Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for $149 – Cyber Monday Deal Alert

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for $149 - Cyber Monday Deal Alert

In addition to the previously mentioned Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens sale, B&H has the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lens on sale for $149 (reg. $199) as one of its Cyber Monday deals. It is available for Sony NEX cameras and Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic. This deal ends Nov. 27. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for $149 – Black Friday Deal Alert

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for $149 - Black Friday Deal Alert

The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens for Sony NEX and Micro Four Thirds cameras is $50 off at B&H for Black Friday. The lens normally runs $199, but is $149 right now. I own this lens and highly recommend it for Sony NEX users. See my Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN First Look Review.

The deal on this lens is here for the Micro Four Thirds mount and here for the Sony NEX version.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens Pricing and Availability

Sigma 35mm f:1.4 DG HSM Lens

Sigma has announced pricing and availability for its new 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens.  The new lens retails for $899 and should ship this month (within the next few days).

Check shipping availability via the links below.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (Canon mount)

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (Nikon mount)

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (Sony mount)

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (Pentax mount)

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (Sigma mount)

New Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Slips Out at Photokina

Sigma 300mm f:2.8

It looks like Sigma will be launching a new stabilized version of its 300mm f/2.8 lens (seen above) soon based on the lens’ appearance during a slideshow at Photokina 2012.

There are no specific details about the upcoming lens other than the name designation that appeared on a slide during an official Sigma presentation.

You can watch the full presentation in the video below. [Read more...]

Sigma Announces 3 New Lenses

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

Sigma announced the following three new lenses at Photokina 2012.

17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM – This new Contemporary lens is designed for cameras with an APS-C sensor and covers a range equivalent to 25.5 to 105mm on a 35mm camera. An upgrade to its predecessor, which was released in December 2009, this general purpose lens offers a new design and a more compact build.

35mm F1.4 DG HSM – This Art lens provides photographers with a state-of-the-art alternative to the more conventional 50mm. This lens’ axial chromatic aberration is minimized, which renders a cool and smooth out-of-focus image. At low apertures, it can perform like a wide-angle lens; when opened up to F1.4, it will provide background bokeh and make the subject pop like a mid-range telephoto lens.

120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM – With redesigned mechanics and performance, this Sports lens is an update from its predecessor released in February 2011. This high-performance lens eases difficult shooting conditions by offering a maximum focal length of 300mm and a wide-open aperture of F2.8. This lens, like the other Sports category lenses to come, is dust and moisture resistant, and allows users to adjust the focus speed and the focus limiter via a button on the lens.

Sigma DP1 Merrill Priced at $999, Available this Month

Sigma DP1 Merrill

Sigma has announced pricing and availability for its DP1 Merrill compact camera, which features a 19mm f/2.8 fixed lens (28mm equivalent).  The DP1 Merrill differs from the DP1x because the DP1 Merrill includes one “F” low dispersion glass element for correcting aberrations in addition to the Foveon X3 46MP image sensor (same sensor as the Sigma SD1 Merrill).

The DP1 Merrill will be available for $999 in mid-September.  Check availability at B&H Photo.

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO Lens Announced

Sigma 18-250mm f:3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO Lens

The Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO lens was unveiled today as an all-purpose APS-C lens.  No pricing yet, but it should be available in July.

The new lens differs from the non-macro version in magnification ratio, but it also contains new material called Thermally Stable Composite (TSC). TSC is incorporated into the lens barrel and is often compared to polycarbonate. It has a high degree of elasticity and exhibits little variation in its structure in extreme temperature conditions. This means that internal barrel expansion and contraction due to extreme temperature variations is less prevalent.

TSC also contributes to the lens’ size reduction. The non-macro 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 without TSC weighs 22.2 ounces and is 3.1 by 4 inches in diameter, whereas the new macro lens is 16.6 ounces and 2.9 by 3.5 inches in diameter. As a result, this is a more compact, multi-purpose lens for APS-C sized sensor cameras.

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

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN First Look Review

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for Sony NEX

The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN is the closest thing to a “fast 50″ that we can get right now for Sony’s NEX models in the native E-mount.  I’ve been playing with it for a couple of days and, in short, I think it’s a nice complement to the 18-55mm kit lens.  At $199, it’s certainly a lens that NEX owners should consider adding to their kit. [Read more...]