Here's an interesting snippet of news courtesy of our friend Yamada Kumio. Sigma will soon introduce a new AF 15-30mm F3.5-4.5 EX DG lens, this lens is of most interest to those users of digital SLR's because it will offer them zoom lens with a decent wide angle bottom and usable 'normal' telephoto. For example, this lens on a Canon EOS-D30 would provide an equiv. range of 24-48mm, on a Nikon D1x it provide an equiv. range of 22.5-45mm. The lens comes with the hood attached and access at the back of the lens for filters.

The lens should be on the market (at least in Japan) with Sigma AF, Nikon AF and Canon AF on August 1st 2001 and soon after for Minolta AF and Pentax AF.

Sigma AF 15-30mm F3.5-4.5 EX DG specifications

Focal length range (35 mm) 15 - 30 mm
- on a Canon EOS-D30 24 - 48 mm (equiv.*)
- on a Nikon D1/D1x/D1H 22.5 - 45 mm (equiv.*)
- on a Kodak DCS 760 19.5 - 39 mm (equiv*)
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F4.5
Minimum focus distance 30 cm
Lens composition 17 pieces in 13 groups
Lens type EX DG Aspherical
Auto / Manual Focus "One Touch dual focus system"
Lens hood Fixed
Filter Rear of the lens
Weight 615 g (1.4 lb)
Dimensions 87 x 130 mm (3.4 x 5.1 in)
Availability Expected August 1st - Japan
Price (approx.) 89,000 YEN (US$720)

* Actually it's a bit more complicated than just multiplying the focal length, what you actually get is a crop of the field of view (or picture angle).

Article details and image courtesy of Yamada Kumio,