The 2017 CP+ show starts tomorrow in Japan


The 2017 CP+ show starts tomorrow in Japan and I do not see any new products at the Nikon booth - see the pictures bellow (the last chance for Nikon to surprise us all and introduce a new product is actually tonight after they already announced only a new medical alliance deal last night):

Update: I miscalculated, there will not be an announcement tonight because it is already Thursday morning in Japan and the show will start in 1-2 hours.

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The Nikon Museum will hold a 100th anniversary exhibition on prototype cameras


This sounds interesting, I would like to see some pictures if you are planning on visiting the exhibition:

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Big price drop on the Zeiss 15mm, 18mm and 135mm lenses after Sigma’s announcement



Just a few hours after Sigma announced their new Sigma 14mm f/1.8 and 135mm Art lenses, Zeiss introduced a big price drop on their own 15mm, 18mm and 135mm ZF.2 full frame DSLR lenses for Nikon F mount:

Related: a few weeks ago DxOMark tested the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens ($1,199) and placed it at the #1 spot pushing the $4,490 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens to the #2 spot.

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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
Dimensions
(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
Dimensions
(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.

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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.

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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:
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