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Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« on: October 14, 2010, 10:04:10 PM »

Ronkonkoma, NY, Oct. 14, 2010 – Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com), a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that the company’s 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens is now available for purchase in the United States for the MSRP of $1,400 and the estimated street price of $899.


This large aperture, medium telephoto lens is optimized for use with full-frame, DSLR cameras and is especially ideal for portrait and low light photography. When used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 127.5mm F1.4 lens.


“This lens is an excellent addition to our prime lens line-up and is a great performer for a variety of photographers. For the sports or photojournalist photographer, the Hyper Sonic Motor will keep up with fast-paced action sequences; the 1.4 maximum aperture provides the ability to work at high shutter speeds under low existing light conditions,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, general manager of Sigma Corporation of America. “That same high-speed aperture is great for a portrait photographer who is looking to isolate details in their subject, with a pleasant, out-of-focus background. One-touch, full-time manual focus is perfect for the critical, professional photographer.”


The 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM also contains one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element and a glass mold element to offer excellent correction for all types of aberrations and to ensure superior optical performance. This lens is equipped with a rear focus system that minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing.


The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghost, even in backlight photography. The lens has a round, nine-blade diaphragm, which creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus images, and comes with a petal-type hood to block out extraneous light. For digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, Sigma provides a dedicated hood adapter to expand the length of the lens hood and to block out extraneous light more effectively.


CR’s Take

I’m a big fan of the Sigma 50 f/1.4. I cannot wait to try the 85 out, this is definitely a lens and focal length I will review.


Preorder

$899 @ B&H Photo

$899 @ Adorama


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Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« on: October 14, 2010, 10:04:10 PM »

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2010, 11:18:25 PM »
the big question for the canon version of this lens is, can it justify being priced over the 85 f/1.8?  I'm interested in seeing them pitted against one another

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2010, 11:35:07 PM »
If the Sigma 85 1.4 is anything like the Sigma 50 1.4, then we are in for a treat. It will be interesting to see the street price up here in Canada. The 50 1.4 carries a ten year warranty through Gentec in Canada.

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2010, 01:39:38 AM »
I currently have the Canon 85 1.8, which is great value for its price, very sharp even wide open and has a great bokeh. The only downside I can think of is the purple fringing in contrasty scenes can be a bit of frustrating at times. If the new Sigma has no such weaknesses, and if Sigma got its AF algorithms sorted out, it might be an interesting -- and different from the  85 1.2 II also an affordable -- option.
Judging from Sigmas recent offerings, the odds that the new lens will be a decent if not excellent performer are quite good. For example, the 8-16 gets rave reviews everywhere, only the new 70-200 2.8 OS was a bit of a disappointment.

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2010, 05:36:44 AM »
I hope Sigma will make a 135mm lens, in hope it will be optically superior to the the Canon 135/f2.8 and cheaper than the Canon 135/2.0L - lost all hope Canon will ever do that.

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2010, 11:07:55 AM »
Is the Sigma 50 1.4 really all that good?

I want a good 50 1.4, and I've been hoping that Canon would upgrade theirs.
The Photozone review indicates that the Sigma has residual aberrations that give focus problems, particularly in the f 2.8 - 5.6 area. That makes me a little leery  of the lens.

Anyone here have a comment on that?

If Canon doesn't upgrade the 50 1.4 soon, I may give the Sigma a try.

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2010, 11:10:51 AM »
PS... Like many others, I have the Canon 85 1.8, which is a great little lens at a very reasonable price ... The Sigma will have to awfully good to justify the extra $.

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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2010, 11:10:51 AM »

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2010, 02:30:26 PM »
Here's a reasonable review of the Sigma 50/1.4.

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2010, 04:19:11 PM »
sigma has some really great budget offerings that you can't really beat in terms of bang-for-the-buck ... but I haven't been all that convinced by any of their upmarket offerings.  they have a lot of lenses that seem appealing (for instance, the 120-300 f/2.8, or 70-200 f/2.8 OS) that offer significant price savings and good specs but drop the ball in either AF or image quality (thankfully, almost never both areas at the same time).  I'd really like to see them hit it out of the park for once (and then keep doing it)

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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2010, 04:40:22 PM »
I hope Sigma will make a 135mm lens, in hope it will be optically superior to the the Canon 135/f2.8 and cheaper than the Canon 135/2.0L - lost all hope Canon will ever do that.

The sigma 135/2.0L is already pretty cheap. How cheap do you want it? You can grab one for $800.  A Sigma 135mm would have to be 400-500 for me to even consider it over the 135L.

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2010, 07:22:03 PM »
Is the Sigma 50 1.4 really all that good?

I love my sigma 50mm/1.4 optically. And the bokeh is superb. Unfortunately I've found the AF to be unreliable at distances larger than a few meters. Unless the AF has been fixed in later versions (I have an early copy), I would not recommend this lens.

Unfortunately, the sigmas I've tried have not been as reliable with AF as canons (in general). Unfortunately, because their lenses are often optically very good.

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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2010, 09:45:16 PM »
I hope Sigma will make a 135mm lens, in hope it will be optically superior to the the Canon 135/f2.8 and cheaper than the Canon 135/2.0L - lost all hope Canon will ever do that.

The sigma 135/2.0L is already pretty cheap. How cheap do you want it? You can grab one for $800.  A Sigma 135mm would have to be 400-500 for me to even consider it over the 135L.

At the moment, Amazon and B&H sell the Canon 135mm f/2.0 L costs ~$970, so $500 sounds good to me. If Canon can make a good 85mm f/1.8 for $400, and outdated 135mm f/2.8 for $500, I would think $500 think Sigma can make a good 135mm for $500.


I can't make the photography equipment I buy tax deductible, my last name isn't Rothschild, and I'm not a drug dealer, so sometimes I'd rather save $500 on a lens than bling it with a red ring w/o compromising on quality.

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2010, 09:50:28 PM »
telephoto is not critical for me, but if Canon comes out with a 135 2.0L with IS, I'll be sorely tempted

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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2010, 09:43:50 AM »
Here's a reasonable review of the Sigma 50/1.4.

Reasonable in what way?  Fair? here's a quote:
the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens has proven very inconsistent for me in the focus accuracy department.
 
I have thrown out as many as 70% or more images from a single shoot of over 100 non-action, wide aperture shots because they were very OOF (Out of Focus). These were not even close-distance shots that are typically most challenging for shallow DOF lenses.


Though a higher percentage of the mis-focused shots were front-focused, a significant number were back-focused as well. Therefore, focus calibration is not going to help this lens.

I think that this lens would be better suited to a crop frame camera, I have sold the Canon f1.4 50mm in the hope of a replacement which I think will be a vain one as Canon haven't released a  non L FF prime in too many years.

The Canon 135mm f/2.8 (which I do have) id not really a fair comparison with the 135mm f/2 because it is a specialised lens with an adjustable soft focus effect, even if I had the 135mm f/2 I'd still keep hold of this one.

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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2010, 12:19:42 PM »
Reasonable in what way?  Fair? here's a quote:
These were not even close-distance shots that are typically most challenging for shallow DOF lenses.

For my copy, AF works better for close distance shots, strangely enough. The AF actually only misbehave on distance shots (> a few meters).

I think that this lens would be better suited to a crop frame camera, I have sold the Canon f1.4 50mm in the hope of a replacement which I think will be a vain one as Canon haven't released a  non L FF prime in too many years.

Why do would the Sigma 50mm/1.4 be better on a crop?


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Re: Sigma 85 f/1.4 EX DG Available Soon
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2010, 12:19:42 PM »