Sigma releases 4 new lenses – 30mm f/1.4 DC, 19mm f/2.8, 30mm f/2.8 DN and 60mm f/2.8 DN

At the start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013 this week in Yokohama, Japan, Sigma Photo announced 4 new lenses. First lens is a redesigned version of its original much heralded and popular Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens for DX cameras from Nikon, cropped sensor DSLRs from Canon, and of course Sigma’s own lineup of DSLRs. The new 30mm f/1.4 is also compatible with Sigma’s new USB Dock, which will enable firmware updates and focusing adjustments, is expected to be available in coming months. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 gives cropped sensor DSLR users an additional option for fast standard focal length lenses (about 45mm equivalent).  Sigma 60mm f2.8 DN

The 60mm f/2.8 DN is a completely new lens for the Micro 4/3s mount as well as the Sony E system mount. Featuring a 120mm f/2.8 equivalent on Micro 4/3s cameras and 90mm f/2.8 equivalent on Sony E-mount cameras, this lens complements Sigma’s own line of short fast primes for the m4/3 and E mount systems, which now comes with redesigned 19mm f/2.8 DN and the reworked 30mm f/2.8 DN lenses. On m4/3 cameras, the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN features an equivalent focal length of 38mm f/2.8 and the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 gives an equivalent of 60mm f/2.8. On Sony E mount cameras, the 19mm gives a very versatile 28.5mm f/2.8 equivalent and the 60mm f/2.8 gives an equivalent of 90mm f/2.8.

Sigma 30mm f2.8 DN

Sigma 19mm f2.8 DN

All these lenses are redesigned under Sigma’s new “Art” line of lenses. According to Sigma:

“Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Developed with the maximum emphasis on artistic touch, they are designed to meet the expectations of users who value a creative, dramatic outcome above compactness and multifunction. Along with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, they are perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots and many other scenes.”

Availability dates are not known at press time.

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Nikon Announces New Lenses At CP+ 2013: The AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR

AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G
AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G

Nikon has announced two new lenses at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013 – the AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and the AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR. The AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is an update of the older non-AFS version of the same zoom range, targetted at FX (full-frame) cameras like the D600. Compact and lightweight, it offers photographers an affordable wide-angle zoom solution for landscape and other wide-angle needs. The lens will be available for US$749.95 from Mar 2013.

YS: Does FX really need yet another wide-angle zoom option? Well, I guess this is to cater to the D600 crowd, but it does speak about the level of commitment to DX currently…

AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR

The AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR (what a mouthful!) is a super-telephoto lens is Nikon’s longest fixed focal length lens. Featuring a maximum aperture of f/5.6, it gives photographers the reach required for sports and wildlife photography. The lens also comes with a AF-S TC800-1.25E ED teleconverter designed exclusively for it. This teleconverter increases the focal length of the lens to 1000mm when used with FX bodies (1500mm on DX bodies), with a maximum aperture of f/7.1, giving full AF performance on newer bodies like the D600, D4 and D800 series. The lens + teleconverter combo will be available for $17,899.95 from Apr 2013.

CK: It’ll be fun to try this lens + teleconverter combo on my Nikon 1 V1 with the FT-1 adaptor. This will give an effective focal length of a whopping 2,700mm!

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