Sigma to start producing Fuji X Mount Art series lenses in 2021?

Nov 10, 2020

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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.

Sigma to start producing Fuji X Mount Art series lenses in 2021?

Nov 10, 2020

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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Fuji shooters know that there are virtually no real third party alternatives to Fuji lenses for their cameras. Sure, there are a few manual focus ones and even cine lenses out there, but nothing autofocus that really competes with Fuji’s own lenses. This is because Fujifilm has typically always declined to share the X mount spec with 3rd party lens manufacturers.

Of course, Fujifilm’s Toshihisa Iida said back in April that they were going to start sharing them with 3rd parties soon, although we’ve seen no new lenses yet. A response by Sigma to a customer enquiry, however, suggests that might be changing and that X mount Sigma lenses could be coming in 2021.

Fuji Rumors reports that one of their readers wrote to Sigma, saying that he couldn’t wait for X mount DC DN lenses. Sigma responded stating that…

Hopefully we’ll see such in 2021.

Given that Fuji has released their AF protocols now, “hopefully” suggests that Sigma is actually already working on it. Because what else could be holding them back besides their own efforts?

So we may finally start to see some Sigma Art lenses coming to the Fuji X mount next year, which would be pretty cool for Fuji shooters who’ve wanted to try out some of those Sigma Art lenses. There’s obviously no word on which lens might come first, or how quickly we’ll see new releases on the X mount, but what lenses in their lineup would you like to see on your Fuji body?

[via Fuji Rumors]

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13 responses to “Sigma to start producing Fuji X Mount Art series lenses in 2021?”

  1. Peter Haberberger Avatar
    Peter Haberberger

    None

    1. Dušan DuPe Pethö Avatar
      Dušan DuPe Pethö

      Peter Haberberger ?

  2. Florian Cramer Avatar
    Florian Cramer

    “nothing autofocus that really competes with Fuji’s own lenses” – not true, Viltrox’s 23mm/f1.4, 33mm/f1.4, 56mm/f1.4 and 85mm/f1.8 X-mount AF lenses are competitive, not only because of their price/performance ratio, but particularly as video lenses (because they have quieter and better continuous autofocus than Fuji’s own lenses). Zeiss’ Touit lenses for the X-mount are competitive, too.

    1. Not You Avatar
      Not You

      Agreed. The Viltrox 1.4 trios are a great inexpensive alternatives for Video on bodies with IBIS like the X-T4 and X-H1. They perform similarly to the Fuji f2 trio, but with the extra stop.

  3. KG Avatar
    KG

    clueless article, there are several competitive af alternatives to fuji lenses on the market whether fuji like it or not.

    1. Peter Withe Avatar
      Peter Withe

      Can you link to them for those of us not so knowledgeable?

      1. Josh Tatro Avatar
        Josh Tatro

        Just check out the Viltrox primes :)

  4. Jukka Jalkanen Avatar
    Jukka Jalkanen

    None.

  5. Not You Avatar
    Not You

    I’ve used the Sigma Art 18-35 1.8 with the Fringer EF-FX mount on the X-H1. Beautiful lens that performed quite adequately for being adapted. The 50-100 produced great images, but did not adapt nearly as well. The Sigma Art lenses are incredibly sharp. If Sigma would release a 1.8 zoom for Fuji, it would be a hit. They’ll probably design mostly primes I would imagine, but I don’t think Fuji users are need of them. We already have a huge selection.

    1. Swiraz Avatar
      Swiraz

      I had this Sigma and i was using it via EF-FX II pro with my xt-3.
      Brilliant lens for it price, very sharp, can’t say a bad word about it, but it did not suit my needs

      Problem was with AF speed during video – it was instant, no smooth transition (via adapter)

      OFC this is not a problem while in MF mode, (or when used with canon body) but when mounted on ronin S this become a problem, together with the size (length and weight)
      I wrote to fringer and they said that due to lens build (AF motor type) smooth AF during video won’t be fixed in the future firmware releases
      Tokina released viltrox equivalent for +30% the price. With the recent firmware (1.0.8) viltrox AF during video is superb and supports custom AF settings.
      I spend more then an hour in the local shop comparing fuji f2 vs viltrox f1.4 (23mm and 33/35mm) and went ahead with 23mm
      it was a difficult choice as fuji f2 can focus at closer distance, which provide roughly the same “bokeh”, but I can’t imagine to wave the camera on the gimbal in front of someone’s face as close as 20cm. and 1.4 in some scenarios will make a difference.
      For anything else 16-80 is good enough.
      While MF I doubt that anyone goes below F 2.8-4 as its very tricky to keep the moving object in focus with wider aperture

      Obviously this is all subjective opinion based on my own experience and style of shooting

    2. ttlens Avatar
      ttlens

      > They’ll probably design mostly primes I would imagine, but I don’t think Fuji users are need of them. We already have a huge selection.

      Not at reasonable prices, unfortunately. I ended up going with the Sony A6600 because I could get the Sigma APS-C 16mm,30mm,56mm f/1.4 primes at very reasonable prices. If those lenses had been available on the Fuji X mount I quite likely would have gone with Fuji instead.

      A bigger lens ecosystem is always better and will attract more people to the platform. I really hope Sigma and Tamron both start producing native Fuji lenses.

  6. Marcin Avatar
    Marcin

    it’s all about the price!! if sigma will be cost less that fuji is ok if not in my opinion is pointless.

  7. Hp Huba Avatar
    Hp Huba

    I’ve been waiting for it??