Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki has revealed in an interview that the company is working on a number of new lenses, including models aimed at mirrorless cameras that will be announced in 2015.
One of the most popular third-party lens manufacturers, Sigma, is developing new lenses for multiple purposes and systems, the company’s CEO has announced.
The information comes from a recent interview with Spanish website DSLR Magazine, which contains lots of interesting details, such as the fact that Sigma will release more optics for mirrorless cameras.
New Sigma mirrorless lenses are in development and will be announced next year
CEO Kazuto Yamaki is aware that the sales of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are growing. As a result, new Sigma mirrorless lenses are definitely being planned and the company’s line-up will be expanded in the near future.
There are plenty of hints that the expansion will begin in early 2015 at the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2015. There is no chance that photographers will see Sigma’s optics at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 because the company will not attend the event, said Yamaki.
Unfortunately, the CEO has not given any hints regarding the focal lengths and maximum apertures of the upcoming optics.
Sigma always puts image quality first, but it will shrink its lenses if possible
The Japanese company’s leader has explained that another 50mm f/1.4 lens is not being planned because of a couple of reasons. The sales of the recently-released “Art” version are going well and Sigma is not ready to trade image quality in favor of smaller dimensions and weight.
Regarding the size and weight of the optics, Mr. Yamaki says that the company is still waiting to see what camera makers will do. If they choose to opt for low megapixel sensors, then the lenses will become tinier and lighter while preserving image quality. However, if the megapixel count increases, then Sigma will definitely concentrate on delivering the best possible image quality.
The CEO is also claiming that Sigma might not launch any optics for Sony FE-mount cameras. It is hard to create such lenses due to the mount’s small width. The same problem is met when developing Nikon F-mount lenses, but the problem is not encountered when creating Canon EF lenses because EOS cameras have wider mounts.
What’s next and what’s not coming anytime soon from Sigma
Sigma will replace all the lenses released before the introduction of the “Global Vision” initiative. One of the optics that could be poised for a 2015 launch is the 85mm f/1.4 Art, which is something that has been rumored in the past. Although Kazuto Yamaki has not confirmed that this model is on its way, he has hinted that the company is exploring this option.
Another hint was given towards the launch of an 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens for full-frame sensors. However, one problem is that the dimensions of such product would be too big to make it a feasible option.
As for a high-end 24-70mm lens, there are little chances that such product would come to life. Although the CEO admits that he likes challenges, creating a high-quality 24-70mm lens is challenging and it may not be worthwhile.
In order to find out Sigma’s plans for the future, stay tuned to Camyx!