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SigmaUSB Dock for Nikon F-Mount Lenses
 
4.7

(based on 87 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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97%

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

 

Great tool for those w/ cameras without Calibration features

I am primarily a bird photographer using a Nikon D3300. I had tried the competitors 600mm lens and it was both soft and slow, I purchased a Sigma 150-600mm C because of the...Read complete review

I am primarily a bird photographer using a Nikon D3300. I had tried the competitors 600mm lens and it was both soft and slow, I purchased a Sigma 150-600mm C because of the Dock. It worked great - I was able to get a firmware update that helped the AF focus faster, and was able to micro-calibrate the lens to achieve sharp photos. I HIGHLY recommend this product!

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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.

Reviewed by 87 customers

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5.0

Very cool!

By Shawn

from Undisclosed

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

Love this thing!

 
5.0

I shouldn't have to buy it again.

By Alonzo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

It's unfortunate that I HAD to buy this item but it does do exactly what it claims and intended, also it beats having to send a lens back to sigma for focus calibration. I'm a sigma product user and will continue to purchase sigma lenses and this USB dock will be useful in the future. Ideally I wish sigma would offer at least a rebate for purchase of this item but Oh well.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

JUST THE PERFECT ADDICTION, FOR A PERFECT PRODUCT LINE!

By Walter

from Undisclosed

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

This is a real deal. I have three new Sigma art lenses now and the 135mm on order as i write this review.
The first art lens was the 50mm. This lens is just a 100% first class. And in my option the best standard  lens on today's professional photographic market. As far as calibration : none of my Nikon mount lenses required any corrections of any kind out of the box period.
I have been advised by Sigma Corp that my 150-600 sport lens has a farm -ware update available. So I finally  purchased the dock to update my big boy lens.
I must say that I was a bit uneasy about messing with the lenses factory settings . The down-lode on the MAC went perfect , and in less then (5) minutes the down load was completed.and the lens was up to date with the new data installed.
I have come to the conclusion, That Canon and Nikon had better open their eyes, (because there is a new kid in town and the name is Sigma. Thanks again, as always to B&H for being the only camera store on earth.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Feels cheap but does its job well

By Colbe

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Well it works as intended not sure what else to say. Built much cheaper than anticipated hence the 4/5 but it does its job and knocked my 50 art right into spec!

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice inexpensive product

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Have done adjustments to speed up focus. That works. Will add more comments after doing distance adjustments.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

USB Dock for Nikon F-mount Lenses

By Mike

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Super easy to use. There was an update available when I got my Sigma 150-600 sports lens that corrected an over exposure issue I was having. Was able to apply the patch in about 5 min and that corrected my issue.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

would buy again

By Oscar

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great Product

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Add-On for Sigma GV Lenses

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Although my lens did not have front or back focusing issues, the USB Dock is a wonderful add-on. Just firmware updates alone make it worth having.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

definitely worth the expense

By Crazygoat

from New Haven CT

Verified Buyer

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

After changing the AF settings and speed, my Sigma 150-600 sports have dramatically increased the performance with the Nikon D750, 810 an dD500. AF acquiring is faster and images sharper.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Saved my lens from the "never use but can't throw away" pile

By Catherine

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Brought my Sigma ART 24-35mm lens back from the dead. Though it needs to be tuned beyond the capabilities of the software, at least I now know I can use it beyond a 4ft distance from my subject and be sharp. Hopefully upgrades in the future will help me tune it perfectly :)

Using the software took some trial and error, because every tutorial I read online seemed to be the reverse of what was actually happening. But the overall time it took was 20-25 minutes, not bad at all!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love it

By MikeinHK HK

from Hong Kong

Verified Buyer

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

Why don't more OEMs follow this lead. The AF of my brand new 50 and 35 Art lenses was slightly off on my D810. Not any more. A 'must have' device if you need to fine tune AF.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Handy tool

By Brian

from Undisclosed

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

Should get one of these if you buy any of the new sigma lenses. Especially if you need to update the firmware on your lenses or customize or fine tune focus.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tool

By Tiffany

from Undisclosed

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

I recently bought the Sigma Art 85mm and it had quite a number of focusing issues that couldn't be solved with AF Fine Tune on my Nikon D810. This little device fixed all my problems. I read a previous review that said it doesn't work with Macs, but the program definitely worked on my MacBook Air.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

innovative

By Hector

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

is a great addition for the sigma 150-600 lens allowing you to change features according to your needs

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice device to keep firmware updated

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Works just fine. Seems a bit pricey for what you get, pretty much all plastic except for the contacts. You might wait to buy a Sigma lens when they throw this in as an enticement. That's what I did. Very easy to use. Just download the Sigma Optimization Pro software free on Sigma's site, put the lens on the dock as you would to a camera body, and attach to a USB port on your computer. You must, of course, also have internet access for latest firmware, etc. Easily updated my firmware for my lens. There are other customizations you can do, also, depending on your lens like IS and focus. I have not messed with any of those, though, as I have had no need. I suspect most will get to simply keep firmware at latest level. It's a good thing Sigma is doing here and I hope others follow suit. I see that Tamron now has a similar device. Recommended.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tool for those w/ cameras without Calibration features

By Steve

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am primarily a bird photographer using a Nikon D3300. I had tried the competitors 600mm lens and it was both soft and slow, I purchased a Sigma 150-600mm C because of the Dock. It worked great - I was able to get a firmware update that helped the AF focus faster, and was able to micro-calibrate the lens to achieve sharp photos. I HIGHLY recommend this product!

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Built like a tank...

By Michelle

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The Sigma 120-300mm is built like a tank, and weighs just about as much. I prefer a lens that has some weight to it. It means it's built well with good materials. Afterall, real glass and metals weigh more than plastics. Some of the youtube reviewers complained about the stiffness of the zoom and focus rings. Better to be on the stiff side than to have an adjustment that moves on it's own. Besides, zooming is barely a quarter turn at most. One of the chief complaints of the reviewers was with the setscrew on the massive lens hood that seemed to fall off. I believe that is due to over torking the screw when in use, as the mechanism is attached to the hood merely by two smaller screws that probably strip from the outward pressure. The lens is fast at autofocus and has been tack sharp right out of the box. Its heavy and pricey, but its a keeper for me.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I feel it's a must for Sigma Lenses

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Purchased this after I had my 150-600 Contemp. lens and glad i did. It is simple to use and I was able to make to updates right away. Recommended!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good for sigma lenses

By Jeff

from Sarasota, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this thinking I could update firmware on all my lenses, but I discovered the instructions refer to Sigma only data bases for downloading updates. I returned the item.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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