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Interview with Kazuto Yamaki at Photokina 2014

Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma, gave a short interview to Focus Numerique at Photokina.

The discussion focused on Sigma’s plans for future cameras and lenses.

DSLR lenses

In response to the high demand, Sigma is willing to update the 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM and the 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM.

Making innovative lenses (think 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art for instance) is always considered, but these take “much more time” to design.

Lenses for mirrorless cameras

Sony and Fuji users who shoot with high-end mirrorless cameras got the attention of Sigma. It means that we may see fast DN lenses in X mount too.

Lenses for the A7 series

Sigma still has no plans to make lenses for the Sony A7 series.

Next DSLR

The next DSLR appears to be a departure design-wise, but it’s “way too early” for Sigma to give more details on it.

Mirrorless interchangeable camera

Sigma is not investigating the possibility to release a mirrorless interchangeable camera for now. The priority is to invest in improving the existing lines.

Read the full interview (in French)

  • wombler

    I wonder if this will turn out to be as accurate as Sigma Rumors’ “near certainty” new Art lenses did?

    • Florent – SigmaRumors

      Stay tuned for the certainty rating.

  • Peter Kelly

    Sony…high end mirrorless…got the attention of Sigma…
    …Sigma…has no plans to make lenses for Sony A7…

    This doesn’t make much sense to me.

    I can see why Sigma won’t particularly rush to move production over to a relatively new model if they can still sell every lens they make concentrating on Canon and Nikon, but why the mixed message? Perhaps something was lost in translation!

    • Florent – SigmaRumors

      Well, only the high-end APS-C for now it seems.

  • Hubertus Bigend

    Fuji and Sony? Does that mean no Micro Four Thirds? While Sigma’s existing mirrorless lenses may have focal lengths which tend to be more attractive for APS-C users, they still are a welcome addition for Micro Four Thirds, offering excellent image quality, something which cannot be said for everything made by Olympus or Panasonic…

  • Adam from Eastern Europe

    Last sentence is very dissapointing, no plans in MILC that’s a shame, most of old Sigma users counted on this from such a long time, especially owners of DP series. Lots of people is just tired of waiting on something which isn’t coming true, i see how many old Sigma users just spending money on Fujifilm MILCs, they sacrifice Foveon IQ for small camera size and interchangable lenses profit, that Sigma lacks.

    Mr. Yamaki do something with it, we want pay Sigma for not other companies, we want Sigma Foveon X3F MILC, with Merrill or older sensor, it’s Foveon IQ what counts for us not megapixels stupid run, please leave Quattro sensor for DSLR and redesign a little one of older sensors or use it as it is in new SIGMA MILC.

    • Fred

      Yes indeed! Please Sigma, release a Merrill camera with 14 mm lens (=21 mm), as good as the others of the series, with that unique 3-D feel that Quattro does not seem to offer. Add faster processing time, even at the cost of a larger battery. Include the new viewing scope, with even some sort of right-angle mirror or folding screen. Indeed, what landscape photographers are craving for is a FF 21mm “DPMW”! You would sell them out instantly! Be brave, but listen to your customers. Output a file format that can be worked on!

  • So when they say “In response to the high demand, Sigma is willing to update the 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM and the 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM.”, how far away would that be? I’m pondering a 70-200mm for the next hockey season (I’m in the southern hemisphere so just ended this weekend and kicks off again in March), so I just get the 70-200 f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM now to get familiar/comfortable with, or will its replacement be likely to arrive by March?

    • Florent – SigmaRumors

      I guess next year, but knowing when exactly… That’s another story.

      • Don’t Sigma usually make some lens announcements at an event around January/February? If so that’s probably the earliest to expect. My thoughts are to realistically expect it in the latter half of next year though, unfortunately for me.

  • pieterk

    The fact that they are now considering the standard zoom and standard tele-zoom makes me want to wait just a little bit more now. My most common focal lengths are below 200mm so this story is interesting indeed. Now lets hope it is as sharp as the other options like the 24-105mm and their 50mm. 😀

  • EarlFargis

    An Art ultra-wide would really be nice. The 1st affordable high-quality one (under $1,500, preferably $1,000) that takes a filter I’ll buy. The fact Sigma is certain to add OS to it is a sweet bonus! So, yeah, Sigma. Take your time on the 18-35mm (or even a hair wider) for FF. I’ll save my pennies in the meantime.

    • Pittsburgh Kid

      I’m for OS on everything at this point. Too often something appears in fading light. Boosted ISO adds noise. Don’t mind extra weight.

  • Thanks for sharing, this is useful for me. I’m evaluating medium-tele zooms for the E-mount and the only option is Sony 70-200mm f/4, even though it’s heavier than one might want. I’d appreciate a lighter zoom with a slightly shorter range (e.g. the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8), but at this point if Sigma is not going to make it, nobody else will. So, probably Sony is the only solution.

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