After Tokina and Samyang/Rokinon, Sigma may eventually enter the cine lens market.
The hint comes from an interview with Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma, over at Resource Mag. Here is the excerpt:
How could one of the greatest innovators of lens technology in the world not be producing lenses for high-end digital video and motion picture cameras? With such high standards, cinematographers seem like a natural market for Sigma. When I asked Kazuto about this, he simply smiled and said the two words that make every tech writer crave more: “No comment.” It looks like Sigma may still has a few more tricks up their sleeve…
Cinema lenses have particular design features that usually make them cost more than their still counterparts. If they can meet a similar quality standard, Sigma could offer an affordable alternative to Canon’s and Zeiss’ cine lenses, and perhaps encroach even more on their market by releasing fast zooms akin to the 18-35mm f/1.8 (pictured above), which is already used by videographers. For a start, this one and the best primes are good candidates for a cine conversion.
What do you think?