Sigma Adds New Lenses, Announces Due Date for dp1 Quattro Camera

September 12, 2014

By Greg Scoblete

Sigma has announced not one but two 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM super telephoto lenses in advance of Photokina next week, in addition to fleshing out details on its 18-300mm lens and the dp1 Quattro camera.

Both of the new 150-600mm lenses will be dust and splash resistant and use a new oil and water-resistant coating on the front and rear of the lens. They’ll also use a new stabilization system that uses an accelerometer to compensate for horizontal and vertical panning as well as a new zoom lock switch that will allow you to lock your focusing distance. You’ll also find a manual override switch to control focusing. Both lenses will have a minimum aperture of f/22 and use a Hyper Sonic Monitor to keep AF noise to a minimum.

According to Sigma, the Sports version of the lens will offer a higher level of performance. It measures 4.8 x 11.4 inches and weighs in at 100 ounces. It has a minimum focusing distance of 102.4 inches and will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts. A Contemporary version will have a slightly smaller build (4.1 x 10.2 inches) and a slightly longer minimum focusing distance of 110.2 inches. It be available for Sigma, Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. Pricing and availability wasn’t announced for either model.

The wait for pricing and availability for the 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens for APS-C-sized sensors, however, is over. It’s coming in October for $579.

With a 35mm equivalent range of 27 to 450mm, the new lens uses four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements and one Special Low Dispersion element to reduce chromatic aberration at the telephoto end. Sigma also incorporated a new optical image stabilization system in the lens for Sigma, Nikon and Canon mount versions. Pentax and Sony mount lenses won’t offer stabilization.

Capable of a minimum focusing distance of 15 inches, the 18-300mm can be paired with a new $55 close-up lens accessory (AML72-01) to offer a magnification ratio of 1:2 and changeable angles of view. Its firmware can be upgraded via Sigma’s USB dock.

The company also announced that the second model in its Quattro camera series, the dp1, will ship on October. The dp1 is largely identical to the dp2 with the same Foveon Quattro sensor but will offer a 19mm f/2.8 lens instead of the dp2’s 30mm. Pricing wasn’t announced, though it may fall into the $999 range where the dp2 currently resides.

Sigma added a new LCD viewfinder accessory for its Quattro cameras. The LVF-01 attaches to the camera’s LCD display to block outside light. It features a diopter adjustment range from -2 to +1 and magnifies the display 2.5 times. The LVF-01 will ship in December. Pricing was not announced.

Finally, Sigma added several new teleconverters and filters to its lineup. A pair of new teleconverters, the TC-1401 and TC2001 will offer 1.4x and 2x magnification, respectively and use Special Low Dispersion glass elements to combat chromatic aberration. Both are splash and dust proof and support autofocus at f/8. The TC-1401 will retail for $349 while the TC2001 will set you back $399. Availability wasn’t announced.