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Gear Rumors

Sigma Teases Next Lens, SmartAlbums 2 Coming to Windows, Olympus Pen-F Field Test {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on February 11th 2016

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Sigma Teases Telephoto Lens Launch


There has been a lot of speculation and dreaming in regards to what Sigma will announce next, and now Sigma is getting in on the action themselves, teasing us with a new fast/sharp lens.

The image seems to indicate a telephoto lens some kind, likely a F/2.8 or better. By the shape, and the inclusion of what appears to be a tripod collar, I am going to guess that this could possibly be a new ‘S’ designated 70-200mm.

Luckily we won’t have to play the guessing game much longer, with the teaser pointing to February 23rd as the announcement day for the lens.

What do you think it is?

Smart Albums For Windows Coming Soon!

Smart Albums 2 New Features for Album Design - 3

SmartAlbums is great album design software that we reviewed a while back, but sadly for anyone on a PC, it was a MAC-only utility. But those days are close to being over, as the company has announced that the Windows version will soon launch.

They are also giving you a chance to get a discount; if you sign up before the official launch, you can get a $50 discount code off the Windows version of the software. The software is normally $299 (Mac Version) so assuming the pricing is the same for the Windows version, that means your $50 discount gets you SmartAlbums 2 for just $249. A pretty killer deal.

If you are interested, you can grab your discount code for the Windows version over on the Smart Albums website, here. We have a copy of the Windows version and hope to have a review out when the Windows version launches.

Olympus PEN-F Field Test {CSTV}

I don’t know about you, but I have been pretty interested in the new Olympus PEN-F. It looks absolutely beautiful, no doubt, but how does it perform? And more specifically, how does it stack up to the other options out there?

Well, as you can see above, Chris Nicholls and the CSTV gang have released their new PEN-F field test and its everything we have come to expect from that crew. It’s thorough, interesting, and informative. If you have been considering the PEN-F, don’t miss this.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ralph Hightower

    I agree that the Olympus Pen-F is a great looking camera with classic looks and functional dials and what looks like a dysfunctional menu system. But as Chris and Jordan point out, it has negatives going against it. The question is: “Do you want great photography?” or “Do you want compliments on the look of your camera?”

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  2. Alex Petrenko

    Long tele means no stanilized 24-70 in foreseeable future.

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    • Kyle Stauffer

      True – I wasn’t thinking about their 24-70 in my earlier comment about the 70-200. That one is long in the tooth!

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  3. Justin Haugen

    135 f2 is highest on my list. I would like to not need a 70-200 2.8 vr for my long work. It’s the lens I miss the most since I switched from Canon to Nikon.

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  4. Stephen Jennings

    I hope a 135 or 200mm prime that’s so big and sexy it needs a tripod collar. Otherwise I can’t see it really wowing anyone .. we don’t need another 70-200 from Sigma.

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    • Kyle Stauffer

      Maybe… But i’m doubting it. Of all the current must-have high demand lenses, I believe their 70-200 falls the shortest. Based on all reviews I’ve seen on the Siggy 70-200, they fall very short in almost every way compared to the competition. I would never buy one due to the numerous samples I’ve seen wide open. I’m sure it’s fine stopped down but not something a wedding photographer that lives at 2.8 could settle for (IMO). I do agree that a 135 would be stellar. However, If Sigma produces an 85 1.4 and 70-200 2.8 of ART quality at hundreds of dollars less than CaNikon, I think it would be a far better money making decision compared to a Niche lens like the 200.

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    • Chuck Eggen

      I second a 135mm. If so I’ll be very interested.

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  5. Daniel Lee

    I would agree that it looks like a 70-200. After all their current 70-200 are nowhere near the quality of their more recent releases. I’m not surprised its not a 85mm since after picking up their current one, it certainly doesn’t need an update!

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  6. John Sheehan

    This is a camera I’m interested in. I can’t afford it right now nor do I need it, but it’s captured my eye.

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