At CP+ Show, French website Focus-numerique interviewed the Sigma CEO about recently announced 9 Sigma FE lenses (Pre-order at B&H Photo Video and Adorama.com) and upcoming Sigma lens plan for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras. Sigma CEO confirmed that they will develop new lenses designed exclusively for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras.
From Sigma CEO Mr. Kazuto:
- These new announced Sigma FE lenses are simply an extension of existing “reflex” models in mechanically, but from an electronic point of view (firmware), it’s completely different. These Sigma FE lenses work much better than Sigma MC-11 adapter when for continuous focusing because of the communication complexity between the lens and the case.
- Sigma will also make some zoom FE lenses from current Canon/Nikon version in the future. Sigma CEO said zoom lenses are a lot more complicated than prime lenses (from Canon/Nikon mount). For wide-angle zooms, we’ll get there, but for longer telephoto zooms, it will be harder. We still have to work on it.
- Sigma CEO confirmed that they will develop new lenses designed exclusively for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras. New native Sigma FE lenses will have similar type of optical design, weight and size, except for wide-angle lenses, which would be much more compact. The only way to make these lenses more compact is to compromise on optical quality or maximum aperture.
- Sigma CEO said that they will develop native FE lenses for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras if they are different from what we can already offer in our “reflex” range.
For a summary, Sigma will release more FE lenses (also wide-angle zoom & standard zoom, telephoto zoom is still in working) in near future. Sony native FE lenses will have similar type of optical design, weight and size as currently Sigma FE lenses. And they will also develop exclusively Sony FE lenses different from what we can already offer in our “reflex” range. So it is safe to buy recently announced Sigma FE lenses.