Sigma is developing 11 L-mount premium Art prime lenses, ranging from focal lengths of 14mm up to 135mm. Also announced is the Sigma Mount Converter MC-21, which connects select SA and EF lenses to L-mount bodies.
At Photokina last year Sigma, Panasonic and Leica unveiled the L-Mount Alliance, a commitment to develop full-frame mirrorless camera products using the existing Leica L mount.
Panasonic kicked things off by teasing out two powerful new cameras, the S1 and S1R, and Sigma has flagged plans to release its own Foveon sensor-driven L-mount camera.
But Sigma is best known for manufacturing high quality optics at a competitive price, and it was almost certain the company would contribute a strong line up of lenses for L-Mount cameras.
It’s unclear when the lenses will be available, or the exact pricing. Sigma just says ‘soon’. (So before Christmas, then!)
Here’s the 11 lenses, with US pricing included for other mounts:
– Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG HSM Art (US$1599);
– Sigma 20mm f1.4 DG HSM Art (US$899);
– Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art (US$849);
– Sigma 28mm f1.4 DG HSM Art (US$1399);
– Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM Art (US$899);
– Sigma 40mm f1.4 DG HSM Art (US$1399);
– Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art (US$949);
– Sigma 70mm f2.8 DG Macro Art (US$569);
– Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG HSM Art (US$1199);
– Sigma 105mm f1.4 DG HSM Art (US$1599);
– Sigma 135mm f1.5 DG HSM Art (US$1399).
Each lens features high-speed AF and is compatible with AF-C mode, in-camera stabilisation, and in-camera aberration correction.
They have a dust and splash-proof construction, and a brass bayonet mount.
The Sigma Mount Converter MC-21 is compatible with 29 existing Sigma SA and EF-mount lenses.
The MC-21 (see below) uses an LED panel which illuminates when a compatible lens is attached. The adapter does not support continuous autofocus.