The new Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 has been rumored and even some photos of it leaked earlier this week. Now it’s officially out and ready for your orders, and it’s priced at $899, which is pretty tempting compared to other similar lenses.
Sony isn’t the only one suffering from leaks today, as Nokishita has also leaked Sigma’s upcoming 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens for mirrorless cameras. Just one week ago, it was rumoured that Sigma was expected to announce the new lens for Sony FE at the upcoming CP+ show in Japan. But L-Rumors is reporting that the lens is expected for L mount, too.
It’s not really all that much of a surprise that it’d be coming for L mount, as well as E mount, given that the L mount is now Sigma’s mount of choice since joining the alliance with Panasonic and Leica and dumping their previous SA mount. An official announcement is expected in the next few days with a price of around $900.
A slew of new Sony FX3 images has been leaked by Nokishita ahead of the official Sony announcement expected tomorrow. There isn’t much in the way of specs, except for reports that it’s basically a Sony A7S III in a slightly different body, but we do now know its dimensions, 4K frame rate and weight, as well as what it looks like all over.
It’s been a long, strange trip for Sigma’s Foveon X3 sensor since the L mount alliance was announced in 2018. During that announcement, Sigma said they were working on a new full-frame Foveon L mount camera to come in 2019. Then in March 2019, its release got pushed to 2020. But in February 2020, Sigma announced that they were starting over from scratch.
Now, in February 2021, Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki has posted a video to YouTube retelling last year’s story and the decision to terminate the contract with the original chip manufacture with whom they were collaborating. But today’s announcement reaffirms the company’s commitment to releasing a full-frame Foveon L mount camera… Eventually.
Sony has posted a video to YouTube with w premiere set for February 23rd at 10am Eastern, (3pm UK time). While they haven’t officially named the camera, the “New Alpha” kind of gives it away, given the Alpha logo on the leaked photos of the video-oriented FX3.
By all reports right now, the FX3 is basically looking to be an A7S III in a slightly different body, possibly geared more towards Sony’s new Airpeak drone platform. But exactly what advantages it may offer over the A7S III, and what it may lack, remains to be seen.
Sigma is expected to announce the recently registered Sigma fp L camera at the upcoming CP+ 2021 virtual show in a couple of weeks. Now, though, it looks like they’re set to announce a new 28-70mm f/2.8 FE lens on the same day. According to L-Rumors, Sigma is set to make two announcements at CP+, and chances are, one of them won’t be a full-frame Foveon (yup, I’m still going on about that).
Another leaked photo of the Sony FX3 has popped up on Twitter. And this one might go some way towards explaining why the Sony A1 doesn’t have a flippy out LCD when the Sony A7S III does. It seems that Sony might not have wanted cannibalise sales of their upcoming FX3 – largely rumoured to have otherwise similar specs to the A1.
The newly leaked photo shows the FX3 from behind with what is obviously a sideways hinge, allowing you to flippy the LCD around to the front, offering much more articulated viewing options than the standard tilt screen of the Sony A1. The original poster of the photo is unknown, but New Zealand DP, Joe Lawry posted it to his Twitter account for posterity.
If you’ve been looking forward to 2021 to start attending trade shows again, we’ve got some bad news. CP+, the largest trade show in Japan, will be held online only. Looks like the pandemic is already extending into the next year.