More Info on Sigma's SM Dock

More Info on Sigma's SM Dock

In an interesting development, four months ago, Sigma announced a dock that allows you to connect your Sigma lens to your computer and adjust custom settings, but we have today we have more information, expanding on what we already posted then. You can adjust setting like a new minimum focus distance, autofocus speed, optical stabilization parameters and more. It'll even let you update the lens firmware. This is pretty neat, I think, and the first such product of its kind to my knowledge.

As always, this post will be updated when the dock is available to order.

Via CanonRumors.com

More information below:

Compatible lens
Art | 35mm F1.4 DG HSM
Contemporary | 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM / 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO HSM
Sports | 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
* The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice

Special Software “SIGMA Optimization Pro” will offer the following customization.

Focus setting

Contemporary, Art and Sports
• Updating Lens Firmware
It is possible to update the lens firmware via the internet.
• Focus Setting
Multiple focus setting options are available: 4 categories for fixed focal length lenses, and 16 categories (4 options for focal length) x (4 options for shooting distance) for zoom lenses.

For Sports line
• AF Speed Adjustment
There are 3 AF speed modes.
• Focus Limiter Adjustment
Offering customization for the driving range of auto focus enables a photographer to exactly reflect the personal preference.
• OS Setting
There are 3 OS (Optical Stabilizer) adjustment modes.

You can download “SIGMA Optimization Pro for Windows” and “SIGMA Optimization Pro for Macintosh” from the link below.

http://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/cas/

Condition of Operation
Windows
This software operates in the condition that meets with the following criteria;
• Pentium 4 processor or higher
• Windows 7 or Windows 8 is pre-installed.
• 1GB of RAM or higher
• 1 GB of available hard drive space.
• 24-bit graphics card (approx. 16.7 million colors).
• 1024×768 or higher screen resolution.
• USB 1.1 as standard

Mac OS
This software operates in the condition that meets with the following criteria;
• Intel processor that either Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 is pre-installed
• 1GB of RAM or higher
• 1 GB of available hard drive space.
• 24-bit graphics card (approx. 16.7 million colors).
• 1024×768 or higher screen resolution.
• USB 1.1 as standard.

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3 Comments

It may be good for some scientific projects but for "normal" photographers I believe it is unnecessary gadget.  

not really an interesting development, this has been in the works for the new lenses since day 1.  Still tho, its nice to see its coming out at an appropriate time.

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

this may make me trust sigma another time