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Gear Rumors

3 Sigma Lenses to Be Discontinued, Possible Replacements Coming

By Anthony Thurston on March 12th 2014

Sigma just announced the new 50mm F/1.4, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some more announcements coming up shortly. According to the latest rumors, 3 Sigma lenses just entered the discontinued process, which is usually a sign that a replacement is coming.


Those three lenses are the 28mm F/1.8, the 50-150mm F/2.8, and the 120-400mm F/4.5-5.6. I have to say, the only lens on that list that I would personally have any interest in seeing a new replacement for is the 50-150mm F/2.8. The 28mm F/1.8 is too close to the new 35mm and 30mm F/1.4 lenses, so unless it remains a much more affordable F/1.8 alternative to the more expensive “Art” lenses, I don’t see how they could expect a replacement 28mm F/1.8 lens to do well.

Keep in mind of course, the Sigma 28mm f/1.8 is just one of Sigma’s three current full-frame wide-angle primes, the other two being the 24mm f/1.8 and the 20mm f/1.8.  Maybe Sigma is working on replacing or consolidating all three of these lenses eventually, and/or creating a 24mm f/1.4 Art?  There have been rumblings of such a lens so far, so maybe this is just another subtle hint. We hope so!


The 50-150mm F/2.8, on the other hand, is a great telephoto lens for APS-C cameras that gives you effectively the same field of view at a 70-200mm F/2.8 on a full frame body. Surprisingly, this is an f/2.8 focal range that both Canon and Nikon have completely ignored, while the current Sigma 50-150mm lens is actually its third iteration.

I have found this lens useful in situations where I am using a full frame body as my main camera, but have an APS-C body as my backup. I can just pop the 50-150 on there and I can match up shots with a 70-200mm pretty well.

[REWIND: Comparing the New and Old Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Lenses]

As for the 120-400mm F/4.5-5.6, that is also not really a lens that I am interested in seeing a replacement to. But then, I am sort of an aperture snob and am not a very big fan of variable aperture lenses in general. That being said, if you are into wildlife photography as hobby and can’t justify a more expensive lens, then a new 120-400mm may be something that would be a good and fairly inexpensive option for you (when compared to other lenses in that class).  Keep in mind, of course, that Sigma does still have the legendary 50-500mm “Bigma” lens, and the 150-500mm.

*It is also worth noting that all of these lenses are still listed on B&H, all with instant savings of $100 or more, and all under $1000. Might be a good time to buy one before they are gone forever (assuming they fade into nothingness and are not replaced)

What are your thoughts on this? Would you like to see any of these lenses replaced by Sigma here in the coming months, or are you hoping that these lenses will fade into oblivion? Share your opinions in a comment below to join the discussion.

[via Sigma Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. RobertTheFat

    What I’d really like to see is a FF version of the 50-150. My one reservation about the existing model is spending nearly $1000 on a lens with no upgrade possibility. Maybe they were going to make the previous iteration FF-compatible and couldn’t quite pull it off; that might explain why it’s so big and heavy. Oh, well, at least I can dream.

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  2. Troy Phillips

    I just got the 18-35 f1.8 and love it. My next purchase was going to be the 50-150 is. So now I have to decide get the 50-150 now on sale or wait n see what comes out to replace it. If they do a new lens to replace it with an f1.8 or f2 the focal range will probably be much shorter. A 50-135 f2 could be possible. With OS it will be heavy but I’d take the heavy for that focal range n f2 if it was as good as the 18-35. The 18-35 is a phenom.

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  3. dave b.

    i’ve been a fan of the 50-150 from afar (they didn’t make the newest edition in the sony alpha mount)…if they do release it in a sony version, i’ll be the first on the list to take delivery…fingers crossed!

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    • Matthew Saville

      One thing I’ve been pondering is, why they didn’t make their newest OS version of the 50-150 in as many mounts as their previous version. I noted this because I was looking to see if they made a Pentax mount version.

      My theory is that many of these companies, (Sony, Pentax) have in-body stabilization, and Sigma is probably going to push in that direction since mirrorless is (allegedly) going to take over the world?


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  4. Chris Warkocki

    Come on 24mm 1.8 or 1.4!! I’d like to replace what I have with more of these epic cuts of glass from Sigma!

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  5. Jason

    Please let it be new 16-50 f2 VC and 50-250 f2 VC

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    • Matthew Saville

      That’s an interesting idea; to think that they might try and compliment the 18-35 1.8 with something of similar build quality and sharpness in the tele zoom department. Maybe a 35-135 f/2 DC, or a 50-150 f/2 DC. Unfortunately I fear the latter would just be absurdly big and heavy, especially if they try to make it OS. Then again, Sigma probably smells the mirrorless era coming, which almost all have built-in stabilization. that way a 35-135 f/2 would be great on both 1.5x and 2x crop bodies.


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  6. T. Phillips

    Or are these lenses being dropped due to Nikons court win over the VR violation by Sigma and they need to clear the wearhouse!

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  7. Ito

    I have the 50-150 mm f/2.8 EX OS and I find it to be a fantastic lens. It is also rather new, so I am surprised that they would be discontinuing it so soon.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      To me that lends even a little more credence to the possible replacement incoming for that lens. Why discontinue such a new lens, unless a better one is coming down the pipe soon. (or sales just suck and they are cutting their losses)

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    • Matthew Saville

      It is also possible, (I doubt it though) that Sigma is pre-emptively pulling the lens because of their OS lawsuit? That can’t be it…

      I hope to see a replacement, but if so, it needs to be lighter and smaller. IMO their original 50-150, without OS, was a real gem because it was incredibly light and small. The new OS one is almost as big and heavy as a regular 70-200 2.8!


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