Sigma wowed us with the release of the 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, which is undoubtedly a strike across the bow of the . Not to be outdone, however, Canon is gearing up to release a new 85mm f/1.4L lens of their own with image stabilization.
Both the Sigma 85mm Art and are superlative lenses, highly sought after by many photographers and a staple of many kits. However, the Sigma has recently been taking a bit of the spotlight from the Canon, particularly with its wide-open sharpness. Our friends at Canon Rumors are reporting that Canon, not to be outdone, will be announcing an 85mm f/1.4L IS in mid-summer. The addition of image stabilization has been a request from many photographers, and if this lens also features the blue spectrum optics found on the 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens along with a bump in wide-aperture sharpness from its f/1.2 cousin, you can expect a serious competitor to the Sigma. Most interesting is that this lens will not be replacing the 85mm f/1.2L II, which may indicate Canon is going for broke resolution-wise (and size-wise) in a swipe at Sigma, leaving the 85mm f/1.2L II as the "classic" portrait lens.
[via Canon Rumors]