SIGMA History 2011

This was the year for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II and London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The Sigma Corporation mourns the death of their founder Michihiro Yamaki and welcomes the appointment of Kazuto Yamaki as the new CEO. SIGMA Global Vision is launched and SIGMA joins the internet social media craze by establishing an official Facebook page.

Month

Company Development

Product Launches

Feburary

New SIGMA SD15 Imaging kits released.

SIGMA APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

SIGMA DP2X

SIGMA 12-24mm F4-5.6 II DG HSM

SIGMA MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Sigma Corporation announces the development of new lenses for Micro Four Thirds and E-mount camera system. Mock up displayed at CP+ Japan show.

SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Two new Imaging kits released; SD15 with Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM and SD15 with Sigma 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM. 2011.02.07
New lens incorporates Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer system, and features splash proof design for use in harsh conditions begins shipping. 2011.02.08

SIGMA DP2x The latest DP2 series model and incorporates AFE (Analog Front End) and high speed auto focus. 2011.02.08

SIGMA 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 DG HSM II This lens has superior peripheral brightness and provides sharp and high contrast images even at the maximum apertures. 2011.02.08

SIGMA 105mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM A large aperture medium telephoto macro lens with Sigma’s own proprietary OS (Optical Stabilizer) system enables handheld close-up photography. 2011.02.08

SIGMA 85mm f1.4 EX DG HSM  A large aperture of F1.4 is especially ideal for portrait and low light photography. 2011.02.22

April

TIPA 2011 Best Expert Lens award for SIGMA APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM, introduced to market in July 2010. Announced 2011.04.22

May

SIGMA SD1 is Sigma’s flagship digital SLR model, incorporating a 46 megapixel X3 direct image sensor and Sigma’s splash proof design throughout for use in harsh conditions.

July

SIGMA SD15 TWIN ZOOM KIT Wide shooting coverage; Comprises the SD15 digital single lens reflex camera, a SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM and a SIGMA 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM as a set. 2011.07.08

Augest

EISA EUROPEAN LENS OF THE YEAR 2011-2012” award announced. SIGMA APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM wins EISA Award

September

SIGMA Corporation celebrates its 50th Anniversary September 9th, 2011

October

Successor to the SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM launched in 2007 is announced. The SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM is ideal for travel photography with a compact construction and length of just 87.7mm.

Firmware update SIGMA lenses used with Sony a77 and a65 interchangeable lens digital cameras.

December

Specially designed battery grip which upgrades the battery power of the SIGMA SD1 by holding two dedicated BP-21 battery packs

Release of Sigma Capture Pro 1.0 allows photographers to tether the Sigma SD1 camera to their computer and take control over camera settings and capture images remotely