Today Sigma released two previously announced lenses. SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM The first is the SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM. A general
The new Sigma SD1 Merrill is available now as several buyers reported receiving them in the last few days. Together with the camera Sigma issued a couple of updates.
It seems that the SD1 Merrill and the original SD1 have differently numbered firmware versions. And that version 1.0 on the Merrill is feature wise the same as the v1.05 on the original SD1.
New firmware for the DP1x, DP2x and the SD15. Sigma released more info about the SD1 Point Support Program.
They ; also opened an Official Facebook Page (in Japanese). The 30mm F2.8 EX DN is now available for Micro Four Thirds cameras. And that the SIGMA SD1 Merrill is scheduled to start shipping at the end of this month.
New Firmware for Sigma DP1x & DP2x
Benefits of the firmware update
SIGMA DP1x firmware [Ver.1.03]
“¢ Languages to be displayed in Set Up menu are added.
“¢ Various bugs have been corrected to achieve more stable operation.
Photographer; Ichiro Nakai
Location; Kobe, Japan / Akashi, Japan
Camera; Sigma SD1
There are two artificial seashore parks developed with Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge (Pearl Bridge) which is the longest suspension bridge in the world between the Maiko of Kobe and the Okura of Akashi.
http://blog.sigmaphoto.com/2012/the-vision-and-passion-of-dick-merrill/ The vision and passion of Dick Merrill on the Sigma USA blog.
In a surprise announcement Sigma introduced two new DP camera’s featuring the same sensor as in the SD1. We’ll try to get more info later today.
Gizmodo Japan has some photos showing the DP2M next to a original DP-series camera. It’s bigger but not too much.
For more info about the camera’s visit http://sigma-dp.com/
From Sigma’s website:
The SD1 DSLR will now be known as the SD1 Merrill, in honor of Dick Merrill, inventor of the Foveon sensor technology on which it is based. The price dropped to an estimated street price of $2,299!
Europe â‚¬ 2,099
Announcement of SD1 Merrill
To our valued customers,
We would like to express our appreciation for your loyal patronage of SIGMA products.
Today, we announced our new digital single lens reflex camera, the Sigma SD1 Merrill. This product has the same features, performance, and specifications as the SIGMA SD1, however, the price is substantially revised. We are gearing up for its release in March 2012, and the market price is expected to be approximately “JPY200,000.- “.
Today we received the sad news that founder and CEO of Sigma Corporation, Michihiro Yamaki passed away on January 18th, 2012 at the age of 78.
We are very sad about this and for his family. We want to give them our sincerest condolences. We were fortunate to have met him a couple of times and that always was a wonderful experience. Because of his achievements we have gained a lot in life and got to know many friends that are so very dear to us. May his soul rest in peace and be in our thoughts forever. Thanks Mr. Yamaki!