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Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses

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Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses

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

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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.
UPC: 085126878559
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
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.7 x 3.8 x 2.2"
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
     
    4.3

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (17)
    • Compact (6)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26)

    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.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    No adjustments available around 5 feet

    I bought this for my 18-35 Art and my major concerns are 5 feet and infinity, which is the most useful distance of the lens. However, only 4 distances are avaliable:...Read complete review

    I bought this for my 18-35 Art and my major concerns are 5 feet and infinity, which is the most useful distance of the lens. However, only 4 distances are avaliable: 0.92ft, 1.2ft, 1.7ft and infinity. I spent two days to adjust the lens for working distances and waste thousands of shutter releases on my D7100. 18-35 Art is not a macro lens and 5 feet is much more important than somewhere closer than 2 feet.

    The good part is you can tune for different distances, but this means sigma lens are not well tuned initally. My copy has 35mm more off than 18mm and close distance more off than infinity. I also heard that this lens lens has focusing issue with different apertures, which are not allowed to be adjusted with the dock. Hence, I only tuned my lens at f/1.8 and I'm returning the dock. Probably I'm not going to buy sigma lens anymore.

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    4.0

    Cool

    By GWW

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

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      Cons

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          Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

          I bought this at the same time I purchased the Sigma 35mm Art lens, which is my first lens made by Sigma (all my other lenses are Nikkor).

          PROS: It's great to be able to fine tune lenses myself as opposed to sending it in. Built quality is excellent.

          CONS: Software is good but lacking in a bit of instructions.

          Turns out my Sigma 35mm was tack sharp out of the box which I confirmed with the USB Dock, thus it needed no adjustment. So I wonder whether I should have purchased this thing in the first place. Thinking that it will come in handy eventually as I plan to purchase more Sigma lenses, and eventually will change camera body as new models come out.

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          5.0

          Simply Works

          By JB Alaska

          from Anchorage, AK

          About Me Pro Photographer

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                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                Bought this to update 35mm f1.4 Art lens firmware for compatibility with D810. Also used it to adjust focus setting for use on D810 and D800E. Simple, easy and quick to use. If Nikon took this approach we wouldn't have to send the new 300mm f4 PF to a repair center for a simple lens firmware update.

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                5.0

                Excellent Results

                By Barry

                from Schwenksville, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Requires User Research

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                    I have a Nikon D5200 and Sigma 18-35 1.8. For some time I knew the focusing was off. No fault of the camera or lens...just a difference in tolerance during manufacturing. After researching the correct way to calibrate a lens and purchasing a Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Chart (also sold by B&H)I was ready to give it a go. The software is easy to use and worked as advertised. I corrected the focus issues and I'm extremely satisfied with the product. The process did take several hours (shooting, checking-adjusting, shooting again, rechecking, etc) but well worth the time.

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                    1.0

                    No adjustments available around 5 feet

                    By Robin He

                    from Hartford, CT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                          I bought this for my 18-35 Art and my major concerns are 5 feet and infinity, which is the most useful distance of the lens. However, only 4 distances are avaliable: 0.92ft, 1.2ft, 1.7ft and infinity. I spent two days to adjust the lens for working distances and waste thousands of shutter releases on my D7100. 18-35 Art is not a macro lens and 5 feet is much more important than somewhere closer than 2 feet.

                          The good part is you can tune for different distances, but this means sigma lens are not well tuned initally. My copy has 35mm more off than 18mm and close distance more off than infinity. I also heard that this lens lens has focusing issue with different apertures, which are not allowed to be adjusted with the dock. Hence, I only tuned my lens at f/1.8 and I'm returning the dock. Probably I'm not going to buy sigma lens anymore.

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                          5.0

                          Very nice

                          By J.R.

                          from New York

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                              Works as advertised. If you are an experienced photographer I think its a "must have". if you are a novice like me, it gives you something to aspire to - fine tuning your photography.

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                              5.0

                              Great tool

                              By OR2Baja

                              from Northern California

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                                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                    I bought the dock after I purchased my Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens. The ability to adjust the lens and keep it up to date is great. The price point is great as is the user interface. To me it was a no brainer as I look forward to future Sigma A, C and S lenses.

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                                    5.0

                                    Perfect add on.

                                    By Rjamian

                                    from Montreal,Qc

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                      This is a must for the the Sigma new lenses,
                                      it extends the versatility of the lens.

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                                      4.0

                                      Only support just few new lens only now.

                                      By Myung

                                      from Chicago, IL

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      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

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                                        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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                                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            4.0

                                            It Does What It Says It Does

                                            By Paul

                                            from Vancouver, BC

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                                            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

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                                                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

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                                                      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

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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

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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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                                                                  5.0

                                                                  Essential with New Sigma lenses

                                                                  By Geno

                                                                  from Potomac, MD

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                                                                  • Easy to Use

                                                                  Cons

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                                                                      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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                                                                      3.0

                                                                      Great for firmware

                                                                      By JTR

                                                                      from Tulsa, OK

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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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                                                                            4.0

                                                                            Easy product to use

                                                                            By patav

                                                                            from Montreal, Canada

                                                                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                                                                            Pros

                                                                            • Compact
                                                                            • Easy to Use
                                                                            • Lightweight

                                                                            Cons

                                                                            • Limited Use

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                                                                              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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