History of SIGMA Corporation
Proudly building our own brand since our foundation,
we have gained recognition for our unique products.
SIGMA Research Institute Co., Ltd. established
The early days, circa 1961, in front of SIGMA Research Institute Co., Ltd. in Setagaya Ward. The supporting members gather for a group photo. (Michihiro Yamaki on the right).
Industry’s first teleconverter
miniTEL 200mm F4
First lens to feature our original YS interchangeable lens mount.
Moved the office building to Komae, Tokyo
Corporate organization changed to joint-stock company.
MIRROR-ULTRATELEPHOTO 500mm F8
Reflective compact super telephoto mirror lens
Company name changed to SIGMA Corporation.
Aizu factory first phase construction completed
Constructed Aizu General Factory in Bandai Town, Fukushima Prefecture
SIGMA’s first 35mm single-lens reflex camera (SLR)
ZOOM y21-35mm F3.5-4 released
World’s first wide-angle zoom starting at 21mm
SIGMA Germany established.
Aizu factory second phase construction completed
New head office building completed in Komae, Tokyo.
SIGMA Hong Kong established.
SIGMA America established.
SIGMA Sa-1 released
50₋200mm F3.5-4.5 APO
Launched the first zoom lens in the “APO series”, a high-performance lens series that uses two or more special low-dispersion glasses.
ZOOM-βⅡ 60-200mm F4-5.6
SIGMA’s first autofocus compatible lens released
SIGMA Benelux established.
New factory completed.
SIGMA France established.
SIGMA’s first autofocus SLR
28-70mm F2.8 EX ASPHERICAL
Introducing the “EX series” lens group developed with a completely new design
APO 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX RF HSM
The first 10x high-magnification super-telephoto zoom from the EX series that covers standard to super-telephoto range
SIGMA UK established.
20mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL RF
Released a DG lens compatible with interchangeable lens digital SLR cameras
APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX IF HSM
The 300mm F2.8, which is popular for its single focus, has been converted into a zoom lens
SIGMA SD9 released
World’s first digital SLR (DSLR) to feature the full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor
APO 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 EX OS
SIGMA’s first telephoto zoom lens equipped with an OS (OPTICAL STABILIZER) mechanism
Company moved to new head office building in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.
SIGMA DP1 released
World’s first compact digital camera to feature a large, DSLR-size image sensor
APO 200-500mm F2.8/ 400-1000mm F5.6 EX DG
The world’s first super-telephoto zoom lens that achieves F2.8 at 500mm.
With the supplied attachment, autofocus shooting up to 1000mm was possible.
SIGMA SD1 released
DSLR featuring a 46-megapixel full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor
SIGMA GLOBAL VISION announced
Full renewal of interchangeable lens lineup featuring 3 lines: Art, Contemporary, Sports
SIGMA China established.
Started mount conversion service
Launched an original paid service that allows customers to convert the lens mount of the Art, Contemporary, and Sports lines.
SIGMA dp Quattro introduced
Digital camera series of 4 models featuring the next-generation Foveon direct image sensor
SIGMA sd Quattro / SIGMA sd Quattro H announced
System camera sd Quattro featuring the Foveon direct image sensor and sd Quattro H featuring a 51-megapixel Foveon direct image sensor for best-in-class image quality
SIGMA CINE LENS announced
Cinema lens system offering top-level performance for a true motion picture solution
L-Mount alliance announced
Participated in the “L-Mount Alliance*”, a strategic collaboration between Leica, Panasonic, and SIGMA.
* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
SIGMA fp released
The world’s smallest and lightest full-frame Bayer sensor equipped L-Mount mirrorless camera
2019 Won GOOD DESIGN award
2020 Won reddot award
I series announced
Added the new concept “Premium Compact Prime” I series under the Contemporary line