« on: August 18, 2014, 09:13:09 PM »
Dangit. I was looking forward to an 85 1.4 Art this Fall.
The 24-70 f2 possibility is very cool, however. Might drown my sorrows then look forward to that beast!
I wouldn't give up on an 85 f/1.4 Art. That's been rumored for some time on other sites. Most rumor mongers say Sigma needs both the 24 and 85 to complete the standard Art prime line.
Further, Dustin Abbott (fellow CR forum member but also does his own reviews) said that he's already been approached to review a early Zeiss Otus 85mm. Any 'Otus' developments are absolute gold for Sigma, who have demonstrated that they can make an autofocusing lens 95% as good for 1/4 the price. So if Zeiss is making one, Sigma will gladly swoop in, outperform an aging Canon L in that FL, and gobble up a good chunk of the high end dollars there. Be patient.
Not sure if I'd call the Canon 85 1.2 L an aging lens. It's definitely a pretty sweet lens. My main thing is price to performance. I bought the Sigma 35 since it's better than the Canon 35 1.4 and it's cheaper. I'm hoping the same for the 85. But that's not to say that the 35 1.4 or 85 1.2 are bad lenses.