Sigma Corporation of America Takes Home Four Hot One Awards Wins

Sigma Corporation of America Takes Home Four Hot One Awards Wins
Professional Photographer magazine honors Sigma lenses

RONKONKOMA– August 13, 2014 – Sigma 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, announced that the company has been awarded four Hot One Awards from Professional Photographer magazine. This year’s panel of judges chose all lenses from the Global Vision line including the 60mm F2.8 DN in the telephoto lens category, the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art in the standard lens category, the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary in the multi-purpose lens category, and the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art in the OS standard zoom lens category. “We’ve added a number of new lenses to our Global Vision lineup this past year, and the 2014 winnings represent lenses from both the Contemporary and Art lines,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We’re especially proud of our record number of wins and to have a publication like Professional Photographer recognize our technology and lenses that are made to shoot all different types of photography including portrait, landscape, studio, macro, and street photography.” Each year, a number of products are selected to be on Professional Photographer’s Hot One Awards list, which represents the most appealing new photographic gear, as chosen by an independent panel. This year’s competition had more than 250 entries from nearly 100 companies competing in roughly 50 categories and the official list of 2014 winners was released in the magazine’s June edition. “The winners of the 2014 Hot One Awards are a unique group of products and services, representing some impressive innovation in everything from lens technology to software to inkjet papers,” said Jeff Kent, Hot One Awards editor for Professional Photographer. “The spirit of innovation is what makes this competition interesting year in, year out. This year’s winners are certainly carrying on that tradition and providing professional photographers with fantastic new tools for their businesses.” Here’s a closer look at Sigma’s award-winning products:

  • 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: The 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is a pro-level performer for full-frame DSLRs and is ideal for many types of videography and photography, including portraits, landscapes, studio work and still-life. It has been redesigned and re-engineered with SLD glass and has been optimized for rich peripheral brightness, with improved large aperture performance by positioning wide elements into the front groups. It incorporates Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) system to produce quiet, high-speed auto focus and Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting and to ensure the highest-quality images. It’s available for the street price of $949.
  • 60mm F2.8 DN Art: The 60mm F2.8 DN Art category lens has an angle of view equivalent to 120mm on the Micro Four Thirds system and 90mm on the E-mount system (35mm equivalent focal length). The minimum focusing distance is 19.7 inches; the maximum magnification is 1:7.2. This lens also contains Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, which helps minimize axial and transverse chromatic aberration. It’s available for the street price of $239.
  • 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM: The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens, designed specifically for APS-C DSLRs, sports impressive macro capabilities with a minimum focusing distance of 15.4 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3. Its minimum working distance is 14.7 inches, which makes the lens suitable for close-up shooting with natural light, keeping shadows of the camera and lens out of the image. It’s available for the street price of $399.
  • 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art: The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM covers the basic shooting range from wide to medium tele with an inner focusing system that eliminates front lens rotation, enhancing the lens stability and allowing the use of circular polarizing filters. It was designed to surpass the required quality inspection of every Global Vision lens with Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system to create a new optical standard to align with the high-spec cameras on today’s market. It’s available for the street price of $899.

For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit About Sigma Corporation Since 1961, Sigma has worked toward a single, simple goal: To imagine and develop photographic technologies that push the envelope, empower photographers and produce unparalleled imagery. We’ve honored this commitment by maintaining control of our design, research and development, and manufacturing processes in our own Aizu Factory. Our products are built with premium materials and are known worldwide for quality and performance. Our family-owned organization is the largest, independent SLR lens manufacturer in the world, producing more than 45 lenses that are compatible with most manufacturers, including Sigma, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic 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. Photography is all we do, and it’s all we’ve ever done.