Sigma telephoto zoom lens 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS now official

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Another rumor materialized today: Sigma announced the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS telephoto zoom lens.

Amazon is taking pre-orders for the different versions.

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Official press release after the break:

Telephoto Zoom Lens
70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS

High ratio zoom lens housed in a compact construction and incorporating Sigma’s original OS (Optical Stabiliser) function.

This telephoto zoom lens incorporates Sigma’s original OS function and is housed in a compact construction. The OS function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. The SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element provides excellent correction for all types of aberrations. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high contrast images throughout the focal range. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 150cm (59.1”) throughout the entire zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.9, making it ideal for close-up photography.

SIGMA’s own unique OS technology
This lens is equipped with Sigma’s own unique OS (Optical Stabiliser) function. This system offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. It makes telephoto shooting easy for many types of photography such as sport and nature. For Sony and Pentax mount, the built-in OS function of this lens can be used even if the camera body is equipped with an anti-shake function. As compensation for camera shake is visible in the view finder, the photographer can easily check for accurate focus and ensure there is no subject movement.
*For Pentax and Sony mount, it is not possible to use AF and OS when attaching to a film SLR, Pentax ist* series and K100D DSLR cameras.

Superior image quality
The SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element provides excellent correction for all type of aberrations.

Compact and lightweight lens design
The lens has an overall length of 126mm (5.0”), maximum diameter of 76.5mm (3.0”) and weight of just 610g/21.5oz. Its compact construction makes it convenient for travel and hand held telephoto photography.

Super Multi Layer Coating
The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high contrast images throughout the focal range.

Rounded diaphragm
This lens has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm which creates an attractive blur to the out of focus areas.

Minimum focusing distance of 150cm (59.1inch) at all focal lengths
This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 150cm (59.1”) throughout the entire zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.9, making it ideal for close-up photography.

Large-sized lens hood
The lens is supplied with a large-sized, bayonet type lens hood to block out extraneous light and reduce internal reflections.

For more information (incl. MTF charts) go to Sigma Imaging UK.

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  • jaafar

    I’m disappointed that this version doesn’t have the 1:2 macro capability, neither the same number of SLD glasses as in the old 70-300 APO Macro version. I’m guessing that the optical quality will be closer to the previous non-APO version of this lens.

    • WoutK89

      And they are even behind in focus motor, so the only thing added is the letters O and S :-P

    • bison

      The optical formula is different from the old 70-300, so we’ll have to wait and see how the optical quality is. My guess is that it will be better, since they’re wouldn’t be much point in redesigning a lens to make it worse.

      • WoutK89

        but for that price, I can get myself (another :-P) Nikkor 70-300VR Af-s!

  • Sky

    Nah… 3 times as much as the old one :/

  • Tomas

    If they had brains we would now have 70-200mm OS HSM for half the price of OEM ones. Same goes for 24-70mm. If they want to look disposable that their choice.

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