Sigma UK Announces Availability of its New 18-250mm & 180mm Lenses

November 21, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | 1 Comment |
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Sigma UK has announced availability and pricing for the Sony versions of the new Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM and APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX APO DG OS HSM lenses. The 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM superzoom is now available in Sony mount with a suggested retail price of £499.99. The Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM will also be available in Sony fit in two weeks time with a suggested retail price of £1499.99.

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Availability of Sigma’s 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM and APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX APO DG OS HSM

Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that the 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM is now available in Sony mount with a suggested retail price of £499.99.

The Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM will also be available in Sony mount in two weeks time with a suggested retail price of £1499.99.

18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM
Designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras, this versatile lens covers wide-angle to telephoto making it suitable for many types of photography. Its small size and huge focal-range make it perfect for travel photographers and those who like to keep equipment down to a minimum. One SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element offers excellent correction of colour aberration and three aspherical lenses, including a double-sided aspherical lens, prevent and correct all types of aberrations such as astigmatism, achieving high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The close-up capability is improved with a minimum focusing distance of just 35cm throughout the entire zoom range and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9. When the APS-C size sensor is taken into consideration, the effective maximum reproduction ratio becomes 1:2. The lens benefits from a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) to ensures fast and quiet auto-focusing.

APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
This is the world’s first 180mm macro lens incorporating a magnification ratio of 1:1 and a large maximum aperture of F2.8. It benefits from Sigma’s original Optical Stabiliser function and the wide F2.8 aperture allows faster shutter speeds for narrow depth of field, enabling photographers to emphasise the subject. Three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for colour aberrations. Equipped with Sigma’s own propriety OS (Optical Stabiliser) system, this lens offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible*, enabling handheld close-up photography. The incorporation of HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed autofocus as well as full-time manual focus capability. This lens has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm creating an attractive blur to the out of focus areas of the image. At 1:1 magnification, this lens has a focusing distance of 47cm/18.5in which is a greater working distance than shorter focal length macro lenses. This is advantageous when taking pictures of highly sensitive subjects such as butterflies and insects.



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#1 Kevin Lines Photography

As a press photographer I feel this could be a very handy lens to have in the bag, the large focal length would a welcome addition to editorial photographers kit bag.

The Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 is a very good lens, it will be interesting to see how this compares.

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