Sigma to develop FE lenses

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by bargainguy, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. bargainguy

    bargainguy TalkEmount Regular

    Jun 29, 2016
    Sony full-frame fans rejoice - Sigma president says company is going to support FE-mount!

    I'm a huge fan of Sigma. Their 30/1.4 crop sensor lens is one of my favorites. It's nice to see they will eventually produce lenses in FE mount.

    They also have an interesting motto, something along the lines of "small office, big factory." Unlike some other manufacturers, they produce as much as they can in-house to save costs. They use their own cameras (Merrill, Quattro, etc.) as measurement tools for their lenses. IMHO, they're the first independent lens manufacturer to give the big boys a real run for their money.
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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    This is great news! If they make an affordable option for a fast 35mm (vs the expensive FE Zeiss 35 1.4 and the slow FE Zeiss 35 2.8) I'm sold. Basically an Art series 35 1.4 for e-mount without the need for their mc-11 adapter.
    A cheap 24-70 2.8 would be great too but I don't see that happening any time soon :D
  3. SamSS

    SamSS TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 11, 2014
    Me too a fan of their Art prime lenses. Really interested of their new 85mm Art and can't wait to read reviews.
  4. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Ad Dieleman
    Great news! Where's the webpage to enter requests? I have a few... :)
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  5. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    It's basically the cheap but very capable Sigma trio (19/30/60mm) and my legacy glass that made me stick with Sony bodies. I wish I could say the same about Sony glass but after all the issues I've had alone with decentered lenses I can't. What I don't get is why Sigma (or Tamron) never offered an e-mount version of some of their APS-C bestsellers, especially their fast 17-50/f2.8 standard zooms. They're a bit on the large side, but some of the best performing glass in that range for any mount. I've used a 17-50 Tammy on my first NEX-5 via Nikon-G adapter, but that was before Sony came up with focus peaking and EVFs and despite the great optical performance it wasn't much fun to shoot that way, especially stuff that moves. Anyway, even though I have way more stuff than I really need, I always missed a fast standard zoom for my NEXes and if they ever produced an e-mount version of these lenses I'd get one in a heartbeat.
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  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Same here but for ff :) Would love an affordable (but not crap) 2.8 24-70 - probably not going to happen I know :)
  7. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    The Canon 24-70mm/f2.8 L looks like a great option for FF but it might not fit your idea of affordable (or mine of portable).
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  8. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    TBH my love affair with Sigma is in need of therapy... the 30/2.8 is supersharp but I am using it less and less now, the startup time is killing me, and the colors are not as predictable and reliable as with Sony glass (not a problem with landscapes, but very noticeable in skin tones). I sold 19/2.8 just because I didn't find it to be all that exciting and I can get a decent if not great 19mm from almost any zoom. While it's sharper in the corners than SEL20, I think 20 would make a better choice for a general walkabout prime has it not been so much more expensive. Again, startup time, colors, and size.

    What I would like to see from them is a 16mm lens, and a 24mm. Along the lines of 19/30/60. These IMHO are far more useful focal lengths and I would be willing to live with startup time and an occasional color issues if I could get a reasonably priced, portable, sharp 24mm prime from them.

    Now 17-50/2.8... three years ago, I would kill to get it in E mount. It was my main lens on Canon. Now, I am not so sure anymore. I slowly grew to appreciate portability over extra IQ - that's why I've been using 1650 so much lately. The 17-50/2.8 is about the length of 18-105G but heavier and thicker. I don't think I would carry it with me all the time. I don't use 18-105 as much either, but at least when I do it gives me the wide range and stabilization and is great for video. The 17-50 would just be a better version of 18-55 - which is already sharp - a bit better in low light, but as large as 18105.. not sure I'd want to spend the $700 or so and then be leaving it at home when going out for a walk. And honestly, f2.8 is still slow... the real advantage is added sharpness at f4, but I think Sigma can pull it off in a f4 lens.

    What I would love for Sigma to do is a reasonably compact 16-50/4 OS... smaller and cheaper than Zony 16-70/4 and likely sharper (there's so little difference between 50 and 70mm, I'd rather have a smaller lens). Now that could be a killer !
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  9. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    That time when there was only the 55mm and the 35mm for native lenses seems so distant, now - hard to believe it was only 3 years. ;)
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  10. Malky

    Malky New to TalkEmount

    Jan 26, 2016
    Come on Sigma give us something around FE70-300mm FE100-400mm ok i can dream
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  11. robbie36

    robbie36 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nov 21, 2014
    24-105 f4 art
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  12. Fergus

    Fergus TalkEmount Rookie

    Mar 14, 2016
    • 300/2.8 (ok that one is just dreaming)
    • 150-600 would be brilliant and might be realistic
    • Anything from their 'art' range would be great too
  13. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 12, 2014
    N├Žstved, Denmark
    So does this mean sigma is abandoning the aps-c wagon too? A shame release of aps-c lenses has come to a halt since there is plenty of room for improvements and new focallenghts. Im pretty sure a move into fullframe would send me back into the nikon camp which become more and more likely if the A6x00 series maintenance re lens line etc. is not restarted..
  14. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 3, 2015
    ...and still waiting for Sigma for their FE lenses :(
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  15. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2015
    I seem to remember reading earlier this year they said it is a two-year process to design and produce FE lenses. So it would depend on when they started the process.
  16. christilou

    christilou TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nov 26, 2012
    Surrey, UK
    From what I read about the Art series, they seem to focus well for a while and then develop problems.
  17. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 3, 2015
    Christina, can you recall where you read about these? I should be concerned as I'm currently using the 35 and 20 Art.
  18. Nino Xerri

    Nino Xerri TalkEmount Veteran

    Jun 13, 2016
    Nino Xerri
    It would be great to see what Sigma has/will come up with. Local Sigma distributors are still tight lipped.
  19. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 New to TalkEmount

    Aug 17, 2017
    Tom Nguyen
    Also can't wait...I'm very happy with my 18-35 and 50-100 ART lenses adapted to my Sonys, but would love Sigma native FE lenses to ditch the adapter, and for the (hopefully) increased autofocus performance.
  20. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 16, 2014
    Los Angeles, USA
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