Sigma announced the CINE 28mm T1.5 FF lens today. The lens ships mid-march for $3499 US. A “Fully Luminous (FL)” version will cost $4499. Sigma’s optimized their new lens for 6K-8K productions.
AS CP+ is underway in Japan, scoops, rumors, and product teases are everywhere. Here’s a brief summary of what’s getting attention:
Nikon Rumors reports on a new Nikon Z camera coming for the consumer market. Additionally, Nikon demonstrated improved eye autofocus coming in a future firmware upgrade for Nikon Z cameras. Check the video below.
Also on display: New Nikon lenses and Techart showed off the new TZE Nikon Z-mount to Sony E-mount adapter.
Meanwhile, News Shooter published more info on the Nikon Z 58mm F/0.95 S Noct lens. See the video below for more info.
Finally, in the L-mount arena, check out this video about the Leica, Sigma, Panasonic partnership:
Leica announced the a new wide angle lens for the L-mount, a shared mount between Leica, Sigma, and Panasonic. The lens has 13 elements in 11 groups with multi-coating. Additionally, the lens’s Dual Syncro Drive autofocus motor can traverse its entire focal range in 240 milliseconds. It joins the 75mm APO-Summicron-SL and the 90mm APO-Summicron-SL in Leica’s lineup. The lens will ship April 5th for $4595 US. Read Leica’s press release here.
Sigma announced the launch of the Art series lenses in full-frame L-mount. The announcement specifies eleven prime lenses from 14mm to 135mm in focal length. All of the lenses are currently available for other systems. In addition to the lenses, Sigma announced the MC-21 mount converter. The converter allows Sigma SA mount and Sigma’s Canon EF mount compatible lenses to fit L-mount cameras and is similar in design to Sigma’s MC-11. The L-mount is a mount produced in partnership between Sigma, Panasonic, and Leica.
Sigma’s announcement also includes discussion of Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service. The service modifies Sigma mount lenses to other camera mounts.
The lenses in the announcement are (links to currently available versions):
- 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
- 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art
- 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
Leica released updated firmware for the Leica Q/QP cameras. Version 3.1 is available for download and the update addresses compatibility with Leica’s updated FOTOS app.
Leica also released firmware version 3.4 for the Leica SL. Click here to get it.
Sigma also released a series of firmware updates for its Nikon F-mount and Canon EF-mount lenses as well as the Sigma Mount converter MC-11. Click here for more info.
Sony also recently announced updated firmware for the A9, the A7III and A7RIII. The updates are not available yet, but Brian Smith has a good run down of the improvements to camera function once the software is available.
Additionally, Sony announced a firmware upgrade for its VENICE motion-picture camera system. Click here to read more.
Sigma released their plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CC that allows for X3F RAW file processing. The plug-in is for files from “DP Merrill series, dp Quattro series, and SD1/SD1 Merrill and sd Quatro series cameras.” However, it does not support X3I files or X3F files from specific cameras. Click here for the release and download page links.
Sigma and Tamron released updated firmware for lenses this week. In Sigma’s case the update concerns their 70mm F2.8DG MACRO | ART lens specifically for Sony E-mount. The update corrects an issue witch Clear Image Zoom functionality.
Tamron’s update is for their 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens. It addresses compatibility issues with Canon EOS R and Mount Adapter EF-EOS-R.
What to Read
Meeting the Real Coffee Makers an article by Santiago Albert — Leica Camera Blog
Pigeons by Alan Shaller — Leica Camera Blog
Sigma Art Lenses Are Becoming Far Too Ridiculous by Usman Dawood — FStoppers
FORMAT Festival returns to Derby UK from 15 March -14 April — British Journal of Photography
What to Watch
Behind The Scenes Of The Dawn Wall Film — Red Bull on Youtube “Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson show you the behind the scenes to the Dawn Wall documentary”
Meet California — a commissioned film of a road trip through California. The British Journal of Photography in partnership with Visit California commissioned the film. Four photographers were selected to create “a new personal project that would shed light on the lesser-known sides of the state.” Interestingly, none of the featured photographers are based in California. Instead, they’re from Portland, Toronto, London, and Paris. Read the BJP’s article and watch the film as well as behind the scenes footage of the film here.
A Drink with Photographer Steve McCurry — NBC Nightly news published a 15 minute interview with Steve McCurry. It’s worth watching and McCurry shares some great photography insights from his over 30 years of professional experience.
And Then There’s This:
Sigma announced version 1.5 of it’s SIGMA Optimization Pro software. The software is dedicated for the Sigma USB Dock, Sigma Flash USB Dock FD-11, and Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. The update provides adds an “AF function button setting” feature and enables customization of the 70-200 F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens. The Mac version also adds compatibility to Mac OS Mojave and improves Chinese language support. Read the full press release here.
Sigma Corporation of America announced that its “most anticipated Global Vision lens of the year” will be priced at $1499 US and will ship for Canon mount in late December 2018. According to Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick, the lens completes “the must have trio” of DG HSM lenses alongside the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM and 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art. Read the full announcement here.