Sigma is fully committed to the mirrorless camera and it shows. Yesterday they announced a completely redesigned 85mm f.14 Art lens for Sony’s E-mount and the L-mount. This portrait lens is much smaller than the old 85mm but promises better performance. In the online presentation, Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki extensively talked about all the effort and techniques they used to make this lens “best of class“.
At 625 grams and a length of 96mm, it is indeed pretty light and compact in comparison to, for instance, the equivalent Sony G master lens or the older Sigma 85mm f1.4. And much cheaper too.
This compact lens features the newly introduced “Iris ring lock switch.” This prevents the unintended movement of the iris ring during shooting. The Iris ring also has an “Iris Ring Click Switch”, enabling seamless operations without clicking sounds, especially useful during video shooting. This Iris ring is, by the way, something I’ve grown to love very much on the 45mm f2.8.
From Sigma’s website:
SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG DN｜Art.
Mark a new chapter of the Art line F1.4 in the mirrorless age.
Large-diameter, unparalleled optical performance, compact and lightweight, and high-speed AF ─ all in your hand.
The 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art combines a clear and delicate rendering performance, which is requisite for portrait photography, with beautiful, rich bokeh effects only possible with lenses such as a large-diameter F1.4, at a level that will satisfy both professional and advanced amateur photographers. The focal length of 85mm and significant bokeh effect at F1.4 brightness allow the users’ subjects to stand out in a complementary fashion, which is one of the essences of taking portrait photography, so users can enjoy it to the fullest.
In addition to the fast and consistent AF response, the mirrorless-exclusive design of the 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art has realized a lightweight and compact lens body that defies convention. And its small body is packed with a range of functionalities, including a dust- and splash-proof structure, supported by an excellent build quality.
The 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is SIGMA’s new “ultimate portrait lens” for the mirrorless age. And with it, SIGMA proposes a whole new world of possibilities provided by this “85mm F1.4 lens for everyday use,” thanks to the unprecedented level of portability, free from size- or weight-related limitations.
Launch : August, 2020
Case, Hood with lock (LH828-02) supplied
Available AF mount: L-Mount, Sony E-mount
* The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change.
*This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.
* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
*Appearance and specifications are subject to change.
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