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What’s Next For Sigma? CEO Says New 24-70mm and 70-200mm…

By Anthony Thurston on September 21st 2014

Photokina has come and gone with Sigma announcing their new 120-600mm lenses, but a lot of you might be wondering “what’s next?”

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According to a recent interview with Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki, Sigma is now working on refreshes of their 24-70mm F/2.8 and 70-200mm F/2.8. This, I am sure you know, is HUGE news for professional photographers who have been falling in love with the quality of Sigma’s new Global Vision lenses. 

In regards to their future camera plans, the Sigma CEO says that their next DSLR will feature a completely new design. He also added that Sigma has no plans on developing or releasing a mirrorless ILC (Interchangeable Lens Camera) of their own.

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In addition to that, Yamaki says that the company is looking into developing lenses for the Sony and Fuji mirroless systems – though he specifically noted that does not include the Sony FE mount (fullframe mirrorless).

Overall, I am on board with these plans from Sigma. I think that wedding and portrait professionals will be thrilled to hear the news about an updated 24-70mm F/2.8 and 70-200mm F/2.8. Sony and Fuji users will likely be exited to see some of that quality global vision glass come to their systems. I am also very curious to see what Sigma comes up with for their next DSLR. I see no reason why it couldn’t be a hit if they got it right – unlike many camera systems, they don’t have the issue of not having a good lens selection.

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What are your thoughts on this future for Sigma? What was not mentioned here that you would like to see? Leave a comment below! 

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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. Jim Berton

    I have the Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS canon mount and I love this lens. I rented the canon version and sigma version before i bought. the image quality was great on both lenses. the sigma is not weatherproof like the canon, but i don’t shoot out in the rain anyway. It’s hard to make a bad photo with the sigma 70-200. I have the image stabilization model and have never turned it on. I have this lens permantly mounted on one of my camera bodies. It’s super fast to focus..i can’t say enough about this lens. I am excited about a new version and can’t imagine what they wiill improve.

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  2. Jeff Morrison

    Good news

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  3. Austin Swenson

    I actually really appreciate if sigma and tamron would start making mirrorless camera lenses that I don’t have to put an adapter on my camera for, but that won’t happen for another 4 to 5 years when there is enough of a backing for them.

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  4. Brian Stalter

    I’ll be sure to sell my present 70-200 OS before these get released… exciting announcement.

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  5. Art T

    Believe the Hype on the Sigma Art Glasses, I sold my Canon 50L after playing with the 35s 1.4 and bought the 50s 1.4 and I have no regrets at all. these new lenses deserve the hype they are getting.

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  6. Nick Buchholz

    Competition will benefit all users.

    I am not a professional, I’m a serious enthusiast. I do catch myself pixel-peep and wish I had all the best L-lenses on the market. But in reality I cannot afford them. I do need better than kit-lenses or Tamron’s though.
    Sigma has realized this and deliveres. I have a few Sigma lenses already, and while they provide 98% of the IQ over the L’s, they only cost 60% of the price. If they deliver a 70-200 2.8 for less than $1’400 I’ll be the first to get one.

    PS: Odd fact: If the Canon 70-200 2.8 L hadn’t been white I probably would have bought one by now. Not being a professional I’d just feel uncomfortable walking through a city with a white lens strapped over my shoulder. Not sure if anybody else feels that way too or it’s just me :)

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  7. John Cavan

    Sigma is turning out a significant effort to send the message that they’re a force to consider and, in my opinion, they’re succeeding at it. If they manage to get the Foveon to the next level then I think they may even start to change the game on the body as well as the lens.

    I love real competition… we’re all benefiting from this.

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  8. Stephen Velasquez

    All this Sigma hype is for real. I played with their 50mm f/1.4 and 24-110mm f/4 today. I was impress with both of them. I currently own the sigma 24-70 mm f/2.8 which is a sharp lens for landscape but just not razor sharp at f/2.8; however, with that being said the lens have never let me down as yet. If they come out with the 24-70mm art I will get it.

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  9. Dave Andrade

    FINALLY Sony users might have a 70-200mm 2.8 – took long enough :)

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  10. Liam Murphy

    I was almost ready to buy a new 24-70mm and really didn’t want to buy the L II because of the price tag. This is good news, I know I may have to wait a bit but at least I may have another option coming.

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  11. Kevin Cucci

    Honestly, in a few years, Sigma will be the only option if you want the highest quality glass for basically any system. What they are doing is truly amazing. I am so excited to see what they do next! The fact that they are going to produce glass for Sony and Fuji just makes things even better, finally giving photographers the choice of a new system that they wouldn’t have considered in the past, due to the native Canon/Nikon lens availability.

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    • Chuck Eggen

      Since I can’t vote up your comment I’ll leave an “I agree”

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    • Matthew Saville

      Unless, of course, their current highly-acclaimed Art lenses (35, 50, 18-35…) are just a loss-leader, and they’re eventually planning to crank up their pricing in order to make a similar profit to what Canon and Nikon are making. I’m no economist or market analyst though, so who knows…

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