Sigma announces some new “Art” lenses

Sigma has announced the release of three (3) high-end ‘Art’ lenses: two primes and one zoom. All three lenses are designed for full-frame DSLR’s from Canon, Nikon and Sigma.

Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG

The first lens is the ultra-wide 14mm F1.8 DG HSM, which Sigma claims is the ‘world’s first and only F1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens.’  The lens has 16 elements, three of which are FLD (low dispersion) and four are SLD (super-low-dispersion). It also has a large (80mm) aspherical front element to reduce distortion and ‘deliver outstanding image quality from the center to the edges.’ The 14mm F1.8 has 9 rounded aperture blades, a minimum focus distance of 27cm/11in and a ring-type ultrasonic (HSM) focus motor.

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG Art

Next Sigma has announced a 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art. This lens features three SLD and four aspherical, nine rounded aperture blades and optical image stabilization. The lens is weather-sealed and made of a combination of metal and ‘thermally stable composite’ material. The minimum focus distance of the 24-70 is an impressive 37cm/14.5in and it uses 82mm filters.

Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG

And finally there is the Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM telephoto prime. Sigma says that this lens  I quote ‘offers the […] resolution required for 50MP or higher ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs.’

It has a hypersonic (ring-type ultrasonic) focus motor that delivers fast (and ‘exceptionally stable’) focus speeds, while an acceleration sensor ‘detects the orientation of the lens’ so the AF system can respond to ‘varying loads on the focusing group due to gravity.’ The lens has 9 rounded aperture blades, dust and splashproof construction, and a weight of 1130g/40.2oz. This last lens in particular is likely to appeal to concert shooters where the “fast” f1.8 aperture will prove very useful.

February 2017


Replacement for Canon EOS 760D announced

Canon EOS 77D Announced: Move over Canon EOS 760D

Canon has announced the EOS 77D a new APS-C DSLR  which will sit between the company’s established entry-level DSLRs and the more enthusiast-oriented Canon EOS 80D.

In essence the 77D is a replacement to the current EOS 760D. But despite sitting below the 80D in the lineup, it shares that more advanced model’s 24.2MP sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus and adds an updated Digic 7 processor to the mix.

Thre AF system now consists of a 45 -point all-cross-type AF system and 7650-pixel RGB+IR metering system, which work together for better accuracy and subject recognition.

Rounding out the package is an ISO range of 100-25600, continuous 6 fps burst shooting with autofocus (4.5 fps when using Live View), 1080/60p video capture and wireless connectivity featuring NFC and Bluetooth LE.

The new camera gains a built-in interval and bulb timers, greater custom controls including an AF-On button, a top LCD panel and an eye sensor to shut off the rear LCD when the camera is raised for shooting.

February 2015

Canon EOS 800D Announced

Canon EOS 800D: New Entry level APS-C DSLR Announced

Canon has announced its latest entry-level DSLR, the EOS model the EOS 800D.

The new camera is the highest specified of the beginner-friendly line and maintains the same 24.4MP resolution CMOS sensor as its predecessor.

However What is new is a 45-point all cross-type autofocus system used for viewfinder shooting, and Dual Pixel AF in live view.

The camera uses Canon’s Digic 7 image processor, and provides a 6 fps burst rate. Wi-Fi and NFC are now complemented by Bluetooth, making it compatible with Canon’s first-ever Bluetooth wireless remote as well as smartphones. A 3″ 1.04 million-dot touchscreen is offered, as is a new interface designed to guide beginning photographers and help them get the shots they want.

February 2017


Sigma 85mm f1.4 “Art” : As good as it get

Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG “Art” : Amazing value and performance

The technical review site DxO that undertakes lab test inorder to score lenses on their optical prowess has published its test of the Sigma 85mm f1.4 ” Art” prime lens and it produced the highest score EVER.

Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Review Image

The  Sigma which is designed for full frame DSLR’s was paired to a Nikon D810 and D800E both 36mp full frame cameras.

It will be interesting to see if the lens can maintain its amazing performance on more resolute 48mp and 50mp sensor’s, I  can’t see why not?

Once again Sigma’s “Art” lenses have proved themselves as good ( and if not better) than their big named more famous rivals.

February 2017

Pentax KP: New APS-C DSLR Announced

Pentax KP DSLR : A Typical Pentax (not a bad thing at all)

Pentax has announced a APS-C compact DSLR the Pentax KP.

Looking a bit like a Nikon Df the new camera packs a new ‘high sensitivity’ 24MP CMOS sensor ( which tops out at ISO 819,200) and internally the camera boasts an improved in-body image stabilization system which promises up to 5-stop of stabilisation.

The camera has an electronic shutter that tops out at 1/24000 sec and a mechanical one which goes to 1/6000 sec.

Like  other Pentax models, the KP supports Pixel Shift Resolution as well as AA Filter Simulation.

The KP uses the same SAFOX 11 autofocus system as the K-3 II, meaning that it has 27 points, 25 of which are cross-type.

The KP’s body is relatively compact in size (its sized like a beafy mirrorless camera which looks like a sort of Nikon Df) and in typical Pentax fashion its sealed against dust and moisture, and functional down to +14F/-10C. It has a pentaprism viewfinder with 95% coverage and a 0.63x (equivalent) magnification (regrettably no 100% coverage), as well as a tilting 3″ touchscreen display with 921K dot resolution.

In typical Pentax fashion you’ll have the ability to change the camera’s grip, with three sizes to choose from, a nice touch.

January 2017