Sigma SA-mount

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The Sigma SA-mount is a lens mount by the Sigma Corporation of Japan for use on their autofocus single-lens reflex and mirrorless cameras. It was introduced with the SA-300 in 1992. Originally, the SA-mount was a dual-bayonet mount with inner (SA-IB) and outer (SA-OB) bayonets, the latter being a feature intended to mount heavy telephoto lenses,[1] but never utilized by Sigma and consequently dropped with the release of the SD14 in 2007.

There were two precursors to the introduction of SA-mount cameras, the manual-focus Sigma Mark-I in 1976, which still featured a M42 screw lens mount, and the SA-1 of 1983 with Pentax K-mount.

Mechanically, the (inner) SA-mount is similar to the Pentax K-mount as well,[2] but with a flange focal distance of 44.00 mm, identical to that of the Canon EF-mount. Like the EF-mount, the SA-mount uses electrical communication between body and lens, and in fact uses the same signalling lines and protocol as the EF-mount, despite the physical incompatibility. Sigma has long produced EF-mount lenses for Canon cameras, and thus had the ability to use this protocol.

All Sigma SLRs and DSLRs can use manual focus lenses too, which have no electrical communication between body and lens.


M42-mount lenses can be mounted via adapters utilizing the SA inner bayonet.

Despite of the physical similarities Pentax K-mount (PK) lenses can't really be fitted straight onto the SA-mount as well, once the protruding AA lever and AA protector outcrop are removed, though the fit is slightly loose as the SA-mount has a slightly bigger bore than the PK-mount. However, due to the difference in registration distance scale focusing isn't possible and the close focusing capabilities will be reduced.

Utilizing the SA-OB bayonet mount (on camera bodies supporting it), Nikon F-mount can be fitted and used via a JTAT mount adapter developed by Kazuo Suzuki, Tachibana Seisakusho.[3]

In digital cameras, it is important to make sure that the rear of an adapted lens never hits the camera's dust protector filter when focused to infinity.

Lens adaptations[edit]

Some Sigma DSLR users have become adept at converting high quality manual focus lenses to fit the SA-mount. One such user[who?] in the UK has successfully converted Nikon, Contax Carl Zeiss, Minolta MD, Canon FL and FD lenses to fit the SA-mount. Others[who?] have even produced replacement mounting plates for Sigma DSLRs, which convert them to either Nikon or Leica R-mount, or replaced the mount entirely with an EF-mount.[citation needed]

Conversely, newer lenses with Sigma SA-mount can be used on newer Sony E-mount cameras (for example, the Sony ILCE-7 series, the ILCE-5000, ILCE-6000 etc.) using the Sigma MC-11 SA-E mount adapter, introduced in 2016. (A similar Sigma MC-11 EF-E adapter is available to mount Canon EF-mount lenses on E-mount cameras.) The adapters support autofocus, image stabilization and electronic aperture control.

Camera bodies[edit]

Body Release date Mount Sensor
Film (24×36 mm)
SA-300/SA-300 QD 1992 or 1993 SA-IB and SA-OB N/A
SA-300N/SA-300N QD 1994 SA-IB and SA-OB N/A
SA-5/SA-5 QD 1997 SA-IB and SA-OB N/A
SA-7/SA-7 QD 2001 SA-IB and SA-OB N/A
SA-9/SA-9 QD 2001 SA-IB and SA-OB N/A
SA-7N/SA-7N QD 2002 SA-IB and SA-OB N/A
Digital (13.8×20.7 mm)
SD9 2002-10 SA-IB and SA-OB Foveon X3, 1512×2268 pixels
SD10 2003-12 SA-IB and SA-OB Foveon X3, 1512×2268 pixels
SD14 2007-03 SA-IB only Foveon X3, 1760×2640 pixels
SD15 2010-06 SA-IB only Foveon X3, 1760×2640 pixels
Digital (15.7×23.5 mm)
SD1 2011-05 SA-IB only Foveon X3, 3200×4800 pixels
SD1 Merrill 2012-02 SA-IB only Foveon X3, 3200×4800 pixels
SD Quattro 2016-02 SA-IB only Foveon Quattro, 3616×5424 pixels
Digital (17.9×26.7 mm)
SD Quattro H 2016-02 SA-IB only Foveon Quattro, 4128×6192 pixels


All SLR lenses manufactured by Sigma since 1993 are available for the SA-mount. A partial listing can be found here.

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