Sigma’s 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM honored as Best Entry Level DSLR Lens; 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lauded as Best Expert DSLR Lens

Ronkonkoma, NY, April 16, 2012 – 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, is pleased to announce that the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has honored Sigma’s 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM and APO MACRO 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lenses with its Best Entry Level DSLR Lens and Best Expert DSLR Lens awards, respectively.

Each year, TIPA’s European photography magazine and website editor members vote for the best photo and imaging products introduced in the past year in Europe. The judges consider innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, and the price/performance ratio while making their decisions.

“We believe the Technical Image Press Association honed in on the 18-200mm’s versatility and the 180mm’s uniqueness. Aside from their overall image quality, these are the definitely the characteristics that we admire most about these two very special lenses” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “It’s important that photographer’s have a strong multipurpose zoom like the 18-200mm in their bags because it’s compact enough for travel, and great for everything from landscape, wildlife, portrait and wide angle photography. The 180mm’s incredible 1:1 ratio, paired with stabilization and a fast maximum aperture, allows photographers to capture a subject’s intricate details.” 

The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM includes Sigma’s new “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which significantly improve lens performance and complement the lens’ additional Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements and aspherical lenses to provide excellent correction of color aberration. The lens also features Sigma’s proprietary anti-shake Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology, and Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) functionality to ensure quiet and high-speed autofocus. Designed for SLR cameras with APS-c sensors, the 18-200mm lens was honored for its 11.1x high zoom ratio and ability to shoot a broad range of photography, from wide angle to telephoto. The lens offers the 35mm equivalent of 27-300mm coverage. 

The 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens is celebrated for being the world’s first 180mm macro lens to offer a 1:1 magnification ratio and maximum aperture of F2.8. It also features Sigma’s own OS technology to offer the use of shutter speeds approximately four stops slower than would otherwise be possible for handheld, close-up photography.  TIPA praised the 180mm for its three special FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass elements and the Super Multi-Layer Coating, which reduces flare and ghosting, and creates sharp, contrasted images, even when wide open.

The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM lens is available in Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax mounts for $720 MSRP in stores nationwide. Through May 31, 2012, the 18-200mm is offered as part of Sigma’s Spring Instant Savings, which provides an instant savings of $100 when purchased through at authorized Sigma dealer. Pricing and availability for the 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens is expected to be announced soon.

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