Just had an email from Baudoin of Sigma Europe to announce that Michihiro Yamaki, CEO and founder of Sigma Corporation has died on January 18th at the age of 78. Yamaki, born in 1933, had created the Sigma research center in 1961 and later Sigma corporation in 1970. He has developed Sigma lens range and the company with branches in Hong-Kong (1983), Germany (1979), Sigma America (1986), France (1993), UK (2000).
As a major character of the photo industry, Michihiro Yamaki has earned a PMA Hall of FAme Award in 2003, a NATO International Council HAll of FAme Award in 2009 and recently, in 2011, the Golden Photokina Pin.
As his will, Sigma founder has been buried in private. Ceremonies will be held later in Toko and Aizu.
Yamaki San, thank you for all these fine Sigma lenses which make good gear cheaper.
I went to Las Vegas with Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 APO IF HSM EX. I’ll publish the review of this lens within a 2 weeks.