As camera technology and autofocus technology advances, companies sometimes need to adapt to work with one another. Traditionally, third party lenses sometimes have trouble with focusing but this issue has largely disappeared in the past three years. With the release of some of Nikon’s newest cameras though, problems seem to be rearing their ugly heads. According to a statement put out by Sigma recently, their lenses are having focusing trouble with the Nikon Df. On top of that, the stabilization isn’t always working either.
In response, the company is offering a free firmware update to solve the issue. Specifically, it seems to be occurring with certain products. No word has come through yet on whether future updates might be available via the USB Dock or not.
The full details from Sigma are after the jump. Be sure to also check out our Sigma Prime Lens Guide while you’re at it.
Bernard Déry sent us a link to a 360 panoramic image shot with the Sony A7r and a Sigma 15mm fisheye lens. The stitching is of the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal at Place d’Armes. When you click the link and zoom in on the details, you’ll see that the sensor and lens are capable of doing something quite remarkable together. Bernard has pointed out that at the current moment, no Canon sensor in a camera currently on the market is currently capable of resolving 36MP; though the A7r surely can do so while using Canon glass.
Head on over to this link to check out the image in its full glory.
2013 is nearly over and we’ve seen a slew of new products this year. Some may even say that this year is the one that the Photo Industry came back to full swing since the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. And for that, I think that we all have something to be thankful for. What it means in the end for the consumer is that we end up getting better products due to stronger competition.
And this year, much of what the big two have offered did not make our compilation of Editor’s Choice Award products.
Earlier on in the year, we saw some hacked Sigma DP cameras that were modified by a Chinese company to accept Leica M lenses. But according to a new report, the company may be coming out with a Micro Four Thirds camera of some sort. Years ago, Sigma joined the Micro Four Thirds coalition and a rumor about this also came about. They were quickly proven to be false, and the company has since been supporting the system with lenses and even refreshes to those lenses (see our Sigma Prime Lens Guide).
If the company has been considering an ILC system, then they’re going to have to target at the higher end and studio spectrum unless they can come out with an absolutely kick ass sensor that does well in low light. When we reviewed the DP3, we were thrilled with its performance. The camera’s sensor resolves so much detail and the high ISO results when converted to black and white are beautiful. But another problem holding them back in Adobe’s lack of more support for the Foveon sensor despite how excellent it is.
Who knows: maybe they’ll come out with something like the OMD.
Sigma has discovered an issue with their lenses and the Nikon D5300. Sigma lenses with internal motors, do not function properly on the Nikon D5300. The Optical Stabilization (OS), and Live View Auto Focus functionality does not work correctly. This issue is specific to this lens and camera combination. On November 20th Sigma will release a firmware update to fix the issue. If you have a discontinued lens you have to contact an authorized Sigma distributor. If the Sigma lens is compatible with the Sigma USB Dock, the Sigma Optimization Pro Software can be used.
All future Sigma lenses will have the latest firmware.
At the moment, Sony has a very limited selection of lenses that can natively be used with the full frame E mount A7 and A7r cameras. But if you want to start transitioning into the system from your older one, there are a couple of lenses that we really recommend that you try to go for first to deal with some of the system’s shortcomings.
Some of these lenses we even had the opportunity of testing during our time with the camera. Here are just a few.