Start saving up now, because the brightest and baddest new 135mm lens on the market has a price and a release date. Sigma is still keeping price and availability a secret for their 24-70mm 14mm ART lenses, but they’ve officially announced that the 135mm f/1.8 will debut in May for $1,400.
135mm lenses haven’t gotten a lot of love from the big two lately. The Canon 135mm f/2L USM was first released over a decade ago, and Nikon’s 135mm f/2D was released in 2007. The newest big name 135mm on the market is Zeiss’ 135mm f/2, and even that is a few years old at this point. As a result, the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 was well-received when it was announced last month, but will those same happy photographers be upset now that they see the price tag?
At $1,400, Sigma is (for once) more expensive than the Canon and Nikon 135mm f/2 options, and only a tiny bit cheaper than the relatively recent Zeiss 135mm lens. Sure, none of those lenses boast an f/1.8 aperture and the CaNikon versions are ancient by comparison, but will Sigma’s 135 be $400 better than Canon’s 135mm f/2L USM, which sells for $1,000?
We’ll let you be the judge of that.
To learn more about this lens, check out our announcement coverage. And if you want to pre-order one for yourself, you can find the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 ART in Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts at B&H Photo.