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

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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 . . .

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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

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Heavy lifting

Heavy lifting

Originally uploaded by Kelly Turner.


How about that Sigma f/2.8 200-500? Holy cow! That’s a constant f/2.8 throughout the zoom range! Word is that its 35 lbs and will cost something like $9,000 (US) when released.

You got a monopod for that?

Sigma’s 18-200 Stabilized Lens Finally Available

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS

Ok, not just yet, but you can now pre-order it now through Amazon in Canon, Nikon and, of course Sigma mounts. This thing was announce at Photokina last fall. Finally, it looks like it will actually release (ship?) on May 10, 2007. Canon is the company that really needed this lens though. Nikon has the wonderful 18-200 VR already. I’ve even been contemplating picking up a D40 or D50 (I’m a Canon user) just so I could have the 18-200 VR to carry around on family vacations and outings. I’m looking forward to reading some reviews on this lens and I’ll be sure to pass along my thoughts if I end up picking one up. If it lives up to the hype, it looks like a real bargain in the $550 neighborhood.