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| p.3 #10 · New Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and two Tamron lenses! |
The 35 1.4 should be a killer if it includes the stated optimization software. There is a writeup in the Nikon forum about this. It's similar to Focal I guess but the lens has a programmable chip that can be user calibrated to cover all distances, firmware upgrades etc.. This should cover the focus issues.
That is really cool. If successful, could we see something similar from Canon and Nikon?
From their page:
"The new Sigma Optimization Pro software and USB Dock are designed exclusively for these new product lines and will enable Sigma users to connect their lenses to their computers to update lens firmware and fine-tune focus parameters via easy-to-use, on-screen controls.
All of these new lenses will also be subject to Sigma’s new, proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) measuring system called “A1.” Named in honor of the company’s sole production base, the Aizu factory in Aizu, Japan, the A1 system will allow inspectors to verify previously undetectable high-frequency details in each lens before it is shipped.
“We used to measure lens performance with a MTF measuring system using conventional sensors, but this new A1 system uses our own 46-megapixel Foveon direct imaging sensors,” said Yamaki. “We view this new method of performance evaluation as being incredibly important, not only because we owe it to our customers, but because we owe it to ourselves. We’ve spent more than 50 years perfecting our design and manufacturing processes, and now we deliver a complete package by closing the loop on that commitment to quality by adopting a more stringent verification process.”