SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary and SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art receive TIPA Awards 2015
Sigma Imaging UK Ltd. is pleased to announce that the 16.6x high ratio zoom lens “SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary” and the best-in-class optical performance lens “SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art” have won TIPA Awards 2015.
1. SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary
Name of Award BEST ENTRY LEVEL DSLR LENS
Aimed at DSLR photographers with an APS-C sensor that want one lens to handle a wide range of shooting situations, the SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary delivers an effective range (due to APS-C multiplication factor) of 27-450mm. The lens contains an improved optical stabilisation system, so important to image quality in such a long range zoom. Constructed with 17 elements in 13 groups, the lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 39cm, thus the Macro designation. Perhaps the most intriguing specs are the size and weight for such a lens: 101.5mm in length, unextended, and 585g in weight, making it an extremely portable lens for beginner DSLR photographers.
2. SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
Name of Award BEST EXPERT DSLR PRIME LENS
Combining a fast maximum aperture with a wide-angle lens that opens up intriguing photo opportunities, the SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens is designed for full frame sensors and is constructed with 15 elements in 11 groups. It contains both “F” low dispersion (FLD) and Special Low Dispersion glass (SLD) to minimise chromatic aberration, especially at the edges of the image. Close focusing distance is 25cm. To enhance maximum aperture performance, aspherical elements are positioned at the rear of the lens, plus a new lens element design optimises peripheral brightness. The lens incorporates a new full-time manual focusing mechanism even with AF mode selected. To ensure “Art” line quality, every lens is subject to SIGMA’s own MFT measuring system prior to leaving the factory.
TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) is comprised of 28 publications from Europe, South Africa, Canada and the USA. The knowledgeable chief editors and technical editors from these publications form the judging panel for the awards. Photo Imaging has been a prominent part of the TIPA awards since 1991.
Every year, TIPA editors vote for the best photo & imaging products introduced to the market during the previous 12 months. TIPA editors take into account innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, as well as price/performance ratio. Since TIPA member magazines range in content and goals, the award voting process benefits from a wide range of expertise. As a result, the TIPA Awards are bestowed through a majority of votes by very experienced editors.