A possible Sigma lens roadmap for late 2014 and 2015 has been compiled by the rumor mill, revealing that the Japanese company is working on numerous exciting lenses.
Almost all Sigma lenses released during the past few years have been more than welcomed by photographers. The company is quickly positioning itself among the best third-party lens manufacturers and it seems like it has even bigger plans for the future.
The rumor mill has compiled the Sigma lens roadmap 2014-2015 in order to tell the company’s fans what to expect by the end of 2015. The list includes a number of appealing optics, such as an 85mm f/1.4 Art lens.
Sigma 24 f/1.4 DG Art and 85mm f/1.4 DG Art lens will be unveiled at Photokina 2014
According to Sigma-Rumors’ leaked roadmap, there are two certainties. Sigma will announce the 24mm f/1.4 DG Art and 85mm f/1.4 Art lenses in the near future, quite possibly at the Photokina 2014.
These two are seen as the necessary steps in the evolution of the company’s line-up as well as in the battle against its rivals. They have been mentioned in the past, so they will not come to the market as complete surprises.
Sigma lens roadmap for 2014-2015 also includes 16-20mm f/2 DG Art and 24-70mm f/2 DG Art optics
Sigma may also be working on a couple of zoom lenses with a constant maximum aperture of f/2. Both of them will be added to the “Art” series and will be designed for full frame cameras.
The 16-20mm f/2 DG and 24-70mm f/2 DG will be huge challenges for the company due to the fact that they will have to offer “prime performance”.
Costs must also be kept in mind because Sigma will need to keep the prices below the competition. It is worth noting that the 16-20mm focal length may be changed to 14-20mm or 16-24mm, so stay tuned to find out more details!
Telephoto galore: 135mm f/1.8 DG Art, 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS Contemporary, and 300-600mm DG OS Sports are on their way
The telephoto segment has not been forgotten by Sigma. In fact, three more units are rumored to be in the works. The first is the 135mm f/1.8 DG Art, which may also feature built-in optical image stabilization technology.
Its aperture may be slower than rumored, therefore we should not rule out the possibility of a 135mm f/2 DG Art optic.
The second model is the 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Contemporary lens. It will be a low-cost telephoto zoom lens and will most likely compete against Tamron’s 150-600mm f/5-6.3 optic.
The third telephoto model will offer a focal range between 300mm and 600mm. Its aperture range is unknown, but the lens will be a Sports series unit with integrated optical image stabilization system.
All three units have high chances of being unveiled by the end of 2015.
At least four other Sigma lenses are in development for both full frame and APS-C-sized cameras
Other models mentioned in the Sigma lens roadmap for 2014-2015 are the 50mm f/2.8 DG Art Macro and the 17-50mm f/2.8 DC OS Art. The former has been discontinued and it needs a replacement, while a version of the latter has been patented in the past.
Additionally, a couple of ultra wide-angle Sigma optics are probably in development. One of them will be aimed at full frame cameras, while the other one will be designed for shooters with APS-C image sensors. The former might offer a 12-24mm focal range, while the latter will fall into the 10-20mm territory.
Last but not least, the Japanese corporation may be on the verge of introducing a bunch of models for mirrorless cameras. All-in-all this is based on gossip talks so you will have to take the details with a pinch of salt.