Sigma’s Road to X-Mount Was Nine Years in The Making

Fujifilm posted an X Talk #27 with Sigma’s general manager Mr. Ozone and Fujifilm Manager Ueno. Thankfully I do not have to rely on Google translate for this summary because DC.Life posted a summary of interesting points in Japanese that are much easier to translate accurately. I also watched the video and added some more myself. Below is a summary of the key points.

  • Fujifilm visited Sigma 9 years ago to talk X-Mount, but Sigma wanted Fujifilm to release mount information which they only released recently.
  • Fujifilm Manager Ueno is happy he was able to expand the number of companies making lenses for X-mount and happy he was able to release protocols.
  • Mr. Ozone sees a variety of lenses like there are a variety of colored pencils because they each have their own look, which Fujifilm Manager Ueno follows up with that even when f stop and focal length are equal each lense has its own character.
  • Sigma could adopt an aperture ring design at great expense, but since Sigma will do mount swaps they chose to pursue increased compatibility over specializing lenses for X-mount
  • Sigma figured there wouldn’t be much excitement from them joining X-mount since the designs weren’t new ones and Fujifilm had similar lenses, but they were wrong.

It sounds like Sigma is going to be more forward-thinking with X-mount and the next lens we should see from them is the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary which is expected December of 2022

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary
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Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary
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Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary
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