New Sigma supertelephoto lenses coming in 2014?

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JimPearce
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New Sigma supertelephoto lenses coming in 2014?
Aug 26, 2013

Yes, according to CR. http://www.canonrumors.com/2013/08/big-sigma-primes-cr2/ Based on the excellence of Sigma's latest designs, this would be very good news indeed.

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I am looking forward to it. If very good? I will be able to change mounts and still use the lens. I hope it turns out they are a superb lens and a good deal. I want to try one if it is.

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Good to hear as I have been interested in a 500 f/4 but not ready to spend $9k. They will probably still be at least $4-5k though. I wonder if they might do something more like a 600 f/5.6 though at say $2-3k. That would be ideal for my needs and price tolerance.

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Well, I doubt that...
In reply to Glen78, Aug 27, 2013

A 600 f5.6 would certainly cost more than a 300 f2.8.

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Well, the nikkor 300 2.8 is $5900 so I would guess Sigma would come in at least half that price or around $2900. The might be able to do a 600 5.6 in that range. I am guessing their 500 f/4 will be around $4k and 400 2.8 and 600 4 at $5k.

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In reply to Glen78, Aug 27, 2013

Sigma 300 f2.8s are currently going for $3400 with no OS. The old 500 f4.5 goes for $5000. I would expect the new lenses to be more - rather than less - expensive.

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Sigma 300 f2.8s are currently going for $3400 with no OS. The old 500 f4.5 goes for $5000. I would expect the new lenses to be more - rather than less - expensive.

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Sigma's latest 120-300 f/2.8 zoom sells for $3500 new and the old version sells for $2500. I don't think it is a stretch to think a 300 f/2.8 prime built to the same quality would cost under $3000.

Actually I think Sigma will have a hard time selling these for much more than half their Nikon and Canon counterparts.

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In reply to JimPearce, Aug 27, 2013

My first lens from Sigma is the new 120-300mm and I have to say it's a great bit of gear. Cost for me in Australia was under 3K $2985 to be exact so was very pleased with the price as well.

If the new lenses are of the same quality then I look forward to adding a few more Sigma's to my collection. The 120-300mm in my opinion is better finished than my Nikkors at the moment.

Good work on Sigma's behalf and hope they keep producing quality products and then we might see Nikon/Canon maybe forced to reduce prices which is good fo0r all.

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If you go with a Sigma telephoto you will be limited to using Sigma teleconverters with them. I like having one set of Nikon teleconverters that work with multiple Nikon lenses.

Where Sigma shines is with lenses like the 150-500mm zoom where there is no expectation of using the lens with a teleconverter.

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I carry a third party TC as a backup and to use with my 105mm f2.8 macro. I don't think anyone saving thousands on a supertelephoto will be too concerned about $300 for a teleconverter. A bigger concern might be Nikon's recent habit of developing firmware that doesn't work with Sigma lenses.

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JimPearce wrote:

I carry a third party TC as a backup and to use with my 105mm f2.8 macro. I don't think anyone saving thousands on a supertelephoto will be too concerned about $300 for a teleconverter. A bigger concern might be Nikon's recent habit of developing firmware that doesn't work with Sigma lenses.

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One of the good things about these new lenses is their ability to be reprogrammed by the user/owner (if the user/owner buys the Sigma usb dock). Updates to make the lenses compatible with the latest Nikon firmware will surely be released by Sigma not long after an incompatibility is discovered, and with the usb dock the lens can be updated quickly, without a need to "take it in" or "ship it away" for service. I'll be buying one of those docks as soon as I get one of the newer lenses, because they cost less than $100, and using one of those things you can customize your lens to suit your shooting style.

Take THAT Nikon!

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In reply to Scottelly, 10 months ago

Yep - I picked up a Sigma 35 that already had the updated firmware, but but the dock from the seller as well in anticipation of future Sigma lenses just like these that might need AF fine tuning or firmware updates.

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I own the 300-800mm and compared it side by side with 500mm vr and with 200-400mm vrI and the IQ is comparable, the color rendition is a little "yellower" than the nikons, but I think that this happens with all sigmas.  Regretfully the 300-800mm does not have OS, and also it is huge and heavy.  I also own the 50-500mm OS and it is nothing to sneeze at.

Now having said that, if Sigma came out with light weight fixed lenses like a 600mm or 800mm with OS, that also had closer focusing capabilities , at a aggressive price, I think they would sell a lot of them. Zooms say a 200-600 perhaps.

Anyway, the more bigger lenses are out there catering to nature/sports photographers the better.

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Bobby Handal wrote:

I own the 300-800mm and compared it side by side with 500mm vr and with 200-400mm vrI and the IQ is comparable, the color rendition is a little "yellower" than the nikons, but I think that this happens with all sigmas. Regretfully the 300-800mm does not have OS, and also it is huge and heavy. I also own the 50-500mm OS and it is nothing to sneeze at.

Now having said that, if Sigma came out with light weight fixed lenses like a 600mm or 800mm with OS, that also had closer focusing capabilities , at a aggressive price, I think they would sell a lot of them. Zooms say a 200-600 perhaps.

Anyway, the more bigger lenses are out there catering to nature/sports photographers the better.

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So at 500mm the Sigma 300-800 is comparable then?  Also, how is it at 600/800mm?

Yep, a light-weight Sigma 600mm f/4 (or f/5.6?) sharp fast prime would be a killer on the market. If Sigma comes out with a big heavy lens though, it really wouldn't appeal to me.  Weight along the lines of the Canon II super-teles would definitely catch my attention.

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