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Unfortunately for Sony A7 users, Sigma Has No Plans For FE Mount Lenses

By Anthony Thurston on June 2nd 2014

Sony and Sigma have been the hot brands as of late in the photography industry. Sony with their new A7 full frame mirrorless cameras, and Sigma with their new series of Art lens primes. If ever there was a pairing that would make a photographer drool, it would be an A7/A7r/A7s with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 or Sigma 50mm f/1.4.

[REWIND: DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP ON A SIGMA 85MM F/1.4 ART ANYTIME SOON]

Sigma 50mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art

Unfortunately for Sony A7 users, it seems that Sigma has no plans to add FE mount to the list of lens mounts that they produce, at least until Sony starts to show they are committed to the FE mount.

According to the report out of SAR, a Sigma manager named Paul Pizzano is quoted as saying the following regarding Sigma adding FE mount lenses to their lineup, “Maybe one day, but it would take a much larger commitment on the part of Sony.” Pizzano continues,”At the moment it is a very limited line and we are unable to invest in it when the parent company Sony seems reluctant to do so.

I feel bad for A7 users, because the latest Sigma glass would be a dream on those cameras. But I also see Sigma’s side here. It’s not as simple as just sticking a different mount on the back the the lens. It is a significant investment, and as the Sigma rep said, if Sony isn’t even fully committed to it, how can we expect Sigma to commit to it?

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What are your thoughts on this? Does Sigma have a point about Sony’s commitment to the FE mount, or is that just an excuse not to produce FE mount lenses? Leave a comment below to discuss. 

[via SAR]

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. Pye

    This kinda makes sense from Sigma’s perspective. The amount of time/research/money that goes into the development of these lenses, specifically the new Sigma ART lenses is absolutely crazy. It is a commitment they have to make to the companies that command the most market, and also the ones that stick to their platforms and are consistent.

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  2. doug

    Just a thought, symbiosis: Sony gives Sigma commitment by helping in Sigma’s design. More Sony’s (A7’s and subsequent lines) will be sold and Sigma has a new line.

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  3. J Cortes

    Sigma , hit the nail right on the head. Sony does not commit to anything. Don’t take my word for it just ask my fellow A mount homies.

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    • Tim

      And what do you mean by that? Sony just released a new Sony a77 II body with an awesome AF system. They also have really great quality glass on the A-mount and E-mount systems. The A-Mount system is still alive and kicking.

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    • J Cortes

      @ Tim , I mean Sony has not done enough . I have the a99 and really love it, but I feel that Sony could do more to support us. More firmware updates to address issues such as slow start up times and EVF improvement. Sony has no problem releasing new hardware just witness the A7 releases and the A77 II as you have mentioned , but they do not support existing systems well. We could use more lenses for A mount and we need a flash unit that has no delay .

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  4. David

    The stuff about “Sony’s commitment” sounds like inter corporate sniping to me: Sony are doing an OK job sticking to their roadmap, which is fairly ambitious.

    What’s really going on is that full frame mirrorless is a one mount business. Sigmas SLR lenses can be sold to canon, nikon, sony and pentax users. Sigma use the same smaller format lenses on the whole for both APSC (sony e and fuji) and M43.

    I predict we’ll get plenty of FE lenses from Sony when canon/nikon/fuji produce full frame mirrorless bodies, and they can then make a lens which can be sold for multiple systems.

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  5. Black Z Eddie

    I can’t really blame Sigma.

    With that said, at least with Sony’s FE 35 and 55, the quality is crazy good.

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