Sigma Announces Three New Lenses and Two Teleconverters


Sigma has also announced a bunch of lenses, starting with a pair of 150-500mm f/5-6.3 HSM OS lenses. A pair? That’s right. Sigma probably took a look at Tamron and envied them enough to produce a pair of such lenses, coming in at Sport and Contemporary editions. The main difference is the Sport version has more elements for better image quality (given they’re low dispersion glass I assume there will be less chromatic aberrations at least) and the Sport version is better built with weather sealing.  It is also going to be heavier at 2.8kg. Yikes that’s the 120-300mm f/2.8’s weight! No word on price and availability for either lens.


Then we have one of those all-in-one convenient zooms for APS DSLRs, with the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Marco OS HSM zoom lens. There’s OS and HSM, so it’s a pretty good consumer lens. With the lens going to sale at US$580, it’s a little pricey for the image quality, but with a good discount it might be… still not worth it. Sorry. I just hate convenience zooms. Arrives in October if you really really want it despite my protests.


Finally there are also a pair of teleconverters, the TC-1401 and TC-2001, which at US$350 and US$400 respectively promise weather sealing and better image quality than their last teleconverters. Having used Sigma’s previous generation on a 120-300mm f/2.8 I can safely say that any improvement will definitely be welcome. No news on availability.

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