Sigma announces its latest 85mm Art-series portrait lens for E- and L-mount cameras
Those with certain Leica or Sony full-frame mirrorless units - the latest a7s III included - may now be interested in a portrait-optimized attachment to expand their existing range of photography capabilities. To this end, Sigma has premiered its latest prime lens of this length for such systems. The 85mm DG DN Art is touted as packed with upgrades and advantages over its predecessors.
The lens is rated for an f/1.4 aperture, but can also extend as far as f/16 in fact. This range is controlled via a dedicated ring, a component which some users may love to hear clicking, although some may really rather not. However, Sigma has both types covered with a hardware switch for 'classic' or smooth, silent transitions.
The 85mm f/1.4 DG DN also has physical toggles for a choice between manual and auto focusing (MF or AF), and for adjustable AF-locking. That form of focus is delivered through a stepping-motor system. The lens is composed of 5 SLD, 4 high-refractive-index and 1 aspherical element. It also includes a rounded 11-blade diaphragm, all contained in a weather-proofed design.
This new option in portrait photography is priced at US$1199.99 for both the E- and L-mount versions, with a new matching Sigma lens hood and soft case as standard. It can be pre-ordered from B&H Photo Video, although this seller has not mentioned when it will start shipping.