Last Month Sigma unveiled an exciting ultra zoom range 18-250mm F3.5-F6.3 DC OS HSM, and revealed its tentative EF-mounted launch date by February 21th. Today, they have postponed the release of the digitally optimized crop sensor lens for three more weeks. Retails of the holdback were not given, nor they have revealed further release dates for the rest of Pentax, Nikon or Sony’s mounted DSLRs.
Sigma dished out a total of three HSM OS zoom lens last year at PMA, covering as wide as 18mm to 500mm of focus distance for a variety of shoot subjects. The 09 PMA is still one and a half month away; the manufacturer is already prepping another piece of ultra zoom lens with similar features- a digital APS-C crop sensor version of 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC with optical stabilizer (OS) and HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), extending 50mm more on the tele end to its popular line of 18-200mm.
Sigma has made public of its HSM version of the much popular 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG lens back in September, but fewer details were revealed in pricing and availability department. An official announcement from Sigma Japan today could shatter the hope of Canon or Nikon Digital SLR owners seek for an alternate walk-around zoom lens with much competitive pricing.
The gigantic Sigzllla that we mentioned earlier got the price updated from impress this morning. As we've mentioned, the size and weight are not beyond impossible but it’s unrealistic for field works, not to mention the huge price tag of $25,000 (2,625,000 yen). Sigma might want to scratch off their press release listing portraits and wildlife as targeted field of photography suitable for this lens. But i have to admit, that Sig
maGodzilla is one sexy beast, wildlife or not, chicks will not have problems posing with or without feather cloths on.
If you’ve been unsatisfied with Sigma's development in Optical Stabilizer lenses, here's some good news for you. They’ve drop three new zoom lens at PMA 2008, with OS ability of 4 stops of light equivalent. Better yet, the trio feature Hyper Sonic Motor for smooth, quite and fast auto-focusing.
The Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG lens was first introduced at last PMA show, the giant barrel and overall physical size draw attention to photography community, not to mention the world’s first F2.8 aperture at 500mm.
The long waited Sigma SP1 is nearly there, at least that’s what Sigma is teasing us right now. Sigma threw in the supersized 14 Megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor on a compact digital camera back in Photokina 2006, it surfaced again in PMA 2007, but the camera remained in coming soon status since then. They have updated the site with the following new themes.
Nikon D40’s is getting another friendly wide range zoom lens. Sigma announces a reduced size and lighter weight version of 18-200mm F3.5-F6.3 DC for Nikon. The additional built-in AF motor will grant the 18-200’s Nikon APS-C DSLR compatibility including D40/D40x. Unfortunately, Optical Stabilizer feature will be removed to shave 215g of weight and size reduction from 3.1”x3.9” to 2.8”x3.0” compare to existing version. The rest are pretty much similar to OS version except a slight increment of maximum magnification but 3 lens elements less. No mention of price and availability yet but we expect to see a much lower price compare to last model. A word of advice, avoid D40. You’ll get better choice of AF lens.
Sigma updates 18-200 to 'D40-friendly' status [via dpreview]
Sigma announces two new updates to their existing line of zoom lenses, the APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM and APO 50-150mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM. The 35mm Full Frame 70-200mm II version added one more ELD glass elements to improve chromatic aberrations, make it 3 compare to last model. The size, weight, aperture blades, MFD and magnification has no significant changes compare the last model. It is also compatible with Sigma 1.4x EX DG and 2x EX DG APO Tele-Converters. Price and availability are to be announced but expected to be around MSRP of $1200, $850 street price like last model.