Sigma’s new USB Dock and proprietary Optimization Pro software was developed exclusively for Sigma’s new Art, Contemporary, and Sports series of lenses. The USB Dock easily connects to a computer via a standard USB connection and allows photographers to update lens firmware and adjust parameters, such as focus.
The USB Dock is currently compatible with the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 30mm F1.4 DC HSM lenses from the Art line, the 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM lens from the Contemporary line, and the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM lens the Sports line. Using the USB Dock, it’s possible to update the lens firmware via the Internet. Multiple focus setting options are also available: four categories for fixed focal length lenses and sixteen categories for zoom lenses (four options for focal length and four options for shooting distance). In addition, lenses from Sigma’s Sports line include a “Custom Mode Switch” for customizable AF speed (three AF speed modes), focus limiter, and optical stabilizer (OS) function (three OS adjustment modes).
The Sigma USB Dock has a suggested retail price of $59.95 and will be available for Canon and Sigma lenses in May; the Nikon version will follow. Currently, the USB Dock is not compatible with Sigma DN series lenses.
Manfrotto’s Befree is a compact tripod featuring an innovative design dedicated to photographers who love to travel. Now, there’s no need to sacrifice a sturdy camera support when travelling. With this convenient travel companion, photography on-the-go has never been easier.
The Befree tripod is an easy tool to pack. Thanks to its unique design, the legs fold perfectly around the head into a closed position, where it is only 40 centimetres in length. The tripod’s lightweight aluminum construction makes it especially easy to carry; at 1.4 kilograms, it weighs less than the average laptop. The Befree also comes with a dedicated shoulder bag that protects it from accidental damage and makes it more portable for traveling and convenient to store in luggage. No longer will photographers have to compromise on picture quality because they weren’t able to travel with their heavy tripod.
The Befree’s compact size and portability don’t detract from its sturdiness. This reliable tripod keeps your camera steadily locked in place in any desired position, ensuring sharp images. The Befree is quick to set up and easy to use. The new aluminum ball head is solid and simple to operate, offering a maximum load capacity of four kilograms to guarantee stability, even with long zoom lenses. Aluminum leg locks ensure a long lifespan and allow the tripod to withstand harsh use over time. The new, patented leg-angle selectors quickly allow you to choose between two inclinations, offering maximum versatility for camera positioning.
Featuring premium Italian design and finishing that make it stand out from the crowd, the high-quality Befree complements any photographer’s photographic style, making it the perfect accessory for those on the go. The Befree (MKBFRA4-BH) has a suggested retail price of $249.95 and will be available in June.