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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!


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Once again, it is floating around that a 85mm f/1.4 Art is to be announced in 2015, and released in 2016. An ultra wide-angle zoom lens is also mentioned.

Since that 85mm f/1.4 Art is arguably the most requested Sigma lens, differentiating wishful thinking from real bits of info is the tough part — but we indeed expect another announcement this year.

Common sense would tend to something that doesn’t exist in the Sigma lineup, like a 135mm f/2. Sigma is quite proud of the recent 85mm f/1.4 EX and without a doubt updating it so quickly was not in the plans, but the demand has been too high to ignore it.


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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens mockup (thanks to SR reader Hanabi)

There is some amount of anticipation for a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art with Zeiss Otus-like quality. After all, one can’t help but eagerly wait for a 85mm lens now that top-notch 50, 35 and 24mm optics have been released.

The main difference with those focal lengths is the existence of a recent (2011) 85mm f/1.4 in the Sigma EX lineup. While optically it does deliver, the new line raises the bar in all aspects, and as a result, it is much more attention grabbing.

So a new lens appears to be the only way out for Sigma, but I’m not sure updating the 85mm EX so quickly was in the plans. With hindsight, perhaps it would have been better to release it as a Global Vision lens* together with the 35mm f/1.4 Art in late 2012.

Regarding a fast 135mm prime lens, the situation is quite different. Sigma has none, and the CEO stated a while ago that this void had to be addressed. One can assume that such a lens has been in development for some time.

The timing is ideal for Sigma to join the 135mm bandwagon: Canon’s and Nikon’s 135mm f/2 lenses are on the old side (even though the red-ringed one is still highly regarded) and the two recent releases from Zeiss and Samyang are manual focus only.

In the end, judging from what’s there and what’s not, a 135mm f/2 should come first, but it may not be what most users want. What do you think?

* Likewise for the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX Macro, which was released just a couple of months prior to the introduction of the revamped lineup. Moreover, the macro offering was already pretty solid, so there was no need to rush it to market.


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Sigma rumors for 2015

A 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS Art might be the next lens to join the full-frame camp. I see it coming before a 85mm f/1.4 DG Art or 135mm f/2 DG Art.

A macro lens is likely as well, but things are fuzzier here and we could speculate endlessly. We have three medium and long lenses from the EX era (105mm, 150mm and 180mm f/2.8 EX), two discontinued lenses (50mm and 70mm f/2.8 EX) due to “not so much demand“, and Sigma’s CEO stating that a new macro glass is one of the top user requests. So, from an update to something completely new — everything is possible. I’m leaning towards a new 105mm f/2.8 DG OS Macro, but I wouldn’t write it in stone.

We can also expect a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Contemporary at some point. Those affordable telezoom lenses are very popular. The current Sigma models are on the shoddy side, and don’t quite make it with today’s sensors.

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The 24mm f/1.4 Art is now a reality, but the CP+ show left you hungry for more. Don’t worry, we should see one or two other Sigma announcements in 2015.

I won’t be listing all the possibilities, just what I think Sigma is working on (based on rumors, patents, statements or other hints), and I’ll be discussing one or two other options as well.

24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS Art & 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS Sports

Last year, Sigma’s CEO admitted that the 24-70mm f/2.8 EX and 70-200mm f/2.8 EX had to be updated. At this stage, and given how important these zooms are in a lens lineup, it makes little doubt that both are in development. Canon, Tamron and even Tokina have announced/updated their own 24-70mm f/2.8 recently. Sigma should follow suit.

Mr. Yamaki also expressed how he was impressed with the optical qualities of the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. I presume the goal is to make a lens just as good, with stabilization to boot.

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