Sigma Kazuto Yamaki Interview: Native vs Translator, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 ART, Faster Than 2.8 Zooms, And More

Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma, pictured at the 2018 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan. - DPReview

Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma, pictured at the 2018 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan. – DPReview

DPReview Interviewed Mr. Yamaki CEO of Sigma at CP+ 2018 and I have summarized the key points below.

  • The MC-11 is a translator so it’s like translating Japanese to English things are lost
  • Sigma’s new lenses speak English so they communicate better
  • Might release a new USB dock for Sony lenses in the future
  • Wide zooms can be made equivalent to primes
  • The 14-24mm f/2.8 is optically equal to the 14mm f/1.8
  • 24-70mm lenses are harder to design
  • Sigma got good at wide angle zooms because an employee was into mountain climbing.
  • Sigma would rather design optically excellent lenses than small lenses.
  • The 14mm, 20mm, and 24mm all could have been smaller if designed for the ground up for Sony
  • Beyond 35mm designing for E-mount doesn’t save much size.
  • The Sony 12-24mm uses distortion correction in body to keep it’s size down, but Sigma couldn’t design a lens that small for DSLR that performs that well.
  • Sigma used to be skeptical about distortion correction in body, but it’s gotten very good.
  • Sigma plans to release another APS-C lens for Sony around Photokina 2018.
  • Sigma can covert your Canon EF mount Sigma glass to Sony-E mount for a charge and convert it back again if you wish.
  • Sigma is working on offering better professional support outside Japan.
  • Yamaki finds the Sony 12-24 f/4, Sony 16-35mm f/2.8, Canon 35mm f/1.4 II, and Tamron 28-75mm to be impressive lenses.
  • If The Tamron lives up to the hype it will be a benchmark lens for Sigma.
  • Sigma would like to explore faster than f/2.8 zooms in the future.
  • Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 ART coming in the not too distanct future

via DPReview



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