Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki confirmed that the firm has been working on new mount options for its well-regarded third party lens options, and indicated that he'd like to launch at least one of them in this calendar year. The remarks came in an online question-answer video (Japanese).
“From the standpoint of a lens manufacturer, I always want to support as many mounts as possible,” answered Yamaki. “I can't say which mount, but I think I could add at least one [mount] this year.”
While it might seem obvious that the Canon RF mount would be the best logical choice, Sigma has been promising Fuji X-mount users lenses for more than a year. That smaller market may prove a more intensely-rich vein of demand given that there aren't many X-mount options aside from Fuji's own expensive OEM lineup. This may make most sense in an environment where Sigma previously indicated it can't keep up with production, even as it has added another major manufacturing building to its campus.
[Update: On Feb. 9, Fujirurmors.com indicated it has information that the first new mount will, indeed, be X-mount, and that the first three Sigma lenses to release will be the existing Contemporary 16mm, 30mm and 56mm f/1.4 primes.]
Previous interviews with the CEO, who is also the primary owner of the privately-held Sigma, revealed that the firm was experimenting with RF and Nikon Z mount options.
The remarks reported this morning do not preclude the firm launching more than one new mount in 2022.
Sigma's older Art lenses, while generally well-liked among Canon EF mount users, were never fully adapted to mirrorless, instead gaining internal adapters for the RF versions. The company's more recent designs have been true mirrorless lenses, but available only for Sigma's L-mount and Sony E-mount.
Second, are they really going to try to reverse engineer the Fuji X, Nikon Z and Canon R lens mounts or have they convinced the manufacturers to tell them the protocols?
Hopefully they willl fill some focal length gaps and address filter usage and non bulbous elements in UWA (Laowa 15 Zero D but with AF style)
Pancakes are always welcome as well!
I hope it happens. I'd love to see a 300 2.8 prime or a redux of the 120-300 2.8 zoom too. Places where Canon isn't interested in playing at the moment.
If Sigma were able to keep the optical performance AND reduce some weight (the 20mm is awfully heavy) they'd sell out within minutes after the annoucement :)
I´m patiently waiting for UWA options from Sigma for RF mount because Canons offering are great but too expensive.
The three Sigma APS-C f/1.4 DC DN lenses with Fujifilm X mount are expected to be announced shortly.
when Sony opened their mount to third parties, the only lenses they had were old Minolta DSLR and SLR lenses. They needed lenses for their systems as fast as possible to try to have any hope of catching up to Canon and Nikon. Zeiss helped, but not enough, and their own efforts were just taking off. Both Canon and Nikon didn’t need that, so they kept their lens info to themselves.
yes, we may want those third party lenses as fast as possible. But I don’t see any evidence that not having them is holding back RF camera, or lens sales.
Every so often we need a few lessons on 'JBYWIDMCWDI'
(Just because you want it doesn't mean Canon will do it)
Although Fuji doesn’t have much third party’s options, I feel with the price of Canon RF lenses Sigma would make a killing going with Canon first.
I know Canon Rumors is a pro-Canon website so what I'm saying may be unpopular, but since the introduction of the R system, I just cannot get excited about what Canon is offering, as optically fantastic as lenses such as the RF 85L may be. I haven't bought into the R system and I have no plan to do so. The existence of third party lenses for the R system would help Canon sell me a camera (and no doubt some lenses, flashes, etc, over time). The question is, how many people feel like I do, and how much (if at all!) does that hurt Canon's profit? I can only assume Canon is pretty confident the answer is not enough people to worry about.
I think there is a typo in the last paragraph of your OP. You don't really mean to refer to "RF versions", do you?
when Canon created R-mount the only lenses Canon had were old EF-mount lenses... Nikon had only old F-mount lenses... Sony had A-mount lenses .... so ?
> They needed lenses for their systems as fast as possible to try to have any hope of catching up to Canon and Nikon.
and boy they did to the point that Nikon got trashed to 3rd place and both C&N were left scrambling to move from dSLR to dSLM... Sony literally made dSLR the thing of the past...
> Zeiss helped, but not enough, and their own efforts were just taking off.
where all those Minolta people go ? Sony was making A-mount camera well before E-mount appeared
not recently... I assume you do not use Fuji at all otherwise you shall be aware that Zeiss made Touit lenses for X-Mount as early as 2013 ... that will be what ? 9+ years ago :-)