I'll say right off the top, SIGMA leaks have always been relatively unreliable. I don't post a lot of SIGMA related rumors because of reliability concerns.
I have been told by more than one unknown source, that SIGMA is readying an announcement that will address their plans for the RF mount.
One of the sources claims that the Canon EOS R5 has “accelerated” SIGMA's desire to get RF mount lenses to market sometime in 2021.
The same source did say converting current ART series lenses to the RF wasn't in the cards, and that SIGMA will have a “unique lineup” for the RF mount. I suspect there will be some overlap of focal lengths between the E mount and RF mount lenses.
As always with anything [CR1], please take this with a grain of salt.
A bit of competition is always good
If Canon truly wants to give Sony a real race for the FF mirrorless crown, then this will help it happen. It will certainly help the Canon RF users pick the right lenses for their photo style since there will be additional choices at somewhat lower prices. :D
My guess Sigma wants to mount its Cine lenses on RF, a market in which they could do without AF, or maybe start with EF AF in the first version and upgrade to RF AF later.
Canon might be testing 8K on RF stills body before taking it to the pro Cine line, and if Sigma would have proven 8K RF lenses when an RF Cine camera comes out, they'll have a nice lead.
The thing Sigma has always struggled with in their lenses is autofocus performance with DSLR phase detect systems, but they work far better in live view. In my opinion, Sigma optics, build quality and pricing with the reliable on-sensor autofocus of RF bodies would be an absolute WIN, especially if they come out with f2 zooms!
Why would Sigma limit themselves with converting E mount to RF mount.
They have the ability to take good advantage of the large diameter of the RF and do some incredible stuff like Canon is doing that will not work with the very small diameter of the E mount. Then they could migrate that to the Nikon mount I would imagine fairly easily seeing as Canon is a bit thicker.
All of my Sigma lenses autofocus flawlessly in Live View and using my EOS R, so it shouldn't be an issue. They were downright unreliable on my DSLRs.
Sigma's goal should be to create more compact lenses for the RF system...but, sadly, when we look at their new Sony lenses, I think we're in for a lot more monster lenses.
this will simply expand what’s available in areas that Canon isn’t competing too heavily in. Canon’s new R lenses are state of the art, and Sigma will have a hard time duplicating the quality, both optical and mechanical.
I'm sure Sigma would be aware of this, and that's probably exactly their plan.:D
Come to think of it, I always wondered why Canon would choose a 20mm flange distance for their new RF mount when they could have used a shorter one (like Nikon did) to get even more options in lens design with lenses closer to their sensor. Now I think I may have the answer - Maybe they did it to match the L-mount so 20mm flange designs would work for the 3 major flange mounts! Wow. :unsure: :D
It doesn't say it.
Just that at times old crap is recycled and this is a real opportunity for Sigma to really do great things and not worry about the little E mount but look at other mounts that offer far more flexibility to produce modern designs instead of the antiquated limits faced with that little E mount which is even smaller than the Canon M mount.
Real shocker o_O