Sigma is once again rumored to be planning the launch of an Art-series prime lens with a bright aperture, which could be either one of the 85mm f/1.4 or 135mm f/2 models.
Roughly four months have passed since Sigma announced a new lens. The 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art unit was introduced in early February 2015, but the future holds a telephoto unit for the company’s fans.
As the wide-angle segment has been covered by the Japan-based manufacturer, Sigma’s fans are still waiting for more telephoto goodies and two units have been mentioned in the past. It appears that one telephoto prime is on its way soon and it will consist of the 85mm f/1.4 Art or 135mm f/2 Art.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens the most likely choice for the company’s next telephoto prime
There is an ongoing discussion about the future of Sigma’s telephoto line-up. The rumor mill has suggested that the next telephoto prime to come out will be the 85mm f/1.4 Art version.
The problem with this model is that the current version was launched in 2011, just before the Global Vision project, so users will feel little need to need to upgrade at this point.
However, sources are reporting that the future Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens will provide an image quality comparable to the one of the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 and at a fraction of the cost.
The Japanese maker has demonstrated its prowess for high-quality optics at affordable prices, so maybe a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens would make sense and would bring in the profits after all.
Sigma’s second option would be a 135mm f/2 Art lens
The second choice for the next Sigma telephoto prime is the 135mm f/2 Art. There is no such lens in the company’s line-up, so it would be welcomed by photographers worldwide.
Canon and Nikon have their own 135mm f/2 optics. However, they are considered old, as they were released many years ago, so Sigma could grab a lot of this market with its product.
Although Samyang and Zeiss have 135mm f/2 lenses for full-frame cameras, Sigma’s version would have supported autofocus technology. Combine this with a high image quality and you get a recipe for success.
Looking at it, an 135mm f/2 Art lens would make more sense, but there is little to no information about this optic, therefore the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens is said to be in leading position for becoming the manufacturer’s next telephoto prime optic.