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Sigma fixes Nikon D5300 lens compatibility issues

By dpreview staff on Nov 21, 2013 at 23:21 GMT

Sigma has posted a firmware update of SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK, that enables the D5300 to be fully functional with the following lenses:   

  •  35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 NIKON
  •  17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 NIKON
  •  30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 NIKON
  •  18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013 NIKON
  •  120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S013 NIKON

A Sigma advisory on November 19 said Nikon mount lenses with built-in focus motors may not autofocus correctly in Live View mode, and Optical Stabilization (OS) may not work correctly. This firmware update should fix those issues. 

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Total comments: 36
unknown member
By (unknown member) (3 months ago)

The ability to update by USB Dock was/ is a brilliant idea and a clever way to avoid future incompatibilities without having to send in to Sigma service, at least for the new lenses.

Good for Sigma!

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ltforme
By ltforme (4 months ago)

Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM for Nikon Digital SLR

Does not work with Nikon D5300.

I have to send it back to Sigma to get the updated firmware applied. This is really annoying.

If you can convince them they will pay for shipping however it's still time away on phone, post office, website, or email to get this done.

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s_illes79
By s_illes79 (5 months ago)

For 17-70 live view works,
however still have the continuous scrolling and image review timeout problem

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mypobox
By mypobox (5 months ago)

I wonder why this issue didnt affect tamron or tokina, or any other 3rd party?

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inframan
By inframan (5 months ago)

I don't see the Sigma 10-20mm lens listed here, although it has HSM & is still being sold new everywhere. So is it compatible with the 5300 Live View or is it too old for a "fix".
What gives?

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Toshik
By Toshik (5 months ago)

It seems that you have to send it to sigma local service center to perform upgrade of firmware.

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
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JDThomas
By JDThomas (5 months ago)

The HSM has nothing to do with it, nor does the current availability.

The lens has to be designed to be compatible with the USB dock. The USB dock was introduced with the new line of lenses therefore only the A/C/S lines of lenses can be updated with the USB dock.

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inframan
By inframan (5 months ago)

So how about a straight answer, JDT - is the 10-20mm compatible with the d5300 or not?

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Toshik
By Toshik (5 months ago)

It will work in normal OVF mode, but won't autofocus in live view like a manual one.

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cordellwillis
By cordellwillis (5 months ago)

JDThomas explained it plain and simple; you just didn't understand it.

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inframan
By inframan (5 months ago)

Thanks Toshik. I appreciate your civilized response.
JDT didn't answer my question; he recapped the original announcement. Not the same thing.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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JDThomas
By JDThomas (5 months ago)

I didn't recap the announcement. I explained that the type of focus motor was irrelevant and that only the newest designed lenses are compatible with the USB dock not all lenses in the current lineup.

Sorry you couldn't extrapolate an answer based upon the information I provided.

In truth, your first clue should have been the fact that the lens you asked about wasn't listed as being compatible with the USB dock.

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beavertown
By beavertown (5 months ago)

Charging 72 USD for the EN EL15 battery, and making third party batteries non-functioning is a dirt cheap action.

Only Nikon fanboys will support this.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (5 months ago)

I did the updates this morning and they work great.

For what it's worth the lenses performed fine in normal OVF photography as they were. The only issue was that the lens didn't focus during Live View and movie recording.

It wasn't as if the lens was completely crippled.

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Toshik
By Toshik (5 months ago)

What lens did you test on what body?

Does OS work in OVF mode?

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (5 months ago)

The firmware update was for the D5300, so obviously I tested it on the D5300.

I updated the 35mm f/1.4 and the 17-70 f/2.8-4. OS works perfectly in all modes.

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s_illes79
By s_illes79 (5 months ago)

after the upgrade do u still have the continuous scrolling and image review timeout problem?

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (4 months ago)

I never had that problem at all.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

How long before Nikon breaks compatibility again?

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marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

"Nikon breaks compatibility"? How do you figure that considering F-mount has been around for 60 years or so?

Nikon doesn't owe Sigma a single thing, it is Sigma who makes money off of F-mount, not the other way around. If you are going to spin a tale at least make it plausible.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

Nikon does not own anybody but its creditors anything. But hurting your users (and that is what they have done - more than once) is not good for business. Just like they have just done with firmware update making all 3rd party batteries non-functioning. Seems like a conscious policy to me.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

And by 3rd party batteries you mean el cheapo deluxe knock offs from China. Lol.

Nikon is trying to make its products work more efficiently. It is not Nikon's job to sit around testing and tailoring the newest firmware to each of the hundreds of 5 dollar EN-EL14A knock-offs found on Ebay.

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hydrospanner
By hydrospanner (5 months ago)

So how did the change of making 3rd party lenses incompatible "make its products work more efficiently"?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

marike6, you are a real Nikon fanboy, defending undefendable. How disabling functionality of 3rd party lenses and 3rd party batteries makes your product more efficient except at milking money out of your fanboys without competing honestly and innovating? Nikon has no answer on 18-35/1.8 so has to try and disable it...

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naththo
By naththo (5 months ago)

Good to see Sigma made a swift action to resolve problem. Well done to Sigma! *Claps* My Sigma lens for Sony Nex 7 is awesome. So will do same for Nikon.

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zdf
By zdf (5 months ago)

Then Nikon is going to release a new firmware to "fix" Sigma...

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ayq
By ayq (5 months ago)

"Now a new Nikon body makes all Nikon lenses malfunction." That's news to me.

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Paul Petersen
By Paul Petersen (5 months ago)

This is really getting old with the bullies at Nikon picking on Sigma.
It has most likely been going on for a while. The last round was a lawsuit over supposed patent infringement of image stabilization technologies. Not much ever came of it but it matched up well with the introduction of the SD1 with superior resolution to anything out there at the time. The D800 was the first to beat it.
Now Sigma has been on a tear with their "Global Vision" product line. All pretty much outperforming most lenses at greater prices. Now a new Nikon body makes all Nikon lenses malfunction. Very suspicious. Gotta love the agility of Sigma to get a fix out. It seems rather prescient of Sigma to introduce the USB adapter for their new lenses. They must have saw this coming after past skirmishes and figured Nikon would engage in these games next.
Checkmate to Yamaki-san

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marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

The bullies at Nikon? Imagine that Nikon wanting to make sure all F-mount lenses work as advertised on their bodies. Besides, Sigma lenses for other mounts like the EF mount 18-35 f/1.8 were not exactly robust AF-wise (see the DPR 18-35 f/1.8 test) so it was not ONLY F-mount Sigma lenses that had issues.

But F-mount and EF-mount are the main reason people buy these Sigma lenses. They should work properly on those cameras don't you think?

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itsastickup
By itsastickup (5 months ago)

"The bullies at Nikon? Imagine that Nikon wanting to make sure all F-mount lenses work as advertised on their bodies. "

Then they give the communication protocols to Sigma.

Your type of thinking is typical of the bureaucratic mind that seems to be prevailing in the West these days, even the UK and US.

I agree they aren't really bullies, just fixated on their short-sighted we-want-it-all business plan. A bit like Fuji and their unwillingness to handover the x-trans processing source code.

Self-defeating.

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dbateman
By dbateman (5 months ago)

Who said Nikon gave the communication protocol to Sigma!!
Sigma has stated they they need to reverse engineer mounts to get them to work. If Sigma was handed the protocol, then I would think they would fix all lenses, which doesn't seem to be the case.

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zos xavius
By zos xavius (5 months ago)

Fuji has too given out the information needed to demosaic x-trans. All of the commercial raw processors have working implementations. But hey, lets just keep throwing out disinformation.

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itsastickup
By itsastickup (5 months ago)

Maybe they did eventually, but even now the fuji processing is still better than what the 3rd parties produce. they likely withheld something. Instead of specs they should ahve handed over the source code.

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ftouhii
By ftouhii (5 months ago)

Good

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (5 months ago)

Sigma is just getting better and better for every day. Respect!

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88SAL
By 88SAL (5 months ago)

Good work, Quite prompt to!

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