Sigma’s long-awaited debut lenses for Fujifilm cameras have arrived, with a new trio of inexpensive primes for the X-Mount – however, the manufacturer has indicated that more lenses are on the way.
All three lenses, as predicted, are existing designs that have been modified for Fujifilm cameras such as the X-T4 and X-S10. The Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary, 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary, and 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary are the three lenses, and all three will be available in April. The 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary is also “in development” for X-Mount, according to Sigma’s website.
So, for whom are the new lenses designed? With a full-frame equivalent focal length of 24mm, the 16mm f/1.4 DC DN works is suitable for anything from street photography to landscapes. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN, on the other hand, has a 45mm focal length, giving it the closest view of the world to the human eye.
The 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary is the most attractive of the three lenses for portrait shooters. When paired with the camera’s fast aperture, this results in a mid-telephoto equivalent of an 84mm focal length, which should throw backgrounds beautifully out of focus and generate some pleasing bokeh.
The prices of all three lenses are likewise competitive with other X-mount options. The Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary costs $374 / £359 (about AU$680), while the 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary costs $264 / £289 (approximately AU$550) and the 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary costs $404 / £379 (approximately AU$720).
Naturally, those low prices come with a few drawbacks. None of Sigma’s new lenses are weather-sealed, and they all lack an aperture ring, which is a trademark characteristic of Fujifilm lenses. These contribute to Fujifilm cameras’ signature shooting experience, but photographers and videographers may be willing to ignore this in exchange for the exceptional value that Sigma’s new lenses appear to provide.
The Fujifilm X-series, which celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, has generally been a closed system with a narrow appeal, but it is now extending out in an attempt to gain new enthusiasts.
The Fujifilm X-S10 was the first evidence of a shift in strategy, with the camera choosing for the PASM (Program, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Manual) control system, rather than the dial-heavy design found on most earlier X-series cameras.
The launch of Sigma’s first X-mount lenses is also a watershed moment for the mirrorless system. We’ve seen third-party lenses for Fujifilm cameras before, but few with autofocus – and Sigma’s offers are expected to be popular because to their known quality and low prices.
However, the three prime lenses revealed today are unlikely to be the first Sigma lenses that die-hard Fuji aficionados had hoped to see. Fuji already has a vintage XF56mm f/1.2 R, XF50mm f/2 R WR, and newer XF50mm f/1.0 R WR, all of which might compete with Sigma’s 56mm f/1.4 DC DN on the X-Series.
Other Sigma lenses, such as the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN (above) and its ‘Art’ series, cover focal lengths and styles that Fuji’s own lenses don’t cover as well. Although Sigma has announced that the 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN is in development for the X-Mount, two ‘Art’ lenses – the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art and the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art – came out on top in a Fuji Rumors survey as the lenses that its readers hoped to see come to the X-Mount.
Still, Sigma is likely using these three new lenses to test the waters of the X-Mount, and inexpensive prime lenses like these are expected to sell better than more exotic alternatives that might not fit Fujifilm cameras as well as competing mounts like Sony and Canon.