Sigma has been knocking it out of the park for a few years with lenses focused primarily on Full Frame cameras, but we have seen flashes of their brilliance with a few APS-C and Micro Four Thirds lenses as well. Now, it seems Sigma might be about to turn their attention to both APS-C and M4/3 markets, and this can only mean great things for those who shoot on those platforms. Let’s talk about this a little more after the break.
When it comes to lenses for APS-C and M4/3 cameras like the Sony a6400, the Canon M6 II, the E-M1 III, and the Panasonic G9, there really aren’t many offerings from third-party lens manufacturers. But, all of this might be about to change. A recent post on Mirrorless Rumors shared a tweet from Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma, which stated that ‘Most new products in the future will be the DN series designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras. The DG DN series for full-size mirrorless, which is frequently requested, will be the core, but we believe that we need to expand the DC DN for APS-C (+ MFT), which is currently popular.’
As stated above, we have seen what Sigma is capable of when it comes to APS-C and Micro Four Thirds lenses already. The Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 is one of the best (if not the best) APS-C lens around. Other offerings like the Sigma 16mm f1.4, the 30mm f1.4, and the 56mm f1.4 have whetted the appetites of those who shoot with crop sensor and M4/3 cameras.
More competition on these platforms in the form of third-party lenses will be very welcome. Right now, users generally have to rely on first-party options when it comes to lenses designed specifically for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds. These lenses are often much more expensive simply because there are no other options available. With Sigma entering the arena, we can only hope that it will help make the market a little more competitive. If you’re a Fujifilm shooter don’t get your hopes up: Sigma stated that this avenue leads to a dead end due to Fujifilm not wanting to share their secret autofocus sauce with them.
We sure hope to see a lot more Sigma f1.8 and maybe even f1.4 lenses for these two platforms. Micro Four Thirds users will undoubtedly appreciate new lenses that offer autofocus capabilities and fast apertures. They will help out in low light situations, and users of both platforms will appreciate the price points too. To date, the DC DN lenses that have already been released for APS-C and M4/3 have been very competitively priced. Only time will tell what Sigma has up its sleeve in regards to lenses for these two platforms, but we can tell you that we are super excited to see what the future holds. What do you think about this announcement from the CEO of Sigma? Let us know in the comment section below.