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Photography magazine honors Sigma lenses, camera in four categories


RONKONKOMA, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sigma Corporation of America (, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider for some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has been awarded four Hot One Awards from Professional Photographer.

The winning lineup included Sigma’s 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro (Macro Lens category), 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM (Standard Zoom Lens category), 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM II (Wide Zoom Lens category) and the SD1 (Digital SLR $7,000+ category).

“We released a number of new, upgraded lenses in 2011 that helped to fill gaps in the industry. We’re honored that Professional Photographer has chosen to recognize four of our products this year,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We’re especially proud of our record number of wins this year. We’re constantly trying to improve our lineup to answer photographers’ calls for more variety, and this is a testament to our hard work.”

The Hot One Awards are compiled annually by Professional Photographer. The products chosen represent the most appealing new photographic gear, as chosen by an independent panel of working professional photographer judges. The official list of 2012 winners will be released in the magazine’s March edition.

“With a record number of total entries, the 2012 Hot One Awards were one of the most competitive ever,” said Jeff Kent, editor at large at Professional Photographer. “Any winning companies should be proud of their accomplishment, and companies that took home multiple awards certainly look to be operating at the top of their game.”

Here’s a closer look at Sigma’s award-winning products:

  • Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras, Sigma’s 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro offers advanced performance of close-up photography. Complete with the company’s own proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology and a long telephoto reach, this lens allows for high-performance, handheld, close-up photography.
  • Sigma’s upgraded 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM is the essential Sigma lens for sports and wildlife photographers. This fast, fixed-aperture telephoto zoom lens features the company’s new “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, as well as the OS system.
  • The 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM II contains one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element and four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements for superior image quality. It features Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, and a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) to ensure quiet and high-speed autofocus, while allowing full-time manual focus override.
  • Sigma’s flagship SD1 camera is a 46-megapixel DSLR that is delivered in an easy-to-handle build similar to that of a classic 35mm camera. Professional and high-end enthusiast photographers will utilize the SD1’s exclusive, three-layer Foveon 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor to capture exceptionally rich and detailed images. SD1 photographs have a three-dimensional feel and can be compared to imagery produced with an entry-level medium format camera.

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About Sigma Corporation

For more than 50 years, Sigma Corporation’s expertise and innovation has driven the company’s core philosophy of “knowledge, plus experience, plus imagination,” with an emphasis on producing high-quality, high-performance photographic technology at moderate prices. This family-owned organization is the largest, independent SLR lens manufacturer in the world, producing more than 40 lenses that are compatible with most manufacturers, including Sigma, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus 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. For more information, please visit

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