Sigma Kicks Off 2018 with Two Imaging Resource 2017 Lens of the Year Awards


Celebrated 135mm F1.8 Art and 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary lenses earn “Best Portrait Prime” and “Best Value Zoom” honors, respectively

Last Updated: January 9, 2018 6:31 pm GMT
(Ronkonkoma, NY--January 9, 2018) Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, secured two “2017 Lens of the Year” awards from the prestigious photo news and review site, Imaging Resource, capping off an extremely successful 2017. The 2017 Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art received Imaging Resource’s “Best Portrait Prime” and the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary won the top honor in the media outlet’s “Best Value Zoom” category, bringing Sigma’s total count for industry awards and Editor Picks to an unprecedented total of 28 for 2017.

“The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art lens is capable of images that are both stunning and sublime,” states Imaging Resource. “It is, in fact, difficult to describe just how insanely useful and capable this lens is for not only general portraiture but also for making the common look strikingly uncommon…From the overall build quality to the results from our test lab and the quality and versatility of the output in the field, we simply couldn't find anything but great things to say about the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art lens.”

“Priced at around US $800, [the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary is] an affordable yet powerful zoom that brings distant subjects much closer than can the shelves of 70-300mm lenses you'll find at your local camera store. At the same time, it's much smaller, lighter and much more affordable than the even further-reaching 150-600mm zooms you'll see targeted at nature photographers… Despite its affordable pricetag, the Sigma 100-400mm offers good build quality and is pretty well-specified, to boot.”

About the 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art Lens
Sigma’s premiere mid-range telephoto prime lens, the 135mm F1.8 Art lens touts outstanding sharpness and great IQ from edge to edge. Ideal for events such as concerts, weddings, indoor sports, conferences and press events, the 1.8 F-stop delivers greater “shallow depth of field” and isolation of subjects. The outstanding compression effect makes it equally as powerful for up-close and full-length portraits. Its new large Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) delivers ample torque to the focusing group for outstanding speed, ensuring exceptionally stable performance even at lower speeds and allowing for fast autofocus photography.

About the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens
Lightweight and compact with uncompromising image quality, the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary lens excels at capturing just about any subject matter and scenario. Photographers get sharp optical quality throughout the entire focal range with beautiful smooth blurring on out-of-focus backgrounds. The optical stabilizer detects horizontal, vertical and diagonal camera shake, bringing incredible clarity to fast-moving sports and wildlife photography. Nature photographers can rely on the sturdy, dust and splash-proof construction, while excellent close-focusing makes it perfect for isolating subjects such as flowers, insects, and other small wildlife at comfortable distances.

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About Sigma Corporation
Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, Sigma has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning cine and camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan. In 2012, the company introduced the Sigma Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sport. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and Sigma, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. Sigma continues its tradition of imaging excellence with the mirrorless sd Quattro, sd Quattro H and the compact dp Quattro camera line. Leveraging the ultra-high resolution Foveon sensor, the Sigma Quattro cameras are designed to produce the highest quality image with every shot. For information about Sigma, please visit


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