Sigma has just announced the much-awaited Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art lens for Sony E and L mount cameras. So if you are a Panasonic S1H user, or Sony a7r IV / A7iii photographer this just may replace your existing 85mm lens.
Furthermore, Sigma has made some significant improvements over their already existing 85mm f1.4, which was designed originally for DSLR cameras and eventually ported over to mirrorless mounts.
However, the new 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art lens is has been specifically designed and optimised for Sony and L mount mirrorless cameras.
unparalleled optical performance, a compact and lightweight body, robust build quality and high-speed AF. A remarkable triumph of optical design and engineering, it promises to be a game-changer for E-mount and L-Mount photographers.
Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art Features
- Full-Frame sensor coverage
- Designed and optimised for full-frame mirrorless cameras
- Available in either Sony E Mount or L Mount
- Lens construction:
- 15 elements in 11 groups
- with 5 SLD elements and 1 aspherical element
- Compatible with high-speed AF
- Compatible with lens-based optical correction
- Stepping motor AF System
- Minimum focusing distance: 85cm / 33.5-inches
- Weight: 630g / 22.2oz
- Filter size: 77mm
- De-clickable iris ring (with a lock switch)
- very useful for video
- 11-blade rounded diaphragm
- High-precision, durable, brass bayonet mount
- AFL button
- Focus mode switch
- Dust- and splash-proof
- Hood with lock
- Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11
- (sold separately, for L-Mount only)
- Pre-order at B&H / Priced at $1,199
- Ships later in August
More Compact and Lighter than Before!
The latest Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art lens tips the scales at just 630g, which is more than 50% less weight than the DSLR version!
Not only that, but the new 85mm lens is just 94.1mm long. Additionally, Sigma has given us the popular and rather standard 77mm filter size.
The more compact size and lightweight lens body is surely going to be appreciated by photographers and video creators alike. As they often have to lug around big and heavy portrait lenses, if they want a fast f1.4 aperture.
Optimised for Both Phase Detect and Contrast AF
Furthermore, the autofocus system employs a stepping motor that is optimised for both phase detect and contrast AF.
Not only does this provide a smooth shooting experience only possible on a mirrorless camera (such as face/eye AF), but it has reduced the size of the lens body thanks to a much smaller focus element.
By making the most of in-camera aberration correction functionalities, Sigma was able to concentrate on the correction of aberrations that could only be eliminated effectively by the lens’ optics, which further contributed to making the lens smaller.
Class Leading Optical Performance
The optical design here includes five SLD elements and one aspherical element, in addition to the latest high-refractive-index glass. Designed to successfully eliminate and correct aberrations, the advanced glass elements within the lens are said to be of the highest quality.
Overall, the optical design incorporates a whopping 15 glass elements arranged in 11 groups, which is more than impressive.
Moreover, Sigma optical engineers have dedicated particular attention to the elimination of axial chromatic aberration. Thus ensuring that photographers and video creators capture sharp images with no colour bleeding even when shooting wide open at f/1.4.
Perfect Portrait Lens for Full Frame Mirrorless
85mm is a very popular focal length for portrait work, filming interviews etc., and as such the high resolving power and edge-to-edge sharpness ensures exceptional sharpness of the in-focus area. And coupled with a very shallow depth-of-field it’s easy to separate the subject from the background for captivating, high-impact images.
Sigma also say they have done thorough testing to minimise flare and ghosting, which has ensured clear, high-contrast images even when shooting in backlit conditions.
Check out the full lens presentation below:
Solid Build Quality and Ergonomic Design
One of the coolest features in the new 85mm f1.4 lens is the iris ring. In addition, the iris ring can be de-clicked for video use or locked thanks to the included lock switch.
In addition, Sigma has also included a Focus Mode Switch on the lens barrel, and an AFL button that is assignable.
And of course, when it comes to a $1,200 super-fast prime lens, it better be well built. The lens is dust & splash-proof, while the construction employs high-grade aluminium and Thermally Stable Composite. These ensure serious Art-line build quality, while keeping weight to a minimum.
Pricing and Availability
Pre-order from authorised dealers such as B&H here.