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SigmaUSB Dock for Nikon Lenses
 
4.6

(based on 56 reviews)

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    (38)

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    (15)

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    (1)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Compact (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (15), Enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (5), Semi-professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47)

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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5.0

Makes firmware upgrades very easy

By Steve

from Colorado Springs, CO

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

    It made the firmware upgrade on my 150-600 sport a snap. The upgrade increased auto focusing speed nicely on my D810 and I was able to easily set up custom settings on the lens

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    5.0

    Outstanding Way To Update a Sigma lens

    By Pixel Stan

    from Mundelein, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Update A Lens

      Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

      I put the dock on my Sigma 150-600. It told me that I needed a firmware update. I did it and all is well. I called customer service at Sigma and they walked me through what I had to do. The instructions from Sigma does not outline the steps to use it. Sigma customer service was excellent.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good to be able to update firmware, but a bit expensive

      By David U

      from Mendham, NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Useful Application

      Cons

      • Bit Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Update Firmware

      Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

      SImple to use. Useful. A bit expensive.

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      • No

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      4.0

      As advertised

      By Rich

      from Eastern Shore of Md

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

        Does what it is supposed to. Easy to use. Had no problems. Simple directions

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        • No

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        5.0

        easy to use

        By Yervant

        from Warwick, RI

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

            Great for dialing in Sigmas new lenses. Very easy to use.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Quick and Easy to Use

            By KP2000

            from Castle Rock, CO

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Firmware Updates

              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

              My laptop recognized the device right away and the software checked for updates for my lens in just a few minutes. Works great!

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              5.0

              150-600 sport support

              By rf

              from Texas

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Updating When Needed

                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                easy to use ? it will provide in future. Love the sigma sport and sigma support

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                • No

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                5.0

                It works.

                By cfitgo

                from New York, NY

                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                Works like a rear lens cap. Used it to update the firmware on my 30mm HSM Art, and it was a breeze. Instantly saw that my firmware was outdated and updated seamlessly. Definitely need this if you have a D5300 with any outdated art lens.

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                5.0

                Works as advertised

                By Jeremy

                from Pennsylvania

                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                This usb dock is a lovely addition to my sigma 150-600 c. Custom settings are nice and effective. Software is simple to use.

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                5.0

                Perfect

                By Niv

                from Virginia

                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                Perfect for calibration without having to ship your lens off to sigma

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                4.0

                Came free with the lens

                By Johanny Goodland

                from Goodland, FL

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                    Came free with the lens. I hope this isn't any indication of trouble with the lens firmware. Seemed to work OK. It checked for any updates but there were none. You can use this to micro-adjust the lens focus but the procedure sounds very time consuming and difficult to understand. Luckily, the lens seems to focus OK for me.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    works great

                    By steve

                    from sugar hill, ga

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                        Watched a you tube video on how to use the usb dock. Once i connected the lens, it all made sense. Very useful product for the Sigma lenses that you can adjust the focus.

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                        5.0

                        It works

                        By Tip

                        from Richmond, VA

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                        Works as it should, software is fairly intuitive. No issues.

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                        5.0

                        Great for the 150-600 C lens

                        By Mikey Likes It

                        from Folsom, CA

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                        I bought the Sigma USB dock to configure my new Sigma 150-600 Contemporary zoom lens. I was fortunate to discover the lens did not require any focus adjustments. Regardless, the dock is still essential to customize focusing/OS options on the lens. In the event of a future Sigma firmware upgrade, I will be ready to deal with that as well. In my situation, the dock is an essential accessory.

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                        5.0

                        Must have for Sigma global vision lens

                        By Win Tun

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Focus Fine Tuning

                          Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                          This is very useful. It allows the fine tune the focus for the target at multiple distances. In camera fine tune function only allow for a target at the single distance. If you have severe back or front focus (more than +/- 20) for the lens and camera combo, you can set the offset from in-camera focus fine tuning, then adjust your lens focus fine tuning on top of your camera focus fine tuning number. This allow you to have the focus fine tuning range of +/-40 units. I love this product.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          What a Great Idea by Sigma!

                          By Biggest Dawg

                          from No. Cal

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                              Simple, functional and why didn't the BIG guys think of this. Adds tremendous fuctionallity to the Sigma line of lenses. If you think of buying the ART series of lenses, don't forget this dock!

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Essential for Nikon camera bodies

                              By Joanie

                              from Marlton NJ

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                              The Sigma Art lenses that I have tried to pair with my Nikon camera body were hoplessly out of focus and the camera body focus adjustment tool was unsuccessful in fixing this problem. This USB dock solved the focus problem I was having.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              simple firmware update

                              By idahochukar

                              from Boise,ID

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                  Works as advertised. Firmware update without having to ship the lens off.

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Sigma Dock

                                  By MSbird

                                  from MS

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Maximize Focus Accuracy

                                  Cons

                                  • Tedious To Use

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Tune Lens To Use

                                  Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                  I purchased the dock to use with the Sigma 150-600C lens that I purchased. I had previously focus tuned the Nikon lens that I own but you can only tune them at one distance / zoom setting. The dock allows tuning at four distances and four zoom setting on the 150-600. To do this you will need a product like "Lens Align" to accurately tell where the lens is focusing and to verify focus after you make the adjustments. The process of tuning the focus is tedious but to me the results are worth it. The dock also lets you tune the focus speed and the vibration reduction setting to customize it to what you are shooting. A third benefit is allowing future firmware updates to be loaded into the lens without sending it back to the factory.

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                                  5.0

                                  Used on Sigma 150-600 C

                                  By J

                                  from Arizona

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Studio

                                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon Lenses:

                                    Does as advertised.

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                                    • No

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