Sigma announces NINE new native Sony E-Mount Art series lenses

Feb 27, 2018

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Sigma announces NINE new native Sony E-Mount Art series lenses

Feb 27, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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As if Sigma hadn’t given us enough today. With new 70mm f/2.8 Macro and 105mm f/1.4 Art series lenses, we were already pretty excited. But Sigma also have an extra gift for Sony shooters. Both of the two new lenses today, as well as nine of their popular Art series full frame lenses are being released with a native Sony E-Mount.

A native Sony mount offers advantages over simply using the Canon mount version with the Sigma MC-11 adapter. Such as compatibility with Sony’s continuous (AF-C) and high speed autofocus. And you’ll likely see some Eye-AF improvements, too. Very handy if you’ve been eyeing up that new Sony A7III.

So let’s have a look at that lens lineup…

That’s quite the list that’ll be sure to satisfy many Sony shooters, especially those who have anything to do with landscape, weddings or portraits. The lenses will offer the same high performance we’ve come to expect with Nikon & Canon systems, but will work better on Sony than when using an MC-11 adapter.

While offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new E-mount models will feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses will be compatible with Sony’s Continuous AF (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, which are not addressed by MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.

– Sigma Press Release

Sigma also seems to suggest that they’re opening up Sony E-Mount in the Mount Conversion Service. So, if you already own the Canon version of one of these lenses and currently use it with an MC-11, you may soon be able ship it off to Sigma, pay a small fee, and have it converted over to a native Sony mount.

This all appears possible thanks to a deal Sigma have struck up with Sony to actually license the E-Mount officially. They don’t have to reverse engineer it in order to try to keep things compatible.

Note: This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.

– Sigma Press Release

So, even though Sony may still be slacking in the lens department, they are looking out for you guys. So, if you’ve been tempted by Sony’s new A7III already, now you have a few possible lens options.

No word yet on exactly when they’ll ship, but keep an eye out at the usual places.

Update 8th March – Sigma have announced that prices for the Sony E Mount Sigma lenses will be the same as their Nikon, Canon & Sigma mount counterparts. No word yet on 70mm f/2.8 or 105mm f/1.4 prices.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “Sigma announces NINE new native Sony E-Mount Art series lenses”

  1. Huge Dom Avatar
    Huge Dom

    And people will continue to complain that emount has “no lens”.

  2. JP Danko Avatar
    JP Danko

    Hold on a second…I can send in my existing Nikon Sigma ART lenses and get them converted to Sony…??? I said I’d never swap systems again….but…

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      The Mount Conversation program has quite a disruptive potential

  3. Mike Aubrey Avatar
    Mike Aubrey

    I mounted a friend’s 14mm f/1.8 with my MC-11 & A7rII last week. What ridiculous looking combination. Now, don’t get me wrong, it awesome to play with, the size is just absurdist. It’ll just equally silly natively since nothing about the lens has changed.

    But again, also really awesome.

  4. emre okur Avatar
    emre okur

    dream comes true. good news for sony owners