After the CP+ show, DPReview’s usual Q&A with the CEO of Sigma was awaited with interest.
Sigma FE-mount lenses
Sigma will make lenses for the Sony FE system, but DSLRs are still the top priority.
The strategy is to complement the existing offering, rather than overlapping it. Maybe a ~50mm f/1.4 (well, such a lens would certainly encroach on the Sony 55mm f/1.8), or “something different”.
From the sound of things, some important initial decisions have not been taken yet, so we must be one or two announcements away from seeing a Sigma FE-mount lens.
Next Art lens(es)
Interestingly, Mr. Yamaki mentions the just-released Canon 11-24mm f/4 – a “very good, but expensive” lens – when asked about the next Sigma Art lens.
Is something similar but more affordable coming down the pipe? Probably, since he acknowledges that there’s a gap to be filled, and recalls Sigma’s tradition of having a rich and original offer in this segment. A few thoughts on the matter here.
The most requested lens is a 24-70mm f/2.8. Macro lenses and ultra wides, “like a 14-24mm”, come next.
24-105mm f/4 Art muddle
Production of the 24-105mm will continue, although its sales haven’t been really good.
Mr. Yamaki explains that Sigma initially predicted “very low” demand for this lens, and as it sold out, the factory wasn’t producing any (lenses with low sales volumes are not manufactured continuously). In the meantime, a lot of orders came in… So now Sigma has to resume production, which is a monthslong process.
[Source: CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview – “small office, big factory”, at DPReview]