Last month, a rumor was going around that Sigma would expand its product lineup to include Nikon Z and Canon RF lenses. And now, it’s not a rumor anymore. Sigma’s CEO has confirmed that the company is considering adding the two new mounts to its offer.
When Sigma started the global vision range the Art series, in particular, became a household name for high-quality lenses.
My personal favorite is the lovely 105mm f1.4 Art that is as wonderful as it is large! That is a common theme with the Art series. As they often sacrifice size and weight for image quality.
With your new camera picked out, it’s time to get a lens. Or maybe you’re happy with your cameras, but you fancy trying a new lens. Whichever might apply to you, here are a few of our favourites that were either announced or released this year. A couple of the lenses in this list were announced before 2020, but it took a while for them to actually exist!
A report on Nikon Rumors suggests that Sigma is looking to expand its mirrorless lens product line in 2021. And we’re not talking about adding new lenses to the lineup, but expanding the number of mounts types they offer. So far, Sigma’s mirrorless lenses have only been available in L mount for Panasonic, Leica and their own cameras and Sony E mount.
It appears that may be changing in 2021, though. A “good source” told them that Sigma is going to be making lenses for both Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts in 2021. There’s no word on exactly which lenses will come first, or how quickly they’ll start to fill up the range in other mounts, but if true, it opens up a lot more lens options for Nikon and Canon mirrorless shooters.
Photos were leaked a week ago and then the specs for one of them came out a couple of days later, but now they’re official. Sigma has unveiled their new I (upper case “i”) series compact lenses. They’re designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and to be as small and compact as possible. They’re also relatively inexpensive (compared to their Art series lenses).
The range kicks off with three new lenses (and absorbs an existing one). The new ones are the 24mm f/3.5 DG DN Contemporary, the 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary and the 65mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary. Sigma’s previously released 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary has also become part of the I series lineup.
According to a Twitter post from Nokishita, Sigma is getting ready to announce three new lenses. They’re DG DN lenses, designed specifically for Sony E and Leica L mirrorless mount cameras. The news comes by way of leaked product photos of each of the three lenses, but other than that, there’s not much info to go on just yet.
The three lenses are the 24mm f/3.5 DG DN, 35mm f/2 DG DN, and 65mm f/2 DG DN – as we can see from the text emblazoned on photos of the three lenses. We can also see that they have filter diameters of 55mm, 58mm and 62mm respectively, have manual aperture rings and lens hoods. That’s pretty much it, really. An official announcement is expected on December 1st.
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.
BCN Retail’s latest rankings are out for the Japanese camera market, which has been showing some pretty alarming trends over the last few months. Primarily that Sony’s share of the full-frame mirrorless market has plummeted from 60% to 43.9% and falling while Canon’s has gone up from about 25% to 34.7% and looking to keep going.
The trends also show that while Nikon seems to be down on average, they do seem to have climbed a little in the past couple of months. Panasonic is also seeing a slight bump thanks to the release of the Panasonic S5, and while the Sigma fp was the hottest thing on the Japanese camera market at one point, it seems to be slipping.
A new patent from Sigma, spotted by the folks at Hi Lows Note, describes three new full-frame lenses designed for mirrorless camera systems – the Leica L and Sony E mount systems. The lenses described by the patent are a 14mm f/2, a 14mm f/2.8 and a rather intriguing 12mm f/2.8.
There is currently a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art series lens available for both Leica L and Sony E mounts, however, it’s essentially their DSLR lens with an extended barrel to fix the flange distance. The patent suggests a new replacement model could be imminent!