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06.11.2018

Just a few weeks ago Sigma made a huge announcement. They would be making lenses natively compatible with Sony FE-mount in the very near future. At first it will be the Art prime line and later all the zoom Art and Sport lenses will be available too. This raised a lot of eyebrows, mine included.

It’s no secret that mirrorless cameras are growing in popularity and performance! Companies like Sony, Olympus and Panasonic have been putting out highly refined mirrorless cameras for some time now and Sigma has been offering prime DN lenses for either the APS-C or micro-four thirds image circle for several years now. But the introduction of the full-frame Sony E-mount system has been a major game-changer.

© Liam Doran 2018 | Arch and granary. Sigma 24-70 f2.8 A lens and MC-11 converter. Three shot HDR merged in LR 6.

Wanting to learn more about why some are switching systems, I decided I’d try one myself. I reached out to Sony Pro Services and they were kind enough to let me borrow a A7RIII camera for a few days. My primary concern being, “How well will my Sigma lenses (Canon mount) work on the Sony camera using a Sigma MC-11 converter?”, I had to try a test-drive for myself to see.

© Liam Doran 2018 | Post sunset light, looking west to the Henry Mountains. Sigma 100-400 C lens with MC-11 converter. 1/60 sec. f/8 ISO 400.

I decided on a quick landscape shoot in Moab, UT to test out the system.

© Liam Doran 2018 | Backlit dead Pinyon pine. Sigma 50 f1.4 A lens and MC-11. 1/40 sec. f/8 ISO 400.

For lenses I brought:

12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art

24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art

100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

What were the results? Excellent!

© Liam Doran 2018 | No loss of sharpness when shooting with the MC-11. Sigma 24-70 f2.8 A. 1/500 sec. f/8 ISO 320.

The Sigma MC-11 and lenses paired very well with the Sony A7RIII. Focus was achieved quickly and spot on for nearly every situation. The ultra high optical quality of the Sigma lenses had no problem resolving Sony’s high megapixel camera. Images were incredibly sharp and detailed.

© Liam Doran 2018 | Morning light on Canyon lands NP. Sigma 24-70 f2.8 A lens with MC-11 converter. 1/3 sec. f/14 ISO 64.

With the MC-11 adapter attached, you still have in-camera stabilization, which is an advantage over some other adapters. As I was shooting on a tripod most of the time it did not affect me, but this will be a welcome additional feature when the Sigma native E-mount lenses hit stores.

© Liam Doran 2018 | Prickly Pear and Pinyon pine. Sigma 24 f1.4 lens with MC-11 converter. 1/500 sec. f/2.8 ISO 250.

Here’s the final takeaway for those thinking of making a move to Sony mirrorless. If you are like me and have lots of Sigma lenses that you love and just could not part with, worry not. Grab an MC-11 and go forth confidently.

© Liam Doran 2018 | Wild desert light. Sigma 24-70 f2.8 A lens and MC-11 converter. 1/80 sec. f.8 ISO 400.

As Sigma releases more E-mount lenses there will be two more options. First, buy the E-mount lenses as they are released and second, take advantage of the Mount Conversion option. Yes you heard me right. Once available, you can send in your Canon mount Sigma lens and Sigma will convert it into a E-mount lens (so long as the lens has been released in FE-mount)!

© Liam Doran 2018 | Long lens hazy landscape. Sigma 100-400 C lens with MC-11 converter. 1/125 sec. f/8 ISO 400.

Get your Sigma lenses on your favorite E-mount camera this spring! Happy mirrorless shooting!

© Liam Doran 2018 | Yours truly (aka the photographer) having a well-earned cup of coffee after an early morning of photography. Sigma 24 f1.4 A lens and MC-11 converter. 1/40 sec. f/9 ISO 64

All images taken on Sony a7RIII.

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  1. Please Sigma be gearing up for the new Nikon X mount. Hope they are working with you behind closed doors.