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Sigma's lineup of lenses

I’m reported that a couple of lenses which were supposed to be announced in Q4 2014 have been pushed into Q1 2015.

I got word about two wide-angle lenses: one could be the much-rumored 24mm f/1.4 DG Art, and the other an ultra-wide DC zoom.

I’m also told that the lower consumer market, where Sigma has a substantial user base, will “soon” be served with “product updates”.

Sigma taking care of the wide end is hardly a surprise, given the gap in the current DG lineup. At the moment we’re left with a couple of (mostly slow) zooms starting or ending at 24mm, and two fisheye lenses.

Here are the other rumored full-frame lenses in this range:

  • 16-20mm f/2 Art. In a previous post, I told about the likelihood of a fast wide-angle zoom lens to come soon, based on an interview with a Sigma rep. “Soon” was maybe a bit optimistic.
  • 14-24mm f/4 Art. Only rumored once, just before Photokina, where it was supposed to be announced. The lens makes sense as such, but is not “in the move” of what I heard lately.

There has been no rumor for a specific ultra-wide DC lens so far.

  • Jedy

    I’d love to replace my Sigma 24mm with a new ART version but the 50mm ART being so stupidly large makes me think the 24mm ART would also be stupidly large. I carry around a Canon 24-105mm L for professional workhorse duties and wouldn’t want a prime almost equal in size. Maybe Sigma are aiming to steal some professional Nikon/Canon L users away from their over priced primes but I feel I may have to look elsewhere for a more compact wide prime.

    • Nimble

      The 50mm Art is hardly “stupidly large” – you are simply indicating your ignorance. It’s beautifully balanced, and a pleasure to use.

      • Jedy

        Well that’s your opinion, not mine. It is a 50mm prime and at almost 100mm in length it is close to the size of the Canon 24-105mm L. This to me is stupidly large for a standard prime. I used some excellent 50mm manual primes back in the day and they were much smaller than this.

  • Chaitanya

    I am still waiting for a 60mm macro with HSM and IF to accompany my 150mm OS HSM for wider shots of larger snakes. I dont care about any other lenses.

    • Florent – SigmaRumors

      I would be surprised to not see a new macro lens from Sigma in 2015.

      • Chaitanya

        I am eagerly waiting for that lens. Since I shoot canon, there are no good full frame 60mm Macro lenses with silent focusing motors or internal focus(Nikon has AF-S 60mm which is a very good lens for the money). Last year after purchasing and using 150mm OS macro lens, I sold my 100mm L as it offered me perfect solution for butterflies and venomous snakes. Since it is much longer, I would love a lens around 60mm focal length for shooting flowers and larger snakes(smaller mag ratio and larger DOF at similar focusing distance of 150mm lens.) Also only thing sorely lacking on that 150mm lens is weather sealing.

  • vice-yokozuna

    Why should it be true?
    Where was rumors about 18-300 and 150-600?
    All these suggestions are no more than speculations.

    • Florent – SigmaRumors

      Should I stop posting rumors? By the way, I don’t post every rumor I receive.
      As for the 18-300mm and 150-600mm, no one heard about them before their announcement. It’s like that.

      • vice-yokozuna

        The only lens successfully predicted was the 24-105mm F4. There was a lot of speculations concerning the 24mm, 135mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm, 16-20mm, 24-70mm F2, while 12 lenses was released without any rumors in last two years.

        I don’t know about sources of rumors and why they are so unreliable, but there are some obvious suggestions. I’m almost sure that in 2015 we’ll see a replacement for the 17-50mm F2.8 lens, probably in the form of 17-55mm F2.8 DC Art. The 24-70mm may be replaced soon, but I doubt it can be F2, more likely the successor will be the 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS Art. The 70-200mm also can be refreshed, and a new affordable full-frame telezoom may be launched.

        We may expect new portrait and telephoto primes, and new fast wideangle primes as well. But who needs rumors that predict less than 10% of future lenses, and most of rumored lenses don’t go to shelves?

  • 4Manlive

    my fullframe is smaller than most aps-c cameras manoj…..

  • dormcat

    A 10-20/2 or 10-18/1.8 DC would not be practical, as the 82mm filter diameter of the current 10-20/3.5 DC is already considered too big for many, and a lens with the same or similar zoom range but 1.7-2 stops brighter would be much larger, heavier, and more expensive (think of Nikon 14-24/2.8G). Those willing to pay the price (money + size + weight) would choose 135 full-frame instead, if they haven’t done so already.

    Tokina’s 11-16/2.8 has already dominated the wide-angle zoom market. Should Sigma release a similar wide-angle zoom it should have some features and/or performance better than Tokina’s equivalent. I also feel a bit sorry for my friends using Pentax bodies: they have very few wide-angle zoom to choose from, as Tokina doesn’t make lens in Pentax K mount other than the rebadged 10-17 fisheye, and none of the remaining options from Sigma, Tamron, or even Pentax itself could compete with Tokina 11-16/2.8, not to mention 3rd party lens in Pentax K mount are usually in lower supply (require back-order) while the same lens in C/N mounts are always in-stock.

  • Manoj

    In an era, where main camera manufactures tries to forget APS-C DSLR lenses and concentrate on full frame market, Sigma has given new hope to those of us who still value smaller format cameras with the release of groundbreaking 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM Art lens.

    It is always nice to release full frame lenses (as we can use those in our D5300, D7100, 70D, 7D-2) such as the 50/1.4 art, 35/1.4 art (and rumored 24/1.4 art, etc). However we believe that, Sigma should concentrate on couple of lenses to complement the 18-35mm lens, so that APS-C users could build up a whole system of optimized global vision ART lenses, which shall provide similar or even better optical perfection in comparison to 18-35/1.8

    My dream wish list for DG and DC lenses are as follows.

    for APS-C Cameras – DC lenses

    1. Sigma 10-18mm f2.0 DC HSM – Art ( f1.8 is even better if possible)

    2. Sigma 50-100mm f2.0 DC HSM – Art ( f1.8 is even better if possible)

    for Full Frame Cameras – DG lenses

    1. Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM – Art

    2. Sigma 14-20mm f2.0 DG HSM – Art

    3. Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG HSM – Art

    4. Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG HSM – Art

    5. Sigma Macro 200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM – Art (this is highly unlikely since 180/2.8 macro is rather new lens)

    6. Sigma 500mm f5.6 DG OS HSM – Sports (for those of us who do wildlife photography, but cannot expend $ 10 k on Nikon and Canon primes)

    • I think for APS-C even better would be:
      1. 10-20mm F2 DC HSM Art,
      2. 50-135mm F2 DC HSM Art.
      Together with 18-35mm F1.8 they would make wonderful and complete system. I would buy them instantly.

      • Florent – SigmaRumors

        Portability issues are ahead with such lenses 🙂 For reference, see how big the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 and Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 are. Definitely manageable, but somewhat on the fat side already.
        I propose: 10-18mm f/2.8 DC and 50-100mm f/2 DC.

        • As a compromise I suggest: 10-20mm F2.8 and 50-100mm F1.8 🙂

        • ceaiu

          10-18mm f2.8 DC sounds good.

          • aunaun

            Stabilization please, I need it for video.

    • Pittsburgh Kid

      If you’re pursuing optical excellence, full format is fundamentally superior, while maintaining manageable ergonomics.

      For wider focal lengths, I’d take a full-format prime or zoom with a sensible max aperture and good vibration reduction any day over owl-eye noctiwonders.

      Super fast wide lenses for spec bragging rights are cumbersome and expensive.

      I’m old enough to remember f-stop wars of the 70’s, where f1.2’s regularly failed against f1.4’s. F1.8s were wonderful, cheap and small. That was before VR and ISO/ASA wheel of fortune. You needed speed through the iris or push-processing grain city. That was then.

      Now we can bump the ISO at will to compensate.

      Don’t get me wrong. Have and love the 35f1.4. Would love the 24f1.4. Would be equally happy with a 24f2.0 with OS. At wider angles, prefer OS over wide aperture even more. With zooms? Not even a contest. Heavy WA zooms with huge objectives are a PITA. Back off a touch and add OS and top notch glass. ED and even FL if need be.

      How about a 24f2.0 Tilt-Shift Art? Or a 45f2.0 OS Tilt-Shift Art?

      There’s all kinds of unexplored territory out there. Who needs more “me too” lenses?

      • EarlFargis

        I suspect Florent is correct and some of the lenses Sigma has pulled will get replacements to fill the gaps created by their discontinuation. Certainty they’re primes so you should be happy there. Sigma is pushing the high end realizing, I suspect, the market has shifted. I suspect they’ll try to get a leg up on the competition on speed. I certainly get folks who pine for APS-C lenses but I’m sure Sigma is looking at quality, flexibility, margins, and market in pushing FF mostly.

        Primes or zooms? That’s a coin flip, a religious war for some. Obviously, Sigma will have to fill both segments. I suspect zooms are better sellers but it’s pure assumption in my part.

        I read somewhere Nikon was answering criticism of why the emphasis on FFs and not DXs. Basically, they said that’s where the serious market is going and there’s not so much interest in pro/semi-pro grade cropped bodies. Lenses to follow that pattern?

        Just a few random thoughts on my part. ;^)

        • ceaiu

          Cameras like 70D and D7100 sell better than 6D and D600/D610.
          Some of their users will be happy with 18-xxx type of lenses, some users will buy FF compatible lenses (compromises) thinking they will upgrade sometime, but others will just want the best for their current system.
          If for Canon/Nikon the third category is not enough, for Sigma it should be more than enough, since they are a smaller company and they will also sell the same product in (5) different mounts.
          So there’s definitely a large (enough) market for APS-C lenses, especially for wide angles (where you can’t substitute with FF lenses).

          • EarlFargis

            When I got back into the hobby 4-5 years I went APS-C because the price gap between it and FF was huge. Nikon (and Sony in mirrorless) have really pushed FF pricing to make the price entry very attractive. Nikon Rumors just posted on another $100 price drop on the D610. Amazon lists a new D7100 around $950 and D610 around $1,600. Sure, that’s still a big difference for many but anyone who’s going to spend more than a trivial amount on lenses isn’t going to see it as a big deal and, obviously, Sigma is targeting those willing to open their wallets for lenses.

            I recently saw a video of a Nikon rep saying APS-C is really important to them when directly asked but I didn’t get a warm and fuzzy it’s a huge priority. Following the Sony forums (my APS-C is a Sony) I hear similar gripes. They’re consolidated their APS-C, both mirror-less and SLT, while cranking out mirrorless FF bodies and lenses. APS-C owners keep asking when will it be their turn.

          • ceaiu

            I’m not arguing that D610 is better than D7100 (or at least the sensor is), but for some D7100 is already more than good enough…
            Add one standard zoom, like Sigma 18-35/1.8 ($800) for DX and Tamron 24-70/2.8 ($1,200) for FX and the difference reaches $1,050. For that money one could buy the Nikon 70-200/4 (bundled now with D7100).

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