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Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses

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Product Highlights
  • Update Lens Firmware and Adjust Settings
  • For Use with Sigma Global Vision Lenses
  • Compatible with Nikon F Mount Lenses

The Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses allows you to connect your Sigma Global Vision lenses to your computer in order to update firmware and adjust focus setting parameters using the Sigma Optimization Pro software.

This dock is only compatible with the Sigma Art, Contemporary, and Sports line lenses featuring a Nikon F lens mount.

Sigma Optimization Pro
Once a Sigma Art, Contemporary, or Sports line lens is connected, you can use the Sigma Optimization Pro software to configure focus settings and update lens firmware.
Focus Settings
For all lines of lenses, there are four categories for prime lenses and 16 categories (four options for focal length, four options for shooting distance) for zoom lenses available. These categories allow you to set certain focusing settings to better suit your personal shooting style.
Sports Line-Specific Settings
If using a Sports line lens, additional lens configurations are available: three different AF speed modes to modify how quickly the lens changes focus; the ability to constrain focus distances within a specific range to suit your personal shooting habits; and three Optical Stabilizer modes to suit the manner in which you are shooting.
Compatibility Sigma Global Vision lens with Nikon F lens mount
Windows System Requirements Core2Duo or faster processor
Windows 7 or 8
1 GB of available hard drive space or more
24-bit graphics card (approx. 16.7 million colors)
1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution
USB 1.1 as standard
Mac System Requirements Intel processor with either Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8
1 GB of RAM or more
1 GB of available hard drive space or more
24-bit graphics card (approx. 16.7 million colors)
1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution
USB 1.1 as standard
Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects
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    SigmaUSB Dock for Nikon Lenses
     
    4.4

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (15)
    • Compact (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (4)
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (20)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        adjust focus points

        The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Nikon mount lens that I was using on a D7000 was back focusing @ f1.8 & close focus distances where the depth of field is very narrow. The Sigma...Read complete review

        The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Nikon mount lens that I was using on a D7000 was back focusing @ f1.8 & close focus distances where the depth of field is very narrow. The Sigma dock allowed me to make adjustments that put focus right where it should be. This dock was used in conjunction with a Lens Align. the only negative is that you need to make a guess as to how much adjustment is required when you determine that the combination is front or back focusing. After the adjustment, which is easy, you again have to test the lens to see if you guessed correctly. If not you make another adjustment & test again.

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Doesn't work with MAC, and...

        Doesn't work with the Mac (even though there is a Mac version of the app), only PC. (Fortunately I have both.) This makes it even more user-UNfriendly. You must do SIXTEEN...Read complete review

        Doesn't work with the Mac (even though there is a Mac version of the app), only PC. (Fortunately I have both.) This makes it even more user-UNfriendly. You must do SIXTEEN trial-and-error adjustments, constantly going back and forth from test shots on the camera to the computer, but it's the only show in town.

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        4.0

        Only support just few new lens only now.

        By Myung

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Poor support

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

          It is really good idea for sigma user but only support just few new lens only so far..

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          5.0

          A must own for Nikon lenses

          By Cal

          from NC

          Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

          while this device feels cheap and goes on very clunkily.... The ability to download and upgrade the latest software for my Sigma lenses had made them super tack sharp. Incredible.

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          5.0

          Also fits Sigma USB dock

          By Fernando

          from San Esteban, Chile

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

              Got this cable as a free replace for a missing cable in a Sigma USB dock (Nikon mount). Works perfectly.

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              4.0

              It Does What It Says It Does

              By Paul

              from Vancouver, BC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                I'm glad I bought the dock despite how many cons I managed to list off. I give this dock a 5-star for offering what other manufacturers haven't, but I feel like it's a 3.5 star kind of purchase. Worth purchasing if you've got a compatible lens.

                Pros:
                - It works as advertised
                - The software is fairly straight-forward

                Cons:
                - The plug-in is proprietary (don't lose the wire)
                - Calibration requires a lot of mounting and remounting, lots of back and forth (to be expected though).
                - Not compatible with some lenses that are currently still being sold by Sigma. I'd feel like the purchase was twice as nice if I could calibrate my other Sigma lens which I picked up earlier this year that isn't on their compatibility list.
                - Feels extremely cheap. Has no weight to it, feels flimsy. Little pricey for what it is.
                - Try mounting it on your lens, feels like you're going to break something putting it on & taking it off.
                - Feels odd having to pay extra to get proper functionality out of a lens (though, this sort of dock should be sold with all lenses from all manufacturers, since focus calibration is all too often necessary).
                - You'll have to acquire/create your own calibration chart.

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                5.0

                Works so far!

                By Kevin

                from Honolulu, HI

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Works as advertised

                Cons

                • Shouldn't Be Required

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                  Personally, I have mixed feelings about this product. First off, let me say that it worked for me and my 35mm 1.4 Art lens. I was really frustrated because the lens focused accurately at close distances, but it was severely front-focusing for more distant objects. When I learned that this USB dock can fine-tune for different distance ranges, I thought I'd give it a shot. But honestly, my first reaction was "Why would they not just make lenses focus accurately -- or at least consistently -- throughout the entire distance range? And why would I want to buy this thing to just use it once? And if I have to continue to fine-tune focus over time, then it would for sure be a headache!" I thought this product was just a way for Sigma to be lazy in the QA department. If it wasn't for the sharpness of the lens, I would have just returned the lens and paid more for the Nikon. But I gave it a shot, and all seems good so far. I give it 5 stars because it worked, but I also still think the lenses should just be good out of the box and not require fine-tuning at all. Maybe it's good for the other features like firmware updates and focus-limiting, etc., but for AF tuning I hope they just make the lenses good from the start. If you know what you're doing, this product can be helpful. In any case, it can be a tedious process to fine-tune for AF since you have to take test shots between changes, and you have to test for several distance ranges.

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                  5.0

                  Innovative!

                  By AtomicPunk

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                  • Tight Fit Lens Mount

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                    All lens manufactures should do this. This is great forward thinking on Sigmas part and its one of the reasons they are enjoying a lot of success right now. I like peace of mind this device gives you, especially after investing some good $$ on Sigma glass. This eliminates the camera manufactures from developing firmware to make these lenses incompatible. It also gives users great control and fine tuning.

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                    4.0

                    Useful but not necessary

                    By Pat

                    from Granger, IN

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fine Tuning Lenses

                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                        I used it on a 120-300/2.8. Since I shoot weddings, I care more about focus accuracy than I do speed. The dock allows you to choose between three different modes (accuracy, speed, and middle.

                        I'm also able to fine tune the focusing though I haven't taken the time to sit down and do that yet.

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                        4.0

                        Interesting addition

                        By threepairsphoto

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

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                              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                              I have only used the USB Dock to check the len's firmware and to change the auot-focus speed parameters on the new Sigma 120-300 Sport prior to shooting a football game. I set custom setting 2 as accuracy-priority and custom setting 1 set to "speed priority". The dock worked as advertised. Their is a noticeable difference in focus speed between the two settings. I only gave it a 4 rating as I have not tested the other functions.

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                              4.0

                              Must have

                              By FtLauderdale37

                              from Florida

                              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                              Even if you use it once to set up your lens its a must have . Takes a little time to correct and fine tune your lens but why would you spend the money on a a great lens without getting the most out of it? I spent the money to get the best crop sensor zoom available so it would only the correct thing to do is to spend the money on this dock now my lens is perfect at all the settings.

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                              2.0

                              Doesn't work with MAC, and...

                              By Lara Croft

                              from NY

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

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                                Cons

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                                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                    Doesn't work with the Mac (even though there is a Mac version of the app), only PC. (Fortunately I have both.) This makes it even more user-UNfriendly. You must do SIXTEEN trial-and-error adjustments, constantly going back and forth from test shots on the camera to the computer, but it's the only show in town.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Essential with New Sigma lenses

                                    By Geno

                                    from Potomac, MD

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                        Does what it's supposed to do, making sure you'r lens have latest firmware and fine-tuning for your camera.

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                                        (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        Great for firmware

                                        By JTR

                                        from Tulsa, OK

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                                          Cons

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                                              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                              product should be included with Sigma Lens
                                              no problem with use pretty straight forward

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                                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              4.0

                                              Easy product to use

                                              By patav

                                              from Montreal, Canada

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact
                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Limited Use

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                                Ease to use product. Not much to it but it does the job

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                                                5.0

                                                adjust focus points

                                                By eagle eye

                                                from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Compact
                                                • Easy to Use

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                                    The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Nikon mount lens that I was using on a D7000 was back focusing @ f1.8 & close focus distances where the depth of field is very narrow. The Sigma dock allowed me to make adjustments that put focus right where it should be. This dock was used in conjunction with a Lens Align. the only negative is that you need to make a guess as to how much adjustment is required when you determine that the combination is front or back focusing. After the adjustment, which is easy, you again have to test the lens to see if you guessed correctly. If not you make another adjustment & test again.

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                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    A must for Sigma new lenses

                                                    By Photo Natura

                                                    from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

                                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy to Use

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                                        Great idea for avoid future. Keep your lenses up to day and correct focusing issues. I think that every 3erd party lenses manufacturer should take note of this.

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                                                        5.0

                                                        A must have for new Sigma lens

                                                        By Rowly

                                                        from S. California

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                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy to Use
                                                        • Excellent Interface
                                                        • Free Software
                                                        • Simple Soft Ware

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Customize Lens To Use
                                                          • Sports/Action
                                                          • Wildlife Photos

                                                          Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                                          This is the answer to many of the problems associated with the latest lenses and camera bodies.

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Good functionality - somewhat overpriced

                                                          By RWA

                                                          from El Paso, TX

                                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • B And H Price Acceptable
                                                          • Compact
                                                          • Easy to Use
                                                          • Lightweight

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Msrp Too High

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                                            It is very useful, but technically a rather simple USB-to-lens CPU interface and works as advertised:- It looks for lens firmware updates and installs them, if applicable.Based on the lens it allows for:- Focus customization at 4 distance ranges.- Auto Focus speed setting customization. - Focus Limiter setting customization.- Optical Stabilizer customization.The control software (Mac or Windows) and the related software user guide are NOT included and need to be downloaded from sigma-global. This is not necessarily a bad idea since it guarantees the latest versions.

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                                                            4.0

                                                            Nice device for an Early Adopter

                                                            By Greg

                                                            from Cincinnati

                                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Easy to Use

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                                                I have a Sigma 17-70 and the 18-35 on order, so I bought this, on the theory that it can take care of firmware updates remotely. I have had no occasion thus far to adjust the focus, but it's nice to know that is another capability.

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                                                                4.0

                                                                Provides better AF tuning than Nikon.

                                                                By Kai

                                                                from Melbourne, Australia

                                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                                Verified Buyer

                                                                Pros

                                                                • Cheap
                                                                • Easy to Use

                                                                Cons

                                                                • Non Prod Quality Sw

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                  Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                                                  The USB dock allows me to calibrate the AF setting for 4 focal distances. This is much better than what Nikon offers within the camera. However, the software that came with the dock reinitialise / checks updates to the Internet every time the lens mounts on it and it makes the calibration a very tedious / time consuming process, hence 1 star removed.

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                                                                  5.0

                                                                  Works like a charm.....

                                                                  By InsaneO

                                                                  from Los Angeles

                                                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                                  Pros

                                                                  • Compact
                                                                  • Durable
                                                                  • Easy to Use

                                                                  Cons

                                                                  • None

                                                                  Best Uses

                                                                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                                                    From now on you don't have to send (cost of the shipping and time wasted waiting plus there is no garantee that adjustment will be done right) your lenses and possibly camera with it to Sigma.
                                                                    It takes less time to learn how to use this product than to ship lens back to Sigma. And you know the job is going to be done right because you are doing it.
                                                                    Easy to use, plug and play. Download and Install software first just in case.
                                                                    Software has 4 (four) sections in the focus range to adjust. It took me awhile to figure out that close to infinity is not the same as infinity. So start with the MFD first and go from there. Make sure that you are at infinity before making any adjustments. With my particular lens 35mm F1.4 it is not easy because even at F1.4 DOF is huge at infinity.
                                                                    I don't have other lenses yet so I don't know how it would work on zoom lenses but I think it should be just as good even though making 16 adjustments would be more complicated.
                                                                    My only wish that Sigma makes conversion to other recent lenses so they all could be adjusted and not just Arts, Sports etc.....

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