Sigma’s flag­ship tele­photo zoom lens is aimed at pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers

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Sigma has an­nounced that its new 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS

HSM Sports lens will have a sug­gested re­tail price of £1,350. The

Sigma SA-mount and Canon EF­mount ver­sions are set to go on sale in De­cem­ber 2018 and the Nikon F-mount will be avail­able in early 2019.

Aimed at pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers shoot­ing news, sports, por­traits and land­scapes, the new lens is con­structed from 24 el­e­ments in 22 groups, in­cor­po­rat­ing ten ex­clu­sive low-dis­per­sion glass el­e­ments. Its bar­rel is also con­structed from mag­ne­sium al­loy to keep weight down while en­sur­ing a ro­bust build, and the 11-blade di­aphragm cre­ates a rounded aper­ture for at­trac­tive bokeh. Like other lenses in the com­pany’s Sports line, the new 70-200mm lens is dust and splash-proof while the front el­e­ment has a wa­ter and oil­re­pel­lent coat­ing. Com­bined with the pro­vided pe­tal-shaped lens hood, the coat­ing should help keep rain­drops at bay.

The lens also in­cor­po­rates Sigma’s In­tel­li­gent OS (Op­ti­cal Sta­biliser) with an ac­cel­er­a­tion sen­sor and a new al­go­rithm help­ing it to cope with pan­ning in all direc­tions. In ad­di­tion, the Hy­per Sonic Mo­tor (HSM) has an up­dated al­go­rithm to speed fo­cus ac­qui­si­tion and the clos­est fo­cus­ing dis­tance is 120cm, which gives a max­i­mum mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of 1:4.8.

The lens is com­pat­i­ble with Sigma’s USB Dock which, as well as fa­cil­i­tat­ing firmware up­grades, en­ables the AF Func­tion but­ton to be cus­tomised to suit the sub­ject or shoot­ing sit­u­a­tion. The mag­ne­sium al­loy tri­pod foot is also Arca-Swiss com­pat­i­ble for easy tri­pod mount­ing and has 90-de­gree click stops for swift ori­en­ta­tion switch­ing.

The new lens is com­pat­i­ble with Sigma’s MC-11 mount adapter for Sony E-mount cam­eras as well as the com­pany’s cur­rent

1.4x and 2.0x tele­con­vert­ers. On a full-frame cam­era the an­gle of view is 34.3-12.3 de­grees.

The ad­di­tion of the 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens to Sigma’s range means the com­pany now has fo­cal lengths from 14mm to 200mm cov­ered by max­i­mum-per­for­mance fixed-aper­ture f2.8 op­tics.

Above FOR PRO SHOOT­ERSThe new lens is de­signed for Canon, Nikon or Sigma DSLRsAbove OP­TIONAL TELE­CON­VERT­ERS Us­ing Sigma’s op­tional TC-1401 or TC-2001 tele­con­vert­ers turns the 70-200mm into a 98-280mm f4 op­tic, or a 140-400mm f5.6 lens, re­spec­tively

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