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Sigma UK to start shipping USB dock and 120-300mm F2.8 from May 2013

By dpreview staff on Apr 12, 2013 at 18:52 GMT

Sigma UK has announced its new USB dock for lenses will be available from May 2013 at a retail price of £39.99. The company has also announced the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM lens will start shipping in Canon and Sigma mounts around the same time but has not confirmed the price. Launched at Photokina 2012, the USB dock enables users to easily update lens firmware and fine-tune focus parameters, while the 120-300mm F2.8 lens comes with a button to adjust the focus speed and the focus limiter. Sigma US has not given details about when it will start shipping the products.

The Sigma USB dock enables users to easily update lens firmware and fine-tune focus parameters.


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By Photogaz (Apr 15, 2013)

I wish Sigma would do something interesting like a new 85mm Art lens!

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By SteB (Apr 12, 2013)

" will be available from May 2013 at a retail price of £39.99"

If someone can tell me where I can get them at £39.99 I'll put in a bulk order?

Mark B.
By Mark B. (Apr 12, 2013)

You want to order the docks in bulk?

By Anfy (Apr 12, 2013)

Does anybody know if the USB dock will work with all existing AF Sigma lenses or just the newer ones?

By Mssimo (Apr 12, 2013)

Just the art and sport models

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David Burren
By David Burren (Apr 14, 2013)

Actually, according to Sigma the dock suits all three of the new product lines (ie. including "Contemporary" models such as the new 17-70/4).

But it won't work with previous models.

By PhotoKhan (Apr 12, 2013)

Sigma confuses me...Is this the same lens Bob Atkins reviewed 1 year ago?...Is it another incarnation?...If not, why the delay between those initial hands-on reviews and the actual launch?


Rally Man
By Rally Man (Apr 12, 2013)

Nope, not the same lens. Maybe optically, but this has a focus limiter, the older version (the one you linked) does not. Oh of course it's compatible with the USB dock.

By PhotoKhan (Apr 12, 2013)

Ah!...Thanks...So one is "EX DG" and the newer one is only "EX"?...Is that it?...Why would any brand use such a confusing naming scheme, one that actually precludes the public to quickly understand a new offer is
The SD1, this confusing naming...Does "Sigma" stands for "shooting our own feet" in Japanese?

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Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee
By Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee (Apr 13, 2013)

It probably does! I don't know why companies put huge long names on products.
Years ago Minolta had an ordinary camera with a name like
Minolta Maxxum Paxxum Fillya fulla lead son Zoom, or something.

By Thorbard (Apr 15, 2013)

Its a different lens, re-released with compatibility with the new USB dock and as a part of the launch of the new "sports" range.

Sigma have removed the EX designation from all their future lenses, stating that all lenses will be to the same quality and finish.

The letters after the name all have a specific meaning and Sigma offers several helpful tables that explain them.

DG - digital optimised, full frame compatible
OS - optical stabilisation
HSM - HSM focus motor (equivalent to Canon USM)

By Isit13 (Apr 12, 2013)

Too bad it is not a constant F4, that way the price would have been more in the affordable amateur territory, and smaller size.

Rally Man
By Rally Man (Apr 12, 2013)

Here you go....

By Combatmedic870 (Apr 13, 2013)

That 100-300 f4 is a Great lens!

Lajos Hajdu
By Lajos Hajdu (Apr 12, 2013)

Small point: the title is wrong.

"Sigma to start shipping USB dock IN May"
"Sigma to ship USB dock FROM May"

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Apr 12, 2013)

The title is absolutely correct in British English, and this news story is specifically of interest to UK readers.

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By audijam (Apr 12, 2013)

that's how we say it in Canada too...

By Airless (Apr 12, 2013)

is it different in American English?

By falconeyes (Apr 12, 2013)

The Brits may consider to stop coding in BE where the rest of the world expects AE, esp. on a .com site. It's confusing the rest of us (i.e., non native English speakers) struggling to speak correct English of any kind. Face it, w/o the US, the world wouldn't soeak English at all ...

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By EnglishPhotographer (Apr 12, 2013)

Yes! Comment of the day. If you can forget an empire that once covered a quarter of the world's surface, you can certainly forget more than that :-)

By joejack951 (Apr 12, 2013)

"The Brits may consider to stop coding in BE where the rest of the world expects AE, esp. on a .com site. It's confusing the rest of us (i.e., non native English speakers) struggling to speak correct English of any kind."

If you are counting on Americans posting to forums to learn English, good luck! Even worse if you listen to most people speak. At least most Brits seem to care about their sentence structure, even if the wording is slightly different than how Americans might be taught.

By 9VIII (Apr 12, 2013)

The irony here is palpable (to see a comment like that coming from a former colony).

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By NotSteve (Apr 13, 2013)

Good lord Falk -- "Why can't you people talk American?" Is that really what you are saying? If this is how your logic works, I will have to reconsider your postings on matters pertaining to photography. This site is run by Brits and Yanks -- deal with it, in the course of which your English, which is just fine, will improve. Furthermore, in case you haven't noticed, English has been left to develop on its own wherever the British colonialists left their mark. There isn't an equivalent body like l'Académie française for French. You're saying we should let the U.S. be in charge of the English language? It would be both impossible and unpopular. Further to your last point, why should the entire world speak English at all? Why is ignorance of other languages than English/being uniligual seen as normal thing in much of North America?

By Anepo (Apr 13, 2013)

And the most unintelligent person in the world award goes to falcon eyes, congratulations.

Also an fyi: in my country we learn proper english, not a "we do not know how to spell the words so let us just call it american english"

By JadedGamer (Apr 13, 2013)

Plus, apparently American English is closer to how British English was back then that how it is today anyway...

By technotic (Apr 13, 2013)

Anyone want to talk about lenses and camera stuff? :-)

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shigzeo ?
By shigzeo ? (Apr 13, 2013)

Jaded: nope. American English was defined by Webster. That is pretty damn recent. Things have gone American from then more than ever before.

Anyways, looking forward to the lens though no intentions to purchase. I'm in the market for a slightly longer mid-telephoto lens. Shipping from may will be great.

By gsum (Apr 13, 2013)

You're both correct. I think Jaded is getting at words such as 'gotten' which is in use in America but had gone out of use in the UK.

By Revenant (Apr 13, 2013)

Yes, English was brought to Ireland, Malta, Canada, South Africa, India, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and other members and former members of the Commonwealth, by the Americans.
And we who live in other "foreign" countries are only taught American English in school. British English is extremely confusing to us, and we don't expect it to be used by anyone, not even Brits.

King Penguin
By King Penguin (Apr 13, 2013)

You wouldn't say that if Margaret Thatcher was still alive.......thought I'd be the first to get Maggie in the conversation :)

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By Frenske (Apr 14, 2013)

In school in the Netherlands we are taught British English rather than American, Australian English, etc. Of course with out funny accents.

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By Revenant (Apr 14, 2013)

Yes, like in most countries, I guess. We are taught British English in Sweden too, but we are also made aware of the "other kinds" of English, and how they differ from BE.
My previous comment was sarcastic, in case it wasn't obvious. ;-)

By mgblack74 (Apr 15, 2013)

Seeing how Eng-lish is from Eng-land, and Americans continue to bastardize it, why on Earth should we take American dialect as standard? The Brits have a very eloquent and efficient way of speaking. English spoken by Brits is the proper way. Everything else is dialect. I find that people from other countries who learn English as a scond language are more articulate than many from North America.

Jerry Ci
By Jerry Ci (Apr 15, 2013)

Heh heh. That small little island sure has a very big atitude. We have "The Open", as if there is no other "Open". Then there is "The Championships". Same thing. I've also heard Brits call their English as "International English" vs. "Amaerican English". BTW, that former Empire was pretty big ... and pretty long ago. Now, weren't we talking about some kind of lens?

King Penguin
By King Penguin (Apr 15, 2013)

Let's face it the English language was (and is) our greatest export and being such a generous nation we made it like 'open source software' so you can develop it and change it for your own needs and requirements as much as you want......for free!

Us Brits don't get offended when these young upstart nations try and get their version promoted to the top fact, we find it rather amusing as we do their spelling......

By Edgar_in_Indy (Apr 16, 2013)

Come now, surely Americans have made at least a few improvements to the language. For example, the spelling of words such as "center" (American) versus "centre" (British). After all, it's not as though anybody pronounces the word "sin-tray".

As far as the Sigma 120-300mm, I don't like it since they don't make it in Pentax mount. But if they ever do make it in Pentax mount, then my wife won't like it because I will have to have it. That's the day I would put my beloved Sigma 100-300mm f4 up for sale.

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