Announced: Sigma 14mm f/1.8 & 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art, 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS

Sigma Unveils Four Brand New Global Vision Lenses at CP+

Sigma Corporation today announced its brand new Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses introduced at the 2017 CP+ Camera + Photo Imaging Show in Tokyo, Japan (check pricing and availability - not announced at the time of this post):




Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

World’s first F1.8, ultra-wide, full-frame prime lens designed for high resolution cameras; ideal for shooting architecture, astrophotography, documentary and landscapes.

Lens Construction 16 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View 114.2º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 27 cm / 10.6 in
Filter Size (mm) N/A
Maximum Magnifications 1: 9.8
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
3.8in. x 5.0in.
Weight  1,170g/41.3 oz

Debuting the world’s first 1.8 wide-angle lens, the 14mm F1.8 Art incorporates the same groundbreaking aspherical element as Sigma’s critically acclaimed 12-24mm F4 Art. Boasting outstanding image quality from center to edge, the 14mm F1.8 Art features the largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Three lens elements are made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance, and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberration. In addition to the great IQ from edge to edge, the new 14mm F1.8 offers a superfast and efficient AF system.

With a minimum focus distance of 10.6 inches at 14mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive background



Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

Formidable telephoto prime with high-speed aperture; ideal for shooting weddings, concerts, events and studio/location portraiture.

Lens Construction 13 Elements in 10 Groups
Angle of View 18.2º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 87.5 cm / 34.4 in
Filter Size (mm) 82mm
Maximum Magnifications 1: 5
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
4.0"x4.5" in
Weight  1130g/ 40.2 oz

Boasting outstanding sharpness and great IQ from edge to edge, the 135mm F1.8 Art lens enters the market as Sigma’s new premiere mid-range telephoto prime lens. Ideal for events such as concerts, indoor sports, conferences and press events, the 1.8 F-stop delivers greater “shallow depth of field” and isolation of subjects. The outstanding compression effect makes it equally as powerful for up-close and full-length portraits. Its new large hyper sonic motor (HSM) provides ample torque to the focus group for optimal speed while the acceleration sensor detects the position of the lens for compensation focus groups for factors including gravity, producing faster and more responsive AF. Equipped with a focus limiter, the 135mm F1.8 Art can be easily optimized for a variety of distances and situations.




Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art

Fast, constant-aperture zoom workhorse upgraded to the exacting standards of the high performance Sigma Art series.

Lens Construction 19 Elements in 14 Groups
Angle of View 84.1-34.3º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f22
Minimum Focusing Distance 37 cm / 14.5 in
Filter Size (mm) 82mm
Maximum Magnifications 1: 4.8
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
3.5 x 4.2 in
Weight  TBD

Featuring a brand new OS and highly efficient and fast AF system, the revamped 24-70mm F2.8 Art embodies all the technical qualities and finesse that define the high-performance Sigma Global Vision Art series. Covering a wide range of shooting scenarios, the 24-70mm workhorse DNA includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberration. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art aspherical elements use Sigma’s groundbreaking thicker center glass design and highly precise polishing process, delivering stunning images and bokeh effects. The lens’ purpose-built structure boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion.




Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary

Highly versatile, lightweight and compact super zoom touting strong IQ and image stabilization.

Lens Construction 21 Elements in 15 Groups
Angle of View (35mm) 24.4º-6.2 º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Mininum Aperture f22
Minimum Focusing Distance 160 cm / 6.3 in
Filter Size (mm) 67mm
Maximum Magnifications 1:3.8
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
86.4x182.3mm/ 3.4x7.2in
Weight 1160g/ 40.9oz.

Boasting outstanding reach and performance value, the new 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary telephoto zoom lens offers great IQ and usability with its lightweight, compact, dust- and splash-proof design. Equipped with the newly released Sigma OS and AF, the lens provides exceptional performance at lower shutter speeds. Highly versatile, the 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary also features Sigma’s unique macro function (1:3.8 ratio) for perfecting close-ups and distance shots, and push/pull focal zooming for ease of use.

The all-new four Sigma lenses supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm.

Sigma Global Vision lenses, including the new 14mm F1.8 Art, 135mm F1.8 Art, 24-70mm F2.8 Art and 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary lenses, can be updated with the latest lens software from a workstation or laptop using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately). The new Sigma lenses are also available for mount conversion services.

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  • Aldo

    Any news on pricing?

    • Eric Calabros

      Not announced. Maybe Sigma wants to wait and see what happens in CP+.

  • Eric Calabros

    Some really heavy lenses

    • Rick Johnson

      No joke! The 85mm f/1.4 Art is 39.9oz! That said, it’s a sharpness monster for the price. Can’t wait to see what the 14 and 135 could deliver! I’d just need to start working out to fit them all into my bag…

      • fanboy fagz

        working out to fit them in my bag..?

        sounds weird.

        • steven8217

          I guess he means figure it out to fit a lens with 9.5 inches in diameter, it is a monster lens …..LOL

      • Michael Laing

        Sigma a mere lightweight when it comes to 85mm f/1.4. The Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Milvus 45.2oz. It comes with its own crane 😛

    • Spy Black

      My 135mm f/2 Ai Nikkor is just over 30 oz, so this one at f/1.8 with electronics sounds about right. The 100-400 is slightly lighter than any 70-200 f/2.8, I can’t imagine anything lighter at 14mm with an f/1.8 aperture. It’s interesting they didn’t list the weight of the 24-70, similar lenses are between 30-36 oz.

      • EnPassant

        The Canon FD 135/2.0 is just 670g and mostly metal and glass. But then of course it only has 6 elements versus 13 for this new Sigma 135/1.8.
        The general trend is prime lenses getting heavier because of more complex construction and wider apertures than before.

  • spamdie

    I guess tripods will be back in style with these weights.

    • NJP

      Did they go out of style?

    • Mike

      No. People will be forced to keep their New Year resolution of fitness going. 🙂

  • mas921

    Excited most for the 100-400mm! *Much* lighter than big zooms and weather sealed! How bad would it to crop from 400mm to 600mm though?

  • fanboy fagz

    135mm”Boasting outstanding sharpness and great IQ from edge to edge”

    damn. at $1000 or so that would be a fabulous deal.

    • Zeneti

      why? because a manufacture just hyped up their own product? LMAO.

      • Curiousmonga

        none of the Sigma Art lenses are optically poor, I don’t even need to see test charts or MTFs to know these lenses will perform superbly at least optically

  • BG

    I’d prefer a 14/2.8 at half the weight… just sayin’. Would be more useful to me. Maybe it’s time to get the Irix.

    • Curiousmonga

      this is a specialty lens after all, those into astrophotography would definitely prefer the 1.8 aperture

      14/2.8 also has loads of distortion, the new Sigma 12-24 art is terrific in terms of distortion (almost none) and this should be the same

      • Eyal Darshan

        A minimal distortion f1. 4 uwa lens would be a dream for astrophotography, now let’s just hope it will also have minimal coma and this lens is going to sell like hotcakes.

        • Athanasius Kirchner

          Not much hope for that, as the 20mm and 24mm ART lenses have terrible coma.
          They’re not astro lenses, at all, and so it’d surprise me if the 14mm was any different.

          • Eyal Darshan

            Well then I’m not sure what’s the point of f1.4 on an uwa lens.

            • Athanasius Kirchner

              At less than $2,000? It doesn’t matter what the point is, people *will* find uses for it. Need for speed and everything…

            • FerpectShotz

              For me, astrophotography where you need every available bit of light. Also Concert photographers use the nikon 14-24 2.8 a lot and I am guessing they would take a 1.8 or a 1.4

          • silmasan
            • Athanasius Kirchner

              Yes, that’s true, but somehow I suspect Sigma will have different priorities with the 14mm. The 12-24mm is a slow lens that prides itself on very low distortion and excellent performance across the field. The 14mm? It’s only going to be the fastest lens of its type, meh ^_^
              It’s all speculation at this point, though.

            • silmasan

              Well.. at least similar performance at… oh well, f/4… Right, I must be sleepy when I wrote that, improper comparison.

      • BG

        Not sure why you say “14/2.8 has lots of distortion” – given that the lens I’m referring to ended up not being made. Anyway. I understand that this will be great for astrophotography (assuming decent coma correction), but I just want a high-quality ultrawide prime that doesn’t weigh 1 kg and has reasonable flare characteristics.

    • Keen

      I rather have a 14/4 with even better optical quality, tilt/shift both axis. Manual focus only. Hehe…

  • Semaphore

    I wonder why the 24-70mm weight is TBD?

    No surprises on the 14mm, but the 100-400 looks awesome at that weight. I kind of regret jumping the gun on the 70-200 f4 now.

    • Nils

      Probably because the OS they used in the version shown at CP+ was pre-production, so they didn´t want to comit to a certain weight just yet.

    • Zeneti

      I bet your 70-200 F4 is much sharper though! It’s a very good lens you have there. I’m sure you can also sell your 70-200 and pretty much afford this 100-400, it’s nothing special by the looks of it.

    • Tieu Ngao

      I have 70-200 f4 for 2 yrs and I like it very much.
      This Sigma 100-400 looks pretty good, based on the MTF it’s sharper at 400mm than the Nikon 80-400.
      If the Sigma costs around $800-900 I’d buy one.

    • Adam Brown

      Still different beasts for different uses. The 70-200 is still smaller and constant f4. I’ve used it for shooting theater dance, for example.
      The 100-400 with its aperture, is really just an outdoor daylight lens.

  • Bukakke Comet

    Even if I get a few years mileage out of the two Sigma’s I want to purchase. That’s a few years before Nikon gets any glass money from me. These purchases are going to come from a “I feel informed” vs “in the dark” perspective and the lower cost is sealing the deal.

    Sigma give me that price on the 135mm, and we will be all good.

    • fanboy fagz

      I AM not paying nikon prices anymore

      • Tieu Ngao

        And most of Nikon lenses are now made in China (another nail in the coffin).

    • Bob Thane

      The 85mm costs what, $1300 or so? The 135mm looks to be even better, I wouldn’t be surprised with a $1500 price tag. Hopefully not more.

      • jason

        I was considering the 105mm 1.4 but this is a better focal length and even if it is $1500, that is still cheaper than the Nikon.

      • silmasan

        $1200 on the 85A.. haven’t seen discounts (probably not for a good while). I’m a bit torn now, the 85mm fl is more versatile, but this 135A will absolutely kill the headshot segment.

  • Bob Thane

    Unless Sigma’s changed their MTF measuring methods, we’re in for a treat with the 135mm. Top is the 135mm ART geometrical MTF, bottom is the 85mm ART geometrical MTF. Considering the 85mm wide open is considered one of if not the sharpest fast prime available, the 135mm’s chart is a little scary…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4576dff0c1225e8d570e8758cf96984cb3e5207f90a2c8bc5ffaf0dac774c61.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15e2e13fbb4bac8101c6c318342c324fdddac5cbdcd9a19e0a37dec55c374cf8.png

    • fanboy fagz

      wow. that would be fantastic. bravo to sigma. as long as its priced at $1000 its a hell of a deal and a slap to the face of all the OEM who sell their gear for ripoff prices.

      • fanboy fagz

        can u image what a 1.4 lens with AUTO FOCUS would be like if this lens is 1.4 MF
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c3d6bc1907e91273010e0aff29ff1fc41cadd15a556f9ba28e279defaf26d8da.jpg

      • fanboy fagz

        I can only image a 105 1.4 is in the works next for them. if that sells for half the nikon, that would be a huge blow to them.

        • CBJ

          Doubt that would happen. At least not for a while. 135 1.8 is already in the market (Sony). 105 1.4 is on a different level. I was expecting Nikkor to release a 135mm 1.8 but Sigma beat them to it. Now I think Nikkor won’t release one because their prices cannot compete with Sigma at all.

          • Jeffry De Meyer

            I doubt that, if you want a product warranty that is worth anything you are still better of sticking to nikon or canon and paying the premium.

            • Athanasius Kirchner

              Sigma’s and Tamron’s service is much better than it used to be, and they’re aiming to improve further. I’d not be at all surprised if Sigma launches a pro service in the near future.

            • silmasan

              YES, that’d be great.

            • BG

              Nikon’s warranty ain’t all that great either. Have had less than excellent experience with them.

    • Rick Johnson

      I just did the same comparison before coming across this post. Holy hell that thing will be a beast. Even at $1500-$1600, it’d be a steal if other qualities like bokeh and AF performance are as touted!

    • rex360hype

      I really wish we could do a head to head comparison between this and the 105 1.4. Man… I’m really tempted to return mine while still in the return period and wait for the release of the 135…

      • fanboy fagz

        get the 85a and 135a for the same price

        • rex360hype

          Hmmm… *fingers tapping*

    • EnPassant

      The 135 MTF is measured at f/1.8, while the MTF for the 85 lens is measured at f/1.4. Stop down the 85mm lens to f/1.8 and the MTF propably matches the measurements of the new 135/1.8 lens.

    • Keen

      Sigma 135A or the Zeiss Milvus 135/2? Optically which is better?Damn….. I have been saving for the Zeiss …. now have to rethink again…..

    • Athanasius Kirchner

      It wouldn’t surprise me at all, the 135mm is 2/3 of a stop slower, *and* a focal length easier to design for (the sweet spot for telephoto lenses, historically).

  • Heavy – but I’d love that 14mm 1.8! Adding that to my never-ending bucket list.

  • Duncan Dimanche

    The only chart that doesn’t look outstanding is the one for the 24-70…. but I might be wrong…. It seems to be very similar to the Tamron.
    sigma on the left and Tamron 24-70 on the right

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/45b767ce57e2b69a0bb45e476248a6d592007beb286182023ad89360a877ca7c.png

    • Bob Thane

      Hard to compare MTF charts across brands due to different testing methods, but yeah, the 24-70 doesn’t blow me away. We’ll see how it stacks up in real world use though I suppose.

    • Rick Johnson

      Tammy’s looks better at the edges, too. This chart doesn’t have me looking to switch.

      • Spy Black

        At the wide end, the Tamron is total smear fest at the edges. Not really sharp or contrasty either. It’s not a good lens at all.

        • Ande Notos

          Spy Black is right. I own the Tamron, it’s OK and all, but the edges aren’t great.

    • MB

      If we are to compare incomparable 🙂 they are similar in contrast but Tamron seems better at 24mm and Sigma seems to outresolve Tamton at 70mm in center but does not hold well in corners … on the other hand all this is wide open …
      Anyway if we compare MTF charts to some other Art lenses SIgma 24-70 somehow does not reach the same performance level …
      Oh well, we shall wait and see the real thing …

  • Hans Bull

    It will be interesting to see how the “virtually no distortion” of the 14mm really is.

    • Bob Thane

      Here’s their chart for it: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/daba19104249655348c53786bd0ea59b4b8a1184d2ab441616e04857caf8fee0.png

      Doesn’t look too bad. Not 0% exactly, but looks like less than 1% everywhere (except perhaps the very edge that might hit 1%).

      EDIT: Though it might be a tad moustache-y, so that could be hard to correct. Luckily it looks insignificant enough that corrections should be necessary in most cases.

      • Hans Bull

        Thanks! Did not see that.
        Mild barrel. Impressive.

      • mas921

        ok wait a min O_o?! am noob when it comes to UWA, does that mean straight lines won’t be skewed? i really like wide angel shots,but after 20mm/16mm DX it starts to resemble fisheye lenses

        • Athanasius Kirchner

          There’re two kinds of geometric distortion at work on UWA lenses. One is the classic distortion like you see up there, where straight lines like the horizon get “bent”, either pushed to the outer edge of the frame (barrel) or to the center (pincushion). But there’s also perspective distortion that is simply unavoidable, as the very wide field of view just doesn’t translate all too well to a flat image, and leads to a “stretched” look at the edges and corners.
          I guess you’re talking about barrel distortion, though.

          • mas921

            great, learned something today!
            But i really meant the perspective distortion in this case! 20mm FF seems to be the threshold as one can barely notice it on close shots, but at 12,14mm or even 16mm FF ….its just too distracting and deforms the objects in the shot, unless one has that kind of distortion in mind when adjusting the framing; which works in some of the scenes only ..>_<.

            • Athanasius Kirchner

              Well, oddly enough a good way to counteract perspective distortion is with a lot of geometric distortion. Think of photos shot with fisheye lenses – even though most things in the frame are distorted comically, their relative sizes are preserved much better than with rectilinear UWA lenses. Using computational methods one can then “de-fish” images, turning them into conventional photos with more natural perspectives. It’s worht a look if you’re serious enough about UWA.

            • mas921

              Nice, will look into this!

  • Henri De Vreese

    135 MTF chart… Wow!
    100-400 also seems best ik class!

    • Bob Thane

      Looks like they optimized the 100-400 for 400mm, which is a nice change of pace from most lenses in that range!

  • jason

    It says that the 135 is only 4.5″ long. Does that seem really small compared to all their other art stuff? The 14mm is 5″.

    • silmasan

      From the dimensions, it’s actually slightly smaller than the 85, but I guess that’s without the hood. With hood the 135 looks properly long (really lovin’ the look!).

      Here’s specs from the Sigma-global site:
      135A: 91.4mm × 114.9mm
      85A: 94.7mm × 126.2mm

  • DrNo666

    Intersting: Sigma takes over two of the Nikon outdated focal lengths…14mm and 135mm.. these should had been updated years ago and there might not be much for Nikon to do in this area now.

    • silmasan

      There’s at least one thing left for Nikon to do: double the price.

      • Bukakke Comet

        I laughed, but on the inside I know that is the plan. Gouge the loyalist is always the easiest corporate strategy. When mass appeal is dying.

        So I expect the new body to be ridiculous in price as well.

      • DrNo666

        haha… yep they are good at that

    • VanHoff

      Outdated? Forgotten and wasted, Nikon is lagging behind all direct competitors right now, they didn’t listen our voices in the past… that’s the price to pay by a retrograde company, Nikon let users orphan and now 3rd party are adopting us!

  • Juris Liepins

    horrible lenses,

  • Carlo

    14 and 135 looks very very good and promising, about the 24-70 I dont like that it extends while zooming. But I think Sigma focused on the development of primes more than 24-70 where the competition with the Nikon/Canon version is very hard. But lets see what kind of images they will produce, mine are just impressions.

    • Ian W. Mrożewski

      The Sigma has stabilization, while the Canon doesn’t, so there’s something there.

  • TheInfinityPoint

    The MTF for the new Sigma 24-70 hardly looks deserving of the “Art” designation in my opinion…

    • Eric Calabros

      Looks like a kid has drawn the lines

      • TheInfinityPoint

        Just sayin’ 😛

    • Athanasius Kirchner

      My guess is that Sigma went for high contrast and a smaller size at the cost of pure resolution. There’re enough super high performance 24-70mm lenses out nowadays, but they’re all massive. It’d be great if Sigma could deliver a more compact and lighter alternative, especially at an attractive price.

  • MB

    100-400 seems interesting tele … when paired with Sigma 24-105 and say … Nikon 50mm 1.8G … it does make nice and light walk around set …
    But what exactly do they mean by push/pull focal zooming? It certainly does not seem as a push/pull design … maybe one could grab a hood and zoom it in and out …

    • DaveR43

      From Sigma Press Release: For quick control of the angle of view, the zoom ring incorporates a push/pull mechanism in addition to the regular twist mechanism. The exclusive lens hood has also been designed to accommodate push/pull zooming and overall lens maneuverability. By making it possible to adjust the angle of view instantly, this lens gives photographers an even better chance of getting that crucial shot.

      • MB

        Thanks for the info.
        I presumed something like that … seems handy …

        • DaveR43

          When I first read the press release I didn’t quite get it. But it looks like one would grasp the lens hood and pull or push that to zoom for the push-pull operation.

      • Spy Black

        That looks like an invitation to zoom creep when the lens is dangling down.

        • MB

          It seems to have a lock knob … maybe not perfect but imagine that pumping gun action … yippee …

  • VCL van der Drift

    Bought the Zeiss milvus 15mm a week ago. That sigma 14mm is going to hurt. Im Interested to see what the vignetting, CA and lens Flair will be with the 14mm. Can’t wait for sample images and real life test results.

    • Viktor

      I have been waiting with the purchase of Milvus 135 till the annoucement of Sigma (as being sure it will come one day). Sorry Zeiss….. now it seems it payed of as the Sigma 135 looks awesome. I will be comparing but the AF, MTF and hopefully the price parameters seem to be a strong pros for Sigma 🙂

      • Erick Tessier

        I was really near to buy the Milvus 135mm but now… Let’s wait just a little bit more to have this Art 135mm in hands!

  • Viktor

    I suppose and hope the price will be the same as the one for 85Art, reasons:
    focal distance / speed of lens – 85 1.4 / 135 1.8
    no OS added (luckily 🙂 )

    no other differences
    => the same price tags 😉
    Just hope to have it for Spring 😀

    • Viktor

      And also a little polemics about 14mm:
      Compared with 20mm 1.4 / 14 1.8
      comparing the optical structure and eventhought no other major difference I suppose this one will be priced higher as the 20mm has been repriced while ago
      => higher price tag than 20mm more close to the 85Art price

  • Ashraf Al-hujaili

    can’t wait to see how all these lenses perform
    not really interested in 14/f1.8
    but i want to see how it will perform
    cause if sigma is stepping up thier game with good prices , that will make other manufacturers step up thier game as will

  • Eskil Ginman

    Yes yes yes!!!

    • NorthPol

      +1

    • Tieu Ngao

      And it’s sharper than the Nikon 80-400 at the tele end (even though at 1/3 stop slower and MTF comparison is not very accurate).

  • doge

    I want the 135 and the 100-400. Do I need them? Probably not. Maybe.

  • Adam Brown

    I was excited about the 14mm… right now I use the Samyang 14mm. But 41oz is much too heavy for a wide prime. I really don’t need 1.8 in ultra wide. (Not shooting wide for the bokeh). That’s heavier than the Nikon 14-24…. I like to save some weight by shooting primes. Ah well, I’ll keep my eyes on the Venus Laowa or Irix if I want to upgrade my ultrawide, but looks like I’ll be sticking to manual lenses.

    The most interesting may not be the ART lenses — the Contemporary 100-400 is interesting depending on price. Yes, it’s a tad slower but also lighter and likely cheaper than the Nikon 80-400. It may be a great daylight telephoto option. 15 ounces lighter… basically a half stop slower. Depending on price and IQ, it may be a real winner.

  • Adam Brown

    By the way… CP+ is about to begin… Sigma announced new lenses. New lenses from Sony. New Aps-c cameras from Rebel. Nikon…. hello??????

    • Nikonland

      Nikon is too committed to cut staff, reduce costs, increase prices, offer discounted kit that nobody wants to buy, but, above all, promote those trifles which are the KeyMissions

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      I wrote this already, nikon smartwatch is their next market disrupting product!
      Make a photo on your D5 and see it on your 1/2″ screen watch trough snapbridge

  • Chewbacca

    These will be great for the pull off the side of the road,take it out of the trunk, take a photo, put it back in the trunk, drive away crowd.

  • MB

    In the meantime in a booth not far away … Nikon is preparing the key event for cpplus 2017 … side by side 100 years anniversary celebration! called “PAST AND FUTURE” and description of that bright future called “I AM KEYMISSION”:
    http://www.nikon-image.com/event/cpplus2017/
    http://imgsv.nikon-image.com/event/cpplus2017/img/booth_map_img.jpg

    • Bukakke Comet

      Bad sign from my internet seat.

    • yes, I saw also a few pictures on Facebook from their booth – no new products….

    • VanHoff

      I am a 100 year -agonizing- company :'(

  • Jonathan Zaharek

    Can anyone tell me why the 14mm is 9.5 inches?

    • RC Jenkins

      Because of all of the corrective elements.

    • JIm

      it’s a retrofocus lens design.

    • MB

      Actually it is obviously a mistake

      • Jonathan Zaharek

        It says it on there website…unless those dimensions are for the box

        • MB

          I know but it has nowhere near 3 times larger diameter than 24-70 … probably 6.5 at hood … it is a new product so this kind of mistakes are usual …

        • mas921

          9.5 “cm”

    • Bob Thane

      Pretty sure I saw it listed at 4.5 somewhere else, but I could be wrong.

  • reporteratlarge

    This is not in the same category, but if anyone is strapped for cash and needs a quality 100mm (Macro) lens, try the Tokina AT-X 100mm 2.8. The motor is noisy but the lens is very sharp.

  • 24×36

    Great – more otherwise really good looking zooms with the zoom and focus rings in the wrong positions. And in the 100-400’s case, with a zoom ring that turns “backwards” for Nikon shooters. Ugh! More reasons to hate “OS,” since that’s the reason control ergonomics are going down the toilet.

    • Bob Thane

      Nah, not really. Plenty of lenses with OS/VR had the other arrangement. The Nikon and Sigma 70-200s, the 70-300s, the 55-300, 55-200, 50-150, 150-500, etc. etc. Nothing to do with OS/VR, just the new fad.

      • 24×36

        Nope, the Sigma OS 70-200 stuck the zoom ring out at the end of the lens barrel too. And the new Nikon 70-200 did also. No way Nikon would have done that with one of their professional grade lenses unless it was done to accommodate the “latest OS” gadgets.

        Not saying there has never been a VR/OS lens with the zoom ring closest to the camera and focusing ring positioned furthest from the camera, just that the change to the opposite is largely to accommodate the VR/OS, since moving from non-VR/OS to VR/OS, or updating to the “latest greatest” VR/OS, seems to be the tipping point for making the lens ergonomics FUBAR.

        For example – Tamron 70-200 Di LD Macro, traditional ergonomics; first “VC” version, FUBAR ergonomics. Nikon 70-200 VR/VRII, traditional ergonomics; NEW 70-200 “E” VR – FUBAR ergonomics. You mentioned the 70-300; THAT went to FUBAR ergonomics in its latest iteration. The Sigma consumer grade “trombone” tele zooms have always been bass ackwards ergonomics. The Sigma 50-150 went FUBAR when it changed from non-OS to OS too. Nikon held the line with their latest 24-70, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the next version goes down the tubes ergonomics-wise.

  • Mike

    That 135 though. Daaaamn Daniel!

  • JIm

    The big drops in the price of Zeiss lenses appear to be for the old design. The new Milvus version of the 15mm is less that what the old one was ($2699 vs $2999, if I remember correctly) but not as low as what is posted here.

    • Bob Thane

      Though wasn’t the 15mm the same design, just a new case, a rubber gasket, and better QA?

  • JoCarpenter

    That 135 might be something special.

  • Jaroslav Charvát

    NikonRumors Admin: isn’t there some mistake? The 14/1,8 lens, description, Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 9.5in x 5.0in, that’s more than 24 cm diameter, which is more than A4 paper on the short side. Really? It would be one massive lens. That’s more than the famous Nikkor 6mm F2,8 fisheye sattelite dish lens…

    • I took the specs from Sigma’s website. I will check – maybe they updated them.

  • MonkeySpanner

    If the 135/1.8 turns out to be excellent – could hurt new Nikon 105.

  • EnPassant

    Maybe there is a slight measurable difference. But how many will care or even notice such a small difference, especially on a print?
    Given there are so many variables with different testing methods and performance at different distances, which are usually not done in lab tests, as well as sample variation I wouldn’t care about such small differences in sharpness.

    • Bob Thane

      Yeah, probably won’t be all that noticeable in most uses, but hey, neither is the difference between a lot of lenses. Nice to have though, and I won’t complain about extra sharpness.

    • 24×36

      “Given there are so many variables with different testing methods and
      performance at different distances, which are usually not done in lab
      tests, as well as sample variation I wouldn’t care about such small
      differences in sharpness.”

      Exactly – even bigger supposed sharpness differences don’t trouble me all that much, because the test conditions normally don’t bear much resemblance to how I use such a lens anyway. People need to accept that ALL lens tests need be taken with a shaker, more so than a grain, of salt. I think there’s some value to apples to apples testing, but still ONLY for the test conditions, and thus still not the whole story.

  • steven8217

    My Nikkor 14-24mm is already at 3.8 inches in diameter, I guess this new Sigma 14mm F1.8 will occupied my ENTIRE camera bag at 9.5 inches in diameter, ya, entire camera bag just to fit one single Sigma 14mm lens….LOL
    What a great design at F1.8 for a super wide angle lens!

  • VanHoff

    The funny thing now is: You can have the 85 Art plus the 135 Art for the price of the single Nikkor 105 1.4.

  • BG

    Sure, obviously a 20 year old lens with completely inadequate performance on modern sensors is what I meant.

  • Miles Long

    It is sad that the vast majority of people think the only thing that is important is image sharpness. Thus, the products are geared to the clueless masses. I’ll take a vacation with my 135 f2 ais while you guys sit at home eating ramen noodles, stroking your plastic, flat image producing 105 1.4s. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.

  • DSP~

    Sad thing, the 24/70 doesn’t look so good regarding the chart. I would love to have a capable 24-70 below the price of the Nikon one.

  • I can’t wait to see some samples!

  • Erick Tessier

    Am I right or the 1:5 magnification and the 87.5cm minimum focusing distance gives 122mm as focal length? There’ll be a lot of focus breathing since the angle of view (which should be when focusing at infinity?) is 18.2 deg giving 135mm focal length at infinity…

    • Erick Tessier

      The Nikkor 105mm 1.4 would vary from 103mm to 106mm which is way more acceptable.

      The Art 85mm would give 82mm to 84mm.

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