with the Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter. While the firmware does specify the Nikon Z7, I’ve seen people posting about these issues on the Nikon Z6, too. It’s unclear whether these will fix the issue for Z6 users, but I would expect it will.

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art for Nikon F

  • When the lens is used in combination with the Nikon “Z 7” and their “Mount Adapter FTZ”, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby it may occasionally stop recording while shooting video.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art for Nikon F

  • When the lens is used in combination with the Nikon “Z 7” and their “Mount Adapter FTZ”, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby the response to the AF operation is intermittent when starting to shoot with the subject completely out of focus.

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art & Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art for Nikon F

  • When the lens is used in combination with the Nikon “Z 7” and their “Mount Adapter FTZ”, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby it may occasionally show overexposure when narrowing down the aperture from F5.6 while shooting.

Sigma MC-11

Ther are two versions of the Sigma MC-11. One converts Sigma SA mount lenses for use on Sony bodies, and the other converts Canon EF mount lenses for use on Sony bodies. These are compatibility updates, to add support for more lenses.

Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 SA-E

  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for SIGMA.

Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 EF-E

  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.00.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.00.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.00.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF mount.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA CINE LENS FF High Speed Prime Line 28mm T1.5 FF for CANON EF mount and 40mm T1.5 FF for CANON EF mount.

All of the new firmware updates are available to download now through the Sigma Optimization Pro app downloadable from the Sigma website. Updates are available for both Mac and Windows, but you will also need either the Canon EF USB dock or Nikon F USB dock, depending on what flavour you shoot in order to apply it to your lenses.

Sigma seems to be going full-on at the moment to get firmware updates out of the way to help improve compatibility with Nikon and Canon DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. I expect they’re just trying to clear their workload so they can get working on their own collaboration with Leica & Panasonic and the impending Full Frame Foveon camera.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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