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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26.03 | 20:19

Hi,
Yes, their first PPSLR was introduced in 1960. I will add that that was Kowa(flex). Then the Kowa(flex) E in 1961, introducing auto metering. Thanks!

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25.03 | 23:47

Kowa made one even earlier than this Kowa H, there seems to be one from 1959 (?) called Kowaflex. There is one on ebay now.

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23.02 | 00:17

The Konica Autoreflex of 1968 was the first automatic system to measure light through the lens, TTL. I will rewrite things to make this more clear. Thank you!

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23.02 | 00:14

Savoyflex was first, but not regarded as a very useful system. Then Kowa H in 1963. Then Kiev Avtomat in '64. But Konica got all the credit from 1965.....

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