Sigma announces two new lenses and USB Dock
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Fred Miranda
Registered: Dec 31, 2001
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Sigma announces 120-300mm F2.8 and 17-70mm F2.8-4 lenses
Sigma just announced the release of two new lenses: A full-frame "Sports" model - SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM and a APS-C format "Contemporary" model - SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM.

Both lenses are similar in style and well-built design of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 "Art" model. They are compatible with the new Sigma USB Dock, which enables photographers to operate lens firmware updates as well as customization including focus setting.

They are now available for preorder::

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM for $3,599

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM for $499



Red G8R
Registered: Jul 16, 2012
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The sports model looks very good but I suspect the price will be over $2000.



erikburd
Registered: Feb 03, 2010
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Excellent! I would be very interested in the 17-70 as a general zoom.

The 120-300mm also looks like a great alternative to Canon's offerings.



dwweiche
Registered: Apr 19, 2009
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Red G8R wrote:
The sports model looks very good but I suspect the price will be over $2000.


The current version is $3k at B&H, so I suspect you're are probably right



rachelsdad
Registered: Apr 13, 2010
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I can't tell what is the difference between the "Sports" model and the current one.



Rickuz
Registered: May 22, 2012
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Will the 17-70 work on a full frame body or is it crop only?

This one could be quite nice as a travel / landscape lens, if it is sharp across the frame.

Edit: Never mind. It's APS-C.



snapsy
Registered: Feb 24, 2008
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That dock looks like it can keep a cup of coffee warm.



Lars Johnsson
Registered: Jun 29, 2003
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The RRP in UK is 3600 GBP for the 120-300. But I would guess the real price is below 3000



dwweiche
Registered: Apr 19, 2009
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Country: United States

Rickuz wrote:
Will the 17-70 work on a full frame body or is it crop only?

This one could be quite nice as a travel / landscape lens, if it is sharp across the frame.


The "DC" in the model name = APS-C image circle coverage only.



mgkaplan
Registered: Jan 23, 2002
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If Sigma's 17-70 performs anywhere nearly as well as the 35mm 1.4, I sense that it will become the Canon 17-55 killer.



rayross
Registered: Jan 08, 2005
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I don't see the difference between the two 120-300s



Lars Johnsson
Registered: Jun 29, 2003
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Country: Thailand

rayross wrote:
I don't see the difference between the two 120-300s


The inside (glass) and MTF charts looks exactly the same. The outside a couple of new features and the USB dock are of course new



Arob1000
Registered: May 11, 2012
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The 120-300 looks awesome, it would go well with my Sigma 35! Hopefully it won't break the bank!



RobDickinson
Registered: Sep 25, 2009
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120-300 is basically optically the same but with more robust mechanics AFIK.



Edward Castro
Registered: Jun 19, 2006
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mgkaplan wrote:
If Sigma's 17-70 performs anywhere nearly as well as the 35mm 1.4, I sense that it will become the Canon 17-55 killer.



Except for the aperture part.



mgkaplan
Registered: Jan 23, 2002
Total Posts: 135
Country: United States

Edward Castro wrote:
mgkaplan wrote:
If Sigma's 17-70 performs anywhere nearly as well as the 35mm 1.4, I sense that it will become the Canon 17-55 killer.



Except for the aperture part.



Agreed



Snopchenko
Registered: May 19, 2010
Total Posts: 2181
Country: Russia

mgkaplan wrote:
If Sigma's 17-70 performs anywhere nearly as well as the 35mm 1.4, I sense that it will become the Canon 17-55 killer.


It looks like it has micro ultrasonic motor with rotating focus ring, not the proper USM/HSM. See the focus scale on the ring itself, not under a proper separate window?

snapsy wrote:
That dock looks like it can keep a cup of coffee warm.


As long as your cup has a proper bayonet mount...

Lars Johnsson wrote:
rayross wrote:
I don't see the difference between the two 120-300s


The inside (glass) and MTF charts looks exactly the same. The outside a couple of new features

Focus limiter is one. Though I never quite understood what made them omit it from the original model, or at least the OS one. Any other features of note?

dwweiche wrote:
Red G8R wrote:
The sports model looks very good but I suspect the price will be over $2000.


The current version is $3k at B&H, so I suspect you're are probably right

MSRP $3599.



vsg28
Registered: May 07, 2012
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Add in more rigorous QC for all lenses now.



Snopchenko
Registered: May 19, 2010
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Well, so far there have been much less complaints in the case of 35/1.4 than with 50 and 85 lenses...



Gyroscope
Registered: Mar 27, 2006
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Country: Australia

These new "Art' lenses are tempting me to try a sigma lens again for the first time in years! Sweet looking designs and if the quality and sharpness is like the new 35mm is supposedly they will be awesome.



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