Sigma Discontinues a Whole Bunch of Its Older DSLR Lenses
The world of DSLR photography has received another blow as lens maker Sigma decides to discontinue a whopping 18 of its older DLSR lens models.
These and other Sigma optics are largely compatible with cameras from major brands like Canon, Nikon and others but will no longer be sold by the manufacturer or through many major retailers.
Fans of Sigma’s DSLR lens models who own compatible cameras will now have to buy any of the models being discontinued by going onto the used lens market. The shift by Sigma is part of a wider trend towards focusing on higher-quality optics and accessories for mirrorless cameras instead of DSLRs.
The website Amateur Photographer tracked search results across several lens models to uncover the discontinued lens models and had one of its staff monitor their availability through major retailers in the UK.
The results might not apply equally to all regions of the world but they seem to mirror what’s also been noted for the U.S market and, presumably, other regions too.
The following are the lenses being discontinued so far:
- Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG
- Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM
- Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
- Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS
- Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Fisheye
- Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM
- Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM
- Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC
- Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM
- Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
- Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
- Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
- Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
- Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
- Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro
- Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro APO
- Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro APO
- Sigma 300mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM
It’s worth noting that most of these are very old lens models and were in most cases designed under the company’s previous CEO. They’re from before the company’s more recent shift to new product strategies.
Under the leadership of Sigma’s new CEO and a new product strategy, the brand will almost certainly start refreshing its lens lineup and releasing whole new models with a focus on more recent camera technologies and mirrorless camera advances.
Overall, Sigma is shifting from making low-priced alternatives for camera-brand lenses to creating its own high-quality optics models that compete on quality with first-party lens releases. Examples of these newer, better lenses are among those released under Sigma’s Art, Sport and Contemporary lens lines.