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Sigma announces 100-400mm F5-6.3 for E-mount and L-mount, teleconverters and more: Digital Photography Review

Sigma has announced the launch of its first ultra telephoto lens specifically for full-frame mirrorless cameras, as well as a pair of teleconverters, a new USB dock and a new mount options for three of its prime Contemporary lenses.

100–400mm F5–6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary

While this new lens might look similar to its previous 100-400mm lens, the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary has been designed ‘from the ground up for mirrorless camera systems.’ Specifically, the lens will be available in Sony E-mount and L-mount.

It’s designed to cover fulll-frame image sensors and is constructed of 22 elements in 16 groups including one low dispersion element (FLD) and four special low dispersion (SLD) elements. It uses a stepping motor for autofocus, has a nine-blade aperture diaphragm, a minimum aperture range of F22–29 and a 67mm front filter thread. At 100mm it has a minimum focusing distance of 112cm (44”) and at 400mm it has a minimum focusing distance of 160cm (63”). The lens measures in at 86mm (3.4”) diameter, 197mm (7.8”) long and weighs 1,135g (40oz).

The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary is currently available to pre-order for Sony E-mount (Adorama, B&H) and L-mount (Adorama, B&H) for $950. The first units should start shipping on July 10.

Sigma Teleconverter TC-1411 and TC-2011

In addition to its mirrorless ultra-zoom, Sigma has also announced two new L-mount teleconverters: the TC-1411 (1.4x) and the TC-2011 (2x). Sigma says these two teleconverters are ‘Designed to complement Sigma’s renowned optical formulas’ and feature a dust- and splash-proof design ‘comparable to that of the Sigma Sports line lenses.’

The TC-1411 (1.4x) and TC-2011 (2x) are currently available to pre-order for $400 (Adorama, B&H) and $430 (Adorama, B&H), respectively, and should ship on July 10 alongside the 100-400mm F5-6.3 lens.

Sigma USB Dock UD-11

New lenses and teleconverters also mean new docks for updating firmware and adjusting settings. Sigma’s new USB Dock UD-11 models use a USB Type-C connection and are available for Sigma L-mount and Canon EF-M mount mirrorless lenses. As with Sigma’s other docks, the UD-11 models makes it possible to update firmware and customize settings on Sigma lenses with these mounts.

These EF-M and L-Mount docks are also available to pre-order starting today for $59 (Adorama, B&H) with an expected shipping date of July 10.

16mm, 30mm, and 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lenses

Sigma has also announced it’s made its three F1.4 mirrorless lenses available for L-mount camera systems. The 16mm, 30mm, and 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lenses are identical to their Sony E-mount, Canon EF-M mount and Micro Four Thirds predecessors, and are currently available to pre-order for $450 (Adorama, B&H), $340 (Adorama, B&H) and $480 (Adorama, B&H), respectively, with a July 10 shipping date.

It’s worth mentioning that the only current APS-C cameras that utilize the L-mount, and therefore would be most appropriate for this trio of lenses include Leica’s TL2 and CL mirrorless cameras released in 2017. But for full-frame L-mount users who primarily shoot video, these lenses do make for compact, affordable Super 35 lens options.

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 100–400 mm
Image stabilization Yes
CIPA Image stabilization rating 4 stop(s)
Lens mount Leica SL, Sony FE
Aperture
Maximum aperture F5–6.3
Minimum aperture F22–29
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements 22
Groups 16
Special elements / coatings FLD and SLD elements
Focus
Minimum focus 1.10 m (43.31)
Maximum magnification 0.71×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter Yes
Physical
Weight 1135 g (2.50 lb)
Diameter 86 mm (3.39)
Length 197 mm (7.76)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 67 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes


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