Sigma is launching support for Nikon Z-mount cameras with three prime lenses that are already available in five other mounts.
The company announced the licensing agreement with Nikon to support its Z-mount very early this morning with three Contemporary series prime lenses that are already available for Sony E-mount, Canon EF-M mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Micro Four Thirds mount, and L-mount: the 16mm f/1.4 DC DN, 30mm f/1.4 DC DN, and 56mm f/1.4 DC DN.
All three of these lenses were released as a group for Fujifilm APS-C cameras almost exactly a year ago and signaled the start of Sigma’s support for X-mount. Nothing about these lenses, other than the mount, is changing with the addition of Nikon Z support.
The three lenses share a lot in common, including a stepping motor for what Sigma claims results in smooth, quiet, and “excellent” performance as well as a nine-bladed aperture diaphragm.
The 16mm f/1.4 is constructed of 16 elements in 13 grounds, including three FLD glass elements, two SLD glass elements, and two molded glass aspherical elements. It has a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:9.9. The 30mm f/1.4 is made up of nine elements in seven groups, has a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches, and has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:7. The 56mm f/1.4 is constructed of 10 elements in six groups, has a minimum focusing distance of 19.7 inches, and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:7.4.
When these optics were launched for Fujifilm X-mount, Sigma accompanied their announcement with the promise that X-mount support would grow in the future and even tentatively scheduled the 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary for release by December. It was announced on November 13 and hit store shelves in December, making good on that promise.
In contrast, Sigma has not made any promises for future support for Nikon Z-mount with this announcement. Given that Nikon’s more popular cameras are full-frame, hopefully, Sigma is able to bring over some of the full-frame lenses that it currently makes for L-mount and E-mount to Nikon’s mirrorless mount.
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