LENSES BY SIGMA!

Photo courtesy of blog.sigmaphoto.com – shot with the 85mm 1.4 ART lens

In the world of 3rd party lenses, I think everyone has heard of SIGMA LENSES. This is a company that has been around for a long time, making incredible lenses for all kinds of cameras.

HISTORY OF SIGMA (as per Wikipedia):

SIGMA CORPORATION

is a Japanese company, manufacturing cameras, lenses and flashes and other photographic accessories. All Sigma products are produced in the company’s own Aizu factory in Bandai, Fukushima, Japan. Although Sigma produces several camera models, the company is best known for producing high-quality lenses and other accessories that are compatible with the cameras produced by other companies.

The company was founded in 1961 by Michihiro Yamaki, who was Sigma’s CEO until his death at age 78 in 2012.

Sigma products work with cameras from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, and Panasonic as well as their own cameras.

Sigma has also made lenses under the Quantaray name, which have been sold exclusively by Ritz Camera. Similarly, Sigma lenses were sold exclusively by the former Wolf Camera, but following the merger of Wolf and Ritz, both brands can be purchased.

LENSES MADE TODAY (2022):

When I went to their website, I wanted to see their list or catalogue of lenses available. And I was really shocked. To me, it seems that the lenses they made covered every type of lens you would ever need, including “standard” lenses. I was most surprised that they made “standard” lenses for the different camera manufactures.

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Take a look at the amount of different lenses they make for your camera:

WIDE ANGLE LENSES

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(18 Lenses)

Wide-angle camera lenses capture the larger side of life with a broader angle of view. Photographers rely on these essential lenses, including the 14mm, 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 12-24mm and 14-24mm.

STANDARD LENSES:

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(12 Lenses)

Explore the Sigma lineup of standard camera lenses with a field of view similar to the human eye. This popular category includes lenses such as the 50mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4, and 24-70mm 2.8. Standard by definition, exceptional by performance.

TELEPHOTO LENSES:

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(19 Lenses)

Bring the world closer with a telephoto camera lens. A tool countless photographers rely on for added reach, this category includes such lenses as the 70-200mm 2.8, 100-400mm and 150-600mm.

MULTI-PURPOSE LENSES:

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(5 Lenses)

Wide-angle to telephoto zoom and everything in between, multi-purpose lenses are designed to be light, versatile and highly efficient. Sigma manufacturers several multi-puirpose lenses, including the 18-300mm, 18-250mm and 18-200mm.

MACRO LENSES:

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(6 Lenses)

Macro camera lenses allow a photographer to bring to life the small but lively world around them. Explore every detail with such lenses as the 70mm and 105mm.

FISHEYE LENSES:

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(2 Lenses)

Fisheye lenses bring a whole new perspective to your vision. From Diagonal to Circular, Sigma offers a variety of premium lenses for APS-C and Full Frame cameras.

OS LENSES:

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(16 Lenses)

Sigma Optical Stabilization (OS) helps compensate for camera shake by reducing vibration in the DSLR camera system while taking a photograph. Some lenses with Sigma image stabilization include the 24-105mm F4,150-600mm and 70-200mm 2.8.

SIGMA “ART” LENSES

One thing that has always intrigued me with Sigma, is they make a line of lenses they call “Art Lenses”! Without even checking the details of this lens, I assumed that this series of lenses was made sharper, more colorful (yes, lenses can enhance the color with their special coatings), more detailed than their regular lenses. Their lenses in their standard lineup are nothing short of AMAZING, so how do the ART lenses compare, and are they worth that extra money?

JUST WHAT ARE SIGMA ART LENSES?

So many names and words are thrown at you in the photography world- L lenses, Prime lenses, and… ART? ART as a term in photography equipment has become so big that most don’t even know the brand that produced the legendary ART: Sigma. Sigma’s ART lens line is a high-end, exquisite quality optic product that is very sought after by professional photographers. 

So what makes the ART lens have such a life of its own in the industry? Well, a mix between brilliant performance, excellent engineering, and an attractive price tag all lend a hand at the lens line’s brilliant reputation. 

Characteristics of the ART Lens Line

For starters, every lens company has a high-end line and more consumer-friendly line. The ART series is the high end, luxury line for camera and lens brand Sigma Corporation of America. Originally started in Japan, Sigma has gained exceptional notoriety for the quality of their ART line. 

Sigma’s ART line is divided into the following expected categories: Wide-angle lenses, large-aperture fixed lenses, telephoto lenses, standard lenses, macro lenses, ultra-wide angle lenses, and fish-eye lenses. Something for everyone. 

The ART line is engineered specifically for sharpness and optic performance. They are lenses created for images that give the sharpest details a photographer can possibly aim for. Even with the widest openings, Sigma ART lenses exhibit exceptional focal plane sharpness. This is because the focusing mechanism is quite unique to the brand itself, and cannot be found in other models. 

The ART line also tends to have wider apertures, from f/1.2 to f/2.8. The bokeh blades create a more natural and creamy shallow depth of field than most lenses, and are nicely designed to avoid chromatic aberration at wide apertures. For those unfamiliar, chromatic aberration is a common optical problem that causes a purple or green outline to appear around your subject.

ART lenses also characteristically produce more vibrant and poppy colors. Although a lot of color has to do with the camera body itself, the lens does play a role nowadays (especially in mirrorless systems). 

Finally, ART lenses are created in all notable mounts, such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, and even Leica. Sigma ART lenses are even able to have their mounts converted through the conversion service offered by the company. 

To get this kind of “extra” quality in a lens, you can plan on spending more than the standard lens in the same style. They are also a bit bigger lenses, but, to get that kind of quality, who cares?

A new blog site to check out:

What I thought was also really cool, is that Sigma has their own blogs right on their own website. You want to check out some pretty cool blogs, go to: SIGMA BLOG

Ready to try Sigma Lenses? They are one of several worth checking out. I am going to give you some more options to choose from, because this Wednesday, in 2 days, I will be reviewing

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SIGMA CAMERA CO. THE LENS COMPANY HAS A CAMERA!

The new Sigma fp L 61 mirrorless camera

In our continuing articles about the top 8 camera companies, I am going to slip in one more. We all know Sigma as a big lens company that makes lenses for about every camera. They are known for extremely high quality, very durable lenses, and everyone that has bought a lens of theirs, is very, very happy with their new lens.

But, did you know that Sigma makes a line of cameras, most mirrorless cameras. Sigma is a family owned business, and their idea of getting into the camera business is unique. Why make a camera when you do so well with lenses? Well, here is the story:

A mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC) or simply mirrorless camera, also called digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM), is a photo camera featuring a single, removable lens and a digital display. The camera does not have a reflex mirror or optical viewfinder like a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera.[1] Many mirrorless cameras retain a mechanical shutter. Like a DSLR, a mirrorless camera accepts any of a series of interchangeable lenses compatible with its lens mount.

As before, the Sigma fp L is the smallest full-frame mirrorless camera you can buy. More impressively, it’s also the highest resolution full-frame model, period, in a tie with Sony’s A7R IV (which likely shares the same sensor).

Sigma fp L hands-on: Tiny size, big resolution, enormous compromises |  Engadget
Sigma fp L 61 megapixel mirrorless camera

In September 2018 Sigma became one of the founding members of the L-Mount Alliance; it announced that it will cease to develop SA-mount cameras and instead use Leica‘s L-Mount. A new full-frame mirrorless camera, Sigma FP, was launched in 2019 along with a range of L-Mount lenses and adapters.[5]

Sigma is the world’s largest independent lens manufacturer and is a family-owned business.

Sigma fp L hands-on: Tiny size, big resolution, enormous compromises |  Engadget
Sigma camera with it’s impressive electronic viewfinder allows the viewer to look at the image from any angle.

As a photographer who already loves the original SIGMA fp, when given the chance to work with the next generation, I knew I was in for something special. The SIGMA fp L is the second camera in this mirrorless series, and it brings a wealth of improvements clearly aimed at upping the photographic potential of this sleek camera. The original fp flew under the radar for photographers, due to a feature set that was primarily aimed at cine applications, but the fp L changes this entirely with a higher resolution sensor, an available EVF, and faster and more precise focusing performance. The fp L reads like someone closely reviewed a photographers’ wish list of missing features from the original model, added those, and still made sure to retain the beloved modular ethos, small size, and distinct SIGMA character.

Sigma, like all other camera manufactures, made a real “flagship” camera, well built, and to compete with the other brands out there. Click on the Amazon link to find out more about that camea.

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Sigma lenses: superior quality, made for all brands of cameras.

Sigma has a few unique lenses only available from Sigma. I personally would love to own one these camera lenses:

SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens: The Essential Prime for Mirrorless

When SIGMA first introduced the Art line of prime lenses in 2013, there was no question about which focal length would arrive first. While 50’s are classic and 85’s are perfect for portraits, there’s only one lens that could push the entire company to a new level — the 35mm Art would be that lens.

Of course, technology continues to move forward, and mirrorless camera bodies have now begun to take over the camera industry. Thus, a new 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art — designed exclusively for mirrorless — has been developed to bring the incredible image quality and versatility that DSLR shooters have enjoyed for years to E-mount and L-mount systems.

The SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art — the essential prime lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras.
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SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art on Sony A7R III (Jack Fusco)

So, Sigma is a camera and lens manufacture that needs to be recognized. An incredible company that makes amazing quality products. Watch for them to grow even more in the future.


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MORE NEW CAMERA INFORMATION FROM CANON AND SIGMA

Sigma fp L
NEW CAMERA FROM SIGMA: THE MODEL: fpL. Photo taken by Usman Dawood

The Sigma Lens company introduces their new camera. Why would Sigma, who makes incredibly good lenses, all of a sudden decide to get into the camera business as well?

The President of Sigma Corporation, Mr. Yamaki tells us why:

Yamaki gave three reasons. First, he says being a camera manufacturer gives them insights into how images are made from start to finish. This knowledge of the whole process feeds back and makes them a better lens manufacturer. Second, making the whole system is a passion of Sigma’s engineers.

This new model is actually their second camera ever made. And this new camera looks identical to their previous model. But, now has some major differences in it, and certainly something worth thinking about. First, the MP of new cameras keeps improving. This new model camera now brags out at 61MP!! The main benefit of the 61 MP sensor is that this camera has the potential to produce incredible image quality. This is especially the case when you couple it with one of the high-end L-mount lenses such as the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4. The downside to these types of lenses is that the camera will become very front heavy due and potentially uncomfortable to handle. Fortunately, Sigma has also produced a number of compact prime lenses such as the Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN. Because of this, the Sigma fp L offers a great deal of flexibility between image quality and portability.

The full-frame sensor in the Sigma fp L produces 61MP files. This is remarkable because the only other camera on the market with that kind of resolution is the Sony A7R IV. To have that kind of quality in such a tiny camera is incredible. Not to mention the fact that this is an L-mount, interchangeable lens camera, which grants a great deal of flexibility when it comes to lens choice. 

Images from the Sigma fp L are highly detailed and offer lots of flexibility. Color profiles in the camera such as the new Power Blue filter help to produce interesting and creative results. These profiles are only baked into the JPEGs meaning you still have full control over your raw files.

NOW: New rumor (which is pretty reliable) from Canon:

Canon EOS R5S 100MP

Don’t shoot the messenger! Canon is set to unleash a 100MP Canon EOS R5S next year, breaking the megapixel record for a full-frame mirrorless camera, according to the latest rumors.

Even though Canon has rumored that they will come out with a 100MP camera, you know there are giants out there already working on ways to beat that. The only thing about this high Megapixel camera is that it also raises prices on cameras. It’s like buying a 1 Terabyte memory card. Really that little card is $500 !!!!

So, when will this ever end? I don’t think it will. But, me as a consumer are getting nervous that the new cameras of tomorrow will be priced about $4000 to $8000 soon. And here is the real deal. Have you ever seen a 40X60 photo from a camera that just has 20MP? It is phenomenal. So, will the printers of tomorrow be able to reproduce images that were taken with these new high resolution cameras. That is yet to be seen.

This latest report from Canon Rumors, however, suggests that Canon is going all out to hit the same 100MP threshold as the all-powerful Fujifilm GFX 100 and Fujifilm GFX 100S. Not to mention giving it a head-and-shoulders advantage over Sony’s rival hi-res body, the 61MP Sony A7R IV

Conclusion by editor:

There comes a time when camera manufactures have got to quit competing against each other. Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea that sensors of today are now sharper than film. But, it’s coming at a cost that soon may hurt the camera manufactures because very few people will be able to afford these Might Megapixel Cameras. Would I love to shoot with these cameras? Oh yeah! Any serious photographer would love these cameras. Hmmm, I wonder if someone would give me one for a while to try one.