Sigma DP2x

The Sigma DP2x is a 14MP compact camera  with an APS-C image sensor, which is roughly the same size as found in DSLRs like the Canon 7D.

This newest iteration of the DP2 offers improved autofocus capabilities and incorporates Analog Front End (AFE), which converts full color data through the FOVEON X3 image sensor into a digital signal.  Sigma says that AFE “enables the camera to reproduce high definition and richly colored images.”

For those unfamiliar with the FOVEON image sensor, Sigma explains the DP2x’s functionality as follows:

The DP2x uses the same 14 megapixel (2,652×1,768×3 layers) direct image sensor as the SD14, SD15 and other DP series cameras. Utilizing the special features of silicon, which is penetrated to different depths by different wavelengths of light, this direct image sensor succeeds in full-color capture with the full RGB in a single-pixel location. Since the moire is not generated, use of a low-pass filter is not needed because full information of light and color can be captured with three-dimensional feeling.

The Sigma DP2x features a fixed 24.2mm f/2.8 lens, which is equivalent to the field of view of a 41mm lens on a full frame DSLR.  The lens is a new design and exclusive to the DP2x.  The DP2x allows for RAW image capture in order to make the most of the FOVEON X3 sensor and TRUE II image processor.

No word yet on price or availability.

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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Officially Priced and Available

Sigma has officially announced pricing for its new 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens.  The lens can be found at a street price of $899, which is far less than the fictional retail price of $1400 assigned by Sigma.

According to Sigma’s press release, the lens should be available immediately. You check on stock status for the new lens on B&H Photo, Adorama and

Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens

Along with the 150mm Macro, announced a new APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens earlier this week at Photokina 2010.  This new version offers optical improvements over the last generation 120-300mm f/2.8 lens, along with the addition of optical stabilization.

As with other product announcements from Sigma this week, there’s no indication on price or availability, but it expect it to be significantly more than the $3000 street price of the current non-OS 120-300mm f/2.8 model.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

Sigma EF-610 DG Super and EF-610 DG ST Flashes

At Photokina 2010 this week, Sigma announced a pair of new hotshoe flashes, the EF-610 DG Super and EF-610 DG ST.

Both new flashes feature a Guide Number of 61, manual flash mode and a TTL auto flash exposure with all popular DLSR systems.

The EF-610 DG ST gives you manual power control down to 1/16 power, while the EF-610 DG Super covers an 8-stop range that (assuming my finger counting is correct) gets you down to 1/128 power in manual mode.  Additionally, the EF-610 DG Super features a modeling flash function, multi-pulse flash, TTL wireless flash, high speed sync and rear curtain sync.

For those reading between the lines, the EF-610 DG Super competes with the likes of the Canon 580EX II and Nikon SB-900, while the EF-610 DG ST matches up more with the Canon 430EX II and Nikon SB-600.

No word yet on price or availability for this new pair of flashes, but considering where they fit in the market, you can probably expect them to be priced a little below the first-party products noted above.

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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

Earlier this week, Sigma announced a 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens with its great HSM AF motor inside.  The new macro lens offers a 1:1 magnification ratio, along with a 9-blade circular diaphragm.

While Sigma showed off the new lens at Photokina 2010, it has not released further details concerning its price or availability.  For the sake of reference, the current 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Nikon mounts and carries a street price of around $730.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]