In unlucky information for Pentax followers, it seems as if the pool of accessible Pentax Okay-mount lenses is about to get considerably smaller. Lens producer Sigma has introduced that, as a result of the shrinking group of Pentax customers, it has determined to cease producing Pentax Okay-mount lenses.
A part of the explanation for this appears to be that Sigma would fairly dedicate time, power and manufacturing unit manufacturing house to producing mirrorless lenses as a substitute.
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The announcement was made on the Fb web page of Sigma Czech Republic, with the official web page stating (translated by Google), “Today, Sigma is likely to grieve the thinning Pentax user community by deciding to completely stop producing Pentax mount lenses during the fall. Instead, it plans to focus more on developing and supporting mirrorless systems, in which they see the future.”
Maybe this implies Sigma might be specializing in creating lenses for the Nikon Z-mount and Canon RF-mount, which might be a welcome transfer from Nikon and Canon mirrorless customers. With hypothesis mounting concerning the upcoming Canon EOS RS, and a 61MP Nikon Z8 rumored to be in growth, we might be stunned if Sigma wasn’t laborious at work creating appropriate lenses.
Sadly, whereas this announcement might deliver hope to Canon and Nikon customers, it’s going to certainly solely deliver frustration to the Pentax group. Nevertheless, it could not come as a complete shock. With solely six Sigma lenses at the moment accessible for the Pentax mount (17-70mm f/2.8-Four Macro Up to date, 18-200mm f/3.5-6.Three Macro Up to date, 18-300mm f/3.5-6.Three Macro Up to date, 18-35mm f/1.Eight Artwork, 30mm f/1.Four Artwork and 35mm f/1.Four Artwork), it is clear that the Okay-mount has by no means been a very urgent precedence for Sigma.
Nevertheless, this transfer has nonetheless proved unpopular with Pentax followers, with one Fb person commenting on the Sigma Czech Republic Fb put up (translated by Google), “Unfortunately, this is a very bad decision Sigma…” and one other including, “Too bad. Even before this they completely neglected [the] Pentax community, as they [only] had [a] few considerable lenses for [the] K-mount.”
We won’t assist however marvel the place this may depart the way forward for Pentax cameras. Will Pentax begin producing extra lenses to fill the hole? Or possibly Pentax would possibly swap over to the L-mount (the mount collaboration between Sigma, Panasonic and Leica)? We may see this being an important resolution for all concerned – particularly the Pentax person – so we’ll hold our fingers crossed.
For the time being, for those who’re a Pentax person who’s keen on Sigma lenses, we propose you begin stockpiling now…
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