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    Sigma docking station

    Thinking about getting one. Are they worth it? How about some real life testimony. I've read on another forum they can make ART lenses out of any Sigma lens, really?


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    Re: Sigma docking station

    Quote Originally Posted by arshuter View Post
    Thinking about getting one. Are they worth it? How about some real life testimony. I've read on another forum they can make ART lenses out of any Sigma lens, really?
    Second things first - no, they cannot make an Art series lens out of any Sigma lens. What they will do is a system conversion on any Art or Sport lens so if you go from Nikon to Canon they'll change the mounts for free, you just pay shipping to them.

    The dock only works with more recent lenses (Contemporary, Art, and Sport series), but if you have one of those the dock is well worth it as it will allow you to update firmware (something you'll always have to do if you get a newly released body) and you have more flexible focus tuning (4 different distances x 4 zoom levels on zooms).
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    Re: Sigma docking station

    i have the dock for my 150-600C, it great for updates on firmware but ive not gone into the custom focus setting or anything yet with it, i may have to now i have a D500. it cant make lens into art lenses as that is a glass change

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    Re: Sigma docking station

    Only get one if you have a lens that is compatible with the dock. Check here for lenses that are compatible.
    It is great for updates and also lens calibration. Lens calibration can be a bit overwhelming at first, but not bad once you get the hang of it. After using the dock for both Sigma and Tamron, I am surprised Nikon hasn't come out with a dock yet. Nikon offers exactly 1 focus calibration per lens with in body lens calibration which may be ok for primes (not really though) but not good enough for zooms. With the dock, you have 4 distances to calibrate- close, far and 2 in between. On zooms, you have the 4 distances and also 4 zoom lengths for a combined 16 calibration points, compared to Nikon's 1 calibration point. Needless to say, even with a prime lens, its going to take some time to calibrate using the dock but IMO worth it. Another cool feature is you can customize the buttons on the side of the lens (sometimes) by adjusting how the OS behaves and also speed up or slow down focus speed. I could do this for the 150-600 but not the 18-35.
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    Re: Sigma docking station

    Thank you folks for the help and clarification. I did buy a 100-400 contemporary lens that I really like and have been thinking of getting some more Sigma lenses, hence the questions. I guess it must be true "you can't always believe what you read on the internet".

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    Re: Sigma docking station

    One thing I should point out about Sigma's focus calibration, you are calibrating the lens using a single body. So it will be spot on with the body you calibrate it for, but that may cause it to be slightly off for any other body you put it on. How off depends on the lens and the differences between the bodies. Suffice it to say if you're going to take the time required to calibrate a 150-600mm make sure you do it on the body you're going to have it on most of the time. If that's a D7200 and you upgrade to a D500 then you'll need to recalibrate.
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    Re: Sigma docking station

    i found this on how to calibrate for the dock
    https://ehabphotography.com/how-to-u...ur-sigma-lens/

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    Re: Sigma docking station

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorArts View Post
    One thing I should point out about Sigma's focus calibration, you are calibrating the lens using a single body. So it will be spot on with the body you calibrate it for, but that may cause it to be slightly off for any other body you put it on. How off depends on the lens and the differences between the bodies. Suffice it to say if you're going to take the time required to calibrate a 150-600mm make sure you do it on the body you're going to have it on most of the time. If that's a D7200 and you upgrade to a D500 then you'll need to recalibrate.
    Just curious, is there a way to back up the setting so you could in essence calibrate for two cameras just switch profiles?

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    Re: Sigma docking station

    I have one but unless you are customizing your lenses often or have mutiple ones that work with it, it is a tough call. They only offer 1 maybe 2 updates so it is not like they are constantly improving their lenses. I did the 2 updates on the 150-600mm C lenses and that was it. Haven't did any updates since March 2019. So for update usage, kind of a waste.

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    Re: Sigma docking station

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    Just curious, is there a way to back up the setting so you could in essence calibrate for two cameras just switch profiles?
    Unfortunately, no. The calibration settings are written to the lens firmware directly via the dock and there is no option to save the configuration anywhere but to the lens itself. The best thing I can think of would be to keep a written record of the specific settings you want for each camera but you'd still need to connect the dock to the lens to switch the settings from camera X to camera Y, or vice versa.

    That being said, I think the dock is pretty much an essential item. Some of my dock compatible lenses needed significant adjustment, some very little (I'm including Tamron lenses when I say this) but even small adjustments seem to add up. My Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art was really, really good out of the box but after careful calibration it legitimately made me say, "Wow...". When you consider a dock not only allows you to calibrate the auto-focus far more precisely, but can also adjust optical stabilization behavior AND apply firmware updates, I can't really see a reason for not having one. If you only have one compatible lens I can see how the cost might give you pause, though. I have been known to lend mine on occasion so for a trusted poster here in a tight spot that's another possibility.
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