Original Source Press Release:
Sigma confirms Four Thirds lens plans|
(Thursday, March 4, 2004 - 13:40 EST)
Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website caught a press release on the Sigma Corporation Japan website from a couple of weeks ago that confirms the company's plans for the Four Thirds System standard that's backed by Olympus, Kodak and Fuji.
Regular readers may remember that we told you back on February 13th that Sigma, Sanyo and Matsushita (Panasonic) had decided to join the alliance of companies planning to offer Four Thirds products. At that time, we suggested that it was unlikely Sigma would make digital SLR bodies for the standard, and that they would instead likely offer Four Thirds-format lenses. The press release uncovered by DPReview looks to confirm this...
Interestingly, the version of the press release that DPReview has is slightly different to the one on on Sigma's site, noting that "Production will start with the 18-50mm f3.5-5.6 and 55-200mm f4-5.6. Pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed."
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|Interchangeable lens development for "Four Thirds System" standard|
Sigma Corporation (President, Michihiro Yamaki) announces that we will support the "Four Thirds System (4/3 System)" Digital SLR Camera System standard and will develop interchangeable lenses for this system.
As demand for interchangeable lens type digital SLR cameras increases, this decision is mainly aimed at developing products for the Four Thirds System, and is intended to meet the requirements of users who wish to enjoy the benefits of a wider range of product selection.
We are going to enhance our advanced interchangeable lens development technology, and maximize our efforts to develop attractive products, which will be utilized by the Four Thirds System.
In addition to this new effort, we will continue the development of our SA camera mount lens system and interchangeable lens technology overall