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Sigma Halts Production on 24-105mm F/4 Art Lens, Something Else In the Works?

By Anthony Thurston on November 26th 2014

Now this is some interesting news! Today it came out that Sigma has halted production on their 24-105mm F/4 Art lens, a halt that will be ‘indefinite’. This comes after the lens was supposed to be released in Sony A-Mount this month, and interesting decision from Sigma. Could something else be coming down the pipe?sigma-24-105mm

This report comes to us via Canon Rumors, who posted what is believed to be an email from a Sigma representative stating that, “…production of the 24-105mm has been halted in all mounts.  It was originally supposed to be released for Sony this month, but now production is on an indefinite hold.

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There are many reasons that a lens’ production is halted, ranging from issues discovered in the manufacturing process, to replacement lenses coming down the pipe, and at this point it is unclear what Sigma’s reasoning is here. But it is especially interesting because the lens is currently back-ordered at many retailers (including B&H), so it would seem that demand is sufficient to warrant producing the lens still.

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If there were issues with production you would think we would have been hearing about it by now, so I doubt that is the issue. It is no secret that the 24-105mm has not been received as unanimously well as the other Art series lenses, maybe demand is really just not high enough. Another possibility is that they have updated it, maybe increased it’s max aperture, and will be announcing the updated/replacement lens soon. Who knows.

What do YOU think is the reason behind this halt in production? Is there a new 24-105mm Art (or replacement focal length) coming soon? Leave a comment below!

[via Canon Rumors]

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.

27 Comments

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  1. William Emmett

    On second thought, I may have happened, but only with a cease and desist order. This would come should Sigma violate somebody’s patent.

    WE

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Never happened. There was no stop in production. I test lenses for Sigma. If they had a new 24-105 coming out I wouldn’t be typing this, especially not using my real name.

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  2. William Emmett

    When I read the beginnings of the this thread, I must say I was very skeptical. Sigma is another one of the lens manufacturers that is really trying to improve there lenses, and quality. Knowing that such a lens as the 24-105mm would require patents, which cost money. R&D, which cost lots of money, lab testing, cost even more money, field testing, more money, final approval, manufacturing, wow so much money. Introduction, marketing, even lots more money. Delivery of the product to distributors, and out to the public. After only a few months or a year, end production, with out a peep of a problem. For Sigma to take on all big name brands like Canon, and Nikon with such a product, and drop it like bomb. No way. If you believed this rumor, I have 2 bridges in New Orleans, I’ll sell you.

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  3. J. Dennis Thomas

    I just reached out to my contact at Sigma USA and assures me that the 24-105 f/4 | A is is still in production and that production has never been halted. Wherever you got your news from is incorrect.

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    • robert s

      maybe you can post a copy of the email for others to see please?

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      The email is mostly concerning another matter which I cannot discuss on a forum, asked about the lens as side note in closing. The exact quote at the end his reply to me was: “24-105mm is a rumor, it’s still in production. Don’t believe everything you read online :)”

      I’ve got no reason to lie. Canon Rumors is the one who started the story and have every reason to lie. It’s click-bait. Trust me, the 24-105 is still being made.

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    • Matthew Saville

      J. Dennis Thomas, if you test lenses for Sigma, we need to hang out! I’ve been dying to get on such a team for a long time now, as someone who has used Sigma glass since the earliest days of the EX line. :-)

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Yeah, I do some testing for Sigma. It took awhile to track down the right people and you have to have something to offer the marketing department, I’ve written a number of books that featured Sigma lenses as well as magazine articles. It’s been good, but I still have to wait until the USA gets their production models. Japan always has theirs first. I’m still waiting for the 24mm f/1.4.

      Another lens that Sigma makes that is one of the best I’ve ever used is the 120-300 f/2.8. It’s a beast but the OS and focus is amazing. I shot handheld at MotoGP and X-Games and got sharp images. Of course the monopod was there as well because handholding a 14-15 pound camera/lens combo will wear you out quick.

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    • Retro Man

      Hey Dennis! I would very appreciate if you can help me. Recently I bought this sigma lens and on 24mm it much worse then canon one

      Examples:
      (24-105mm)- sigma
      (EF24-105mm f4/L IS USM) – canon
      #1
      http://prntscr.com/6lwlyi bottom
      http://prntscr.com/6lwm52 center
      #2
      http://prntscr.com/6lwgzz bottom
      http://prntscr.com/6lwilw center

      And now I try to understand is it just bad sample or all sigma 24-105 lenses have such issue?

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    • Matthew Saville

      Hi Retro Man,

      That Sigma of yours looks pretty bad, different from test shots I’ve seen in the past. I’d say you either should re-test the lens like five more times just to be sure, and/or then send it in to Sigma for optical calibration, or return it to the store if you bought it within their return policy. That is an un-acceptable level of not just softness, but lens element mis-alignment. (De-focus)

      Good luck!

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      @ Retro Man:
      I can’t see the images it links to a sit to download an app I don’t want. I don’t shoot Canon so I can’t say first hand whether the Canon is better, but Roger Cicala from Lens Rentals shows that the Sigma is much better at 24mm than the Sigma.
      http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/03/a-24-105-comparison

      Whether you got a bad copy is debatable. I’ve bought dozens of lenses over the years and have almost never got a bad lens. I’ve never had a bad Sigma at all and I’ve bought many of them off the shelf of used from eBay.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Edit: Lens Rentals shows the Sigma is better than the Canon. Sorry.

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    • Retro Man

      @J. Dennis Thomas:
      Yes! And I’m pretty excited about sigma 50mm art lens that’s why I comment this thread. I do not know why it asks you to download the app… I added .CR2 files to dropbox if you still want to look at them https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k14ktuwcdr7ddcm/AACB416Rwx35SKrH0gue52bCa?dl=0

      @MATTHEW SAVILLE:
      Thanks, I’m going to ask replacement

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Definitely take it back to the store you bought it from. It may have been dropped in transit or who knows what. The store should swap it right out, but you might want to test it out, just in case.

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    • Myrna Santiago

      Hi Dennis! As of today the Art Sigma 24-105mm is still in backorder. I am travelling to South Asia in June and will love to have this lens before leaving. Any idea if they are going to release it before mid June? Even though I have the Nikon D800, I will be travelling with the Nikon D7100. If the 24-105mm will not be on time for my trip, do you have any other recommendation for a lens that can substitute this one with a similar focal length and sharpness? Thanks!

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      I had the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 | C for my D7100. It was awesome. It kicked my Nikon 17-55 f/2.8G to the curb. I sold the Nikon and kept the Sigma.

      You can see my review on the lens here:
      http://deadsailorproductions.blogspot.com/2013/05/sigma-17-70mm-f28-4-dc-macro-os-hsm-c.html

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  4. Steve VanSickle

    Well, it certainly makes me glad that I picked up the lens earlier this year. I don’t have any of the other art lenses, but this one is so versatile and crazy-sharp that I almost never leave home without it. I’ve shot entire concerts with this lens only and it’s amazing.

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  5. Brandon Dewey

    Maybe they are diverting all resources to the completion of the 24mm F/1.4 art. :)

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  6. Rui Pinto

    Maybe they will upgrade to 24-105mm F2.8 (it’s good to dream)

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    • Anthony Thurston

      That would be an epic lens, in both size and image quality. haha Seriously though, the 24-105mm F/4 is already a huge lens, so Im not sure they can take the aperture much higher before the lens becomes prohibitively large. My guess is maybe they are phasing the lens out for one or two new lenses, with that higher F/2.8 max aperture, to replace it.

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  7. Greg Silver

    I have the Sony 18-105 F4 G PZ OSS which I really like. Wonder how this lens compares. Have been really eyeing up Sigma lenses lately. (Especially the 60mm f/2.8 prime lens).

    I’m learning some of their lenses beat the camera brand lenses for sharpness.

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  8. Sebastian Martin

    This sounds a bit fishy to me, why would they halt production with so many pre-orders at so many retailers?
    Wonder what is happening at Sigma? Hopefully we have an official explanations soon…

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  9. robert s

    shame, its a better performer than that junk nikon 24-120 f/4

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    • Matthew Saville

      I just got my hands on the 24-120 actually, and I must say it is incredible! I don’t know what you’re talking about if you say the lens is junk, it’s way sharper than all its predecessors, and cleans up real nice even in the extreme corners quite rapidly. IMO it was clearly made to resolve 24-36 megapixels very well, and its only shortcomings are in other areas of IQ that are easily fixed with a lens profile in Lightroom, for the most part.

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    • Mark Helm

      That’s handles water better .. mine died after literally a five rain. Drop . Warranty not valid as water damage … 110 quid to fix … Disgusting from sigma expected better … Had it been soaked I’d have paid willingly now feel they’re robbing me 

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