Sigma 18-50mm and 55-200mm HSM Lenses for Nikon DSLRs

PRESS RELEASE:

Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of new HSM lenses for Nikon. The Incorporation of the HSM enables these lenses to autofocus with all Nikon DSLR cameras (including the D40 and D40x)

18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC HSM for Nikon

18-50mm f3.5-5.6 DC HSM

The HSM is incorporated into the compact standard zoom lens 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC giving this lens the capability to auto focus with all Nikon DSLR cameras(including the D40 and D40x). An aspherical lens and Super Multi Layer Coatings are used to achieve excellent lens performance and High image quality throughout the entire zoom range.

*Vignetting will occur if the lens is used with digital cameras with image sensors larger than APS-C size or 35mm SLR cameras.
SPECIFICATIONS
*Lens Construction:8 Elements 8 Groups *Angle of View:76.5-31.7 degrees *Number of Diagram Blades:7 Blades *Minimum Aperture (W):F22 *Minimum Focusing Distance:25cm (9.8″) *Maximum Magnification:1:3.5 *Filter Size:58mm *Lens Hood:Bayonet Type *Dimensions:69.6mm(2.7″) x 60mm(2.4″) *Weight:250g (8.8 oz) *Barcode No.0085126-551551

55-200mm F4-5.6 DC HSM for Nikon

55-200mm F4-5.6 DC HSM

This compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC incorporates the HSM system, making it capable of autofocusing with all Nikon DSLR cameras(including the D40 and D40x). This compact telephoto zoom lens is suitable for field work. Super Multi Layer Coating and lens power layout provide high picture quality throughout the entire zoom range.

*Vignetting will occur if the lens is used with digital cameras with image sensors larger than APS-C size or 35mm SLR cameras.
THE SPECIFICATIONS
*Lens Construction:12 Elements 9 Groups *Angle of View:28.9-8.1 degrees *Number of Diagram Blades:8 Blades *Minimum Aperture (W):F22 *Minimum Focusing Distance:110cm (43.3″) *Maximum Magnification:1:4.5 *Filter Size:55mm *Lens Hood:Bayonet Type *Dimensions:71mm(2.8″) x 84.6mm(3.3″) *Weight:310g (10.9 oz) *Barcode No.0085126-685553

[tags]nikon, dslr, d40, d40x, sigma, hsm, af, autofocus[/tags]

Canon EOS 40D Rumor Report

Interestingly enough, this info on specs appeared on a japanese forum:

EOS-40D

10,100,000 pixel 5 scene/second 40 shot buffer
iso100-3200 (Hi6400 expansion)
Digic3 dust reduction
Live view photographing
3 inch liquid crystal
Highlight brightness priority setting loading
Drip-proof dustproof

Actual sale 168000 Yen 10% restoration
7 end of the month sales

EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM
Simultaneous sale.

168,000 yen = $1364 USD.

Everyone expects a 40D sometime soon; however, I think the EF-S 18-200 IS USM would be a welcomed surprise. I imagine that this lens would sell like hotcakes given the success of Nikon’s 18-200 “never-in-stock” bad boy.

[tags]canon, 40d, 18-200, ef-s, usm, is, eos, news, rumors, price, announcement[/tags]

ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm Announced

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ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm super telephoto lens: Zooming power with the Four Thirds advantage

Hamburg, 26 June 2007 – This autumn, Olympus introduces the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6. Designed for the specific demands of digital photography, this extreme telephoto lens delivers 4.28x zoom power – up to a phenomenal focal length of 300mm (600mm on a 35mm camera system). Despite such high-performance attributes, this ultra-compact model only weighs in at around half as much as its competition. This makes it the ideal travel lens to accompany any Four Thirds Standard digital SLR.

With magnification muscle extending to 300mm (600mm in 35mm equivalent terms), the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6 is remarkably powerful yet remains astoundingly portable: The lens measures a mere 127mm and weighs just 620g. Naturally, being based on the Four Thirds Standard, image quality is never compromised.

Three ED lens elements are integrated to ensure razor-sharp results across the entire zoom range by minimising chromatic aberration that can otherwise occur at long focal lengths. Furthermore, multicoated lenses have also been incorporated to reduce ghosting and flaring against backlight, while a circular iris helps to achieve smooth, soft background defocusing.

Telephoto macro shots from a minimum distance of 96cm in manual mode and 1.2m in autofocus are possible across the entire breadth of the focal range, giving the photographer plenty of working space for close-ups of difficult subjects. Moreover, full-on macro shooting with maximum magnification of 0.5x (equivalent to 1x on a conventional 35mm camera system) is possible, while the zoom range gives the photographer control over framing and composition without the need to change position.

The ultra-compact, lightweight super telephoto lens is a perfect complement for the recently-launched Olympus E-510. Thanks to an image stabiliser built directly into the camera itself, it protects shots against the effects of camera shake – even at the extreme zoom levels this remarkable lens enables.

The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6 will be available from late October 2007.

ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6 – main features:

• Extreme telephoto capabilities from 70-300mm (140-600mm*)

• Ultra-compact dimensions (127mm) and low weight (620g)

• Based on the Four Thirds Standard

• 3 ED lens elements

• Excellent telephoto macro performance

• Compatible with all Four Thirds Standard cameras including Olympus’ recently introduced E-510 and E-410

* 35mm camera equivalent

Canon Spring 2007 Rebates Are Here

Canon finally announced their spring rebate program.

The good?

No more cutting UPC’s off the boxes, filling out forms, mailing it in and praying you hear back in 6-8 weeks. It’s all instant. That’s right, just deduct the dollar figure right off the listed price and that’s what you pay.

The bad?

No camera bodies are included in the Spring Rebates. Only lenses.

Purchases eligible for this rebate must be made between May 17, 2007 and July 16, 2007.

You can find most of these lenses in the Photography Bay Amazon Store by clicking here. Check out B&H for these lenses too. If you shop through the links on this site, you’ll get the same prices that you otherwise would, but you’ll also be helping Photography Bay out.  So, thanks in advance for your support folks.
If you’re a video nerd too, you can also get $300 back on the Canon XL2.

Trouble with images? Here’s the list in text:

  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
  • EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
  • EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
  • EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
  • EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
  • EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
  • EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

[tags]canon, spring, rebates, 2007, dslr, bodies, lenses, sale, deal, eos[/tags]

Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 DC Macro Lens Review

Popular Photography has a test up of the highly-rated and digital only Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 macro lens:

For tabletop shooters who like to reach out from the camera position to reposition or otherwise manipulate their subject, this 1:3 macro is probably the closestfocusing lens in its class. Read more . . .

[tags] sigma, 18-50, macro, f/2.8, lens, review, test[/tags]

Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS Review

SLR Gear has a nice review of the Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS lens.

The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is a lightweight, compact L Series telephoto zoom lens with Image Stabilizer. The optical Image Stabilization in the new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens provides up to an incredible four stops of shake correction – a first for Canon IS lenses. The use of fluorite UD lens elements provides excellent optical performance in terms of resolution and contrast. These features, together with its water-and dust-proof construction, provide both the performance and portability to meet user demands. Read more . . .

[tags]canon, f/4, f4, L, 70-200, is, usm, review, lens, test[/tags]

Nikon D40 and D40x Compatible Sigma Lenses

The new Nikon D40 and D40x are the first Nikon bodies without a built in auto focus motor. This means that the any lens used with the D40 and D40x will need the auto focus motor built into the lens. These lenses are called AF-S lenses. Sigma has a large line of compatible AF-S type lenses.

The following Sigma lenses are fully compatible with the Nikon D40 and D40x:

10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC

12-24mm f/4.5-5.6

17-35mm f/2.8-4 DG

50-500mm f/4-6.3 DG

APO 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM

70-200mm f/2.8 DG MACRO

80-400mm f/4.5-5.6

100-300mm f/4 DG

120-300mm f/2.8 DG

300-800mm f/5.6 DG

14mm f/2.8 EX

30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM

150mm f/2.8 EX DG

180mm f/3.5 EX DG

300mm f/2.8 EX DG

500mm f/4.5 EX DG HSM

800mm f/5.6 EX DG

[tags]sigma, lens, lenses, compatible, compatibility, nikon, d40, d40x[/tags]

Macro Lenses

Step into my parlour…

Originally uploaded by swifty_mcvey.

What should you be using?  A dedicated macro lens or a close-up filter?  I dunno.  But you’ll find a great article over at Lonewolf Online that gets into the details.  Check it out.  They’ve got some great sample images comparing a variety of different setups.

[tags]macro, lens, macro, digital, camera, close-up, filter, review[/tags]

Friday Link Dump

Check out this photo contest that was won without a camera.

Photographers and reality TV. Seriously. Get the “Money Shot.”

The Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II is now in stock at Amazon.

A nice hands-on review of the [tag]Fuji S5[/tag] by Ryan Brenizer with the good and the bad.

The new [tag]Nikon D40x[/tag] gets some serious praise in a review at pixinfo.com.

Take a look at why lens speed matters.

Check out some great fashion and portrait photography at static.

Need a lens that you can’t afford for a shoot? Consider renting it.

Read the review of the $2000 (retail – it’s $1600 at Amazon) [tag]Panasonic DMC-L1[/tag] DSLR with the wicked Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS kit lens.

See the 10 Strangest Cameras.

[tag]Memory card[/tag] getting full while you’re out shooting? Don’t worry. Just get another one from a vending machine.

Got some time to kill? If you’re interested in the more technical aspect of [tag]Canon[/tag] lenses, check out Bob Atkins’ list of Canon Technical Reports.

If you’re spending a lot of time in [tag]Photoshop[/tag] doing the same tasks over and over again, then you should really learn how to create your own actions and save some of that time for shooting photos.

If you like browsing through photos at flickr, you’ll love flickr combat.

If you’re really bored this weekend, you can help Google by labeling some images.

[tags]digital camera, lens, photography, flickr, google, fuji[/tags]