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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09.05 | 01:24

I have a vocal Bill Miranda camera lens number 620-929 it's the kind like you crank and it folds out like the old kind of camera lens with accordion style look

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28.04 | 23:31

The SB2 was a part of the S3-series, of which some 360 000 were made. Yours and mine differ with 98000, so not unlikely. Where did you pick it up? Good luck!

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28.04 | 19:45

I recently picked up an SB and SB2. The SB serial no is close to yours 283235, but the SB2 is very different 500805. Do you know why they would differ so much?

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03.02 | 12:47

Thank you, David!

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