In a recent interview, Top Fujifilm manager Toshihisa Iida said that Fujifilm is opening X mount to third parties, and that Tokina will be the first company to offer autofocus lenses for the Fujifilm X system.
To be fair, Fujifilm had an exclusive agreement with Zeiss back in the days, when the Fuji X system was at the beginning (and almost nobody bought it). Fujifilm needed to extend their lens offering and they did it with the help of Zeiss, who released Zeiss Touit X mount trinity (with the first 1:1 macro lens for the X system among them).
But that cooperation failed, and Fujifilm went on making lenses for the X system all alone, never sharing protocols with anybody else again.
Fast forward March 2019, when pressed by questions, Top Manager Toshi Iida confirmed that Fujifilm does not need to share their protocols, as they offer lots of lenses already.
This statement raised strong reaction in the FujiRumors community, with hundreds of comments disagreeing with Fuji’s decision.
Shortly after that, Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki literally said in this interview: “Fujifilm customers would be our ideal customer, but Fujifilm does not disclose their protocols”.
And so, another wave of critics reached Fujifilm.
It seems Fujifilm listened, as just recently Fujifilm completely changed position, saying they will open X mount to third parties.
We like to believe, that all our critics helped Fujifilm to change their mind about this subject ;).
Now, it remains to see, what “opening X mount” means for Fujiiflm. In fact, I agree with Trenton, when he wrote in the comments to our previous post:
Only time could tell what that “open to third parties” means in reality. It could come loaded with prohibitive licensing costs. It could come with a non-compete clause.
For todays’ article, we will just assume, that Fujifilm will open for everybody, who wants to join, for a reasonable price. And that Sigma, who said that Fuji’s protectionism was the reason they can’t make X mount lenses, will now be on board and start releasing lenses for Fujifilm X.
Now the question is: which lenses should Sigma make first?
Of course Sigma has currently a massive lens selection.
Of course some lenses are for APS-C and others for full frame. I will list them all down below.
Now, the FujiRumors community is always extremely happy to help out managers to make decisions. So, in case Sigma is right now thinking at which lenses they should offer first for the Fujifilm X system, we launch a survey, so that you guys can tell them what you want, and Sigma can make their decision.
And if you think I am crazy… remember those times, when Fujifilm had no roadmap, and we launched a mega-survey with lens suggestions, and Fujifilm took 1:1 our top recommendations and put those into the roadmap?
Sometimes, those guys in Japan do listen ;).
Now, back to the survey.
We remind you that at Sigma, DG lenses are full frame lenses, and DC lenses are APS-C lenses.
Full Frame Lenses
- Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM
- Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art
- Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM
- Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art
- Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM
- Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM
- Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM
- Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM
- Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
- Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM
- Sigma APO 200-500mm f/2.8 / 400-1000mm f/5.6 EX DG
- Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye
- Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art
- Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye
- Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art
- Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary
- Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art
- Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- Sigma MACRO 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
- Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art
- Sigma APO MACRO 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
- Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM
- Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM
- Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
- Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM
- Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM
- Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
- Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM
- Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
- Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
- Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary
- Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Art
- Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary
- Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN Art
- Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary
- Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN Art
Vote The Poll
Here is the survey.
In order to make it easier to get a good overview, next to each Sigma DG full frame lens I wrote the focal length equivalency in APS-C.
Vote the survey below (max. 2 selections).