Independents rule! Sigma and Tamron sell more lenses in Japan than Sony & Canon

A hand holding a Sony camera with the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN lens attached
(Image credit: Sigma)

Interchangeable lenses are on the rise, but the market leaders may surprise you. 

Recent data collected by BCN Retail provides a detailed insight into the lens market in Japan, with third-party lens manufacturers Sigma and Tamron beating out the competition of native camera brands Canon, Nikon, and Sony. Third-party lens manufacturers offer lenses that cover the mounts of the top camera brands, usually at a lower price point. The lower price used to mean a sacrifice in quality, but with today's technology, the third-party and native lenses are indistinguishable, often featuring in our best camera lens guides.

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 

Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.