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75/1.8 might be a Sigma?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by zettapixel, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. zettapixel

    zettapixel Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 12, 2010
    NY
    A curious article on dpreview

    Apparently Sigma has filed a patent for a 75/1.8 lens essentially of the same design as Oly's.
    Not sure how patent filing now corresponds to a lens that's been in production by Oly for half a year...
     
  2. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    That's interesting!! :smile:
     
  3. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    sigma's probably the OEM. I also seem to remember an article about sigma patenting a 25mm 1.4 that looked quite similar in design to the panasonic.
     
  4. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    So what, they are still great lenses.
     
  5. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    I like sigma anyway :2thumbs::th_salute:
     
  6. metalmania

    metalmania Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 19, 2012
    NYC
    Sigma is the bad ass since the ART series. It will be even better if the 75/1.8 is made by Sigma.
     
  7. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    I'd say that when Sigma created the 8-16mm UWA zoom they showed the world that they were THE optical powerhouse on this planet, not Canon, Nikon or Leica.
     
  8. klee

    klee Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 20, 2013
    Houston, TX
    Kevin
    are sigma branded lenses as fast focusing as the oly branded ones?

    any experience with the AF on the 19, 30 and 60 f/2.8?
     
  9. zettapixel

    zettapixel Mu-43 Veteran

    470
    Aug 12, 2010
    NY
    I didn't mean it as a negative remark :friends:. I know Sigma lenses are excellent - their primes especially.
     
  10. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    You mean it's not really a Leica lens? :eek: I guess it's a PanaLeigma
     
  11. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    .... and the Tooth Fairy is really Santa Claus .....
     
  12. rnagoda

    rnagoda Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Robert
    Sigma is killing it lately .... I think their 50mm f/1.4 was the point at which they turned the corner. I love this lens, myself, and recently had a chance to compare it to a Canon 50mm f/1.2 L lens (a $1400 lens) ... the L lens is a better lens, but only subtly so, and keep in mind the Sigma is $400.

    There's a rumor that they'll be making a full-frame 24-70 f/2 soon ... I'll be all over that.

    Now - let's get them to bring more of their lenses to m4/3, eh?
     
  13. jo45800

    jo45800 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 23, 2013
    Montreal
    I have the oly 17mm f1.8, oly 40-150 and the sigma 60mm f2.8, the focusing on the sigma is good but not as fast as the oly.
     
  14. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    Sigma is really rockin' lately and I'm glad a third party manufacturer is going places like they do.

    Consider: 35mm f/1.4, 18-35 f/1.8, 120-300 f/2.8, announcement of the first 24-70 f/2 in history for 2014.

    I don't care if they designed the 75mm instead of Oly; in fact it's refreshing news, since it means they are working within the :43: system albeit in a "parallel" way.

    I'm also willing to bet they have their hand in the design of the new 12-40 f/2.8 and, if so, this lens will kill. It also adds credibility to the 40-150 f/2.8 rumors, if someone could make such a lens with great optics and performance, it would be Sigma.
     
  15. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    I've never thought of Sigma as being comparable with the big boys and have never owned nor even tried one. Perhaps that viewpoint is erroneous. If indeed it was Sigma who designed the 75/1.8, that speaks highly of their design abilities.

    The next question is build quality. Does Olympus build the 75/1.8?

    Or does Sigma build it for Olympus, and brand it as an Olympus, for Olympus? Hmmmm.

    If Sigma can design and build alongside the big boys, that is perfectly fine with me... more great products are good for us all.
     
  16. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    It's irrelevant for usage purposes, but it certainly is interesting. It says much about the value of brand loyalty. :rolleyes:
     
  17. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Sigma is **arguably** the "best" between Sigma, Tamron, & Tokina.

    YMMV though :biggrin:
     
  18. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    Sigma is probably the most full line third party lens manufacturer. As a result they have some cheap crappy lenses and some not so cheap very nice lenses. In my experience, in the lenses where they directly compete with a Canon lens, some do very well and others lag a bit. I owned a Sigma 70-200 2.8 and it was a very nice lens. In fact it was the favorite lens I had for my Canon. But, I think the Canon 70-200 2.8 was a better lens, but about twice the price. So, for me the Sigma was perfectly fine.

    My Tamron 28-75 was silly sharp, but didn't focus as fast as my Canon or Sigma lenses. The build quality also lagged, but then the price was much lower than a Canon 24-70 2.8.

    I had a Tokina 19-35 for a while and liked it a lot until it quite working. I got it so cheap it wasn't worth trying to get repaired. Ironically, the build quality on it seemed great, until it just quit working altogether.
     
  19. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I have a feeling that Sigma manufactured the lens for Oly, otherwise it would be made in China like other lens (12mm, 17mm, 45mm).
     
  20. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    Made at the Olympus Tatsuno plant, Japan.