With Sony’s A7 series becoming more and more attractive, requests for Sigma FE-mount lenses are increasing.
Apparently it’s just a matter of time before we see Sigma taking the plunge, judging from the last words of Sigma’s CEO on this topic:
DPReview: Can you give us an idea of your current priorities?
Kazuto Yamaki: DSLRs first, particularly Canon and Nikon, since most of our customers use those systems. And after that mirrorless. Sony FE-mount.
So now the question is: when?
I must say, I can’t find back the recent interview where Mr. Yamaki expresses initial thoughts and questioning on how to design a high-performance FF mirrorless lens without making it too bulky. In any case, it was hinting at a very, very early development stage.
Now what if the impressive AF performance of the A7R II with DSLR lenses encouraged Sigma to release its in E-mount, instead of developing a dedicated lens line?
This option was first suggested to Sigma by Imaging Resource in November 2014, and certainly deserves to be explored — even more so now.
Imaging Resource: Yeah, I guess that’s another possibility: You have some very good full frame lenses. It’d be kind of like taking APS-C and translating to Micro Four Thirds, if you take some of your full-frame lenses, and just have an E-mount on them so that they work with the full-frame sensor.
Sigma: Yeah, I could see that would be very helpful.
Whatever happens, interesting times ahead…