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January 31, 2008

Sigma Fills The Gap With Multiple Lenses

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Sigma unloaded a few jabs aimed at Nikon's existing lens gaps with some long-awaited announcements. First up is the revisions to some classic lenses - namely the new 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM and the new 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM supertelephoto zooms.

Both lenses address the lack of combined Optical Stabilization and HyperSonic Motor AF performance in the venerable 80-400mm DG OS and the 50-500mm DG HSM. This combination was first pioneered in the latest iteration of the 18-200mm DC OS HSM all-in-one zoom released in mid-2007. The new tele lenses are also a response to the calling of Nikkor fans to update the aging screw-drive AF 80-400mm VR with a Silent Wave motor. Many Nikonians were disappointed to find that refresh was not one of the announcements made at PMA 2008.

As icing on the cake, Sigma also refreshed the 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO and 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS with HSM to ensure compatibility with the D40 and D60 series cameras.

Posted by covey22 at January 31, 2008 5:44 PM