(DPR/Blog) Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jnewell, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Did anyone else see this?

  2. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
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  3. billybob

    billybob Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 23, 2013
  4. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    Doesn't matter. Once they put the Oly name on the front, regardless of who designed it, it became pricey. If Sigma had designed this and manufactured and sold it under their own name, it would probaby be 25% to 30% cheaper.
  5. MarylandUSA

    MarylandUSA Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 3, 2013
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    Paul Franklin Stregevsky
    A few years ago, Pentax designed a zoom lens for Tokina. Pentax got to badge it for K mount; Tokina, for Canon, Nikon, and Alpha mounts. Guess which version cost more than the rest?

    The thing is, I'm not sure whether this supports your point or flies in the face of it. In the 75/1.8 case, the lens was designed by a third-party lens maker but badged by a camera maker. In the zoom case, the lens was designed by a camera maker, then badged as a third-party lens...but only for competing mounts.
  6. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
  7. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
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    I hope so. The Sigma version might be cheaper. The 19, 30 and 60 have been a nice addition to the mu43 lens options, especially for those starting a new kit.
  8. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Even if Sigma did design it, it's not like they're rebadging and selling the lens in various mounts. If Olympus paid for it, it's their lens.
  9. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    And, at the end of the day, the only real question is: how does it perform? - and we know the answer to that question. :2thumbs:
  10. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Any one find the irony that the best m43 primes is designed by Sigma? (Leica 25mm and Oly 75mm)
  11. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Austin, TX
    If it's true, then there's nothing ironic about it. Sigma is a great lens manufacturer, as it recently showed with the 35mm f/1.4 that handed Nikon and Canon their butts. At the end of the day, there is no magic here. Panasonic/Olympus/Nikon/Canon don't have access to anything that Sigma doesn't. They're all bound by the same modeling and design software, subject to the same laws of physics, and staffed by engineers and scientists from the same universities. Each company may have its own design quirks or priorities, but at the end of the day Sigma is capable of making a very capable product. I'd venture that at one point or other, pretty much all of the OEM camera makers used Sigma glass in their highly respected lenses.