Micro Four Thirds cameras may have smaller sensors, but that makes it easier to get lenses with more reach — and at sizes and prices that won’t break your back or the bank.The Micro Four Thirds mount is a standard format, which means you can mount a Panasonic lens on an Olympus camera and vice versa.Best Micro Four Thirds zoom lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 IS ProBest Micro Four Thirds wide-angle lens: Sigma 16mm F1.4 ContemporaryBest Micro Four Thirds portrait lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F1.2 ProBest Micro Four Thirds zoom lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 IS Pro
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Camera maker Sigma has revealed its latest mirrorless digital shooter, and it sounds like quite the device.Dubbed the Sigma fp, the company says that this new camera is “the world’s smallest and lightest mirrorless digital camera with a full-frame image sensor.” That a pretty big, if not very specific, boast.Sigma says that the fp has overall dimensions of 112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3mm while weighing in at just 370g without the battery attached and an SD card installed.That’s pretty light, but of course, you’ll need to attach a lens to the fp in order to actually snap pictures and shoot video with it.The variety of attachments the fp can support are previewed in the sizzle video you see below, and with some of them, it’s pretty easy to imagine this tiny camera becoming quite the beastly device.The fp uses a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor that serves up 24.6 effective megapixels.
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If you're looking for a small camera with a big image sensor, Sigma unveiled a new option Thursday.The 24.6-megapixel Sigma FP features a full-frame sensor, which at 35.9x23.9mm is only a hair smaller than the ones in high-end cameras from Sony, Nikon and Canon designed for high-image quality.At 112.6x69.9x45.3mm, the body is about the size of two decks of playing cards stacked on top of each other.That's small enough for Sigma to call the camera "pocketable," though you might disagree once you actually attach a lens.You might also miss a viewfinder and sensor-shift image stabilization, a very useful feature that larger camera bodies have more room to accommodate.You can also mount the vastly broader range of Canon EF-mount lenses using a Sigma lens adapter.
Weighing in at a hair over 13 ounces and measuring 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.8 inches, the Fp is officially the smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable lens camera in the world.It is built around the Leica L mount (also used by Panasonic in the S1 and S1R cameras) and uses a 24-megapixel sensor.Notably, the sensor is a standard Bayer type, which could signal that Sigma is finally moving away from the Foveon chips it relied on previously, found in cameras like the SD Quattro H. Foveon sensors use stacked photodiodes in three layers, one for each color channel (red, green, and blue).This delivered superior sharpness and color accuracy in the right conditions, but the sensor was slow and prone to noise.Sigma says the Fp is suitable for all manner of photographers, from novices to professionals, and presents it as equal parts still and cinema camera.However, it looks to be built more for the professional filmmaker than still photographer and includes some video-specific options like 12-bit RAW output over USB and even a “teal and orange” color profile for achieving that overused cinema color palette in camera.
Sigma has announced its first full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sigma fp, and the company is looking to make an impression on the market with the claim that it’s the “smallest & lightest” full-frame mirrorless camera in the world.Designed as a “pocketable full-frame” camera, the fp measures 4.43 x 2.75 x 1.78 inches but still offers a 24.6-megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor.(For comparison, Sony’s RX100 VI, which features a 1-inch sensor, is only marginally smaller at 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.7 inches.)Despite the small size of the body, you’ll still need to attach a lens to it.Given the size of most full-frame lenses, that means you’ll have a slightly awkward weight to balance, but the fp’s diminutive form factor does look pretty impressive.From a shooting perspective, the fp supports an ISO range of 100-25600, offers a 49-point autofocus system, and features electronic image stabilization.
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Sigma’s popular Art lens series is getting overhauled for mirrorless cameras.On Thursday, July 11, Sigma unveiled three new lenses in a new series for full-frame mirrorless cameras, including the company’s brightest aperture yet on the new Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art.The new series, which also includes the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary and 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art, are designed for L-Mount and Sony E-Mount bodies, including Sigma’s own Fp camera.While the series is new, the full-frame lenses will use the same Art, Contemporary and Sports designations of the company’s existing lens options.Headlining the new series, the Sigma 35mm F2.8 DG DN Art uses the company’s brightest aperture yet while also sitting as the first wide-angle F1.2 for both the Sony E-Mount and L-Mount systems.The lens also uses in-camera distortion correction, while the optics itself help to fight aberration.
Sigma had previously mentioned that it had a full-frame camera in the works, and now all has been revealed.As reported by DPReview, the camera uses a 24.6MP back-illuminated full-frame sensor with no optical low-pass filter.However, while it was excepted that Sigma would employ its Foveon X3 sensor, as in previous Sigma models, it instead adopts the more conventional Bayer color filter array that's used in many other cameras.As expected, the camera will also use the L mount, and the model has already been pictured with the new 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary that's also been announced.Sigma is one of three partners in the L-mount alliance, along with Panasonic and Leica, both of whom already use the mount for their own cameras.The FP's sensitivity range stretches from ISO100-25,600, although expansion settings up to an ISO102,400 equivalent and right down to a setting equivalent to ISO6 – yes, six – are also on hand.
Sigma has already promised that plenty of glass is on the way for the latest mirrorless systems, from Sony's E-mount bodies to the L-mount system in which it's an alliance partner.And if a handful of leaked images are anything to go by, it seems that three of these are on the cusp of getting their official stamp.Images leaked by Japanese rumor website Nokishita show what appear to be 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art, 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN | Art and 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary lenses.According to the site, the 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art will be available for Leica L mount and Sony E-mount bodies from August, at a price of around ¥164,700 (around $1493 / £1,200 / AU$2,160).Images show the lens to be designed with an integrated lens hood and an AFL button.The 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art, meanwhile, appears to be designed with a physical aperture ring towards its rear and a particularly broad focusing ring towards its front.
I was on my way to photograph landscapes on San Juan Island, but the pictures I ended up taking on the ferry would become some of my favorites of the trip, thanks to two lenses seemingly purpose-built for the setting.The Canon held the 40mm F1.4 Art, a focal length that sits somewhat awkwardly between the more standard 35mm and 50mm.Sigma also continues to move ever higher-end territory.The 40mm will receive its own review shortly, but for now let’s focus on the 28mm.It’s certainly not prevalent in every scene, but you’ll see it on high-contrast edges, such as dark tree branches against a bright sky or white flower petals against a dark forest floor.The way focus drops off past the depth of field is also pleasing.
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Sigma offers third-party lenses that mix high-end optics with prices that tend to sit below those of major manufacturers like Canon and Nikon — and Sigma’s lenses just saw a temporary price drop.Now through June 17, Sigma’s Father’s Day sale brings discounts up to $150 on prime lenses, zoom lenses, and the Mount Converter MC-11.The lenses that we’ve tested in the series sport sharp optics mixed with bright apertures, with mounts available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony A, Sony E, L Mount, and Sigma.The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens, which ordinarily retails for $899, has a $125 rebate as part of the sale.Discounted with a $100 rebate, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is part of the sale for $849.Designed for portraiture, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art has a $100 rebate at $1,099.
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Now through May 20, Sigma is running Mother’s Day specials on select lenses, including the 85mm F1.4 Art that is one of the best portrait lenses we’ve ever tested.While the Sigma deal is good for $100 off, bringing the lens to $1,099, you can also find it on Amazon for as low as $910 in Nikon F-mount form.Canon shooters can pick it up for a bit more, at about $933 for the EF-mount version, while Sony users will need to shell out $1,039 for the E-mount model.(Those versions are eligible for Amazon Prime, while the Nikon version is not, but does offer free standard shipping.)It’s unclear how long the additional savings will last — most other retailers are only applying the $100 Sigma rebate, although some, like Walmart, are also selling the lens in the $950 range.This is a great price on a lens that already offered superior value at its full retail price of $1,199, with performance that rivaled first-party lenses costing much more.
Sigma has finally shown its cards when it comes to its role in the new L-Mount alliance.On Tuesday, February 26, Sigma Corporation announced the launch of the L-Mount Art lens line, along with a new adapter designed to allow existing lenses to fit on L-mount cameras like the Panasonic S1 and S1R.The new lenses will bring 11 existing Art series lenses to the L-mount format — all of those lenses are prime lenses between 14mm and 135mm.Sigma says the new lenses will have autofocus systems designed specifically for the L-mount, supporting continuous autofocus.The Art lenses coming to the L-Mount include:Sigma 14mm F/1.8 DG HSM Art
Panasonic, who has made its mirrorless mark with its G series Micro Four Thirds cameras like the Lumix G9 and range of lenses, has promised that it will be launching two new full-frame cameras designed with the mount and a handful of compatible optics, all under a new Lumix S series brand.Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R: overviewLumix S1 will feature a 24MP sensorLumix S1R will features a 47MP sensorBased around Leica's L mountMuch like Nikon’s Z6 and Z7 pair, the two models will offer much the same in terms of design, hardware and functionality as each other, but will each sport a different sensor.
At Photokina 2018 in September, Sigma revealed five new lenses to the world, including a large aperture telephoto zoom lens.At the time it was, perhaps, the most anticipated Sigma lens reveal, and we were told to expect it on shelves in December.The Japanese photography company has kept its promise and announced that the flagship 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens will be available on shelves later this month.However, it's already up for pre-order.While the new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is called a “Sports” lens, its optical formula is similar to that of Sigma’s Art range.The build is a magnesium alloy body that’s both dust- and splash-proof while also sporting a water- and oil-repellent coating on the front glass.
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The Polaroid PDC-3000 looked like a discarded piece of Star Wars concept art.And of course, who could forget the iconic, shapeshifting Nikon Coolpix 990?The $1,200 SD Quattro H is its flagship mirrorless model, and perhaps the most unique interchangeable lens camera on the market today – for its looks, and for the technology underneath.It is essentially a rectangular box built around a comically large lens mount with a handgrip attached to one side.The base of the body slopes up toward the handgrip so that the grip is elevated by about half-an-inch when the camera is set down on a surface.The downside is that it results in a lens mount tube that extends almost 1.5 inches out from the body.
So when you can’t get closer, you go longer, with a super-telephoto lens like the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports.Sigma has long been known for making affordable alternatives to first-party lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, but in more recent years the company has diversified into higher-end (but still relatively inexpensive) optics.However, that weight is indicative of its superior build quality, and is still considerably lighter than large 600mm primes from Canon and Nikon.The zoom and focus rings are large and provide good tactile feedback – even the tripod collar rotates smoothly and locks into place at every 90-degree interval.One interesting detail here is that the lock will automatically disengage if you apply sufficient pressure to the zoom ring or if the lens barrel suffers an impact, protecting the lock mechanism.Canon’s popular 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II isn’t terribly far off and is more compact, but also costs exactly the same as the Sigma.
Sigma's cinema lineup is designed for 4K resolutions, as well as easy lens and filter swap with standardized designs -- but they will cost $3,499 each.After announcing them in early September, the company will release five T1.5 lenses this summer, along with two T2 lenses.They will join the two zoom options launched late last year.The price of the T2 lenses, a 14mm and 135mm, have not yet been announced, but they’re expected to ship in July.Sigma’s entry into the cinema market is a response to the increased demand for a lens capable of keeping up with today’s highest-resolution digital sensors, the company said in a press release.Sigma, a company that’s known for its more budget-friendly third-party lenses, says that it developed the technology to mass produce lenses designed for high-resolution cameras.
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