Sigma at PMA 2008

Sigma has made some amazing announcements at PMA 2008. Among a host of new lenses, the long awaited DP1 is said to go on sale later this year – at last a real compact that professionals can love. The following are other new releases.

* Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 EX DG – this is a beast of a lens, weighing in at a mere 16kg you better be sure your medical cover will pay for any back ops. If it’s sharp it’s sure to be an amazing feat.
* Sigma APO 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM – for years Sigma’s 170-500mm has been a top seller in South Africa, and this new lens is bound to make it to the top. The need for a long lens with both HSM and OS (Optical Stabilizer) has been around for some time now.
* Sigma APO 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM – If the 150-500mm is too long then maybe this will be a better choice.
* Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM – This is a really nice addition to the range. Between this lens and the 120-400mm you’ll be sorted out for 90% of what most people shoot.

In addition to the new lenses, a couple of the existing ones have been released in new mounts or otherwise updated for support on Nikon’s famous D40 and now D60, they include:

* Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 HSM for Nikon – now as a Canon user I think this is a little unfair. I wonder when we will have the best of both world – macro and USM/HSM.
* APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO for Pentax and Sony – the new high speed focusing systems from both companies are said to be supported by this lens, good news for Pentax users eyeing out those SDM lenses.
* APO 50-150mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM for Pentax and Sony – same auto focus benefits as the 70-200mm above.
* 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Four Thirds.
* APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM for Four Thirds.

All in all there seem to be exciting times ahead. Click on the link for a look at the Sigma DP1