Sigma is rumored to announce several Art-series lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras at the Photokina 2014 event taking place in mid-September.
One of the best third-party lens manufacturers is considered to be Sigma. The Japanese corporation has received a lot of praises during the past few years thanks to its “Art” lenses, such as the 18-35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.4.
Recently, the rumor mill has been hinting that the company would release a bunch of lenses for Fujifilm X-mount cameras at this year’s edition of the Photokina.
Sources familiar with the matter are back with more information, this time claiming that the company’s optics will make their way to the Micro Four Thirds mount, courtesy of the world’s largest digital imaging event.
Sigma Art lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras rumored to be announced at Photokina 2014
Owners of Micro Four Thirds cameras will certainly rejoice upon hearing that Sigma will put more efforts into this mount. Furthermore, the news is even more exciting as the optics are actually the high-quality Art series models.
It is unknown whether all Sigma Art lenses will hit MFT shooters this fall or not. What we do know is that several of them are coming and that “some” will feature bright apertures.
This is why there are hopes that the 30mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, and 50mm f/1.4 will all be ported to the Micro Four Thirds system.
Other models that may appear are the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM and the 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lenses. All five units are priced below $1,000, so there are no reasons to believe that their MFT versions will go beyond this price tag.
For the time being, Amazon is selling the Sigma 19mm f/1.8 for around $170
Sigma will actually port existing lenses to the Micro Four Thirds mount
Everything sounds very promising, but if you want to be nitpicky, then you should know that Sigma is not developing these lenses from scratch.
According to the source, the Japan-based company will only change the mount of its existing optics.
This means that the lenses will retain their size and weight, as some of them have been built for mirrorless cameras with larger image sensors than the M4/3-type sensors.
Micro Four Thirds shooters are compact and lightweight, so owners would prefer to keep their kit as light and small as possible.
Nevertheless, there are a few months left until the Photokina 2014, therefore things could change in the meantime. Stay tuned for more information!