Photorend talked to Sigma manager Yamaki and here are some takeaways:
- Just like Sony, Sigma wants to develop Multi-group AF which helps increase focusing speed as well as image quality.
- Full Frame lens demand is strong, APS-C lens demand is in decline and MFT lens demand in sharp decline.
And here now to the very interesting part:
We intend to release more innovative and one-of-a-kind lenses. We have in our portfolio all the “basic” optics; also, we will be able to advance towards different objectives. They will be remarkable for their focal length, their aperture value, their size, or even for their ability to meet specific needs. Because the demands of photographers are diversifying. In the past, people were content with a 24-70mm lens and a 70-200mm telephoto lens. And eventually, they acquired a 16-35 mm or a 12-24 mm. Today’s photographers also like to use very bright primes, long-range telephoto lenses, or ultra-wide-angle lenses. These are the types of lenses we want to launch for today’s photographers.
it really sounds like Sigma want to make primes with f/1.2 or faster, and I hope they will consider making fast f/2.0 zooms too!