Now it is time for the Japanese Sigma to demonstrate its capabilities before the start of Photokina - the company introduced the following devices: the compact camera Sigma dp1 Quattro and the lenses Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM (Sports and Contemporary) and Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM 'C'.
The Sigma dp1 Quattro with a large, three-layered 28MP APS-C Foveon X3 Quattro CMOS sensor (the upper layer has the resolution of 19.6MP, and the two layers below it have 4.9MP, each) will come packaged with a wide-angle 19mm f/2.8 lens, and it will be also equipped with an LVF-01 viewfinder, specially designed for the Quattro series, which can be attached to the camera's LCD screen and thus neutralize outside light when taking a photo. With its 2.5x magnification rate, this viewfinder provides photographers with much simpler focusing, and greater image clarity.
The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens will be presented in two versions - Sports and Contemporary - whose internal properties differ substantially. The 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is sealed, dust- and splash-proof, intended for professionals, and it consists of 24 elements in 16 groups, two of which are FLD (Daylight Fluorescent), and three of which are SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements. On the other hand, the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is the first hyper-telephoto zoom lens that comes from the Global Vision Contemporary series and it brings increased mobility and easier handling as it features more compact dimensions in relation to its Sports cousin. It is not entirely sealed like the Sports, yet only its mount is resistant to external stimuli. It comprises 20 elements in 14 groups, one of which is FLD, and three of which are SLD glass elements. What is crucial for both of these versions of the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens is that they are characterized by a new version of Sigma's optical image stabilization system (OS).
The last but not the least is the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM 'C' lens. This superzoom lens aimed at APS-C format DSLR cameras also belongs to the Contemporary ('C') series of lenses and, as the previous lenses, exhibits the new Sigma's optical image stabilization system (OS). This model will be combined with the cameras of the following manufacturers: Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Sony.
The Sigma dp1 Quattro will be put up for sale in mid-October, with the price still to be announced. The date when the two versions of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens will come on the market, as well as their prices, are yet to be determined, while the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM 'C' lens will hit the streets next month at a price of $579.