Fujifilm cameras have finally received their long-awaited debut lenses from Sigma, with a new trio of inexpensive primes joining the lineup for the X-Mount — although the manufacturer has confirmed that additional lenses are on their way.
As was to be expected, all three lenses are existing designs that have been modified to work with Fujifilm cameras such as the Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm X-S10, respectively. The three lenses are the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary, and the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary, and they will all be available for purchase beginning in April. Additionally, Sigma has verified on its website that the 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary Lens for the X-Mount is “in development.”
So, who are the new lenses intended for? The 16mm f/1.4 DC DN works have a full-frame equivalent focal length of 24mm, making them suitable for a wide range of photographic applications, including street photography and landscape photography. Meanwhile, Sigma’s 30mm f/1.4 DC DN lens has a 45mm focal length, giving it the ability to capture a perspective of the world that is the most similar to that of the human eye.
The 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary is the most fascinating of the three lenses for portrait photographers, and it is the most expensive. 84mm equivalent focal length is achieved, which when combined with the fast aperture should result in a pleasing out-of-focus effect and pleasing bokeh in the final image captured.
The prices of all three lenses are also competitive when compared to other X-mount options on the market. The Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary costs $374 / £359 (approximately AU$680), while the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary costs $264 / £289 (about AU$550) and the Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary costs a tempting $404 / £379 (approximately AU$720).
Naturally, the low cost of entry comes with a number of drawbacks as well. There is no weather-sealing on any of Sigma’s new lenses, and they all lack one feature that distinguishes Fujifilm lenses from others: an aperture ring. These contribute to the distinctive shooting experience that Fujifilm cameras are known for, but it is possible that photographers and videographers will be willing to ignore this in exchange for the good value that Sigma’s new lenses appear to provide.
Fujifilm cameras broaden their appeal
The Fujifilm X-series, which celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, has always been a closed system with a very specialized appeal, but the company is now attempting to broaden its appeal in order to win over new customers.
It was the Fujifilm X-S10 that signaled the beginning of a shift in strategy, as it introduced the PASM (Program, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Manual) control system, which is more popular among other manufacturers than the dial-heavy design found on most other X-series cameras.
Furthermore, the launch of Sigma’s first lenses for the X-mount marks a watershed moment in the history of the mirrorless system. Previously, we’ve seen third-party lenses for Fujifilm cameras; however, there haven’t been many with autofocus – and Sigma’s offers are expected to be popular because of their mix of proven quality and low price tags.
However, the three prime lenses revealed today are unlikely to be the first Sigma lenses that die-hard Fuji supporters would have wished to see added to the system in the first instance. X-Series prime lenses of that type are already well-represented; for example, Fuji already provides the classic XF56mm F1.2 R, the more recent XF50mm f/2 R WR, and the even more recently released XF50mm f/1.0 R WR, all of which may compete with Sigma’s 56mm f/1.4 DC DN.
In addition to the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN (seen above), Sigma also offers a range of lenses known as the ‘Art’ series, which cover focal lengths and styles that aren’t as well covered by Fuji’s own lenses. The 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN is currently in development for the X-Mount, but according to a Fuji Rumors poll, the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art and the 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art were the two ‘Art’ lenses that readers wanted to see come to the X-Mount. Sigma has confirmed that the 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN is currently in development for the X-Mount.
In any case, it’s likely that Sigma is using these three new lenses to get a feel for the X-Mount, and affordable prime lenses of this type are likely to sell better than more exotic options that may not be compatible with Fujifilm cameras as well as other rival mounts from companies like Sony and Canon.