New: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM, lens USB dock

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma officially released two new lenses (the 17-70mm lens was already announced before) and new lens firmware update USB dock. For price and pre-order option check those links:

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

The most important features for a standard zoom lens for digital single lens reflex camera is to achieve high image quality, to meet the needs in various occasions and to be handy and compact.
The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will clear away all the general concerns, such as a short minimum focusing distance, not a long enough focal length for telephoto shooting and a small aperture value. Mainly used for general-purpose photography, this everyday lens covers a range equivalent to 25.5-105mm on a 35mm camera. It’s surprisingly compact in size for a large-aperture lens that opens up to F2.8. Great for treasured snapshots of travel or family occasions, it also handles shots that are a little bit more creative. Designed to be the kind of lens you carry around with you all the time, it delivers simplicity and is so user-friendly it’s sure to satisfy even the most demanding of users.

Main lens features:

1. Contemporary line can handle all sorts of photo opportunities
Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Featuring the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness, the Contemporary line covers a wide range of needs. Incorporating the very latest technology in these lenses, Sigma has solved the difficult problem of keeping size and weight low without compromising optical performance.The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM is the first product from the Contemporary line. Featuring a wide zoom range, the lens has a focal range equivalent to 25.5-105mm on a 35mm lens.

2. Excellent for macro photography
This lens’ minimum focusing distance is 22cm and the maximum magnification ratio is 1:2.8. At 70mm, the working distance becomes 5.52cm. When it comes to telephoto, it can shoot pictures with a similar sensation to a macro lens. Also, without the need to change the lens, it enables photographers to take a close up pictures of subjects such as jewelry and flowers. In order to secure a clear field of view, the design of this lens is very thorough, even down to the precise position of the engraved letters on the lens.

3. 30% Smaller Than Conventional Models
For a which is used lens used in everyday situations, the small size makes a big difference. By incorporating a smaller OS unit and optimizing the structure and power distribution of optical elements, the lens barrel has now become more compact. In order to ensure high accuracy of the product, the new compound material TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which has high affinity to metal parts, is introduced for the lens barrel. It results in better durability of the parts and smaller zoom rings and scale rings. The dimension of this lens is 30% smaller than our conventional models.

4. Superior Image Quality Throughout The Entire Zoom Range
This lens incorporates 2 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element and 3 aspherical glass lenses including double sided aspherical lens. By optimizing the power alignment of the lens, both chromatic aberration of magnification and axial chromatic aberration have been corrected. From infinity to macro, it achieves superior image quality through entire zoom range. This lens offers extraordinary expressive power and is capable of surpassing the requirement of the rigorous checking process of our new MTF measuring system “A1”.

5. Large maximum aperture of F2.8
The aperture value is F2.8 at the wide end (17mm), and is F4 at the telephoto end (70mm). The bright viewfinder aids focusing and composition of images. The fast apertures also offer useful functions such as fast shutter speeds to prevent an object from being blurred and ensuring a smooth bokeh in the background.

6. Optical Stabilizer
Sigma’s own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) function is incorporated. It offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops, which makes it possible to compensate for camera shake even in macro range photography where a small blur can be easily identified.
*1. The closer the lens is to the object, the less effective the OS function is.
*2. For Sony and Pentax, OS function is not incorporated.

7. Flare and ghosting conscious design
In order to achieve high rendering on this flagship lens, flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured from an early stage to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incident light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions.

8. Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm
The 7 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.

9. Hyper Sonic Motor
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF as well as full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. With the enhanced AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved.

10. Brass made bayonet mount
This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.

11. Ease of use
The new product lines incorporate rubber for the attachment part of the provided lens hood. For better usability, the design of the lens cap and AF / MF changeover switch has been improved.

12. Evaluation with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
We used to measure lens performance with MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.

13. “Made in Japan”
All Sigma's manufacturing – right down to molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely "made in Japan". We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM

Conventionally, large aperture lenses for 300mm F2.8 have been loved by professional users due to their brilliant capability of depiction and bright aperture value. It has established a solid standpoint in the world of photography. Based on the concept that turning a 300mm F2.8 lens into zoom lens would enable photographers to expand the scope of shooting, we have developed 120-300mm F2.8 lenses and released them into the market. It is not simple to decide on a composition with a 300mm lens. Especially for sports and theatrical shows, shooting positions are almost always fixed and changing lenses could lead to missed photographs. By adding a zoom function with the large aperture 300mm F2.8 lens, it no longer requires other interchangeable lenses and rotation of the zoom ring will offer excellent framing. In other words, when conditions are difficult, this high-performance lens gives you more scope to express yourself in the shots you take.

Main lens features:

1. Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance
Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, our Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. With their high-level optical performance and expressive power, these lenses can capture fast-moving subjects, even at distance. This high-performance line also offers a variety of functions to aid the photographer in challenging conditions and scenarios. The SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM is the first product from the “Sports” line. Besides sports photography, the lenses are also perfect for nature shots featuring birds, wild animals and other wildlife, and for capture of aircraft, trains, racing cars and more. Another major feature of our Sports line lenses is their wide range of customization functions: using the software provided, all sorts of settings can be tailored to the personal preferences of the photographer.

2. Dust-proof and splash-proof construction
For professional purposes, we have achieved excellent durability by incorporating dust-proof and splash-proof parts for joint parts, such as mount attachment, manual ring, zoom-ring, switches for customization and external switch panels. It prevents dust and dirt from entering the lens. Also, the usage of the zoom ring and focus ring is well positioned for shooting situations.

3. High image quality close to fixed focal length lens
This lens incorporates 2 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, and compensate for the color aberration at the utmost. The design also compensates for sagittal coma flare and minimizes the blurring of a point light source in peripheral areas. It offers very high image quality, close to fixed focal length lens.

4. Incorporation of focus limiter
Excellent usability is achieved by incorporating inner focusing and zooming that requires no change in the length of the lens for focus and zoom. It is possible to use with a rounded filter, such as a Circular Polarizer, as the front part of the lens is fixed. Due to the focus limiter offering adjustable range of auto focusing, this lens can provide fast focus setting. The USB dock enables users to change the range of the auto focusing at the discretion of users' creativity.

5. Ease of use
Many parts of this lens have been designed for comfortable usage. For example, the design of the zoom ring is concerned with a texture when you hold it, the position of printed letters and the 4 control switches with integration-considered shape of the screws. Included accessories such as the removable lens hood and the newly designed tripod collar with strap ensure added ease of use.

6. Flare and ghosting conscious design
SIGMA’s Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. It provides sharp and high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range.

7. Excellent in handheld photography for telephoto shooting
This lens incorporates the OS system which offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible, ensuring the excellent use in handheld photography for telephoto shooting. The OS system has two modes - OS mode 1 is suitable for general photography, and OS mode 2 is best for panning shots of subjects such as planes or racing cars. It is possible to adjust the OS using the optional USB DOCK.
* This lens cannot be used with film SLR cameras with the exception of the Nikon F6, Canon EOS-1v.

8. Quiet and Fast AF
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF as well as full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. With the enhanced AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved. The full time manual, which offers further adjustment after focusing with AF mode, is possible. By using USB Dock, you can change and adjust the AF speed at your convenience.

9. Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm
The 9 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.

10. APO Tele-Converter (Optional)
The addition of Sigma's 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO TELE CONVERTER produces a 168-420mm F4 AF telephoto zoom lens or a 240-600mm F5.6 AF telephoto zoom lens respectively.

11. Brass made bayonet mount
This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.

12. Evaluation with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
We used to measure lens performance with an MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.

13. “Made in Japan”
All Sigma's manufacturing – right down to the molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely "made in Japan". We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

Sigma USB Dock

Sigma USB dock

By connecting the USB cable to a computer, SIGMA USB DOCK enables photographers to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. The adjustment is processed with special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro). The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses.

This entry was posted in Sigma and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.
  • Augusto

    expecting a really good optical quality from this new lens

  • http://Flickr.com/inthemist InTheMist

    If the 120-300/2.8 is anything like the new 35/1.4 ‘Art’ I’m all in.

    • Rista_Rile_Ricky

      me to,release date any idea???

  • Chris

    Any Idea/Info about pricing?

    • Chris P

      The UK Sigma site is giving the recommended price as £3,699. All the reviewers said that the previous one was an absolute bargain at about £2,000, looks like Sigma have joined Nikon & Canon by bringing out a slightly improved model at a massive increased price.

      • Sifor

        They won’t want to get too close to Nikon/Canon pricing of their 300 2.8s as people will just get the name brand primes.

        Since the lens isn’t a major upgrade (only chassis and electronics) they would have to justify any price increase… my guess is it’ll be only a tad more expensive than the current one.

        • JustKidding

          Don’t forget this lens is “solely “made in Japan”. We like to think our products are somehow imbued
          with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and
          water, and focused, hard-working people.”
          Given that it seems blessed with clean air and water, surely that justifies a premium price ;-)

      • Sifor

        Wait it would seem as though that figure is in dollars not pounds… so $3,599 is ok, given that normal discounting should bring that back to $3k easily.

  • http://twitter.com/KodaChrome_ Weapons Grade Fox

    not the most important thing but sweet jesus these new sigma lenses are gorgeous

  • http://twitter.com/bioinformagic Dr David Martin

    I’ve got the original 17-70 and it is a fantastic walk around lens. Great quality, macro to a stupidly close distance (the dust on the filter) and very robust. I’d swap it in a heartbeat for the new one…

    • FXX

      17-70 is a crop-body (DX) lens, btw, not full-frame; on your DX cameras, youll see 26mm-105mm. Hope that answers someone newbie’s question.

      The 120-300 however, is full-frame (FX), which is good, but which also accounts for its “stupid big” 105mm front element (note, most FX lenses are around 62-72mm filter sizes). That is a huge piece of f/2.8 glass and a huge price to go with it!

      I kinda want it but can barely stand carrying around the 70-200/2.8. I wonder if this + 70-200/4 is a better combo. Tempting, if you have the cash — the Nikon 200-400/f4 is twice its price… and the Nikon 300 f/2.8 prime lens is about 1.5 x the Sigma’s price (although the prime would be sharper and faster, almost guaranteed).

      Plus, there are SO MANY damn ways to get to 300mm these days, which isn’t really that far on FX. I wish someone would make a 400-600/f4 for birding.

  • bossa

    I believe this to have the same optical formula as the previous model so I doubt the image quality will improve unless they weed out the duds via their new testing method.

  • http://twitter.com/makatron Isaac Alonzo

    I used the original 120-300 f/2.8 and was acceptable due to the fact that there is no zoom lens in this range. I’d like to try the OS version but either way this lens is too heavy for handheld in a live event anyways

  • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

    No focus limiter was the main “issue” with the current 120-300/2.8 OS.
    Good to see that they added one on this new version. Looking forward to see how it perform.
    That USB dock looks interesting too, want some more information on that.

  • terry

    Would be nice if Nikon updated some their lenes. Such as the 80-400. Or come out with a 17mm PC lens.

  • anon

    i had the 120-300 OS for about 2 weeks… i really liked it, but adding up no limiter, no weather sealed mount, super cheap lens hood, and the fact that my wife couldn’t easily get her hand around the zoom ring while hand holding made it difficult to want to keep, so i didn’t.. optically it was stunning even at 300 and 2.8. Maybe not so compared to a name brand 300 2.8, but compared to the nikon 70-300 vr its worlds ahead (of course, it should be for the price). The funny thing was, the weight was the least of our issues with it, which seems to be a big issue with many. Granted the size and weight are the same on the new one, but the limiter plus user editable focus parameters (and others) plus metal hood makes the new one worth another look. Can’t weight to see it.

    Being that the 35mm 1.4 has done so well. I’d really like to see Sigma redo a 28mm or 24mm, 50mm, 85mm 1.4s. perhaps i’d dump the nikon 1.8 versions for the new sigmas. Would really like to see a 135mm 1.8 too although it’s a bit more specialized than the others. It will probably take nikon 25 more years to release one based on their recent patent. Maybe sigma can beat them to it.

    I’m very excited to see that the new CEO at least seems like he cares to improve the quality control. Sigma makes a lot of interesting and nice products… It’s a shame that they’ve let quality control issues sit at the front of their reputation for so long. hopefully things change for them with these new changes.

  • GD

    Hmmm. Needing to connect to a computer in order to switch focusing modes sounds to me like an enormous negative. If I’m in the field and want to get some panning shots I need to connect the lens to a laptop before I can do that? Ummm. No.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543986552 Avi Raz

      I think you misunderstood the product but I could be wrong. I think the dock is to ADJUST those things not switch modes. I.e. my 80-200 af-d has a focus limiter and that dock will let you adjust how much the limiter removes as possible focusing.

  • bossa

    According to Lens Rentals repair data for the 1st 1/2 of 2012 the Sigma 120-300 had a high failure rate when compared to other heavily used lenses. You can check out the data here: http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/09/lensrentals-repair-data-january-july-2012

    “Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS – 13 (weeks) – SmallCam rails (4), focusing barrel, OS”

    One would expect that the new lens has been improved mechanically. As I said earlier, it seems that the optics are the same as the ‘current’ model, although one would hope that it is also improved. I would consider trading my 70-200 VR2 & AF-S 300/4 for this lens if all the previous issues were solved.”

    • Reliable

      They certainly COULD HAVE addressed this in their advertising — but instead chose to go with the “Made in Japan” line (“Made in America” used to sound the same — but we all know its only individual companies and their individual reputations which matter). Unfortunately, Sigma made no note whatsoever about improving the reliability, focusing speed, etc, etc. If this is just cosmetic, it will be too bad. Normally, paying 2/3rds the cost of the next competitor is a pretty good deal………… unless the product has more than twice the failure rate! This is what it is: f/2.8 300mm on a *cough* “budget”. Sigma is still a “budget” lens maker. Let’s see their reliability go up (35/1.4??) and it gets more tempting. Until then, they still have frequent problems. Anyway… totally loving their new superficial designs. Much better than the Vampire Sparkles days.

  • Brass Bayonet

    The brass made bayonet mounts are highly resistant to long-term use…? Does that mean it’s not going to last too long?

    • http://www.facebook.com/rui.nelson Rui Nelson Magalhães Carneiro

      Leica is brass mount. It’s good quality and more expensive than stainless steel

  • Back to top




// B&H PopView code