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SigmaUSB Dock for Canon Lenses
 
4.5

(based on 68 reviews)

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    (43)

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    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (1)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (50)
  • Lightweight (28)
  • Compact (17)
  • Reliable (14)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Travel (7)
  • Everyday (6)
  • Family photos (6)
  • Landscape photography (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (18), Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-professional (8), Semi-pro photographer (8), Professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57)

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

A bridge to update sigma lens firmware

By T

from California

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

      Easy to connect Sigma lens with PC to update firmware and configure lens.

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      5.0

      Must have for Sigma

      By EricW

      from Boston

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

          if u own sigma lens, u need it to upgrade and customerize ur lens

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          • No

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          5.0

          must have

          By retired...birder

          from Lubbock, TX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

              My 70D was not focusing correctly with my Sigma 150-600. I was able to fine tune and now my bird pictures are tack sharp. The program searches for updates each time you connect a lens, but you just learn to deal with it. You have no choice on the distance the corrections are made at, it is pre-set. I had to change my settings when I bought an 80D. Works great!

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              3.0

              Mediocre for Contemporary Users

              By grasshpr

              from Toronto Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

              Some of the advanced features like OS customization and AF limiting are only available with the Art and Sport lens. You get basic focus adjustment and firmware updates, that's it...

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              4.0

              Fine Tunes Your Lens

              By Waddizzle

              from New York, N.Y.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

              • Lengthy Procedure

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                Out of the box, my 150-600mm was pretty good with short focal lengths, but became increasingly short of focus as focal lengths increased. Now my lens is spot on.
                I'm giving only 4 stars because the calibration procedure is not quick and dirty. You have to take repeated test shots are four distances, using four focal lengths, for a total of 16 different test shots.

                However, patience and meticulous attention to detail will be rewarded. My DOF is right in the center of my focus point at all distances, and focal lengths.

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                4.0

                helpful tool

                By Trombaguru

                from Boston

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                  My main use is to update and customize my Sigma 150-600 zoom and it is worth the price for that use alone.

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                  5.0

                  A good Sigma Lens accessory.

                  By DT

                  from Tucson, AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                      Sigma had a firmware up grade on my 150-600mm sport lens. After down loading their software for the Dock, I down loaded the upgrade, in less than a minute, to the lens. The Dock did a great job and saved sending the Lens in for the upgrade. A good deal for a compatable Sigma Lens

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                      5.0

                      Interesting piece of kit

                      By Mike goodwin

                      from Phoenix, AZ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                        This concept of a USB dock to connect to a Sigma lens for internal & firmware adjustment is not only brilliant but at the same time, a surprising task to do. Let's talk about the ability to adjust back & front focus. You would have thought that prior to leaving the factory in Japan they would have adjusted the lens focus to be spot on. Well, it's close but this docking puck allows for the focus to be more than just close. Hooking the cable to your computer is the first step after downloading the dock software from Sigma. It is surprising that the plug connection to the lens is not a standard plug so be sure & not lose this cable. I'm adjusting the 150x600MM Sports lens. With this lens you have a "spreadsheet" of 16 fields to fill in. 4 focal lengths & each has 4 distance points. I would have thought that Sigma would have also provided a "target" for the focus points to be printed out. Some camera bodies have the ability to internally use micro focus for front to back focusing but this is only for one focal length, ok for a prime lens. Then you have the ability to adjust stabilization & focal length search areas. This lens already has a focal length search area button. Due to the weight of this lens, I would hope that most users would be on a tripod & stabilization would not be that big of an item to adjust. Yet, for the focus improvements I plan on using the Canon utilities software for better focusing & then adjusting the + & - focus points using the dock for different focal lengths. All in all a nifty tool.

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                        2.0

                        Worthless for Average Person

                        By EVO-Bob

                        from Flemington, NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                        Other than updating the firmware of the lens, I'm not sure what this is really supposed to do without other equipment to know what the adjustments should be.

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                        5.0

                        a must have

                        By Robin

                        from Knoxville, TN

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Can't Find Any Cons With

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Underwater
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                        The docking station will update you lens with your camera. When you up date your camera, you need to update lens. This is a very good product. Easy to use.

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                        • Yes

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome

                        By Rider

                        from Brownfield tx

                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                        Great product and price. Super fast shipping. Easy to fine tune my 150-600 lense.

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I Have Control!

                        By Cynthia

                        from San Diego, Ca

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                            I love that I don't have to send my lens to Sigma for updates. I purchased the dock at the time I purchased Siigma's 150-600mm Contemporary lens. I can also customize the lens to my preferences--and not what the manufacturer "thinks" I should use. This is a fantastic addition, and it's too bad other manufacturers don't have something similar.

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                            5.0

                            very useful for Sigma lens

                            By Agen

                            from Rolla, MO

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                It is very useful for Sigma lens

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                                • No

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                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Advanced lens tool

                                By Liang

                                from Tallahassee, FL

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use

                                  Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Canon Lenses:

                                  Update lens firmware

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                                  • No

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Labor intensive but so worth the effort

                                  By Leroy Skalstad

                                  from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • 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

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      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

                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        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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                                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Handy Addition to good lens

                                          By ADW

                                          from Farmington NM

                                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              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

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              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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                                                • No

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                                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                good product works as advertised

                                                By irish gene

                                                from scranton PA

                                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                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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