We posted back in the fall that Sigma had halted production indefinitely of the relatively new 24-105 f/4 DG OS lens. We’re now told that the lens is in fact discontinued and production has been halted forever.
There was no word as to why it was discontinued, I can only assume the market for a 24-105 on the Canon side is extremely saturated and that the Sigma wasn’t a big enough leap forward in terms of optical quality to purchase over the “kit” lens from Canon. There’s also a possibility the cost of production was too high to keep the price competitive.
We’re still waiting on an official release about this from Sigma.
We’re told by a Canon Rumors reader that Sigma has stated that production of the 24-105 f/4 DG OS ART series lens is on indefinite hold for all mounts.
Unfortunately, production of the 24-105mm has been halted in all mounts. It was originally supposed to be released for Sony this month, but now production is on an indefinite hold. I will save your e-mail address and get back to you when we know more.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a great day!
Sigma Corp of America
We hope to hear why production has been put on hold in the coming hours.
Roger at LensRentals.com has completed his comparison of the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS and the Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS.
Lots of people ask us which lens to buy and we usually say get the one for the best price, which for the last few months has been the Canon variant. While the Sigma is a very good lens, it’s not head and shoulders above the Canon by most accounts, if at all.
“Sigma has made a very nice zoom here at a very good price. It’s obviously not going to create the stir that occurred with their 35mm f/1.4 or 18-35 f/1.8 lenses, but it’s a nice addition to their lineup.
Canon shooters who have a 24-105 f/4 IS have no reason to change based on optics as long as the promotional pricing remains in effect. The Sigma and Canon 24-105s are nearly identical. Similarly the Nikon 24-120 has been available on discount lately, so I don’t see a big motivation for Nikon shooters to change, either.
Of course, if the pricing changes I wouldn’t hesitate to buy the Sigma instead of the name brands. If nothing else, I think the presence of the Sigma will keep Canon and Nikon prices reasonable.
I expect as this lens is released in other mounts it will be quite popular. There’s a reason Canon has sold about 3 gazillion 24-105s. It’s a very good lens with a very useful range. The Sigma will be available for Sony shooters next month and may be the best option in that mount.” Read the full review
Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $682 | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS $899
B&H Photo has notified us that they once against have limited stock of two new highly sought after Sigma lenses.
Both lenses are still only available in limited numbers.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 HSM $799 | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS HSM $899
B&H Photo has a new shipment of Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS lenses in stock and ready to go.
B&H also has the following deals.
GetItDigital still has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2799 via ebay.