Digicame-info reports that a Japanese online forum frequented by the take-it-to-the-bank rumor producer Nokishita is discussing coming 20mm and 40mm f/1.4 Art DG DN (full frame mirrorless) lenses soon to be released.
The rumored specs include lens characteristics harkening back to Sigma’s good old days, when they made soup-can lenses with 17 elements that weighed as much as your cat. The Sigma 35mm f/1.2 pictured at left is one of the best lenses at commercial scale since photography started 150 years ago.
The new designs include 11-bladed apertures and filter diameters of 82mm for the 20mm model and 72mm for the 24mm lens.
Recently, as Sigma has ignored the new and proprietary Canon and Nikon mirrorless lens mount systems, the firm has been fleshing out a cheap-and-cheerful line of lenses typically sporting f/2.8 apertures. These have been made mostly for the Sony E mount and their own L mount system shared with Leica and Panasonic. These light and inexpensive lenses have proven popular, but did little to flesh out the bonkers-class, uniquely capable lenses that Sigma grew to be associated at the twilight of the DSLR era.
If Sigma were to steal some lens market from the traditional camera manufacturers, it would likely be with f/1.4 Art glass. Canon has provided the equivalent only with eye-bleeding prices, and Nikon has put these sorts of pro lenses toward the end of its lens priorities as it has been fleshing out the cheaper side of its new Z mount line-up.