Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art and 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sport lenses officially announced

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This just in - Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art and Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sport lenses officially announced and available for pre-order. I will have a more detailed post later, for now check the press release on PhotoRumors:

Sigma 85mm f/1.4, 12-24mm f/4 and 500mm f/4 lenses announced

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  • I must admit they look really sexy

  • Now that Sigma gained the attention of everyone, they should come up with a great DSLR with improved compatibility and reliability towards their lenses.

    • Firebrand

      I think that’s their master plan. Originally, they wanted to release cameras, then make lenses for it. But it back-fired. Everyone knows that lenses come FIRST. No lenses = no deal. So Sigma began the ART program. Wildly successful for their reputation. Now if Sigma can tinker with body technology, and sort of follow a PENTAX / FUJI kind of model (as an established brand) — or maybe even SONY model (reinventing themselves as an ART body FF mirrorless), they will have a loyal following. Especially if they are willing to guarantee to change the mount of your lenses to fit their new mount… which I think they are willing to do, aren’t they?

      • n11

        Do you suppose they’d create two variants of their cameras? Like an N and C models, whether they’d fit the Nikon or Canon mounts. Or would they just stick to their own mount? It feels like people who have a difficult time selling/rebuying the same lens for a different mount. Unless they made an exchange program?

        • Firebrand

          No, they will have their own mount on their own camera bodies. But if you send them your lens, they will change the mount to Sigma version, should you feel youre ready to leave Canon, for example.

          But imagine if their cameras came with 3 sets of mounts that could be swapped out — “C” “N” and “S” versions — and you could use any lenses you wanted to use. Obviously there are tolerance hurdles to that and it might not even be feasible. But its a nice thought.

      • Totally agree. The mount conversion possibility maybe the final strike if they release a great FX / FX mirrorless, for sure.

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  • Morris

    don’t take me wrong, the 500 thing is nice, so nice (if sharp and no issues)
    but IF Sigma has the technology, i don’t know, they should have went with a PF/DO model, that would sell like crazy, 1/2 the length n weight
    At some point in time i might have ‘this kind of money’ a lot but not crazy lot, but at that point in time i will see if Nikon ‘upped’ from the current 300 F4 PF (have and love) to a 400 F4 (like Canon’s DO 2nd model)

    good job sigma, anyways

  • sickheadache

    I use the 24-35 and 50mm and now…My order is complete. 85mm Art. Thanks Sigma…On the Nikon D810…Crystal Clear Images and Damn Sharp. I highly recommend the Art Line. And Will be Test Driving the New Art 85 ….Soon.

    Still awaiting the 24-70mm Art Optical Stabilization

    • Nemmondom Meg

      Art lens optical stabilization? for what? They have no use in the wilderness, as there you will take a smaller lens. Ins studio, you ill have tripod or stative or whatever.

      • sickheadache

        You poor thang. Sigma is producing a 24-70mm Art with OS. Thanks for keeping up.

        • Nemmondom Meg

 no it doesn’t. And as I see none of them are stabilied. Still i can imagine i didnt find it, so pls link one. And they shouldn’t. Art is about uncompromised quality. Os gives you better result for long exposures than it would be handheld, but never super sharp. This is why all the posh/professionals are keep on saying if you use enough fast time, or tripod switch of the os.

          • sickheadache

            Well I have seen the Patent They Applied for at the beginning of this year. It’s coming…and spin your bs elsewhere. failure.

            • Nemmondom Meg

              So they are not producing it. So far none of them has os. I am sure not that will have, or it won’t be art. I really think you are just a posh fraud, without knowing what tool is for what.


              Hey so what is the status of the 24-70? Was hopeful would be intro’d now

  • nwcs

    Somehow strangely fitting that the most interesting Nikon related announcements aren’t made by Nikon but by third parties.

    • outkasted


    • tomskyphoto

      They’re just the vultures gnawing away the corpse – what did you think?

      • nwcs


        • tomskyphoto

          Bon appetit!

    • Well it’s simple. Look at the entire product catalog of Nikon and compare it to Sigma. Sigma is mostly building lenses. Their foveon camera is a niche product while Nikon is building a lot of different cameras and lenses at different price ranges with different complexities.

      • nwcs

        I understand that but it magnifies the lack of anything Nikon has done that has made a big splash since the D500.

        • What about the new lenses? Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E and 105mm f/1.4E? The D5 / D500 are less than a year old and contain the newest technology including the best AF with unmatched 3D-Tracking for a phase detect autofocus system. It’s work in progress the whole time. Do you wait for a specific event, lens or camera?

          • nwcs

            The 200-500 is over a year ago and doesn’t factor into my comment. The 105 is very much a niche lens and doesn’t demonstrate any meaningful direction for Nikon. Already addressed the D5/500.

            I wait to see a comprehensive, coherent direction and vision Nikon has for the future. They haven’t demonstrated one in some time.

            • preston

              Completely agree with Jorge. If the D5/500 – which is LESS THAN A YEAR OLD – along with a 24-70/2.8E VR and a WORLD FIRST 105/1.4 doesn’t represent their vision for the future then I’m afraid you’re nearly impossible to please. If they would have saved up these announcements and made them all now for Photokina you wouldn’t have anything to complain about.

            • nwcs

              So what vision does it cast? What direction are they taking the company? How are they positioning themselves to succeed? Given they’ve lost about 6% market share this year I’d say they aren’t succeeding.

            • preston

              Whether you agree or not that their vision is placing them in a position to succeed is a different issue. They have clearly defined what their intention is with those cameras and lenses. Professional, market leading dslr bodies in FX and DX with a new professional standard zoom and an innovative professional portrait lens. Is that still not clear? They are doing everything they can to keep their pros from switching to CaSony.

            • nwcs
            • preston

              I think we’re talking about different things. I consider “vision” to be a thought out plan to retain or gain certain sectors of the market. This is aimed at long term goals, not instant profits. Nikon clearly is trying to retain their pros and gain ground in the high end travel compact (with the DL line) and action cam market.

              You seem to tie vision in with financial success much more than I do.

            • nwcs

              I think both are intertwined. But I guess it’s possible to have a failed vision that’s profitable and a good vision that’s unprofitable but that’s usually not the case.

              Thing is, they are near the absolute last in the action cam market (not much vision copying what dozens already do) and the DL line is basically inspired by the success of the RX100. Again copying the concept with modifications. The 105 1.4 is an engineering marvel but people weren’t clamoring for it before it was released. People have made more noise for things like the 200mm macro, a super wide PC-E lens (which may eventually come out), and some DX lenses.

  • doge

    I wonder if any of these 500s were being used at the olympics? They must have had them hidden in plain sight.

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  • chrisgull

    Looking forward to reviews on the 12-24 and 85/1.4.

  • MB

    Sad isn’t it? While Sigma is announcing new great lenses we are mumbling go Nikon go … pro

  • Visar Sulejmani

    Well, after three Art Lenses and two of them with massive, and even with the dock uncorrectable, front-focus issues I don’t think I’ll be investing in sigma lenses any time soon. Which is a shame, as they are an absolute treat optically.

  • T.I.M

    I guess T.I.M was dead wrong about the D900 !

    • It’s alright. We didn’t need to guess. We knew.

  • Spy Black

    The 12-24 looks quite interesting to me, if Sigma can pull off not making it a smear fest at the corners wide open. The 500 is a good rental lens. Aspheric elements in the 85 has me with a wait-n-see mindset.

  • Benjamin

    im curious but the front diameter @ 86mm of the 12-24 proposes that it might actually take on 100mm filter systems.. which is a good thing for landscapers

  • PhotoJoe55

    I still have Sticky Sigma lenses with their Zen Finish, from the 90’s. Every time I have an urge to check out one of their new lenses, I handle one of the old ones, for an instant cure!

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