Hey, no more rumors. The Sigma lenses we talked about yesterday are real and creating a stir in the industry. Especially from Zeiss. The Sigma 14mm Art caused Zeiss to price counter within hours. And it’s a sizable cut on its Zeiss Distagon T 15mm f/2.8 ZF.2 which is enjoying a $951 drop, while the 18mm f/3.8 ZF.2 saw a $400 discount.
Zeiss kept the discounts rolling as Sigma also announced a 135mm f/1.8 Art. The Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T ZF.2 earned a $623 price cut. These were not cheap lenses to begin with, but it shows Sigma’s power. Keep dropping prices fellas. No complaints here. Evidently, Zeiss knows the pricing, because zero price announcements from Sigma. Seriously, announce the pricing for once.
And to add a little more fuel to fire, DPReview compared Sigma’s 85mm Art to Sony’s GM 85mm and Sigma came out on top plus the $700 price difference in Sigma’s favor. Here’s how DP summed it up:
The Sigma beat out the Sony in nearly every category. Sharpness, vignetting, distortion and the handling of lateral CA (though not LoCA, in harsh lighting situations, wide open) all went to the Sigma. It simply outperformed the Sony across the board. In terms of lens character the Sigma does an excellent job in subject isolation and overall bokeh presentation, but so does the Sony. In fact, it’s really difficult to see any major differences in this respect.
Well now. We await the rumor of dedicated FE lenses for Sony to come true.
So, what about those Sigma lenses? We can finally dive into the details of each. Quick note, all four will work on E-Mount Sony cameras using the MC-11 adapter. A-mount folks are left out in the cold for now.
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 FG HSM Art
The company is boasting to anyone who will listen they are the world’s first in debuting a 1.8 wide-angle lens. It’s meant for damn near anyone – landscapes, architecture, astrophotography (personal fave), documentary work and whatever else photography enthusiasts can come up with.
Obviously, we aren’t snapping pictures of wildlife unless it’s our cat or dogs, but you get the picture.[powerkit_table id=3 /]
Sigma 135mm f/1.8mm DG HSM Art
Another prime Art lens from Sigma, this one boasting serious telephoto credentials. Use cases are everything. Weddings. Concerts. Portrait. A nice touch is the focus limiter to optimize for any situation and distance. It’s a big bastard, tipping the scales at 40 oz or 1130g.[powerkit_table id=4 /]
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OSM Art
The 24-70mm rounds out the Art lens announcements from Sigma. It features a brand new OS and fast AF. The company is promising it will deliver incredible images and bokeh. If you don’t want to walk around with a prime lens for the day, Sigma wants you to think of this a worthy substitute on days you don’t want to be a lens sherpa. Hey, we all have those days.[powerkit_table id=5 /]
Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary
No more typing ‘Art.’ Sigma’s 100-400mm lens rounds out the announcements from the company. And it’s the one I’ll be the most curious about. Attached the Sigma’s Quattro camera, it looks ridiculous, but let’s see it on a full-frame body. And how it performs. It’s one to watch.[powerkit_table id=6 /]
All four lenses can be updated to the latest lens software using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and the USB dock, which of course, is sold separately. Keep it locked here, and I’ll update pricing once we hear direct from Sigma.