Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM gets a price

The new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is priced @ $899 in the US and is currently available for pre-order.

Here is a brief specs comparison with the current Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4D IF (I will repeat this comparison once the new Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4 lens gets released – hopefully by then we will also have sample photos to compare):

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4D IF
Lens Construction 11 elements in 8 groups 9 elements in 8 groups
Diaphragm Blades 9 9
Min. Aperture 16 16
Min. Focusing Distance 0.85m 0.85m
Filter Size (mm) 77mm 77mm
Dimensions 84.7×87.6mm 3.3×3.4in 80×72.5mm 3.1×5.7in
Price $899 $1,229.95

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens design:

Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4D IF lens design:

Update: here are the MTF charts for the current (AF) Nikon 85mm f/1.4 (left) and the new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 (right):

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