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Sigma rumors for 2015 and 2016

A couple of things regarding Sigma’s lens roadmap have come to my ears (thanks).

  • “No rush to get the 24-70mm out”. The 24-70mm f/2.8 OS Art may be released after Canon’s own stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. The Sigma will do more harm to the Canon if it comes out after it. Also, the new 24-70mm is expected to hit the already not-so-good sales of the 24-105mm quite a bit, so Sigma is willing to leave a bit of room for this lens for a couple more months.
  • “70-200mm f/2.8 OS Art? Forget it”. I’m told that Sigma will rather stick to fast primes in this range — at least in a close future. It means a 85, a 135, and perhaps a 200mm. All less expensive than the Canon and Nikon competitors.
  • The rumored APS-C zoom lens is still planned.
  • “Maximum 1 more focal length this year to come. No word on how many lenses that will be though…”. This may be hinting at a recent rumor about 12-24mm DG Contemporary and Art siblings. However, there’s no indication of a focal length range, but only a single FL.
  • Sigma knows that its lenses work well on the Sony A7 series of mirrorless cameras with the Metabones adapter, and ponders whether it would be a good thing to let people know “officially” about it, and to promote using lenses with a third-party adapter.

This source nailed it with the announcement of the 24mm f/1.4 Art, so they may be onto something here as well. Still, take everything with a pinch of salt!

  • Stefan Weilhartner

    i can’t await the 85mm 1.4 DG HSM Art lens. I have the old one and i use that lens a lot but i want to have the same performance as the 35mm Art has, that i only use when doing a bit wider angles.
    these are my two lenses when traveling. maybe i could use a zoom lens for wide angles – i missed that in angkor wat last year. but after that i guess i don’t need any more lenses.

  • animalsbybarry

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  • disqus_PTa7GxvTti

    What I would do for a FF Foveon Merrill….

  • Hopefully they revert back to the DP Merrill sensor, or at least offer updated ones as an option for those that prefer the 1:1 sensor over the one in the Quattros. I surely will never buy a DP Quattro, but would buy a new, improved DP Merrill camera. It shocking that they have stepped away from what made them unique ~ no other company offers cameras with 1:1 sensors.

  • Pittsburgh Kid

    While we await Florent’s return, any thoughts on the announced Tamron 35 and 45f1.8 primes WITH OS?

    The MTF on them is worth a look:

    http://nikonrumors.com/2015/09/02/tamron-sp-35mm-and-45mm-f1-8-di-vc-usd-lenses-for-nikon-f-mount-announced.aspx/

    Sigma should seriously think about an OS wide prime.

  • channyuk

    It’s a shame Sigma aren’t apparently going after Canikon on the 70-200 f2.8 front with a “Sports” model of their own, especially since the Nikon VR2 is not exactly perfect (heavy focus breathing)

  • Greggory Burt

    Losing patience with Sigma, thinking of just buying the Nikon 85mm 1.4.

  • Andreas

    No rumors on long prime lenses, like 500 and 600?
    I would love if Sigma could make Art quality lenses of this length.

  • animalsbybarry

    Florent
    Hope you are enjoying your vacstion
    I do miss the new Sigma rumors though.

  • MdB

    While it is great that they do work well with adapters (I use a few Sigma’s and looking to add a couple more), it would be nice if they made an optically and mechanically identical version with E-Mount native mount. This would mean the adapter can be optimised for the lens AND there would be less chance of alignment issues. Please Sigma, you know how to do this, even as part of your mount change service would be really nice!

  • Channyuk

    I wonder if the relatively poor sales of the 24-105 f4 art is because it is art and not sports. For me, any general purpose lens for full frame should at least have a mount gasket to give the user some reassurance about using the lens in light rain at the very least. With fast primes, this is less of an issue, but I think general purpose should include usability in light rain…which both canon and Nikon equivalents offer. For crop sensors, weather sealing is maybe less of an issue since not all crop sensor bodies are weather sealed, whereas all full frame bodies are.

    • Snel Amgis

      The poor sales of the 24-105 is because no dealers can get them. Given that the first run sold out around the world, and the many favourable reviews, I would say it has more to do with bad management. Bit hard to sell something you can’t get stock of.

  • WorkonSunday

    i will still give it a shot if Sigma is willing to make a APS-H SD1 Quattro

  • Sigma Guy

    This rumor is a week old. Any news on lenses, cameras, leaks, etc?

  • andrei ioan

    what about a 70-300 OS to kick tamron’s ass? my tamron is soft until f11 🙁 so i would replace it with a sigma maybe or i’ll get some 70-200 f4…

  • Ramana

    Here is an interesting review of the DP0:
    http://www.rockymountainsplendor.com/sigma-dp0-camera-review/

    • Chalupa

      The review recommends “Pull down the highlights a minus 1.8 or 2.0 in Sigma Pro Photo and then tone down the highlights some more in Lightroom…”
      That’s the max adjustment in SPP. Why not try to get a better exposure? The DR of the Quattro (and Merrill) isn’t that limiting if you understand how to expose a shot in high contrast situations.

      • Jeffry De Meyer

        The Author did write that you needed to bracket.

        I just got mine, as to be expected the weather is all grey, windy and rainy. It will be that way all weekend…
        But I can already tell you that dynamic range is far worse than what I am used on the merrills

  • Wishful

    So does anyone have any insight on this rumored APS-C zoom lens?

  • stpr

    I made a list of possible future Sigma lenses a view months ago, so I guess this is a good place to post an updated version 🙂

    Primes
    50mm 2.5 DG Macro HSM Art – to replace the 50mm 2.8 EX DG Macro
    85mm 1.4 DG HSM Art – Rumored and requested for a long time now
    105mm 2.8 DG Macro OS HSM Art – Reworked 105mm 2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
    135mm 1.8 DG HSM Art – see 85mm

    APS-C zooms
    9-18 or 10-20mm 2.8 DC HSM Art – to replace the Sigma AF 10-20mm 3.5 EX DC HSM
    16-55mm 2.8 DC OS HSM Art – to replace the Sigma AF 17-50mm 2.8 EX DC OS HSM
    17-85mm 2.8 DC OS HSM Art – Unique wide aperture zoom lens for indoor shooting, I would love this
    17-135mm 3.5-5.6 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary – Competitor to Canon EF-S 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS STM
    15-300mm 2.8-5.6 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary – Successor to the 18-300mm 3.5-6.3 DC Makro OS HSM
    35-70mm 1.8 DC OS HSM Art – Supplement to the 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM Art, already hinted at
    45-135mm 2.5 DC OS HSM Sports – APS-C sibling of the 70-200mm 2.8 DG, replaces the 50-150
    50-300mm 3.5-5.6 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary – Competitor to Canon EF-S 55-250mm 4.0-5.6 IS STM

    FF zooms:
    11-24mm 4.0 DG HSM Art – Competitor to the Canon 11-24 f/4 USM
    24-70mm 2.8 DG OS HSM Art – Standard zoom, in urgent need of a refresh
    24-135 4.0 DG OS HSM Art – FF sibling to the 17-85 above, could replace the 24-105 4.0
    70-200mm 2.8 DG OS HSM Sports – to go against the Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8 L IS II USM
    70-300mm 4.0-5.6 DG Macro OS HSM Contemporary – Compete with Tamron SP AF 70-300mm 4.0-5.6 Di VC USD
    100-400mm 4.0-5.6 DG OS HSM Sports – to compete with the Canon EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 L IS USM
    50-500mm 4.0-8.0 DG Macro OS HSM Contemporary – Successor to the 50-500mm 4.0-6.3 EX DG APO HSM

    • SimenO

      Nice list! I agree on much of this, but i think its a bit too much focused on the basic parameters and OS. I think low weight and size is a growing niche that will gain momentum and work against large apertures for some lenses. I also believe Sigma would make their first medium format lens and the worlds first AF mirror lens. With OS. The medium format lens could be the basis for a tilt/shift lens for the usual dslrs.

      • stpr

        Low weight and small size doesn’t seem to be a focus for Sigma atm to be honest. Maybe they will put more emphasis on this with the next generation of the Global Vision range.

    • Brendan

      That’s a fun list. In addition to APS-C zooms though, there really also needs to be APS-C primes in the same vein as the 30mm f1.4. Fuji has made a really nice business building fairly compact lenses based on the smaller sensor size. There are a heck of a lot of people with Rebel type camera’s out there. Most obvious are:
      55mm 1.2-1.4
      24mm 1.4-2

      I hate recommending full frame lenses to users of aps-c bodies. These two would make great 35mm and 85mm prime equivalents.

  • that1guyy

    When are they going to make native E mount lenses? Stupid Sigma.

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      They have been making emount lenses for years, stupid sony recently started putting sensors behind it that are to big for the mount to properly handle.

      • Brendan

        Third party lens manufacturers will start building lenses for Sony when they get their act together and stick to a mount system that they themselves commit to.

  • that1guyy

    the 70-200 f2.8 would be a sport lens, not art.

  • EarlFargis

    Off-topic but the new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 is on sale $100 off at Adorama. The catch is you can only use this link:

    http://www.adorama.com/SG2414NK.html?utm_term=Other&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=Other&utm_source=rflaid63773&cvosrc=affiliate.63773

    Code: NRWEEKEND

    If this doesn’t work the link can be found at Nikon Rumors (sorry to pimp another site here).

    Makes me wonder if sales of the new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 are disappointing Adorama. Pretty soon for a discount.

  • I would very much like more great DC lenses like the 18-35mm f1.8. What about a 50/55-150 f2 or even f1.8? Make it the same size as the traditional 70-200, just for APS-C and you’d have a stellar telephoto lens for crop sensors. On the other end a 10-18mm tack sharp and nice and fast to go with the 18-35mm would also be splendid.

    Since “everyone” seems to be obsessed about full frame there is a definite unanswered desire for great crop lenses. Sigma did it with the 18-35mm f1.8, perhaps they could do it again.

    • stpr

      A DC 35-70 f/1.8 Art is my most wanted lens. A 45-135mm or 50-150mm 2.0 DC OS HSM Sports would be also nice indeed. So much possibilities for unique lenses here 🙂

      • Size is obviously the issue here, however you reduce the size a lot by going DC rather than DG. Considering the size of a 70-200 F/2.8 and how popular they are it should be possible to build a fairly fast tele zoom within the same physical size.

        Then again, I’m not an optical engineer so it really isn’t my problem to solve or find out if it is possible.

        • stpr

          Of course it would be possible if they make it as big as the 70-200 F/2.8, but this one also weights 1,5kg, which is quite heavy for a DC lens. I think a 2.5/2.8 lens with <1kg would find more success but I am no expert either, just love to speculate 🙂

          • Yes, that is quite big, but at the same time the 18-35 F1.8 is already quite big. It is bigger and heavier than my all metal mamiya 645 prime lenses with (all metal) EF-converter.

            I the end it comes down to either nice and practical (F/2.8) or super fast (F/1.8 or F2). If you need reach you could simply get the traditional 70-200 and enjoy the extra reach the crop factor gives you. The DC equivalent version would have to offer something different, namely size or speed.

            I personally would love the speed, but I suspect there’s a larger market for smaller size.

  • Chaitanya

    How about a full frame 60mm Macro art? Unlike Canon/Nikon Sigma doesnt have a macro lens around that focal length now a days .

  • Alto Speckhardt

    Oh nooo…I’m desperatly waiting for the 24-70/f2.8 with IS. The 24-105/f4 IS is very good, but often too dark for indoors use, and the
    lenses I do use now are really getting me down… :-I

  • John Halpern

    I just want either Canon or Sigma to finally release a 24-70 with stabilization.
    Every professional photographer and videographer that I know will buy one. The Tamron isn’t quite good enough, especially the build of it. It’s focusing grip is like a rubberband, it pulls away from the lens barrel when you rotate it.
    Come-on Canon + Sigma, get it done !

    • Steve Griffin

      Mine doesn’t.

      • John Halpern

        Steve, that’s good to hear…
        I tested one out @ B+H and I noticed that issue. Maybe I’ll take a second look…I’d like to see what Canon + Sigma do with their versions, but I can’t wait forever.

        • Steve Griffin

          The only “issue” with my lens, apart from the fact that it is so good, is that the zoom ring as a tiny touch of “play”.

          Optically it’s as good as most primes, so I’ve consciously decided not to use to for awhile – because I tend not to use my other lenses – zooms make me lazy.

  • john

    What rumored APS-C lens? When I click on the link, it leads me to rumors about FF lenses.

  • Quinn Burke

    200 f/2 PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!

  • true

    Thanks, it’s good to know some things beforehand. I’m now happy that I purchased 12-24 m1 from ebay. I will prolly have many months to play with it, and trade it for newer only happens when I see test results that distortion is same with m1, not m2.

    A little curious though why they would not want to release a 70-200. The current nikon 70-300 is 70-135 @200mm end, so that’s a lens they could “kill” if they did it “right”.

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    No reason for sigma not to just release an emount lens that is a bit longer than their SLR counterparts, that is pretty much what sony did with their 28-70 kit lens. the back side of that glass sits about a mirrorbox lenght away from its back

  • Ramana

    Still no reviews of DP0 Quattro??

  • Shaul Boilov

    Very disappointing with the 70-200, the current one (which I own) simply isn’t good enough anymore. it’s too soft under f5.6
    and tends to miss focus on moving subjects.

  • Pawel

    I’d love an UWA zoom in the new range.

  • Dinant

    Any news about the art series lenses being re-housed into real cine lenses?

  • mas921

    was kinda holding off the 70-200 waiting for any indication from Sigma; this just sealed the deal for the tamron.

    but i can understand why they’re focusing on the primes I guess since they’re easier to develop, making awesome primes (Art) to fix the brand perception is faster and more effective bussiness wise. 85mm f/1.4 Art up next!

    • Dave_D69

      I agree with you. But apparently they want to keep the current 85 as long as possible since it is apparently a good seller (which is beyond me considering price and performance). The 135 is the most likely FF prime lens to show up next if you put these new rumors into the equation. I suspect a new DX/Apsc lens or perhaps the 12-24 which I hope will be a 2.8. If so I’m getting one for the upcoming aurora season…

    • I’ve been holding off the 70-200 as well hoping for a new one, but I want mine for Ice Hockey. From what I’ve read the Tamron isn’t that great at fast AF, so when the new season approaches (I’m in Australia so that isn’t until next March) I’ll just get the Sigma I didn’t buy in March this year just-in-case. 🙁

  • Channyuk

    Still think any 24-70 2.8 needs to be a Sport rather Art lens

    • Russell Ferris

      If it were a smaller 120-300, no pumper zooms allowed.

  • Greg

    Also too bad there is no adapter from Sigma SA to Sony e-mount…

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      Doesn’t the laea4 do that ?

      • Greg

        Never heard of that before, but after doing a quick search it seems this adapter is from Sony A mount to E mount. Good to know it`s there. An adapter from Sigma SA to Sony E-mount would mean I could use my sigma lenses on a Sony in case I buy that camera one day for low light photography

        • Jeffry De Meyer

          Ow sorry, I didn’t pay enough attention.
          As far as I know the only converters there are for SA to E are manual and probably don’t have a way to adjust the aperture.

    • Paul Menard

      you might be able to use a pentax adapter, i think SA is very similer to k mount or whatever, physically

      • Tom

        SA is a clone electronically of Canon’s mount I believe. You can switch mount plates and they will work (Canon lens to SA). That’s what I’ve read multiple times anyhow. Given the colour cast and flat-field issues with the Merrill sensor, I’d prefer native lenses. No idea if you can go the other way.

        • Greg

          Interesting. Might be good to do some search about that on the internet. Anyway, this would only be interesting if it worked the other way around too: having a canon to sony e-mount adapter and being able to change the adapter-bajonet to sigma SA in a way that the lenses work.

    • MdB

      You could probably build one by taking the electronics from a Canon adapter putting it into a K-Mount adapter (I believe they are mechanically a K-Mount and electronically a EF, but with their own pin arrangement). Should be easy enough if you are a bit handy, you can make one adapter that adapts all SA mounts, rather than lens by lens.

  • Dave_D69

    Damn I want a 70-200 art. Not very interested in the primes of those focal lengths since my subjects move around and I need that zoom…

  • Russell Ferris

    I’d forget to pay rent for a 200mm f/2 Art

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      I hope the box it will come in is big enough;

      • Russell Ferris

        Excellent

  • digi2ap

    Aside from the lenses what about an SD1M replacement rumour?

    • Greg

      Yeah, that`s what I am wondering about too….when will we see Sigma`s next DSLR?

      • digi2ap

        And will it be a DSLR even? Probably though, I agree.

        • Greg

          I hope it will, although mirrorless does have some charme too

          • opp

            I hope it’s mirrorless. Focusing manual true an optical viewfinder is at least for my eyes at more than 30 Mio pixel to difficult. Or the should introduce a interchangeable DP-Camera. I cant carry all 4 of them around.

          • Jeffry De Meyer

            Blasphemy!
            Next you will be asking for a DP zoom

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