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.
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]