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Sigma Rumored to Announce New Lens | 85mm F/1.4 Art

By Ryan Filgas on May 27th 2014

Sigma is rumored to announce the new  85mm f/1.4 DG ART lens this August, in time for Photokina (which happens in September), according to Canon Rumors. This news comes only five weeks after Zeiss was rumored to be announcing their own version of the 85mm f/1.4 at the same event.

Sigma's 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art


Is Sigma gunning for a “Zeiss quality” lens again? After the release of Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 Art, one would hope so. Anthony Thurston, one of our senior writers, put Sigma’s newest 50mm to the test and was “thoroughly impressed,” preferring it over both its predecessor as well as the Canon 50mm f/1.2. DXO Mark rates the Sigma 50mm Art beneath the Zeiss equivalent, but time will tell how close their newly projected lenses will compare.


I haven’t had the pleasure of using Sigma’s newest 50mm, but you can bet it will be in my bag as soon as possible, maybe the same for this new 85mm. Given Sigma’s recent offerings, would you find this in your arsenal right after its release, or would you stick to the lenses you know and trust?


[Source: Canon Rumors]

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Ryan Filgas is an aspiring portrait photographer and studio arts major at Humboldt State University. His life consists of talking with friends, taking classes, and planning his next outdoor adventure. You can find his work on his website, Facebook, Google+, or connect with him via email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jacob Jexmark

    Considering the optical quality of the 35 and 50 Art I really hope this lens will be a reality.

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  2. joel

    their “old” 85mm is still quite young and gets great reviews so I’m a little disappointed. i would have been much more excited to see them address a focal length there is a need for a good affordable 3rd party lens like the 24/1.4 or maybe even a full frame equivalent to their APS-C f/1.8 zoom.

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  3. Tyler Rippel

    Anyone that “can’t wait” for this lens, have you tried the current model? I won’t be selling mine anytime soon. My 85mm 1.4 is as sharp as my 35mm Art at 1.4. Can’t imagine improvement worth spending money on for me.

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    • Joven

      You mean besides the build quality, CA, sharpness wide-open, and soft corners?

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  4. J Cortes

    Nice, can’t wait to see what Sigma does with the 85 1.4 . I’ll start saving my pennies now!

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  5. Joven

    DOH! I just bought the Nikon 85/1.4G X-|.

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  6. Mike

    I preordered the Nikon mount 50mm once I saw the reviews. Looks to be an excellent lens. If it tests well on my D800, I’ll sell my Nikkor 50 and 85 f/1.8 lenses. Nikon needs to step up their game, the 58mm for $1700 isn’t it, that lens is basically dead now that the Sigma is out.

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    • Bokeh Monk

      You just keep on pixel peeping and I’ll take the 58mm and use it to develop my unique personal style. In other words, with today’s technology it’s matters little what you’re using the REAL trick it to know HOW to use it.

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    • Daniel

      @Bokeh Monk

      I agree that people are pixel peeping too much when comparing lens.

      However, it is undeniable that the Sigma 35/50 ‘A’ really have technical edge in image quality compared to Nikon’s equivalents.

      The newish Nikon 58mm 1.4G has really nice bokeh, but for that price of over $1600, the performance is slightly lacking.

      The Sigma 50mm Art exceeds it in sharpness especially when compared wide open, while costing $700 less than the Nikon.

      Nikon is no newcomer in making great optics, so I’m having a hard time understanding why they have released such an under performing lens (for the price) when other companies such as Sigma have made a huge step up.

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    • Matthew Saville

      With a name like Bokeh Monk, it is pretty apparent where your priorities lie in a lens purchase. And indeed, maybe the Nikon 58 has slightly better bokeh than, well, any other 50mm lens ever made from Canon or Nikon, including the 50 L’s ironically.

      If you think that slightly softer bokeh, with the trade-off of NOTICEABLY worse sharpness and other qualities, is worth nearly $1,000 / 100% more, then knock yourself out!

      Having said that, I’m gonna take the f/1.8 G primes and use THEM to develop my unique personal style. And I’ll own 3 lenses with change to spare comapred to the 58. ;-)


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