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SIgma's 85 mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art

SIgma’s 85 mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art

SIGMA Introduces Ultimate Portrait Lens for Photographers, 85 mm F/1.4 DG HSM | Art

Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Sigma lenses, has announced the newest portrait lens to the Sigma Art line, the Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art. Portrait photographers demand the attractive bokeh effect that large-diameter lenses offer, as well as outstanding resolution. Fulfilling the exacting standards of the Art line, the SIGMA 85 mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art delivers both of these elements at the highest level. The bokeh effect is so precise, you can focus on the pupil of the subject’s eye while blurring the eyelashes. Adding to the effect, the area in focus is extremely high-resolution while the bokeh area is very attractive in appearance. The SIGMA 85 mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art incorporates 14 lens elements in 12 groups, a remarkable structure that helps the lens deliver ultra-high-resolution. This lens is therefore an excellent match for full-frame DSLRs offering 50-megapixel or higher resolution.

The new Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art lens has a suggested retail price of $1,569.95 and is expected to be available for Sigma, Canon and Nikon in November 2016.

Key Features:

A design that prioritizes optical performance—without compromise.
• Outstanding resolving power and minimized chromatic aberrations help make this the ultimate lens for portraits.
To create a top-performing 85 mm f/1.4 lens, Sigma leveraged its latest innovations in design and materials. The result is the ultimate lens for portraits. By taking chromatic aberrations to the absolute minimum, this lens offers performance that goes beyond, including incredibly sharp resolution and a beautiful bokeh effect.

• Image quality perfect for ultra-high-megapixel digital cameras
Ultra-high-megapixel full-frame DSLRs offering 50-megapixel or higher resolution are now available, and nothing will bring out the performance potential of these cameras better than the fundamental performance of the lens. The Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art incorporates two elements made of SLD (Special Low Dispersion Glass) and one element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and a high index of refraction. These features help ensure a clear image throughout the plane. The optical system also minimizes sagittal coma flare for outstanding image quality without streaking – even at wide-open aperture.

• Sigma’s fifth large-diameter f/1.4 lens for full-frame sensors
Among its new product lines, this is the fifth large-diameter f/1.4 lens Sigma has introduced for cameras with full-frame sensors. Sigma is the only lens manufacturer that covers 20-85 mm at f/1.4 brightness in its lineup. This latest lens reflects our experience with this specification and insistence on offering only the best.

• The beautiful bokeh effect that only a large-diameter lens can offer
Elements made of SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and an optimized power distribution help minimize axial chromatic aberration. In the areas in front of and behind the point of focus, the optical system produces an attractive and natural bokeh effect by producing a smooth gradation of focus and minimizing streaking.

An all-new lens that leverages Sigma’s latest design technologies.
• Newly designed HSM for nimble AF control
The newly designed Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) offers 1.3 times the torque of its predecessor. Even at low speeds, it offers exceptionally stable performance, and the updated AF algorithm helps ensure nimble autofocus performance. In addition, full-time manual focus override allows the lens to be switched to manual focus simply by rotating the focus ring—even during continuous AF. The user can quickly find the perfect focus without needing to touch the focus mode switch.

Functions that satisfy the demands of professional photographers.
• OS system with acceleration sensor and new Intelligent OS algorithm
The Optical Stabilizer (OS) system features an acceleration sensor to deliver even more precise performance and up to approximately four stops of stabilization. Two OS modes are available: Mode 1 for general photography and Mode 2 for motor sports and other applications requiring panning. In Mode 2, the acceleration sensor teams up with the Intelligent OS and its updated stabilization algorithm to deliver effective stabilization while you move the camera horizontally, vertically, or diagonally—regardless of the position of the lens. This feature helps ensure effective panning and outstanding capture of moving subjects.

• AF function switch with preset AF modes
The AF function switch allows you to set your own autofocus specification. The lens can remember the focus position of your choice or turn off AF until it is needed.

• Manual override incorporated to make two full-time manual modes switchable.
In addition to AF/MF, MO (Manual Override) is incorporated as one of the options of the focus mode switch. By setting it to the MO position, it switches to manual focus by rotating the focus ring even during continuous AF. With AF position, standard full-time manual focus is available. Using the optional Sigma USB Dock, it is possible to adjust the MO position’s sensitivity to switch to manual focus.

Additional Features
• Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
• Made in Japan with the best craftsmanship
• Sigma USB Dock for Sigma Global Vision lenses (optional)
• Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm
• Brass made bayonet mount
• Applicable for the Mount Conversion Service that enables lenses to be long term assets
• Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
• Water and oil-repellent coating ensures a pleasant photography experience
• Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included
• Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1*”

Canadian Warranty
Like all Sigma lenses, this lens is backed by a comprehensive seven-year Canadian warranty.

Specifications:
Focal Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 mm
Minimum Aperture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . f/16
Lens Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Elements in 12 Groups
Filter Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 mm
Angle of View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28.6°
Number of Diaphragm Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Focusing Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 cm / 33.5”
Maximum Magnification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:8.5
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diameter: 94.7 mm / 3.7” x Length: 126.2 mm / 5.0”
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TBD
Mounts (AF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sigma, Canon, Nikon

 

Sigma's 500 mm f/4 DG HSM | Sports

Sigma’s 500 mm f/4 DG HSM | Sports

Sigma Releases Flagship 500 mm F/4 Telephoto Lens for Sports Line

Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Sigma lenses, announces the newest super telephoto to the Sigma Sports line, the Sigma 500 mm f/4 DG HSM | Sports. Photographers typically choose a prime lens when they require top image quality. However, the new flagship lens of our Sports line, the Sigma 500 mm f/4 DG OS HSM fulfills this need while incorporating Sigmas latest technologies and delivering a full range of advanced features and functions: enhanced dust- and splash-proof construction, Optical Stabilizer (OS) system, Sigma Tele Converter compatibility, AF function switch, Sigma’s latest-generation Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), and more. Combining top-level optical performance with functionality for challenging shoots, Sigma 500 mm f/4 DG OS HSM | Sports sets a new standard for high-performance telephoto lenses.

The new Sigma 500 mm f/4 DG HSM | Sports lens has a suggested retail price of $7,999.95 and is expected to be available for Sigma, Canon and Nikon in November 2016.
Key Features

Outstanding functionality for challenging shoots.
• Enhanced dust/splash-proof construction and available exclusive Protector
Designed for top performance in tough shooting conditions, the Sigma 500 mm f/4 DG HSM | Sports features highly effective dust- and splash-proof construction. The front of the lens features a water- and oil-repellent coating that allows water to be wiped away easily and helps prevent oil from sticking to the surface. This feature is particularly useful when shooting in a drizzle or near ocean spray. The lens is compatible with the exclusive Sigma Protector LPT-11 (sold separately), which effectively helps prevent damage to the lens during shooting and maintenance.

• Magnesium alloy barrel
To help minimize the weight associated with a hyper telephoto lens, the lens barrel is made with a magnesium alloy. Both lightweight and tough, this alloy contributes to the outstanding maneuverability of Sigma 500 mm f/4 DG HSM | Sports.

• Carbon fiber hood
The lens hood is made of carbon fiber, which is both lightweight and strong. In fact, the entire lens is designed to be lightweight for outstanding performance in tough shooting conditions.

• Tripod socket with 90° click stops
Since photographers often prefer to use a hyper-telephoto lens with a monopod or tripod, the lens features a large and extremely stable tripod socket. Antistatic nickel plating on the socket parts help enhance the quality and durability of the 90° click stops, which make it easy to switch between vertical and horizontal shooting positions. The click position may be canceled by turning off the “de-clicking” switch. The lens also comes equipped with a dedicated strap for the tripod socket, making it easy to carry equipment without undue stress on the camera mount.
* Tripod socket cannot be detached from the lens
*Strap included

• Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included
The lens for the Nikon camera includes the electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism and is able to receive the appropriate signals from the camera body. This feature ensures precision diaphragm control and stable Auto Exposure (AE) performance during continuous shooting.

Top-level optical performance
The lens incorporates two FLD and one SLD glass elements, while the optimized power distribution helps minimize spherical aberration and axial chromatic aberration. The optical system also effectively minimizes transverse chromatic aberration, which can affect the edges of the shots taken in the telephoto range. In addition, image quality remains exceptional when the lens is used with a Sigma Tele Converter (sold separately).

• Circular PL Filter RCP-11 is a drop-in polarized filter (sold separately).
Circular PL Filter RCP-11 is a drop-in filter that can easily be rotated while the lens is in use. (A protector that is inserted in a slot at the rear of the lens comes with the lens as standard equipment.)

Functions that satisfy the demands of professional photographers.
• OS system with acceleration sensor and new Intelligent OS algorithm
The Optical Stabilizer (OS) system features an acceleration sensor to deliver even more precise performance and up to approximately four stops of stabilization. Two OS modes are available: Mode 1 for general photography and Mode 2 for motor sports and other applications requiring panning. In Mode 2, the acceleration sensor teams up with the Intelligent OS and its updated stabilization algorithm to deliver effective stabilization while you move the camera horizontally, vertically, or diagonally—regardless of the position of the lens. This feature helps ensure effective panning and outstanding capture of moving subjects.

• AF function switch with preset AF modes
The AF function switch allows you to set your own autofocus specification. The lens can remember the focus position of your choice or turn off AF until it is needed.

• Manual override incorporated to make two full-time manual modes switchable.
In addition to AF/MF, MO (Manual Override) is incorporated as one of the options of the focus mode switch. By setting it to the MO position, it switches to manual focus by rotating the focus ring even during continuous AF. With AF position, standard full-time manual focus is available. Using the optional Sigma USB Dock, it is possible to adjust the MO position’s sensitivity to switch to manual focus.

• AF is effective even when Tele Converters are attached.
Tele Converters that are newly designed to match the new lens line-ups (optional) can be attached. The addition of Sigma’s Tele Converter TC-1401 or Tele Converter TC-2001 produces a AF 700 mm f/5.6 hyper-telephoto lens or a AF 1000 mm f/8 hyper-telephoto lens respectively.
* When shooting subjects with low contrast or luminosity value, focus may not be spot on the subject.

Additional Features
• Evaluation with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system “A1*”
• Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
• Made in Japan with the best craftsmanship
• Sigma USB Dock for Sigma Global Vision lenses (optional)
• Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm
• Brass made bayonet mount
• Applicable for the Mount Conversion Service that enables lenses to be long term assets

Canadian Warranty
Like all Sigma lenses, this lens is backed by a comprehensive seven-year Canadian warranty.

Specifications:
Focal Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500 mm
Minimum Aperture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . f/32
Lens Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Elements in 11 Groups
Filter Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 mm (Rear Drop-In)
Angle of View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5°
Number of Diaphragm Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Focusing Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350 cm / 137.8”
Maximum Magnification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:6.5
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diameter: 144.8 mm / 5.7” x Length: 380.3 mm / 15”
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3310 g / 116.7 oz.
Mounts (AF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sigma, Canon, Nikon

Accessories: Case, Hood (LH1388-01) and WR Protector. Lens is equipped with fixed tripod socket.

Sigma's 12-24 mm f/4 DG HSM | Art

Sigma’s 12-24 mm f/4 DG HSM | Art

Sigma Brings Ultra-Wide 12-24 mm F/4 for Full Frame to the Art Series

Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Sigma lenses, announces the newest ultra-wide zoom to the Sigma Art line, the Sigma 12-24 mm f/4 DG HSM | Art. The ultra-wide-angle zoom pioneer, Sigma has developed and launched many extraordinary products in this category over the decades. Now Sigma introduces an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that is perfect for the era of ultra-high resolution digital cameras. The Sigma 12-24 mm f/4 DG HSM | Art offers an optimal package of center-to-edge image quality, minimized distortion, and minimum focusing distance. To achieve these qualities without compromise, Sigma has leveraged its lens design expertise and all of its leading-edge technologies. Advanced materials such as low-dispersion glass play a crucial role, while Sigma’s advanced lens processing methods have made possible an aspherical lens of extremely large diameter.

The new Sigma 12-24 mm f/4 DG HSM | Art lens has a suggested retail price of $2,169.95 and is expected to be available for Sigma, Canon and Nikon in November 2016.

Key Features

From the ultra-wide-angle zoom pioneer, introducing the 3rd-generation 12-24 mm zoom.
The ultra-wide-angle zoom pioneer, Sigma launched its first ultra-wide-angle zoom in 1979: the Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35 mm f/3.5-4. Since then, we have continued to develop ultra-wide-angle zoom lenses, always including our most advanced technologies. In 2003, we introduced the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG, the world’s first ultra-wide-angle zoom for DSLRs with full-frame sensors. In 2011, we offered the updated and upgraded version of that lens, the Sigma 12-24 mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM. This lens offered an angle of view even wider than that of human vision, allowing users to enjoy the ultra-wide-angle range with incredible perspective. Now, the 3rd-generation Sigma 12-24 mm f/4 DG HSM | Art continues this tradition with image quality and ease of use both taken to another level.

Outstanding image quality—from center to edges
When it comes to ultra-wide-angle lenses, photographers require outstanding image quality from the center of the image to the edges without any distortion. Such performance is particularly valuable in architectural photography. The new Sigma 12-24 mm f/4 DG HSM | Art leverages Sigma’s accumulated expertise in the processing and manufacture of aspherical lenses and incorporates multiple aspherical lenses produced with precision glass molding. The lens also features lens elements made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to fluorite in performance, and an optimized power distribution. Together, these features help minimize distortion, transverse chromatic aberration, and coma flare. As a result, image quality is outstanding across the image, all the way to the edges.

Featuring all of SIGMA’s latest technologies.
• Featuring an 80-mm aspherical lens—the largest in this lens class
The Sigma 12-24 mm f/4 DG HSM | Art features 80-mm large-diameter molded glass aspherical lens—the largest such element in this class of lens. This lens is highly effective in minimizing distortion, spherical aberration, and coma flare.

• F/4 brightness throughout the zoom range.
With f/4 throughout the zoom range, this lens is one stop brighter than conventional lenses. Photographers can now use a higher shutter speed that will crisply capture leaves fluttering in the breeze and other quick-moving subjects. A constant aperture during zooming also makes this lens exceptionally easy to use.

• Minimum focusing distance of 24 cm*
Leveraging the incredibly broad perspective of an ultra-wide-angle lens, photographers can compose close-up shots with impressively expansive backgrounds.
*At 24-mm end of the zoom range

• Newly designed HSM for nimble AF control
The newly designed Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) is large, offers 1.3 times the torque of its predecessor. Even at low speeds, it offers exceptionally stable performance.

• Mount with dust- and splash-proof construction
The lens mount incorporates rubber sealing to protect the mount from dust and water drops. The front and rear lenses feature a water- and oil-repellent coating that is particularly useful when shooting in a drizzle, near ocean spray, and in a wide variety of other conditions.

• Art line delivers high-level artistic expression
Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines: Contemporary, Art, and Sports, each with a distinctive concept. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our Art line lenses deliver high-level artistic expression. Offering astonishing rendering performance that meets the highest standard, they are perfect for landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, close-ups, and casual snaps. They are made for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. A powerful ally in every genre of photography, Sigma’s Art line lenses excel both in the studio for formal works and outdoors for impressive shots of architecture, starry skies, and many other scenes.

Sigma Global Vision product lines are setting new benchmarks for image quality
• Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
Mount Converter MC-11 allows you to use your Sigma SA mount and Sigma EOS mount (Canon-compatible) interchangeable lenses with the Sony E-mount camera body. Owners of multiple camera systems can get even more out of their valuable lens assets, while Sony E-mount camera owners can enjoy the world of ultra-wide-angle zoom photography.

• Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included
The lens for the Nikon camera includes the electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism and is able to receive the appropriate signals from the camera body. This feature ensures precision diaphragm control and stable Auto Exposure (AE) performance during continuous shooting.

• New material TSC (Thermally Stable Composite)
To ensure precise operation, internal parts feature generous use of metal and Thermally Stable Composite (TSC),* which is highly compatible with metal parts.
* TSC offers thermal expansion characteristics similar to those of aluminum. Parts made with TSC deform less, making lens construction of extremely high precision possible. As compared to polycarbonate containing 20% glass, a commonly used material, TSC offers approximately 70% higher elasticity. As compared to polycarbonate containing 30% glass, it offers 25% higher elasticity. (Comparison is between SIGMA-produced components.)

Additional Features
• Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1*”
• Made in Japan with the best craftsmanship
• Sigma USB Dock for Sigma Global Vision lenses (optional)
• Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm
• Brass made bayonet mount
• Applicable for the Mount Conversion Service that enables lenses to be long term assets

Canadian Warranty
Like all Sigma lenses, this lens is backed by a comprehensive seven-year Canadian warranty.

Specifications:
Focal Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-24 mm
Minimum Aperture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . f/22
Lens Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122.0 – 84.1°
Number of Diaphragm Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Focusing Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25.8 cm / 9.4-10.2”
Maximum Magnification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:4.9
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diameter: 102 mm / 4.0” x Length: 131.5 mm / 5.2”
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1150 g / 40.6 oz.
Mounts (AF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sigma, Canon, Nikon

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