Sigma Corporation Announces Availability and Pricing for Updated Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM

New, stabilized, multipurpose, high-zoom lens offers higher performing glass for landscape, portrait shooters

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., October 17, 2011Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes,has announced that its updated 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM is now available in Canon and Nikon mounts for the MSRP of $720.

Sigma’s 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM is the successor to the Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, which was launched in 2007. The lens has been updated to include and the company’s new “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which perform like fluorite glass and significantly improve lens performance. The FLD glass now complements the lens’ other, Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements and aspherical lenses, which already provide excellent correction of color aberration

Ideal for beginner and professional photographers alike, this 11.1x high-zoom ratio lens is designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras and incorporates Sigma’s Optical Stabilization (OS) system, which allows for high-performance, handheld, close-up photography.

“Professional photographers demand versatile, multi-purpose lenses for their camera bags,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma America. “With our newest 18-200mm, I believe we’ve met – and exceeded – the challenge of providing consumers with a lightweight, solid lens with a wide range that can be used in a variety of situations.”

The enhanced multipurpose zoom lens offers photographers the opportunity to capture wide-angle shots such as scenic, landscape and group photos, and, at the long end, is well-suited for candid portraits and sports action photography. With a compact body and length of just 3.5 inches, the lens is lightweight and easy to handle for photographers who are on the move.

The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM also incorporates Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) system to produce quiet, high-speed auto focus, it includes the Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, ensuring high quality images throughout the entire zoom range, and its rounded, seven-blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of images.

The new and improved 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM will be on display at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. Stop by Sigma’s booth, #652, to check it out! To locate an authorized Sigma dealer near you, visit http://www.sigmaphoto.com/where-to-buy-sigma.

About Sigma Corporation
For 50 years, Sigma Corporation’s expertise and innovation has driven the company’s core philosophy of “knowledge, plus experience, plus imagination,”with anemphasis on producing high-quality, high-performance photographic technology at moderate prices. This family-owned organization is the largest, independent SLR lens manufacturer in the world, producing more than 40 lenses that are compatible with most manufacturers, including Sigma, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax. Sigma Corporation also produces digital SLR cameras and high-definition digital compact cameras. The company is headquartered in Japan, with offices strategically located throughout Europe, Asia and North America. For information, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com.