Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki has confirmed that the company will start making lenses for Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras in the future and that the next Art lens could be a 24-70mm f/2.8 version.
Nowadays, Sigma is mainly making lenses for Canon EF and Nikon F DSLR cameras. However, the Japan-based company is also making optics for Sony A-mount and other cameras. Although Sony FE-mount cameras have been around for almost two years now, the company has not made a single lens for this mount.
According to the CEO of Sigma, this thing could change in the future. After releasing the lenses the consumers demanded for Canon and Nikon DSLRs as well as for mirrorless cameras, the manufacturer will shift its focus to the Sony FE-mount.
Sigma FE-mount lenses will be released at some point in the future
Sigma’s CEO says that the company has not deliberately ignored the Sony’s FE-mount. He says that they simply cannot focus on this line-up for the time being, as most of their customers have Canon and Nikon DSLRs. This means that their priorities lie elsewhere, but it does not mean that they will never make FE-mount optics.
Kazuto Yamaki adds that Sigma FE-mount lenses will come at some point and they will be “something different” than what is found in the existing Sony-Zeiss line-up.
The interview at DPReview is mentioning the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens, which is compact, lightweight and offers superb image quality. Mr. Yamaki says that in the event of making a similar lens, they would make a f/1.4 version or a different optic.
Why FE-mount lenses are not a priority: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lens
According to Kazuto Yamaki, DSLRs simply come first. The CEO says that the company still needs to update its line-up before focusing on other projects. Currently, the biggest revenue is coming from Canon and Nikon users, who are demanding new optics.
Mr. Yamaki says that the most requested product consists of the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lens. Although he has not confirmed that this optic is in development, he has given hints that this might be the next Art-series lens.
After the 24-70mm f/2.8, the Japanese manufacturer will focus on macro and ultra wide-angle zoom lenses for the Art-series. Sigma is aware of the huge success of the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, so it acknowledges the need of such product, but the company will probably make a new 12-24mm model.
What happened to the 24-105mm f/4 Art lens?
The fairly new 24-105mm f/4 Art lens has been marked as discontinued at some stores after being out of stock for a while. A lot of sources have claimed that the optic is out of production and that it is not coming back, following poor sales.
It appears that this is partially true, but the stories have been taken out of context. Kazuto Yamaki says that the demand for this lens has been “very low”, therefore the company has stopped making it in order to focus on optics with a higher demand.
Nevertheless, the manufacturer has received plenty of orders for the 24-105mm f/4 Art lens in recent times, so the optic is back in production. This statement should clarify things and should put an end to all rumors for the time being.
Meanwhile, stay tuned to find out which Sigma lens is coming next!