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SigmaUSB Dock for Canon Lenses
 
4.5

(based on 54 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (40)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Compact (12)
  • Reliable (12)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape photography (6)
  • Travel (6)
  • Everyday (5)
  • Home (5)
  • Portraits (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (16), Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-professional (8), Semi-pro photographer (6), Professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A invaluable tool!

The Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Zoom I recently purchased for my Canon SL1 focused in front of the viewfinder's indicated focus points. I had the choice of sending the lens and camera body...Read complete review

The Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Zoom I recently purchased for my Canon SL1 focused in front of the viewfinder's indicated focus points. I had the choice of sending the lens and camera body to Sigma for adjustment, or doing it myself with the USB Dock. The Sigma USB Dock worked as advertised to adjust the focus points to the focus points indicated in the camera's viewfinder. This Dock only works on a few select Sigma lenses. See the Sigma website to see which lenses are supported. I would recommend buying only the supported Sigma Lenses as the others will not allow user adjustability with the Dock. Just download the free operating software from Sigma. The software is very easy to use. It provides four focus distance ranges at four different focal lengths. This equates to 16 adjustment points. The adjustments on my lens varied from each other at the various points so the number of adjustment points are very necessary. The results of the adjustments can only be verified by taking test pictures and most probably further adjusting to fine tune the focus. It is a time consuming process, but offers the very real potential of better focusing than that provided by sending the lens to Sigma for adjustment. After all, how much time will they spend on your lens, and will you have to send it back again if it needs further adjustment? The Sigma USB Dock is Highly recommended!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Meh

Instructions were pretty horrible and I had to Google the software download. Software is a little clunky by today's standards, but it works. You get much more calibration precision vs af adjustments in...Read complete review

Instructions were pretty horrible and I had to Google the software download. Software is a little clunky by today's standards, but it works. You get much more calibration precision vs af adjustments in camera. You also can adjust the manual focus ring's sensitivity. It's not necessarily needed, but useful despite the software clunkyness. For the price, you should purchase it for any Art lenses just in case.

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5.0

Labor intensive but so worth the effort

By Leroy Skalstad

from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

      Good focus calibration is crucial to any lens but Sigma goes further by offering four separate focus zones in their calibration software. Camera bodies that offer built in microadjustment can only offer one setting for a lenses entire range of focus. It is labor intensive I must admit but It is so worth the effort when one see's the results. I am using the 24mm Art on a Canon 5DSR body.

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      5.0

      keeping everything current

      By faux toe guy

      from joplin,mo

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home

        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

        It updated my lens first thing.I am just learning all the other things that are available using this.

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        4.0

        Fine tune your Sigma

        By Jim V

        from Augusta, GA

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        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

          This connects to your lens and you can adjust focus speeds, and reset focus parameters. There are no real instructions or suggestions for use.

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          4.0

          Handy Addition to good lens

          By ADW

          from Farmington NM

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          • Easy To Use

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              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

              Can be used to update Firmware, if it ever needs to be updated. Only have the sigma 150-600 C to use this dock with. Set the custom functions to give 1) more accurate focus with a more noticeable OS response and to give 2) a faster auto-focus with OS response for a moving camera Panning etc. Very happy with the way that it works the difference is very noticeable. As bought I felt the lens OS was not as good as other lens I had, After adjustment, strengthening the OS for still subjects I am much happier with it. The dock is a worthy addition to the lens and would be even better if you had multiple Len's to fit it.

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              3.0

              Meh

              By KennethWilliamsInc

              from Atlanta

              About Me Semi-Professional

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                Instructions were pretty horrible and I had to Google the software download. Software is a little clunky by today's standards, but it works. You get much more calibration precision vs af adjustments in camera. You also can adjust the manual focus ring's sensitivity. It's not necessarily needed, but useful despite the software clunkyness. For the price, you should purchase it for any Art lenses just in case.

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                4.0

                good product works as advertised

                By irish gene

                from scranton PA

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Not Work With All Lenses

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                works as advertised only drawback is it dosen't work with all there lenses

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                5.0

                Will use it after trying out the lens more

                By Jeff

                from Cincinnati

                About Me Semi-Professional

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                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                  Glad it was included with my purchase of my Sigma 150-600. Will play with the lens more before I try to tweak it.

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                  5.0

                  Handy Little Accessory

                  By golforemw

                  from Harrisburg, PA

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports Photography

                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                    Nice little addition to my Sigma lens. Facilitates customization of the lens.

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                    5.0

                    great help

                    By judy b

                    from michigan city indiana

                    About Me Casual user

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

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                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                        does help adjustments

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Potentially a Great Tool

                        By Mike

                        from Southern Illinois

                        About Me Semi-Professional

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Maintaining Your Sigma Le

                          Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                          I received this USB Dock bundled with my purchase of a Sigma 150-600 lens. I have connected my lens/dock to my computer and have experimented with it. I haven't had to actually make any adjustments to my lens via the dock because my lens appears to be calibrated correctly.

                          However, as I get more experience with my new lens, I may revisit using the dock to make minor adjustments.

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                          5.0

                          Very useful

                          By CloudXu

                          from Seattle, WA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

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                              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                              I tried multiple copy of Art 35mm on my 7D. All of the have issues on focusing. Then I purchased the dock and carefully fine tune the focus of the lens. Now I can achieve certain degree of success focus thanks to the dock.

                              I would recommend buy this dock and try to tune your lens before turning it for focusing issue.

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                              4.0

                              Canon/Nikon/Sony, pay attention!

                              By dbltapp

                              from san diego, ca

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                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                  Enables setting autofocus speed, OS operation, and focus tuning. Also allows for two presets (I set one for sports, one for sedentary wildlife). Every top-end lens will have this capability in the future.

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                                  5.0

                                  Pretty Nifty!!!

                                  By Johnbo

                                  from Missoula, MT

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Any Time You Need To Tune

                                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                    This systems is pretty cool. Software downloads and installs easy, and the hardware is simple to use. I didn't get into the software too far just mostly checked that my firmware for the lens and dock were up to date.....but the look i had at it seemed to be easy to use and understand....a must have if you have a Sigma lens that uses it!!!!

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                                    5.0

                                    A great feature.

                                    By The Old Perfesser

                                    from Lansdale, PA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape Photography
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Studio
                                      • Traveling

                                      Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                      This item may represent one of the best reasons for owning a Sigma lens. It allows you to customize features on those lenses which allow it. In addition, it is like owning insurance policy on a Sigma lens. That's because you can update firmware without returning the lens to Sigma, and perhaps most importantly, it allows you to calibrate the lens---a service rendered for a considerable expense by most manufacturers.

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                                      • Yes

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                                      4.0

                                      Easy enough to set up

                                      By Wylie

                                      from Plano, TX

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Traveling

                                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                        This is a very useful addition to the Sigma Sport 150-600 lens. Firmware updates, and the ability to set custom settings is great. Had to go on You Tube to actually see how to do it but it is well represented there. Overall very happy with this unit and enjoy the ability to go back and change settings again once I have more practice with the lens.

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                                        5.0

                                        Useful little thing

                                        By Maria_Fernanda

                                        from York, PA

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                            I bought this after reading a review in LensRentals, I like Roger Cicala's take on it. In that review it was used for the same specific thing I needed it for, which is my 35 was back focusing when trying to focus in distant subjects. Given that I have 3 Sigma lenses now (only two can be used with this), and would definitely buy another one, I decided it would be useful to have it. I was able to fix the issue with my 35mm and I had no complains with my 50mm, but because I got the dock I started testing it more carefully and ended up making a tiny adjustment also on the infinity focusing setting.

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                                            3.0

                                            Now you need to update firmware in lenses

                                            By photobug

                                            from upstate NY

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                                            Pros

                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Fix Focus Problems

                                              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                              The Sigma dock works ok. I guess it has a purpose to customize focal distances and autofocus speed. I bought it to try to fix bugs in the focusing of a 150-600mm. I think I succeeded. The instructions are very sparse, though.

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                                              5.0

                                              EASY TO USE

                                              By ANDREAS B.

                                              from PALM HARBOR FL

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

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                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                                  I LOVED THIS, ESPECIALLY WITH THE 150-600 C LENS
                                                  YOU CAN CONTROL EVERYTHING ON THE LENS

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Interesting add on

                                                  By Gary M

                                                  from Chesapeake Va

                                                  Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                                  For $ I couldn't say no to this idea. It is interesting to say the least. It gives the option to micro adjust the lens at every major focal length as well as every major distance. Haven't really tried or had the weather ( Sunny days ) to sit out to make any adjustments.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Makes a very good lens a great lens.

                                                  By greenjeans

                                                  from Greenville, SC

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Everyday use
                                                    • Home
                                                    • Landscape Photography
                                                    • Macro Photography
                                                    • Portraits
                                                    • Studio

                                                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                                    I did not buy the dock when I purchased my 150-600mm C lens, but I wish I had. The ability to change the focus speed and switch to Dynamic OS makes the dock worthwhile. I was absolutely amazed with the lens after changing the OS to Dynamic mode. Just a great piece of equipment.

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