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K1W1
06-28-2007, 06:15 AM
"Sigma Launches Two New HSM Lenses Suitable for D40/D40X

Sigma introduces two new lenses suitable for all Nikon digital SLRs, including the D40 and D40X

Both the new 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC and 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC feature HSM or Hypersonic Motors; similar to Nikon's Silent Wave coreless lens drive. Previous iterations of these lenses had been mechanical screwdrive, which meant they would mount, meter but not autofocus on the latest entry-level Nikon bodies like the D40 and the D40X."

XaiLo
06-28-2007, 06:19 AM
The tide is changing. :)

Rooz
06-28-2007, 06:22 AM
coldy's threats obviously had no effect on the sigma crew. :D

Prospero
06-28-2007, 05:36 PM
That's great news indeed. I hope the 18-50 f/2.8 and 24-70 f/2.8 will follow soon.

r3g
06-28-2007, 06:16 PM
Good stuff. When i was opening this thread i was hoping for a prime and or macro lens though :rolleyes: . Wonder how those 2 lenses will hold up against the kitlens and the VR.

fionndruinne
06-30-2007, 12:52 PM
Sounds like a pretty heavy overlap of Nikon's budget AF-S lenses... but still, good to see! I don't have a doubt in my mind that we'll see more HSM from Sigma, as well as AF-S from Nikon. They're faster, more reliable focusing, after all. It's the next step.

r3g
06-30-2007, 01:01 PM
Now its Tamron's turn to jump on board. Wouldnt it be something if they're are cooking up some prime magic for us? Wishful thinking. -__-

Prospero
07-01-2007, 05:31 AM
Now its Tamron's turn to jump on board. Wouldnt it be something if they're are cooking up some prime magic for us? Wishful thinking. -__-

I think that will definitly take a while. Tamron doesn't have Silent Wave Motors in any of their lenses yet. Not even in their latest lens, the 70-200 f/2.8, which they anounced a couple of months ago.

LR Max
07-01-2007, 07:48 AM
Now its Tamron's turn to jump on board. Wouldnt it be something if they're are cooking up some prime magic for us? Wishful thinking. -__-

As far as I am concerned, tamron can remain in the stoneage (I don't like em too much).

And I think the overlapping sigma is doing is kinda worthless. Why would you buy a sigma 18-50 when you've already got a 18-55? And I bet the 55-200 sigma is going to cost similar to the nikon 55-200VR. Paying the extra 15 bucks for VR is MORE than worth it.

Sigma needs to produce some sort of image stabilization. Then they'll be in the hunt.

Prospero
07-01-2007, 07:57 AM
Some Sigma lenses now have Optical Image Stabelization (OS)
The 80-400 OS has been around for some time now, and they are about to release the Sigma 18-200 OS, which may be a good alternative to the Nikkor 18-200.

It's a shame that they have not yet included the system with their 70-200 f/2.8 and 50-150 f/2.8 (or any of their other long zooms).

aparmley
07-01-2007, 09:13 AM
"Sigma Launches Two New HSM Lenses Suitable for D40/D40X

Sigma introduces two new lenses suitable for all Nikon digital SLRs, including the D40 and D40X

Both the new 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC and 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC feature HSM or Hypersonic Motors; similar to Nikon's Silent Wave coreless lens drive. Previous iterations of these lenses had been mechanical screwdrive, which meant they would mount, meter but not autofocus on the latest entry-level Nikon bodies like the D40 and the D40X."


This is just purely speculation on my part but heres what I'm thinking:

Nikon D40X + Nikon 18-55 F/3.5-5.6 AF-S + Nikon 55-200 F/4-5.6 AF-S VR would be more desirable than the D40X + Sigma's 18-55 + 55-200 (non VR) . . . I'd be willing to be that the Nikon lenses will perform better and I really doubt Sigma is going to under cut the Nikon glass in $.

So, I wonder, whats the up side to this news? Me, being primarily a realistic thinker - most will peg me for a pessimist - would think that if they could come up with 3 primes with AF-S this would be good news for D40/X owners. . . IDK make a DX 30mm f/2.0 and a 55mm F/1.8 AF-S That'd be a great a start.

erichlund
07-01-2007, 09:56 AM
Some Sigma lenses now have Optical Image Stabelization (OS)
The 80-400 OS has been around for some time now, and they are about to release the Sigma 18-200 OS, which may be a good alternative to the Nikkor 18-200.

It's a shame that they have not yet included the system with their 70-200 f/2.8 and 50-150 f/2.8 (or any of their other long zooms).

The 18-200 OS is on their site. It's suggested retail is $820 and it doesn't have HSM (AF-S). It's listed as coming soon for the Sigma and Nikon. The Nikkor lists for about $750 (when you can find it), has AF-S, and is faster at the long end (only slightly, but 5.6 is an important cutoff for AF). So, I'm not seeing why this might be a deal for Nikon cameras.

coldrain
07-01-2007, 11:49 AM
The 18-200 OS is on their site. It's suggested retail is $820 and it doesn't have HSM (AF-S). It's listed as coming soon for the Sigma and Nikon. The Nikkor lists for about $750 (when you can find it), has AF-S, and is faster at the long end (only slightly, but 5.6 is an important cutoff for AF). So, I'm not seeing why this might be a deal for Nikon cameras.
The Sigma 18-200 OS is available already (in some shops and some countries anyway), and costs $550 in the USA.
It undercuts the Nikon with at least $200, and for instance has quite a bit less distortion.

Of course it is NOT an alternative when you have a Nikon D40(X). But on a Nikon D80/D200, and any Canon EOS, it is a nice all in one travel lens for quite a bit less than the Nikon 18-200 VR.

Sigma is not allowed to put HSM motors in just any lens (licence reasons), and unless Pentax has a totally different way of making USM style motors, we will not see Tokina lenses with these ultra sonic ring motors soon either, nor Tamron lenses with USM style motors...
So when 3rd party manufacturs will add motors to their Nikon lenses, expect more traditional motors in most cases.

I can't see the 18-50 cheapo and 55-200 from Sigma making any difference in the lens line-up for D40(X) either.

r3g
07-01-2007, 04:04 PM
As far as I am concerned, tamron can remain in the stoneage (I don't like em too much).

And I think the overlapping sigma is doing is kinda worthless. Why would you buy a sigma 18-50 when you've already got a 18-55? And I bet the 55-200 sigma is going to cost similar to the nikon 55-200VR. Paying the extra 15 bucks for VR is MORE than worth it.

Sigma needs to produce some sort of image stabilization. Then they'll be in the hunt.


Dont think it would be a smart move to price it similar to the VR because that would be an obvious choice. Instead I think they will price it similar to the non-VR, and if it can focus faster and be a little better built it should bring in a couple dollars for Sigma from all those who cant afford the VR and go for the non-VR instead.