New Global Vision lens, dp Quattro Camera Series and Mount Conversion Service honored

RONKONKOMA– May 2, 2014Sigma 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 three Sigma Corporation products and services this year. The company’s Mount Conversion Service was named Best Photo Service, the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM has been lauded Best Entry Level DSLR Lens, and the new dp Quattro series was awarded with Best Design.

At the end of each year, the TIPA editors review and vote for the best photography, imaging products and services introduced to the market during the past year. According to TIPA, the editors consider the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use and the price/performance ratio when making their decisions.

“We are honored that such a unique array of products have been acknowledged for their contributions to the industry by the TIPA editors. Their unsolicited recognition highlights our dedication to developing products that expand our unique product lineup and help produce outstanding image quality for photographers of all types and levels,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America.

The Sigma Mount Conversion Service offers users the opportunity to convert their current Sport, Contemporary or Art DSLR lenses to their choice of a Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Nikon or Canon mount. Global Vision category lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) can be updated to either a micro four thirds (MFT) or Sony E- mount. The new, exclusively-designed Sigma dp Quattro compact camera series delivers 30 percent higher resolution than the Merrill series of cameras, and features faster write times, better high ISO performance, and improved AF speed and accuracy than the previous generation of DP cameras. The series features a redesigned and improved Foveon APS-c sensor that is highly advanced and produces exceptionally sharp images and works of art.

As one of Sigma’s new Global Vision lenses, the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens is designed specifically for APS-C DSLRs and is the successor to the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM, which was launched in 2011. The smaller and lighter lens (15.2 ounces and 2.8x3.4 inches versus 17.3 ounces and 3x3.5 inches) offers macro capabilities with a minimum focusing distance of 15.4 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, as opposed to the lens’ earlier minimum focusing distance of 17.7 inches and max magnification ratio of 1:3.8. The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Macro incorporates Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements that have a high refractive index and can correct chromatic aberration at the telephoto-end.

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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.