Announced: Sigma 14mm f/1.8 & 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art, 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS

Sigma Unveils Four Brand New Global Vision Lenses at CP+

Sigma Corporation today announced its brand new Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses introduced at the 2017 CP+ Camera + Photo Imaging Show in Tokyo, Japan (check pricing and availability - not announced at the time of this post):

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

World’s first F1.8, ultra-wide, full-frame prime lens designed for high resolution cameras; ideal for shooting architecture, astrophotography, documentary and landscapes.

Lens Construction 16 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View 114.2º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 27 cm / 10.6 in
Filter Size (mm) N/A
Maximum Magnifications 1: 9.8
(Diameter x Length)
3.8in. x 5.0in.
Weight  1,170g/41.3 oz

Debuting the world’s first 1.8 wide-angle lens, the 14mm F1.8 Art incorporates the same groundbreaking aspherical element as Sigma’s critically acclaimed 12-24mm F4 Art. Boasting outstanding image quality from center to edge, the 14mm F1.8 Art features the largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Three lens elements are made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance, and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberration. In addition to the great IQ from edge to edge, the new 14mm F1.8 offers a superfast and efficient AF system.

With a minimum focus distance of 10.6 inches at 14mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive background

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

Formidable telephoto prime with high-speed aperture; ideal for shooting weddings, concerts, events and studio/location portraiture.

Lens Construction 13 Elements in 10 Groups
Angle of View 18.2º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 87.5 cm / 34.4 in
Filter Size (mm) 82mm
Maximum Magnifications 1: 5
(Diameter x Length)
4.0"x4.5" in
Weight  1130g/ 40.2 oz

Boasting outstanding sharpness and great IQ from edge to edge, the 135mm F1.8 Art lens enters the market as Sigma’s new premiere mid-range telephoto prime lens. Ideal for events such as concerts, indoor sports, conferences and press events, the 1.8 F-stop delivers greater “shallow depth of field” and isolation of subjects. The outstanding compression effect makes it equally as powerful for up-close and full-length portraits. Its new large hyper sonic motor (HSM) provides ample torque to the focus group for optimal speed while the acceleration sensor detects the position of the lens for compensation focus groups for factors including gravity, producing faster and more responsive AF. Equipped with a focus limiter, the 135mm F1.8 Art can be easily optimized for a variety of distances and situations.

Read More »

Posted in Nikon Lenses | Tagged , , , , | 146 Responses

Weekly Nikon news flash #406

→ New speed tests for the Lexar 64GB Professional 2000x UHS-II SDXC and Lexar 64GB 2933x XQD 2.0 memory cards on the Nikon D500 camera.

→ The latest Nikon deals:

→ Rare stereo Nikkor 1:3.5 3.5cm rangefinder lens listed on eBay for $24,999.95

→ The latest version 11.4 of DxO OpticsPro 11 now supports the Nikon D5600 camera.

Read More »

Posted in Weekly Nikon News Flash | 60 Responses

First pictures of the new Sigma 14mm f/1.8, 135mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 lenses

The first leaked pictures of the four new Sigma lenses I reported about yesterday are now available:

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art full frame DSLR lens:

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art full frame DSLR lens:

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art full frame DSLR lens:

Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary:

To get an idea of the size of the new Sigma lenses, you can see them attached to the Sigma sd Quattro H mirrorless camera:
Read More »

Posted in Nikon Lenses | Tagged , , , , , | 145 Responses

Four new Sigma lenses to be announced soon: 135mm f/1.8, 14mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 100-400mm f/5-6.3

Sigma is going to announce four new full frame DSLR lenses (most likely for the CP+ show next week):

Update: leaked pictures of the four new Sigma lenses can be found here.

Update: the four new Sigma lenses are now listed on the company's official website:

Here is the current line of Sigma Art lenses (see pricing):

Read More »

Posted in Nikon Lenses | Tagged , | 193 Responses

Exclusive 10% Irix lens discount coupon and more info on the Irix 11mm and 45mm lenses and filter system

I have an exclusive Amazon US coupon for 10% off on the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone lens for Nikon F-mount: YVE5-EQ9N52-NUVWR5.

Update #1: the first coupon code above did not work for everybody and Amazon assigned a new discount code NRUMIRIX that will be active in approx. 4 hours (around 10 pm EST). Sorry about the confusion.

Update #2: the new NRUMIRIX coupon code for 10% off is now working.

This coupon is valid only for this Amazon listing and the purchase has to be made from this link in order for the coupon to work. This deal will expire on February 22 or until out of stock.

A review of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens can be found here.

The new Irix 11mm f/4.0 is already listed on the company's website and it will be available soon.

The upcoming 45mm f/1.4 will be officially announced in June (see the first press photo above).

The new Irix filters and filter holder for ultrawide prime lenses will be announced in March and will include UV, CPL, ND8 ND32, ND128 and ND1000:

Read More »

Posted in Nikon Deals, Nikon Lenses | Tagged , , , | 41 Responses

Reminder: EXIF data can easily be manipulated (Nikon D850, D900)

With so much fake news going around the Web, just a quick reminder - as you can see from the pictures above, anyone can easily manipulate the EXIF data of a photo and pretend to be using a new, not-yet-release Nikon camera (in the cases above, a Nikon D850 and a D900).

Posted in Nikon D850 | Tagged | 155 Responses