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Sigma’s New 135mm f/1.8 ART Pricing Announced

By Bing Putney on March 17th 2017

Last month, Sigma announced 4 new lenses, including a trio bearing the heralded ART moniker. A bit unusually, Sigma chose not to include any pricing information with that announcement. Product pages were created on B&H, but with no option to pre-order, and no price listed. Well, Sigma has lifted the veil: the new 135mm f/1.8 ART  will retail for $1,399 and is available for pre-order, with expected availability in late April.  It is available in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mounts.

It’s an exciting lens. It will be the fastest lens available in that focal length for Canon or Nikon, beating the legendary Canon 135mm f/2L  by a third of a stop. This will give photographers excellent compression, and paper thin depth of field for portrait work. It still may be a tough sell for some Canon shooters. That 135mm L lens, though it’s a bit of an old design, has great numbers on DXOmark, and is a favorite of many fashion photographers, and the Sigma comes in at $400 more.

In tradition with the rest of Sigma’s Art lenses, this 135mm will likely score extremely well in test results and reviews. If so, photographers will need to decide if that extra bump in performance and an extra 1/3 stop is worth the extra money. At this point though, it’s all still conjecture, as no one has yet been able to get their hands on a production copy of the lens. As it makes its way into the wild, we’ll do our best to get one into the office and give you our impressions.

What do you think? Are you intrigued by this new lens? Does the price seem right? Let us know in the comments.

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Bing is a professional portrait and on-set still photographer who lives in Los Angeles, and frequently travels the world to explore new and interesting cultures and pastries.

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  1. Yervand Papazyan

    i don’t understand why still they don’t announce the price of 24-70 ?????? one month after press release they gave us the price of 135mm but after 4 month still no price for 24-70 are they stupid or what???????

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  2. Kyle Stauffer

    The Nikon 85 1.4g owners won’t have to ponder as much about whether to buy this lens as they did the new Nikon 105. If I were Nikon, this lens would have been well ahead of the 105 on the priority list. Way to go Sigma!

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  3. Alterick Wilson

    The Sigma 135 will sell very well

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  4. Kim Bentsen

    Well … now Canon must make a 135mm/1.4L lens.

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    • adam sanford

      Surely, you jest.  The front element goes on steroids if you do that.  135 / 1.4 = nearly a 100mm front element!  See what that looks like with Mitakon’s *3 kg* 135mm f/1.4 behemoth (below).

      CR’s pretty sure Canon’s next 135 will be the 135mm f/2L IS, and I agree with them.  Give it the BR blue refractive gunk, a sharp as s— optical redesign and IS and it will sell like hotcakes.

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  5. adam sanford

    First Sigma Art to be pricier than its Canon L counterpart!

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