Sigma Unwraps Pricing and Availability for the 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art Lens

PPhoto_135_18_a017_horizon_hood.104634By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Sigma has just announced pricing and availability for their new 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens. It was first unveiled at the 2017 CP+ Camera + Photo Imaging Show in Yokohama, Japan back in February along with the 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art. It will carry a retail street price of about $1,399 USD and begin shipping in May 2017.

The new lens will be Sigma’s flagship mid-range telephoto prime, which the DSLR lens and camera accessory manufacturer says will feature an “outstanding sharpness and great IQ from edge to edge.” Early reports from those who had a chance to try it out, when first announced in Japan, say that Sigma isn’t kidding around. You won’t find any chromatic aberration, and it also sports very good sharpness, corner to corner.

Sigma says that the 1.8 F-stop on the 135mm DG HSM Art will deliver a shallower depth-of-field, allowing the photographer greater isolation of subjects producing a very pleasing bokeh, even when used wide open. That should make the camera a great choice for up-close, as well as full-length portraits, making it ideal for press events, concerts, indoor sports, conferences, and weddings. 

Mount wise, the Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art will support Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts. The lens works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter while the Nikon mount features an all new electromagnetic diaphragm for enhanced high-speed shooting. The 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art will start shipping in May of 2017, and you’ll be able to pick one up for about $1,399 USD. You can pre-order now at B&H here.

Here are the features and benefits of the lens:

  1. Superior optical performance
    • Optimal image quality for ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs: This lens offers top performance from the center to the edges of the image thanks to the signature floating system of the lens focus mechanism. By minimizing distortion, the lens delivers impeccable image quality without the need for digital adjustment during image processing.
    • Ideal for portraits requiring a dramatic bokeh effect: Delivering a stunning compression effect, even when positioned fairly close to the subject, the telephoto ring allows photographers to achieve a variety of dramatic perspectives. This effect truly shines in both close-up and full-length portraits, making composition easy. The large F1.8 diameter allows for more creative control over light and paired with the nine-blade rounded diaphragm produce a desired creamy bokeh effect.
  2. Fast and nimble autofocus photography
    • The large HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) delivers ample torque to the focusing group for outstanding speed, ensuring exceptionally stable performance even at lower speeds. Along with the optimized AF algorithm, this feature delivers fast autofocus photography. In addition, the focus limiter makes AF highly responsive to distance from the subject for even more nimble performance.
  3. Fast AF with full-time manual override (the operation of full-time MF may vary based on mount type)
  4. Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11
  5. Mount with dust- and splash-proof construction
  6. Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included
  7. Available Sigma USB Dock makes updating firmware and customization possible
  8. Available Mount Conversion Service allows use with another camera body
  9. Rounded diaphragm for desired bokeh look
  10. Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  11. High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  12. Crafted in Aizu, Japan with each lens individually tested with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  13. Lens barrel is engraved with the year of release
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