The last few weeks not much has happened here on X3 magazine. Not that there is nothing to show but I have been a bit too busy to spend much time on the magazine. In europe this is now the season for weddings and we are very busy with that.
Besides that we took on a personal project that I can’t say much about at the moment but that is taking up all of our time. I hope to resume more regular updating of this site in a couple of weeks when everything settles down a bit.
In the meantime Sigma Corporation has not been sitting still of course. Two new lenses started shipping (or will be soon), the MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM and the 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM. And for both lenses they put a sample image gallery online with all shots taken by the Sigma SD1.
» 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM Sample Image Gallery
» MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Sample Image Gallery
Updates to firmware & lens information
On september 2nd Sigma released a firmware update for the SD15, bringing it to 1.0.2. The benefits of the firmware update are:
- RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording is incorporated.
- Accuracy of evaluative exposure metering is improved.
- Accuracy of flashgun light control is improved.
- Correct various bugs to achieve more stable operation.
You can download this new firmware at; » http://www.sigma-sd.com/SD15/firmware.html.
For the Sigma SD1 they released Lens Information Ver.1.01. Adding lens information of the 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM and the MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM. You can download this lens information package at; http://www.sigma-sd.com/SD1/lensinformation.html.
It seems like they are not making a big fuss about it but Sigma Corporation celebrated their 50th Anniversary on the 9th of September. They released only a very short statement about it:
Dear Valued Customers,
Sigma Corporation celebrates 50th Anniversary on 9th of September, 2011.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation for customers, business partners, and all concerned for your continuous support from the day of establishment until today.
Chief Operating Officer
We congratulate Sigma with this reached milestone and wish them a prosperous future.
The 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM won the EISA European Lens of the Year 2011-2012 Award. Quote:”… that offers professional features and exceptionally good image quality at a very reasonable price.” You can watch the visual citation at EISA’s website: http://www.eisa.eu/award/35/european-lens-2011-2012.html
Eberhard Schuy, SD1 test video report (in German); »http://loft2blog.blogspot.com/2011/09/sigma-sd1-test.html
DPReview posted a sample gallery with JPG and RAW results; » http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/albums/sigma-sd1-preview-samples
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What? No pictures in this post?
OK that is indeed a bit boring. So here are just a few portraits taken with the SD1 from http://www.vstudio-fotografie.de/. I try to regularly post some SD1 work there 🙂