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Photokina is about two weeks away, and rumor websites are buzzing with tidbits on upcoming products. Things are quieter on the Sigma side. Let’s see the current state of things.

24mm f/1.4 Art or 85mm f/1.4 Art?

The rumor for a fast 24mm prime lens has been around for almost two years, starting not much after the release of the 35mm f/1.4 Art. The development of this lens probably started a while ago. There is a gap to fill in the lineup, and the current 85mm f/1.4 design was among the latest EX lenses to see the light of day, back in 2010. That’s why we should see the 24mm f/1.4 Art before the 85mm f/1.4 Art.

14-24mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art

The initial and one-shot rumor still seems to hold true, and it is even said that this lens − as well as the 24/1.4 Art − will come in Sony A-mount about six months after the Canon EF and Nikon F versions.

300-600mm

The rumor points to a super telephoto lens, which means large aperture, much like the 120-300mm f/2.8 Sports. Yet it makes also sense to finally get an affordable Global Vision telephoto lens, rejuvenating the aging line, and offering a much-needed competitor to the popular Tamron 150-600mm. Such a lens would be slower, have a variable aperture, and get the “Contemporary” label. In any case, the recent chatter made me less optimistic for a September announcement than I was initially, though Sigma not showcasing any new telephoto lens at Photokina would be surprising.

sd1 Quattro

The odds of having the sd1 Quattro announced at Photokina are decreasing as the days go by and nothing is heard about it. We simply know that the camera is under development. CP+, in February 2015, is now a safer bet.

What else is possible?

The development announcement of a 24-70mm f/2 is also rumored. Scheduling this for Photokina is indeed be a smart idea, because such a lens is sure to bring tremendous attention. We may also see such an announcement for the cine lens line.

What else? Well, Sigma is not used to announce countless new products simultaneously, so maybe that’s it. It’s always good to recall that the process for creating a lens or any other product (R&D and production) is slower than with other companies with higher budgets.

See here and here to have an idea of what’s possibly being prepared.

If you hear anything, I’d be glad to hear about it too. You can get in touch anonymously. Thanks!

  • pls sigma

    just give a 24-70 f2 or 24-105 f2.8 and I’m very very happy..

  • Francesco Gentile

    Sigma SD 16 with Quattro sensor?

  • Arthur Nazarian

    I still have my hopes up for a 135mm!

  • animalsbybarry

    Sony E mount is becoming popular but only wide, normal , and portrait lenses are available for it.
    If Sigma were to make the new 300-600, the 180 macro , and 105 macro available in native E mount they would be the only ones doing so and rule the market.
    Alternatively if Sigma would expand the lens mount change program to include E mount for ‘ll enses not currently made for E mount and allowing conversion of new lenses purchased by Sigma this would also be a smart move.

    • yep

      sigma, tamron and samyang are big players, and potential lifters of the whole sony system. They have a good opportunity to get some cash if they decide to push the sony mount lenses in the markets a little bit quicker. As it is, I think canikon have gotten their lenses a little bit quicker. On sony tho, more is always better, whilst on canikon there’s already abundance of lenses to choose from. (3x 24-70 2.8, couple of 24-85s, 24-105 f4 from sigma, 24-120 f4 from nikon)

    • yep

      Tokina also has potential. They just are too slow compared to the other 3. I liked the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II I user to have. Much wider aperture and better priced than the nikon counterparts. Excellent bang for the money.

  • animalsbybarry

    One issue with Sony mount is that Sony has the A mount with IBIS…in camera stabilization…and E mount without IBIS.
    Keeping optical stabilization in the Sony mount versions of Sigma lenses would be a smart move that no one else is currently doing.
    Using the Sony adaptor with built in slt mirror would make sony/sigma lenses focus at high speed on E mount and if the optical stabilization is functional it would make sigma lenses the only fully functional lenses on E mount.
    Other mounts are adaptable but will not have the full high speed focusing that the camera is capable of.
    The lens I am interrested in purchasing is of coarse the 300-600.

    • SchuttePruts

      An sports 300-600 f4.5 would be great

      • animalsbybarry

        Personally I use my big lens on a Cotton carrier or another comparable home made system to support the wieght of my camera with a big lens and stabilize it hand held.
        Although in theory I could use up to a 12 lb setup in real life I would not trust more than ten…therefore my big lens should wiegh 8 lbs or less.
        The Sigma 300-600 will need to compete with the new and very popular Tamron 150-600.This lens is f5.6-6.3 and weighs anout 4 lb and costs only $1068.
        It will also need to compete against big heavy expensive primes that are f4.
        Based on those consideration I estimate that this these approximate specs would crush the cometition
        F4.8-5.6 300-600mm
        Weight 8lb
        Filter thread 105mm or 125mm
        Cost $1998

        Another possibility would be making the max apperture 4.8 or 5.0 and also releasing a matched 1.7x teleadaptor to bring it to a 1000+ mm f8 with the adapter.

        In iether configuration provide a ” macro” mode that simply provides extra barrel extension for closer focus at long focal lengths…since most modern lenses have internal focus they close focus by reducing the focal length..the extra barrel extension not only allows a little closer focus but also allows use of longer focal lenghth when close focusing …therefore greatly increasing the maximum magnification ratio.
        This is very important to wildlife photographers that would be a primary market for a big lens like this.

        I think the strategy of making a higher quality lens than the tamron but still relatively inexpensive and lightweigt..just under the $ 2000 mark would succesfull compete against Tamron…while still providing a lighter more affordable alternative to the big primes.
        I think 8 lb should be the max weight to strive for to make handholding an option.

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    What about Flashes, this line was introduced in 2010 and they look a bit dated.

    • Florent – SigmaRumors

      Funny you are mentioning flashes, as I removed a line about them before posting. I don’t expect to see them at Photokina, but rather next year with the new DSLR. Of course I may be wrong.

  • EarlFargis

    If the Sigma 300-600mm keeps up their recent high quality standards and the specs look good I’ll be the 1st in line.

    • animalsbybarry

      Sigma has some advantages over the Tamron..especially in Sony mount.
      Tammy has no usable teleconverter..only the poor quality Kenko will work.
      Signa has two apo teliconverters.
      Of course 300-600 being a norrower zoom range is likely to have better IQ.
      Having caried the bigma in the field I find it to be a nice light…for such a big lens..lens.
      An f4 would be big and expensive..I would hopefor f4.8 or 5.6.
      As for you being first in line..I think you might be second in line.

      • EarlFargis

        Yeah, I bet I’ll have to get up early to beat you in line, Barry. ;^)

        I’ve always had a bias against Sigma but their Art series has made a believer out of me. It’s a more complete, serious lens manufacturer right now than Tamron. My generic teleconverters don’t even autofocus with my Tammy.

        Obviously, I’d love a fixed aperture but wouldn’t expect it. Nor do I expect it to go down to f/4. My only prayer is it doesn’t stretch to f/6.3 like my Tammy because it’s too slow except in exceptional light. I often like to shoot in the early evening in the fall at a local marsh (colors are gorgeous) and f/6.3 is horribly slow.

        • animalsbybarry

          I have an old Sigma 70-300 apo macro.
          The interesting and highly usefull feature of this lens is that the barrel extends in a macro setting to allow close focus to 1/2 at 300mm.
          This lens is only f 5.6 and is not one of Sigmas highest quality enses but it is very usefull.
          Such a lens of higher quality would be great to have.
          Although new lenses keep improving in quality this close focus feature isnot found in any of the current high quality modern long lenses…I would very much like to see that feature as it mainly simply requires additional barrel extension.

          • EarlFargis

            I went on an eBay Minolta lens buying binge. I have a ridiculous number of lenses (over a dozen) many of which overlap but they’re mostly cheap – many under $50 shipped – and I love playing around with them. Let me get to the point. ;^0

            I have a Minolta 100-300mm APO f/4.5-5.6 (can’t remember what I paid; think ~$130), Sony’s recently discontinued 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (picked up as part of my a65 kit for $150 & available on eBay for probably a song – there’s a flood of them going unsold), and the venerable (dare I say mythical) Minolta 70-210mm f/4 ‘beercan’ (think I paid ~$80 shipped off of eBay). None of these will work as a macro but you’ve still got the Sigma for that even your Bigma would work since macro is mostly MF. All 3 of these lenses I’m guessing are better than your Sigma 70-300mm and make for cheap fill-ins. The beercan is particularly nice in that it works with either my 1.4x Tamron or 2x Cambron (both generic Kenko rebadges) with full AF. So you can stretch it to 400mm. Not saying it’s ideal using a 2x but it’s better than not having that option.

            If you were in town I’d lend you any of the above. ;^) The 100-300mm is nice but has some CA issues but nice all-rounder. The Sony 75-300mm is better than it’s rating on Dyxum, IMHO. Reasonable sharp I just find the colors dull compared to the Minoltas. The beercan is simply a well-deserved classic IQ-wise but the old style body isn’t winning me over and it’s hard to find one without a sloppy zoom ring.

            My 2 cents for what it’s all worth!

          • animalsbybarry

            I have tons of old stuff like that I will never use including Rokor 400mm apo and vivitar series one 90mm macro…but I do not shre you enthusism for them and have no desire to use them.

          • EarlFargis

            Not arm twisting here or trying to beat a dead horse but I will add there’s a real difference picking up the old Minolta lenses. I agree with you regarding 3rd party lenses. I only own one: the Tammy 200-500mm I’m always referring to. What choice did I really have at the time? Don’t regret the purchase and use the lens a lot but it’s one of my least favorite IQ-wise.

            There’s something about Minolta glass. Seriously, the colors on all of them is different than any modern lens. Many including 2 el-cheap, the worst examples of plastic casing ever Minolta kit lens – a 35-70mm and a 35-80mm – take such amazingly rich warm pictures in evening sun it gives me a stiffy thinking about it. Distortion can be bad (but no worse than some $1,000+ Nikkors I’m looking at) but credibly sharp as they were designed for 35mm film. The 35-70mm cost ~$16; the 35-80mm cost ~$24.

            I look at Minolta glass as I look at Sony. It’s manufacturer-grade. The cheap-o Vivitar, et al knockoffs and a lot of the early Sigma stuff was junk. Not just my opinion. I’m sure you’ve seen it on Dyxum.

            The only reason I’m considering Sigma now, as I’ve pointed out, is they’ve changed their entire marketing philosophy from cheap amateur slop to best-of-breed lenses at moderate prices. Tamron is mostly old school like Sigma except I’ve noticed their 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 are serious pros lenses which rival the best Nikkors and Canons and beat Sony’s G/Zeiss lines.

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