Sigma Releases All the Full-Frame Lenses We've Been Waiting For: 135mm f/1.8, 14mm f/1.8, 24-70mm OS, and 100-400mm OS

Sigma Releases All the Full-Frame Lenses We've Been Waiting For: 135mm f/1.8, 14mm f/1.8, 24-70mm OS, and 100-400mm OS

Today is the day that Sigma fills out its Art-series lens lineup to offer what could easily be considered everything you'd really need since its most recent release of the 85mm f/1.4 Art. Four new full-frame lenses cover the gamut from an ultra-wide, ultra-fast 14mm f/1.8 Art, a similarly fast 135mm f/1.8 Art portrait lens, to the wedding photographer's favorite 24-70mm f/2.8 Art and sports shooter's 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary "compact" super-zoom. If you've been waiting for that next Sigma lens, odds are it's one of these.

The 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art features the "largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry," contributing to less flare, ghosting, and distortion. Edge-to-edge sharpness and great chromatic aberration control is also promised, which gives hope to astrophotographers that have been waiting quite some time for a high-end, fast, ultra-wide lens such as this.

Sigma's 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art features a new focus motor that promises increased torque and overall performance with the addition of a focus limiter to optimize the experience in various situations.

The 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art is built with a metal barrel for durability and composite internal materials for less variation in thermal expansion and contraction. The lens' design also incorporates a new optical stabilization (OS) system as well as a thicker center glass design that Sigma says helps provide amazing bokeh.

Finally, the dust- and splash-proof Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary features a push/pull zoom function in addition to a standard twist-zoom design. A macro feature offers up to a 1:3.8 reproduction ratio. (UPDATE: the standard twist-zoom function is the main method of zoom, but for those in a hurry for a quick adjustment, a push/pull mechanism is also incorporated).

All four lenses are compatible with Sigma's MC-11 Sony E-Mount converter and will be available in Nikon, Canon, and Sigma mounts. Another feature of note is that all of the Nikon-mount versions feature a new electromagnetic diaphragm – a feature that Nikon has been incorporating in its latest professional lenses with an "E" designation in order to improve exposure accuracy during high-frame-rate shooting by more accurately and quickly setting the aperture for each shot.

Sigma has yet to announce pricing or availability for all four lenses, but we'll have updates as soon as pre-orders go live.

All four lenses are made for full-frame sensors, so expect a 1.5x (Nikon) or 1.6x (Canon) crop factor if you'll be using these on your APS-C bodies. It won't be long before we know more about the quality of each lens (Sigma's 85mm f/1.4 Art rivals Zeiss' Otus), and we'll certainly have some reviews for you once the lenses become available.

Comparisons to watch out for would be between the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 and Nikon's still-new 105mm f/1.4G or Canon's; the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 and Nikon's now-ancient 14mm f/2.8, Canon's 14mm f/2.8, or Rokinon's 14mm f/2.8; the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikon or Canon versions; or the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 and its Nikon and Canon equivalents.

Which lens are you looking most forward to trying out? Let us know in the comments!

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Nick Merzetti's picture

24-20 2.8 WITH os? omg. that will be so useful.

Spy Black's picture

If that 135 is priced around $1000, it's gonna be hot. I'll bet it's gonna be a really great lens.

Mark Tiu's picture

I sure hope so too! This is the one lens that I lack in my lineup. I have the Sigma 50 and 85 Art and they're both phenomenal lenses. This will complete my portrait lens line-up for sure.

may I ask when do you use 50 art and when do you use 85 art? Thanks.

Mark Tiu's picture

Portraits. Most of my work is shot with those two lenses

if you have canon, you should definitely rent out the 135L for comparison. IMHO that is one of the best lens for headshot portraits/outdoor portraits. Oh the dreamy bokeh!

Swissblad --'s picture

I've been waiting for this lens for a long tome - glad to see those rumours finally become reality!

If the 135 is priced around $1000 it better blow Canon's 135 out of water with its performance. Currently I hold that as a pinnacle in terms of performance at that range. My guess is Sigma will target their lens more around the $800 mark (or maybe I am being very optimistic).

Definitely drooling the 14 as well as the 24-70. It is right time for me to replace my old 24-70 too and I am guessing as always sigma will be cheaper than Canon (and this also has OS)

Spy Black's picture

Not sure what you're seeing as so impresive, it's a 20-year-old design, and it shows. Granted, it's a "look" unto itself (I shoot with various 35+-year-old lenses for their particular rendering, so I can appreciate an older design), but it's no match for a modern lens. The Samyang is superior to the Canon and Nikon 135s, albeit manual focus, and the Sigma will probably improve on the concept.

"features a push/pull zoom design"
extending barrel, yes, but that sure doesn't look like a push/pull lens

It's great to see the 24-70 get OS, but it's a shame the 135 didn't. Hopefully the 135 stayed lighter than the 135L by keeping it out.

Adam Ottke's picture

Thank you for the note on the 100-400. I am actually going to double-check this as well, as that struck me as incredibly odd. But it said that in their press release. But totally looks like a normal twist-zoom. I'll get back to you on this.

Alex Cooke's picture

It's both. The idea is that you can resort to push/pull when you want to change focal length as quickly as possible.

Spy Black's picture

That seems as though it could be an invitation to zoom creep when the lens faces down.

They have the same design on the 150-600, a lens with a much heavier front element, and so far I haven't heard of any creep issues.

The Sigma 135 is 50% heavier than the Canon 135L (1130g vs 750g)

Nick Dors's picture

Do you have the link to all the specs?

I found the weight on Sigmaphoto.com

Spy Black's picture

The Sigma has more elements and is a slightly wider aperture. Bear in mind the Canon optical design is over 20 years old, the Sigma is present-day optical design. The lesser-known Samyang 135 MF lens is a modern design, and it is superior to the Canon and Nikon 135s. I don't expect this to be any different. Both Canon and Nikon are overdue for a 135 replacement, this Sigma will probably make it harder for either of those manufacturers to justify their replacement, which I'm sure will be astronomically priced.

Phil Bautista's picture

24-70/2.8 with OS for under a grand?!? Whut da whut!?! Heh, dreams are free, right?

Tamron have had one with OS for years now for around a grand. But, no doubt it will be optically inferior by a large margin to the Sigma.

Nick Dors's picture

Love the size of the 135mm and 24-70mm, stubby.. thats how I like my lenses! Why the 85mm ART needed to be so crazy large? That prevented me from getting one.

Kyle Medina's picture

Standard that Sigma has been releasing. I would have to say that the 100-400 missed the ball ever so slightly. Being Canon/Nikons stop at f/5.6. So I'd still buy the Canon Version. 14mm is just astounding. Everything else was expected.

Anonymous's picture

The 100-400 is part of their "Contemporary" line as opposed to the top-of-the-line "Art" range like the other lenses announced today.

Kyle Medina's picture

Though you are right but their 150-600 contemporary vs sport, doesn't have different aperture. So I don't see their sport version changing.

Taylor Franta's picture

Ugh once again no love for Pentax it appears. The k1 is my favorite FF landscape oriented body and that 14mm is drool worthy. I get it, I'm in the minority here and it may not be profitable for sigma to adapt it to pentax but this still sucks.

What about good and affordable smaller APSC zooms, so that smaller cameras like the Sony a6000 series make much more sense?

I don't think that'll happen until Sony does it themselves. Sony has created a downward spiral of demand for the APSC E mount system in favor of the FF E mount system (can ya blame them?). If Sony is showing a lack of interest in their customers, why would Sigma bother to court them when the presumed future would be limited?
Also, there is only one company investing in enthusiast-friendly APSC lenses and that's Fuji. Canon, Nikon, and Sony aren't doing much.

It makes no sense for Sony or Sigma to not properly support the E mount. The a6000 series has been very popular. That's a market that Sigma could tap into, and for Sony that's a market that can be expanded much further by offering compact, reasonably priced zooms.

I agree with your proclamation but I disagree with your impression of support. I agree that it would make no sense for Sigma and Sony to not support the APSC E mount. Which is why they do... To the point that it makes fiscal sense. What they have apparently decided is to not support the APSC E mount to a degree larger than what they currently offer. This is what seems to be at odds with your hopes and expectations.
When a company employing hundreds of experts come to a decision that someone disagrees with, that person needs to ask themselves if they think they are more of an expert then the hundreds of people who collaborated to come to the conclusion which they did. I would venture a guess that in the vast majority of situations the single person who disagrees with the hundreds of experts likely doesn't have all of the information they need to come to a proper conclusion. Does that seem like a fair analysis?

You wrongly assume that corporations always make the right decisions. It should go without saying that Sony has excelled at making very poor decisions since the height of their success in the 90s.

Many prospective owners of the a6000 series of cameras have been deterred from buying one because there are no good, reasonably priced compact zooms made for them. This is a constant demand for these cameras. I am just another one of those prospective owners that has been deterred.