I've been waiting on the new sigma "designed for mirrorless" lenses, and now...

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DenImage Senior Member • Posts: 2,576
Re: I've been waiting on the new sigma "designed for mirrorless" lenses, and now...

TN Args wrote:

DenImage wrote:

I gotta be blunt here.

We waited a long time for Sigma to produce native FE glass, and I'm pretty disappointed with what they've announced so far.

I prefer compact light lenses. Sigma announced their 45mm f2.8 a few weeks after Samyang released their 45mm f1.8, which was optically excellent

Seen a bench test?


at a good price point. Who the hell is gonna be interested in the slow f2.8 Sigma???

Sigma's strategy of optical excellence regardless of size/weight may not be the right direction in the mirrorless market. Panasonic are seemingly going in the same direction. Let's see their sales numbers.


Sure -- they never do any product marketing, so they always make the wrong decisions.

Being sarcastic isn't a convincing counter opinion, it's just childish.

Sigma have clearly stated they are getting out of the cheap budget alternative lens market (their former market position) as its profitability was on the wane, and their strategy now revolves around top-end optics while still being well-priced.

Really? I never heard or read anything from Sigma about that. Please post a link where they state that?

If that is not what you want, then shop with another brand. Maybe Samyang. I am totally sceptical about your flat-out claim that a $399 45mm f/1.8 lens is "optically excellent"

My brick wall samples from the Samyang 45mm I had:


Fred Miranda's Samyang 45mm thread with Samples:


Big Bronco Samyang 45mm test and samples:


All look "optically excellent" to me.

, and will wager that the wide open performance away from the centre will betray it compared to a bigger and pricier 45-50mm f/1.8 lens, like the Nikon 50mm Z.

I never said it would. My post was clearly stating that compact/lighter lenses are my preference over larger/heavier lenses with optical excellence as a priority.

One has to pick one's balance between price/size/optics/speed when choosing a lens. If optics is your least need and size+speed is your highest need, then Sigma are not looking for you to buy their lenses. Not any more.

See my request for a link above where Sigma stated that?

They are looking for photographers with higher standards, and it makes sense when the bodies are $1500-$4,000, that the owner should have standards higher than what they could have settled for in smaller formats.

Yes, that was my point in my post.



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