Founded in 1961, Sigma was located in Tokyo, right next to dozens of other popular optical and photography companies (such as Nikon, Canon, and Asahi Pentax). By 1973, thanks to the titanic efforts of the founder, "the first own production site was built" in Aizu, (Fukushima Prefecture), which consisted of a metal-working machine in the room of a private wooden house.
The first lens under the Sigma brand was the Sigma 12mm f8, launched in 1960 alongside the 500mm f8. For the most part, the lenses of this company were produced for third-party companies under other names (Beroflex, for example). In 1979, Sigma released the world's first wide-angle zoom lens, the Sigma 21-35mm F3.5-4, and from that moment on it took a course to reduce the production of standard fixes, leaving only wide-angle and telephoto lenses in its arsenal. 1986 saw the introduction of the company's first autofocus lenses.
In the next shock five-year Sigma masters the production of autofocus lenses for bayonets Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Kyocera (Yashica), Pentax, and later for their own system. Since 2002, Sigma has been introducing lenses with optical image stabilization into the offered range of glasses, and also produces lenses with still unbeaten characteristics (120-300mm F2.8 EX APO IF HSM and 300-800mm F5.6 EX APO IF HSM ) in the ratio of the focal length to the maximum possible relative aperture of the aperture.
Sigma-branded cameras have been produced with mixed success since 1970, with the first few models rumored to originate from relabeled Ricoh cameras. Subsequently, this did not prevent Sigma from launching the production of compact film autofocus cameras (produced from 1987 to 1997, including Sigma Zoom 35AF, Sigma Super Zoom 70).
Since 2002 Sigma starts selling digital cameras with a three-layer sensor. matrix manufactured by Foveon. By the way, Foveon has been happily living with Sigma since 2008. All digital cameras Sigma is equipped with sensors developed by Foveon inc. More or less modern digital cameras Sigma DP1 Merrill, DP2 Merrill and DP3 Merrill (Richard B. Merrill - one of the founders of Foveon) have the third generation of dies and all cost about $ 1000 per carcass at the time of appearance. The lenses on these cameras are non-removable.
Instead of an epilogue
In general, judging by the historical path of the company's development, Sigmovites are not afraid to experiment. Either a superzoom-telephoto camera, or cameras with a three-layer matrix, or the first zoom-shirik are put on sale. More recently, another miracle has appeared on the market - the Sigma AF 18-35mm f / 1.8 DC HSM Art. Zoom. Wide angle. With a working opening of the diaphragm 1.8. On the crop (well, you get the idea).
And we were fed with fairy tales that universal lenses cannot be lighter than f2.8. It turns out that it happens. The modern lenses of the Global Vision line have a lot of goodies - both temperature-resistant plastic and a change bayonet у lens on request, firmware update via docking station and self-alignment option lens... Either there will be more: 3 Next - in addition to the Sigma trademark, there is also Quantaray, which is sold in the USA. Despite this, production facilities are located in the same place as 50 years ago - in Aizu, Japan.
Lens markings from the manufacturer Sigma
|APO||apochromatic||Abbreviation indicates chromatic aberration has been corrected in the lens.|
|DC||For cameras with a cropped sensor|
|DG||Lens for full-frame cameras|
|DN||Lens for mirrorless cameras|
|EX||"EX Series" professional series with balanced performance|
|HSM||Hyper sonic motor||Sigma ultrasonic motor|
|OS||optical stabilizer||Optical stabilizer|
|Sports||Sports Series Lens|
SIGMA on the portal
- Sigma (manufacturer)
- Sigma 30mm f / 1.4 EX DC HSM
- Sigma 17-50mm f / 2.8 AF EX DC OS HSM
- Sigma AF 70-210 mm f / 2.8 Zoom APO (I)
- Sigma AF 24-135 mm f / 2.8-4.5 Aspherical IF
- Sigma AF 180 mm f / 2.8 APO Macro
- Sigma AF 28-105 mm f / 3.8-5.6 UC-III Aspherical IF Canon EF
- Sigma AF 24mm f / 1.4 DG HSM
- Sigma-XQ 39-80mm f / 3.5
- Sigma 10-20mm f / 4-5.6 Canon EF
- Sigma 50mm f1.4
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