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SigmaUSB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses
 
4.6

(based on 68 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (39)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Compact (9)
  • Durable (8)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (4)
  • Wildlife photos (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (5), Semi-professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (53)

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

Must have !!!

By vmppedrogo

from Guaynabo, PR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

A must have device for constantly update your sigma lens

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5.0

Awesome Piece of Equitment

By Gas Printing

from Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

Being able to change and save setting in a lens is a AWESOME!!!!

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5.0

A great capability for your lens

By RockvilleBob

from Lewes DE

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

This seems like a great capability for the lens.

I have had the lens a couple of weeks during which time I updated the firmware, customized the lens, and set autofocus fine adjustments for the 150-600 Sport lens.

I am still not certain the autofocus adjustments are correct but I will fine tune them over time.

The firmware update and customization alone make this an outstanding addition. The autofocus fine adjustment is icing on the cake.

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5.0

The Very Piece Other Lens Manufactures Leave Out

By JohnPhoto

from Chicago IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

Complements the Sigma 1500 - 600 package, allowing one to make micro adjustments to lens profile and a degree of customization

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5.0

Must buy for new sigma lens owners.

By Ben

from Columbus, OH

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

It was super simple to use as long as you have a set up to accurately measure the distance of your focusing. Easy learning curve via online resources and helped me get the results I was looking for. Some lenses may be pretty close from the factory while others may be super off. This product at least allowed me to get the results I need without having to send it back to Sigma.

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5.0

Good Idea

By Al

from Scotia, NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

    I like the idea of being able to update firmware and make changes to a lens. The software for the USB Dock requires a computer with Windows 7 and newer although I have the previous version, Windows Vista. The download went fine and the software seems to work with Vista. The firmware of my 18-300mm lens was up to date. I played around with the focus settings but have not made any final settings. Very easy to go back to the default settings. I plan to buy other Sigma lenses that this will work with.

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    5.0

    Simple to use

    By f8abt

    from Arizona

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

        Download the software, plug in the dock and connect to your lens, its that simple. I didn't need to make any changes to the lens's that the dock works with(I have the 24-105 Art and 150-600 Contemporary). I did check for firmware updates but both lens's were up to date. It was bundled with the 150-600C so I scored it for free, but the price of the dock would be worth it for your Sigma compatible lens's.

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        5.0

        Nice USB dock to update firmware for lenses

        By TheNikonGuy

        from Tigard, OR

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

            I used the USB dock to updates firmware and customize AF setting for the lens OS button.

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            • No

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            5.0

            It works I guess

            By Mike Lamb

            from Grand Prairie, Texas

            Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

            I hooked it up and plugged my lens into it. It worked I guess. Nothing really to adjust on a brand new lens.

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            5.0

            Kind of necessary

            By Doug the ex-milphog

            from Poulsbo, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

                I recently purchased the Sigma 150-600mm Sports Zoom. I'd read about how helpful the dock was for others, but didn't get it when I did the lens. Thought I might get lucky.
                On my first real test of the zoom, I was disappointed at how soft the focus was at 600mm. I went back over some of the critiques that had mentioned the dock, realized I'd goofed up and ordered it. Very big difference after tweaking the focus. Very much better.
                Save yourself some time and get the dock the same time you get the zoom.

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                5.0

                Does what it's supposed to

                By Steve

                from NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

                    Bought this so I could upgrade the firmware on my Sigma lens. Upgrading was easy.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Brought my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens to life!

                    By T1up4me

                    from Tulsa, OK

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses:

                        After receiving my 50mm f1.4 Art lens, focus was not quite dead on. I used the USB dock to dial in the focus at various distances and what a difference it made. On Nikon, I have an auto focus adjustment, but it is global for all distances. With the Sigma dock I had slightly different adjustments for various distances and it made a big difference in the image quality. I can now truly see waht these Art lenses are capable of.

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                        • No

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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 F-Mount 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 F-Mount 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 F-Mount 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 F-Mount 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 F-Mount 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 F-Mount 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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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    150-600 sport support

                                    By rf

                                    from Texas

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Updating When Needed

                                      Comments about Sigma USB Dock for Nikon F-Mount 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 F-Mount 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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