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?
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.
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!