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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28.07 | 11:46

I have a -50 and an -M along with an SF-X sadly all are scrap thanks to the poor quality motor BUT I do have a -5S which I have nothing but praise for

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11.07 | 02:00

Hi Henrik,
Interesting. But where is the source for this? I have read several articles on the K-mount history, but never saw that proved.

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10.07 | 21:16

Värt att nämna att Zeiss försökte ta fram en ny Contax tillsammans med Pentax, vilket var anledningen till K-bajonetten, men samarbetet bröts av Zeiss.

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01.07 | 20:11

Hi Andy,
Congratulations with a rare camera! How damaged is it? I would like to have look at it, please send the photo to bosse.hs1@gmail.com.

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