The Sigma SA-mount is a lens mount by the Sigma Corporation of Japan for use on their autofocus single-lens reflex 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, but never utilized by Sigma and consequently dropped with the release of the SD14 in 2007.
Mechanically, the (inner) SA-mount is similar to the Pentax K-mount as well, 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.
As a result of the physical similarities Pentax K-mount (PK) lenses can 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.
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.
Adaptation of lenses for other bayonet mounts on Sigma cameras
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.
|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 (16×24 mm)|
|SD1||2011-05||SA-IB only||Foveon X3, 3200×4800 pixels|
|SD1 Merrill||2012-02||SA-IB only||Foveon X3, 3200×4800 pixels|