Sigma's venture into lenses made solely for mirrorless fans just took a leap forward with the brand's first full-frame, telephoto zoom for L-mount and E-mount cameras in Sigma's Contemporary line. Announced during an online event on June 18, the Sigma 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG DN OS brings optically stabilized, long-zoom performance to Sigma, Panasonic, Leica, and Sony mirrorless cameras for a relatively affordable price of $950. The fifth lens in the company's mirrorless-only DN series is made with portability in mind as much as a 100-400mm can be.


Weighing 2.5 pounds, it isn't exactly a lightweight, but it's lighter than some competing ultra-telephoto lenses, aided in part by the relatively slow f/5-6.3 variable maximum aperture. Canon's 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DSLR lens weighs over a pound more.


Sigma says that the lens also kept the weight off with "careful selections to utilize the right materials in the right place"  such as using magnesium alloy only for the area of the lens that takes the abuse of a tripod socket (sold separately) instead of throughout the entire lens.


Despite being part of the lower-priced Contemporary series, Sigma says the new lens offers quality similar to the 24-70mm F/2.8 DG DN Art (the Art line holds Sigma's best lenses). The design tailored specifically for mirrorless allows the lens to capture high-resolution detail out to the edges. Even with a small aperture, the extreme telephoto focal length helps the lens to still create a blurred background.


The lens builds in a three-axis stabilization system that's rated to four stops. When mounted with a camera body that also features stabilization, that system improves to five-axis. The lens is also built with a stepping motor autofocus system that Sigma says even works well with eye-tracking and video.


Sigma also announced that the previously launched Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN, 30mm F/1.4 DC DN, and 56mm F/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lenses are now available in the L-Mount. Being designed for smaller APS-C sensors, these lenses support a cropped sensor mode on full-frame bodies.


The company also announced the Sigma USB Dock UD-11, a lens dock designed for the Contemporary, Sports, and Art-series mirrorless lenses that handles firmware updates and focus and settings customization.


The Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary is expected to start shipping in July, and will retail for $950.


Resource: digitaltrends.com

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Sigma's mirrorless ultra-telephoto is so light

Sigma's venture into lenses made solely for mirrorless fans just took a leap forward with the brand's first full-frame, telephoto zoom for L-mount and E-mount cameras in Sigma's Contemporary line. Announced during an online event on June 18, the Sigma 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG DN OS brings optically stabilized, long-zoom performance to Sigma, Panasonic, Leica, and Sony mirrorless cameras for a relatively affordable price of $950. The fifth lens in the company's mirrorless-only DN series is made with portability in mind as much as a 100-400mm can be.


Weighing 2.5 pounds, it isn't exactly a lightweight, but it's lighter than some competing ultra-telephoto lenses, aided in part by the relatively slow f/5-6.3 variable maximum aperture. Canon's 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DSLR lens weighs over a pound more.


Sigma says that the lens also kept the weight off with "careful selections to utilize the right materials in the right place"  such as using magnesium alloy only for the area of the lens that takes the abuse of a tripod socket (sold separately) instead of throughout the entire lens.


Despite being part of the lower-priced Contemporary series, Sigma says the new lens offers quality similar to the 24-70mm F/2.8 DG DN Art (the Art line holds Sigma's best lenses). The design tailored specifically for mirrorless allows the lens to capture high-resolution detail out to the edges. Even with a small aperture, the extreme telephoto focal length helps the lens to still create a blurred background.


The lens builds in a three-axis stabilization system that's rated to four stops. When mounted with a camera body that also features stabilization, that system improves to five-axis. The lens is also built with a stepping motor autofocus system that Sigma says even works well with eye-tracking and video.


Sigma also announced that the previously launched Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN, 30mm F/1.4 DC DN, and 56mm F/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lenses are now available in the L-Mount. Being designed for smaller APS-C sensors, these lenses support a cropped sensor mode on full-frame bodies.


The company also announced the Sigma USB Dock UD-11, a lens dock designed for the Contemporary, Sports, and Art-series mirrorless lenses that handles firmware updates and focus and settings customization.


The Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary is expected to start shipping in July, and will retail for $950.


Resource: digitaltrends.com

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