Sigma has discontinued 18 lenses for DSLR cameras and will instead focus all their energy on mirrorless lenses moving forward. The lens company joins Nikon, Canon, and Tamron which made similar moves that analysts say signal the end of the DSLR era.
Canon has discontinued all but 9 of its EF mount lenses, while Tamron has discontinued 22 DSLR lenses of varying mounts. Moreover, Nikon has discontinued the most with 35 F-mount lenses being sunsetted in favor of focusing on mirrorless Z mount lenses.
The report comes from tracking results from Amateur Photographer in the United Kingdom, which states that 18 SIGMA Lenses have been delisted leaving only the available inventories available for sale.
Once those lenses become available, the list is updated. The same holds true in the US, as retailers like B&H are starting to list the lenses as being discontinued.
The discontinued lenses include:
- 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
According to PetaPixel, most of the lenses that Sigma is ending production for are based on designs for budget alternatives to OEM lenses produced by camera manufacturers.
Instead, the company has been focusing on higher-end lens designs including its Art, Sport, and Contemporary collections. The benefit is that while Sigma will be putting its efforts into higher-end camera products, they will still be of great value and performance for the money.
However, regardless of pedigree, the message is clear. The DSLR era is coming to an end, and soon, users will only be able to find lenses for those cameras at thrift stores and second-hand retailers. The Mirrorless era is firmly entrenched.
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