Having a 3rd party manufacturer, like Sigma, release one awesome lens after another, and shake up the market in the process, is something that we tech freaks are not used to seeing, yet. But according to many recent rumors, this is just a foretaste of things to come. Supposedly there are several expensive high-end lenses and a SD type DSLR with a full frame Foveon sensor on board in the pipeline. As we all know there is a grain of truth in every rumor, but how many grains exactly? Read on to find out what my thoughts are on every single of the recent rumors.
Few days ago Sigma-Rumors.com has disclosed that Sigma is working on a number of high-end telephoto primes. The talk is of a 300mm f/2.8 OS, 400mm f/2.8 OS, and 500mm f/4 OS and 600mm f/4 OS, which are supposed to hit the market at a somewhat later date. If you take a look at the prices of these kind of lenses available today from 1st party manufacturers, you will realize that they all cost €5000 and upwards. Because the market for this type of lenses is small, they are updated far less frequently. According to the rumor, these lenses are supposed to be announced before or at Photokina 2014. In my humble opinion this is too short of a time frame for so many speciality lenses. At best, I can imagine Sigma releasing one of the lenses before Photokina, and the rest over a period of 3 to 4 years.
The next on the list is the rumor by Canonwatch.com regarding the 24-70mm f/2. After the 18-35mm f/1.8 this would be the next logical step. Of course, it would be much larger than the already available f/2.8 versions, which are huge monsters in their own right. Would one additional aperture stop, the additional weight and the higher price reduce the concept of a fast standard zoom to absurdity? It is hard to say. The existence of the 18-35mm at least indicates that there could be truth to the rumor. BUT…
Not even two weeks ago Canonrumors.com has received info on a Sigma 24mm f/1.4. Similar lenses already exist, Sigma wouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel. They would probably try to replicate the 35/1.4 formula by offering excellent image quality at a reasonable price. The existence of the 35/1.4 validates the rumor about this lens. Because no entering of new territory is involved, this lens would be easier to design and manufacture than a 24-70 f/2. It’s hard to say which of the two is in the pipeline. IMO it’s either the on or the other. It’s hard to imagine them working on both.
In the same breath with the 24/1.4 Cameraegg.com has mentioned a 135mm f/1.8 several months ago. At present, Sigma doesn’t offer such a lens. Nikon only have an expensive and outdated “D” version in their lens portfolio. Should Sigma, just like with the 35/1.4, succeed in offering good image quality at a reasonable price, this lens would make a lot of sense.
According to the motto “save the best for last” we arrive at the last of the rumors, again by Sigma-Rumors.com, regarding a full frame SD DSLR. On the one hand, I want to believe, even though this camera would cost considerably more than my budget allowes. The many full frame lenses certainly indicate that this kind of camera could be in the making. On the other hand, it’s not the first time that we Sigma users have heard of it. Rumors about a full frame Foveon have been appearing all through the internet for some time now. I would like this rumor to be true, but I don’t think there is much to it.
What’s your take on this, which rumor is plausible and which one is nothing more but wishful thinking?