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.

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Sigma lens exhibition in Cologne

The new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports. Credit: Sigma France

No new Art lens
To the disappointment of many, the much anticipated 24mm f/1.4 Art and 85mm f/1.4 Art did not see the light of day, neither did the 14-24mm f/4 DG OS HSM that came out of nowhere a few weeks ago.

Sigma took a different path and filled the two other Global Vision categories. Before Photokina 2014, the Contemporary and Sports lines contained 2 lenses and 1 lens, respectively, versus 8 in the Art division (counting the 3 designs for mirrorless cameras).

Also, the Contemporary line lacked a long telephoto zoom lens to challenge the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3, and for two years the only Sports lens has been the pro-oriented 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM (introduced back in September 2012, at the previous Photokina) and it was not even a new optical design. So what we are seeing is not really a surprise either.

A note on the origin of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art rumor. Someone at Sigma allegedly said that it would be the next Art prime lens release. That was in May, and no Art lens has been released since then. If this happens to be true, it should not be long before we see this lens.

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Sigma booth at Photokina 2014

Credit: Sigma France

Sigma France posted a set of pictures from Photokina, showing the booth setup (#B20/C29, hall 4.2) and the freshly announced gear, from the lenses to the new lines of filters. You can find it on Facebook.

Photokina ends September 21. Stay tuned for tidbits from the show throughout the week.


Sigma's latest telephoto Sports zoom lens is available for pre-order

Adorama has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports available for pre-order at the expected price of $1,999.

Available mounts: Canon | Nikon | Sigma


Sigma dp1Q

Without surprise, the Sigma dp1 Quattro is finally announced (pre-order). The dp3 Quattro will be introduced later this year it seems.

The dp1Q boasts an all-new 19mm lens. Its specs are otherwise identical to those of the dp2 Quattro.

Sigma shows the camera with an optional LCD viewfinder with that is sure to bring attention.

Below are a few excerpts from the official announcement.

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Three lenses (among which two different 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lenses), two new teleconverters and a set of filters have just been announced.

  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports (weather sealed)
  • Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro Contemporary (weather sealed)
  • Sigma TC-1401 1.4× Teleconverter (weather sealed)
  • Sigma TC-2001 2× Teleconverter (weather sealed)
  • Sigma WR Protector Filters (water-repellent, antistatic type) and Sigma Protector Filters (normal type)
  • Sigma WR UV Filters (water-repellent, antistatic type)
  • Sigma WR Circular Polarizing Filters (water-repellent, antistatic type)

Lenses and TCs will be available for pre-order soon.

Below are a few interesting excerpts from the official announcements.

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Sigma 150-600mm C

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports

Sigma 150-600mm S

Both versions of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM feature dust and splash-proof features, as well as new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. They boast an updated Optical Stabilizer (OS) that features an accelerometer for improved vertical and horizontal panning, essential for bird, wildlife and motor sports photography. Two new switches were added for ease-of-use, including a new zoom lock switch capable of locking at any focal distance and a Manual Override (MO) switch for improved control of focusing performance. An enhanced auto focus (AF) algorithm and Hyper Sonic Motor ensure quiet and fast AF. The lenses are compatible with Sigma’s newly announced lineup of Global Vision teleconverters, which are effective up to F/8. 

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports offers the highest level of performance and durability with a splash and dust proof construction, and features dimensions of 4.8 inches by 11.4 inches, with a weight of 100.9 ounces. It contains 24 lens elements in 16 groups – including two FLD and three SLD glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F/22 and minimum focusing distance of 102.4 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is also 1:5. The Sports lens will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens is the first hyper-telephoto zoom lens from the Global Vision Contemporary line, and will enable easy handling with a smaller build than its Sports counterpart. It is equipped with a splash and dust proof mount, and while the weight of the lens is still to be determined, its dimensions will be 4.1 inches by 10.2 inches. The lens will feature 20 elements in 14 groups – including one FLD and three SLD glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F/22 and minimum focusing distance of 110.2 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is 1:5. It will be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.

Read the full press release

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro Contemporary

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 C

The lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 15 inches, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3. To enhance the macro capabilities of the lens, Sigma Corporation has also designed a dedicated close-up AML72-01 lens that pairs with the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 to offer a maximum magnification ratio 1:2 and changeable angles of view. Even when this close-up lens is attached, the image taken at maximum magnification ratio, at 300mm, infinity, shows very little difference in modulation transfer function (MTF). This close-up lens will be sold separately for $55 and will also be available in October.

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 Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Contemporary

The Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Contemporary for Sony A-mount (not to be confused with the all-new 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3) should start shipping in late September, according to a notice from Sigma Japan. The Pentax version is not mentioned.

Pre-order the Sigma 18-200mm C (Sony A-mount version) | Read Sigma’s notice

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