The Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN is fast becoming my favorite L mount lens for the Sigma fp. I’ve been taking it around Scotland to capture some wonderful scenes like his scene of Bow Fiddle Rock close. The wide field of view it provides along with its clean and sharp rendering makes it a joy to shoot landscapes with. Today I want to show you how I use this lens without cumbersome front filters using the Haida’s Rear Lens ND Filter Kit (B&H, Amazon).
Sigma has today officially unveiled the new Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary lens, their first ultra-telephoto lens designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless cameras. It will become available in both L mount for Sigma, Panasonic and Leica L mount cameras as well as Sony E mount.
They’ve also announced two new 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters for the L mount, too. As well as a new UD-11 USB dock available in L mount and Canon EF-M mount flavours for updating your firmware and customising lens settings.
The L mount alliance is a funny thing. On one corner of the triangle, you’ve got Panasonic, traditionally known in the digital world for making pretty outstanding and fairly small, Micro Four Thirds cameras. When it comes to their full-frame mirrorless, though, they seem to be about as big as DSLRs, with lenses to match.
But in another corner, Sigma seems to have taken over the reins of small cameras with their Sigma fp. It still has that “big lens” problem, though. Now it looks like Sigma is planning to do something about it, according to an interview with Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki by Gizmodo Japan, and is working on some smaller lenses to use with the fp.
Sigma first introduced a 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary lens quite a while ago. It’s an affordable yet powerful zoom lens, but it has been available only in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma SA mounts. Judging from recently leaked images, Sigma is soon launching a new version of the lens, and it will be available for Sony FE mount, too.
If you’re using Sigma EF mount lenses with the Sigma MC-21 on Panasonic’s full-frame mirrorless bodies, then your camera is likely going to be forced into APS-C or Super35 mode when attempting to shoot video. With some 3rd party lenses, you don’t get such a restriction and the camera will happily let you shoot full-frame – even if the projection circle doesn’t quite cover the sensor.
While it may seem like a strange thing to want to do, some APS-C lenses, like Sigma’s 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens, will actually completely cover a full-frame sensor at certain focal lengths. In this video from Nate’s Film Tutorials, we learn how we can trick the Panasonic S1H into opening up that full-frame option.
Fotodiox has announced their new EF-L Fusion Smart AF adapter for Canon EF lenses to let you mount them to most L mount bodies. It guarantees infinity focus, full electronic communication and seems to offer full autofocus, aperture control and image stabilisation (with compatible lenses).
The EF-L Fusion Smart AF adapter is compatible with both full-frame EF lenses, as well as the APS-C EF-S lenses. Of course, you obviously won’t get full-frame coverage with crop lenses. It features all-metal construction, for what Fotodiox claim is a precise fit with “no play, gap or wiggling”.
I hope that we all know by now that we should be staying at home. And just because we’re at home all the time, that doesn’t mean we can’t get creative. Sigma has launched photo contest #SigmaShotatHome to spark this creativity further. The contest doesn’t only encourage us to stay at home and be creative but rewards us if we do so.
Popular lens (and camera) manufacturer Sigma has said that they are going to be giving priority to their DN line of mirrorless system lenses, going forward. A tweet posted by Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki confirmed this, stating that while the primary focus will be on DG DN full-frame mirrorless lenses, they will also be working on DC DN lenses for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds.
Sigma’s full-frame Foveon camera is starting to feel a little like the Duke Nukem Forever of the photography world. Sigma shooters have been wanting one for years, and when the L Mount Alliance was announced at Photokina 2018, the world was told to expect one in 2019. 2019 came and went with the promise of a 2020 release.
Just last month, we were told that full-frame Foveon would not be coming in 2020. Now, though, according to an interview by French photography website, Phototrend, with Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki, Sigma’s aim is to release it in Summer 2021. Although, they report that it may still be delayed until 2022.
Sigma was expected to make some big announcements during the cancelled CP+ event last month. Initially, it was suspected that it might be the company’s long-awaited L mount Foveon camera, but those hopes were soon dashed. Sigma hasn’t forgotten about their Bayer sensor L mount camera, though, the Sigma fp.
A new Version 2.00 firmware update for the Sigma fp has been announced and will be released at some point during “summer 2020” (they haven’t gotten any more specific than this yet). The update promises to add some cool new features including 120fps CinemaDNG RAW, cinemagraph and HDR shooting, amongst others.