Rumor: Sigma to make their USB dock compatible with older lenses

Sigma USB Dock
Sigma is rumored to be currently working on a firmware update which will allow to use the Sigma USB Dock ($59) with other/older Sigma lenses. It is not clear if they are trying to make the dock compatible with all Sigma lenses or only selected few. Today you can use the USB Dock only with A, C and S series Sigma lenses.

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  • Richard709

    Now THAT’S how you maintain a loyal customer base!

  • Barry

    That would be very good news, I was going to get it for the 35 f1.4 anyways but if there is a possibility that it will work with my second gen 120-300 f2.8 OS then it is ever better. Sigma has been impressing me as a business that wants to grow a loyal customer base.

  • Anna Rexa

    this bs is for only computer geeks..and the only way to retesting what you dink’d around in the computer…is testing the lens…over and over…NOT very effective..and way too time consuming. Sigma NO on this. no.

    • Cythrelo

      What a poor argument. Of course tweaks need to be tested and retested, what else do you expect someone to do when adjusting settings to PERSONAL TASTE? If you’re not capable of or willing to do the work, then obviously you don’t need to be messing around with any the settings that this allows you to adjust. For the rest of us, it’s awesome. Complaining about this is like complaining that a scalpel is only useful for surgeons. You’re not a surgeon, so why are you complaining about a surgeon’s tools?

    • catfish252

      Don’t want it don’t buy it

  • Johnny Dough

    Fujifilm know how this works too, provide useful updates to end of life products (X100). Canon? 7D update. Nikon, on the other hand…

    • totalreader

      i’d like Canon 5dm2 update. but greedy Canon will never make this update

    • Hadarmil

      Funny that. I bought a 650d and a short time after Canon released a software update called the 700d.

      Sure would be nice if Sigma cameras were a bit less ass. That Foveon gots some potential and no shortage of lenses.

  • Global

    I thought this is connected by USB? How could it adjust lenses that don’t have USB ports?? *scratches head*

    • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

      The USB is for the computer, you actually mount the lens on the dock

    • Global

      Nevermind, its like an end-cap, but with electronics. I guess I thought the lens had a USB, because it looks like its part of the lens, when attached. Cool:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU0WcpNAtl8

  • Global

    Looks like this thing is actually pretty cool — you can even change the FOCUS SPEED of certain lenses (“accuracy priority” “speed priority” or “balanced” something like that). Awesome from Sigma!

    http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/06/sigma-optimization-pro-and-usb-dock

    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4406844237/sigma-usb-dock-quick-review/3

  • BrainBeat

    I hope they can make it so I can fix my 17-50 f2.8 to be at least closer to focus. It is fine of my D7100 which I can tune but it is not really usable below f5 on non tunable bodies.

  • beavis

    What a progress… That´s what we were waiting for…

  • beavis

    …NOT

  • AndyLaa

    How about make a lens that isn’t a low enough quality that one would feel the need to tweak it?

    Make the lenses properly!

    • catfish252

      Sometimes the lenses need to be updated to work with new cameras or they may find a new autofocus function that works better than the current code. it’s not always about putting out a broken product. Sigma makes some real nice lenses.

    • alreadyupsidedown

      In a perfect world, yes. That would be ideal. But this isn’t a perfect world.

      At least 2 of my Nikkor lenses have had back focus issues that I could not fix with fine tuning in my camera. I would much prefer the ability to just spend 20 minutes tweaking the lenses myself rather than send them back to Nikon for expensive service, and lose the ability to use them for several weeks.

    • Ridgecity

      All my Canon lenses made in Taiwan needed adjusting out of the box.

  • jtra

    Great news. As long as it will work with my Sigma f/1.4 trio.

  • catfish252

    I hope this turns out to be true

  • FMJ

    For the sigma haters, you a aware that a few L primes has focus problem too, those with extra large aperture, the 85L is one of them.

    • David Portass

      Nikon too, my Nikkor 50mm 1.4 G needs fine tuning to get it sharper when wide open, will be sending it in at some point for NPS to sort

      My Sigma 18-50 2.8 was spot on but my 70-200 back focuses wide open with fine tune can’t completely correct

    • David Portass

      Nikon too, my Nikkor 50mm 1.4 G needs fine tuning to get it sharper when wide open, will be sending it in at some point for NPS to sort

      My Sigma 18-50 2.8 was spot on but my 70-200 back focuses wide open with fine tune can’t completely correct

  • David Portass

    Very interesting, if they can get it to go back a far as the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX DG HSM APO (unlikely they will due to its age) then that would breath new life into my lens as wide open the AF fine tune doesn’t quite get rid of the back focus issue.

  • Mark

    It would be nice using this to dial in my 150-500mm.

  • Hadarmil

    I wouldn’t bet my lunch money on it, but if so I would probably build a shrine to Sigma somewhere and pray to their success daily, not to mention spend every dime I make on their products.

  • wylun

    has anyone actually had great success w/ the USB dock? i’ve been very tempted to get it but have a heard time pulling the trigger in getting the lens and the dock just incase

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