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.
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.
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.
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