Sigma: The lens producer

This site is about the history of the PentaPrism SLR camera.It is also a site presenting my collection of these cameras. When it comes to Sigma I have not one in my collection. They seem to have gone under my radar, mostly because Sigma was so much a lens producer, but also because their cameras from the 70's and 80's were produced by others. Cosina would be the first guess, but the Mark 1 is not on the Cosina list. Some say that Ricoh produced them, but Ricoh PP SLR cameras were mostly produced by Cosina. And amomg them both Singlex TLS and XR-7, the two Sigma twins. (See Coslina list Cosina: 1969-2004)
Anyway, these are the main Sigma-branded cameras from the different eras.

1961: Company founded as a lens producer.

1976: First PP SLR camera introduced: Sigma Mark 1 (M42 mount) (A Ricoh Singlex TLS twin.)

1983: First K-mount PP SLR introduced: Sigma SA-1  (A Ricoh XR-7 twin.)

1992: First SA-mount camera: Sigma SA-300

1995: SA-300N

1997: SA-5

2001: SA-7, a compact SLR AND: SA-9, high-end SLR

2002: First digital SLR camera: Sigma SD-9

2004: SD-10

2006: SD-14 

2010: SD-15

2012: Last DSLR introduced: Sigma SD-1

2016?: DSLR camera production discontinued.

 

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29.09 | 19:44

Sorry, I misread your question, and my answer was about the Pentax K. The number of Pentar K was very, very low. Yes, 269$ seems a very low price.

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29.09 | 10:10

Sorry, I misread your question, and my answer was about the Pentax K. The number of Pentar K was very, very low. Yes, 269$ seems a very low price.

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28.09 | 15:31

Hi Bosse,

A near mint Asahi Pentar (yes Pentar) sold last month on ebay for £269. Were you aware of this? It seems like a very low price.

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10.08 | 18:42

Hi Richard,
21.454 K models were produced between '58 and '59. But Pentax used the letter K for many other models, too. K-series in '75 and digital since 2006.

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