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PMA09: Sigma Announces 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM

March 4, 2009

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Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG Super Telezoom Available

Sigma Corporation of America is pleased to announce first availability of the new APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG Super Telezoom lens for Nikon. The Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG Super Telezoom is also available for Canon and Sigma mount. Quantities will be limited. Sigma dealers can order this lens immediately. Amazon is retailing it at US$24,499.99.

 

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Sony SAL70400G Super Telephoto Lens with Tripod Collar

Photokina 2008: Sony Announces 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM

The SAL70400G lens is a 5.7x super telephoto zoom lens and the latest addition to Sony’s G-series line of premium lenses. Designed to deliver extremely sharp descriptive performance across its wide focal length range, it is ideally suited for sports, action and wildlife photography.

Sony SAL70400G Super Telephoto Lens with Tripod Collar

Sony SAL70400G Super Telephoto Lens with Tripod Collar

Constructed of 18 elements in 12 groups, it includes two extra-low dispersion glass lenses for high contrast, sharp details, and exceptional center-to-edge resolution with minimal chromatic aberration. A circular aperture with nine diaphragm blades is utilized to achieve natural, aesthetically-pleasing de-focusing effects.

With a minimum focus distance of 1.5m and maximum magnification of 0.27x, the lens delivers best-in-class performance.

Like the SAL1635ZA lens, focus drive is provided by its SSM system, which offers the speed and rotational precision often required for telephoto shooting. Additionally, the lens has an internal focusing system for faster auto focusing.

 

Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 and 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM

A focus-mode/range switch and three focus-hold buttons have been added to the lens barrel for enhanced operability.

For both models, when attached to the flagship α900 camera body, the AF hold buttons can be customized to activate the intelligent preview function.

 

Price and Availability

The 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G lens will ship in January 2009 for about $1,500. They will be available at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), at military base exchanges, and at authorized dealers nationwide.

Sensor Comparison
Sony SAL70400G Super Telephoto Lens without Tripod Collar

 

Further Information:
Download a copy of the SAL70400G Specification Sheet

Sony SAL70-400G: Tripod Collar

Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM Confirmed?

Sony has an upgrade for their 70-300mm F4-5.6 G SSM, a 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G). On a APS-C sized image sensor, the focal length is 105-600mm. A specification sheet for the lens is found. The softcopy of the specification is looks genuine. There is no official announcement from Sony about the new lens, Sony may be making an announcement before or during the coming Photokina.

The SAL70400G has three focus-hold buttons and when either is pressed the auto focus function is suspended and the focus is fixed for shooting. Teleconvertors are usable for this lens, both 1.4x and 2.0x. However, auto focus will not work on this combination, only manual focus available. SAL70400G is almost two times as heavy as SAL70300G and uses 77mm filter, similar to 70-200mm F2.8. SAL70400G is almost two times as heavy as SAL70300G and uses 77mm filter, similar to 70-200mm F2.8.

Sony SAL70-400G: Tripod Collar
Sony SAL70400G: Tripod Collar

 

Sony SAL70-400G: Focus Hold Button
Sony SAL70400G: Focus Hold Button

 

Sony SAL70-400G: Specification
Sony SAL70-400G: Specification

 

Further Information:

Download a copy of the SAL70400G Specification Sheet

SONY SAL 70-400 G SSM PDF Specs