New Sigma 300mm f/2.8 OS and 400mm f/2.8 OS Sports lenses are rumored to be announced sometime in 2014 in order to compete against the more expensive Canon and Nikon models.
Sigma has been making long telephoto lenses for quite some time. A 300mm f/2.8 model is still available on Amazon for $3,399, while the 400mm f/5.6 model can be found on eBay at various prices depending on the state of the product.
Sigma 300mm f/2.8 and 400mm f/2.8 Sports lenses in the works, might be tested at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
The Japanese corporation is not willing to give up on this segment and it is aiming to provide new goodies in the neighboring future. According to inside sources
These optics are obviously in the hands of the testers, but they might go partially public at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics taking place in Russia. If you are a fan of optics, then you might want to look around towards photographers and you may be lucky enough to spot either one of these lenses.
Sigma poised to launch 500mm and 800mm lenses sometime soon, too
Sigma may go even deeper with its Sports-series lenses. Apparently, there are two more models in the works, providing focal lengths of 500mm and 800mm, while recent talks have mentioned a 600mm f/4 mirror lens.
Photographers can already find 500mm f/4.5 and 600mm f/8 on the market with support for lots of mounts, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma and more.
The new 500mm and 600mm models would provide a maximum aperture of f/4. Meanwhile, the brightness of the 800mm unit remains unknown, at least until the rumor mill reveals it.
Patent for Sigma 300mm f/2.8 APO lens recently discovered
In recent times, it has been discovered that Sigma has patented a new 300mm f/2.8 APO lens. The patent has been filed on September 4, 2012 and approved on October 24, 2013. If it really comes on the market in 2014, then it would mean that the company has handled this product very well.
Sigma’s latest approved patent describes a lens size of approximately 190mm with 14 pieces divided in 10 groups. There are five ED elements and one FLD element, which should keep optical flaws to the minimum.
As usual, this is just a rumor and you must take it with a pinch of salt. Either way, it is nice to hear that Sigma is trying to bring long and fast telephoto lenses to the masses, as the Nikon and Canon models have prohibitive prices.