Photokina 2016 – Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM ART lens introduced

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Ahead of Photokina 2016, Sigma have announced the latest addition to their art series of lenses, the 85mm F1.4 DG HSM. The lens features a 9-blade rounded diaphragm and 4 lens elements in 12 groups, that together with the wide aperture, should produce some really nice bokeh. This is the fifth large-diameter F1.4 lens Sigma has introduced for cameras with full-frame sensors. Sigma is currently the only lens manufacturer that covers the entire 20-85mm focal range at F1.4.

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The lens now joins the 20mm F1.4, 24mm F1.4, 35mm F1.4, and 50mm F1.4 in SIGMA’s prime lens Art series.


At IBC recently we saw the 85mm T1.5 Cinema version of this lens announced. The 85mm F1.4 DG HSM will give us a very good indication of what you should expect if your waiting for the Cinema version.

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Just like the newly announced 12-24mm F4, the 85mm incorporates a newly designed Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that is claimed to offer 1.3 times the torque of its predecessor. In addition, full-time manual focus override allows the lens to be switched to manual focus simply by rotating the focus ring—even during continuous AF.

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The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 85cm (33.5″) and a front filter diameter of 86mm.

The 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art should be shipping in October for a RRP of $1199 US, making it a very attractive option for both still photography and video shooters.

Lens construction 14 elements in 12 groups
Minimum aperture F16
Filter size φ86㎜
Angle of view (35mm) 28.6°
Minimum focusing distance 85cm / 33.5in.
Dimensions (diameter × length) φ94.7mm × 126.2mm / 3.7in. × 5.0in.
Number of diaphragm blades 9 (Rounded diaphragm)
Maximum magnification ratio 1:8.5

Accessories: Case, Hood (LH927-02)
Corresponding AF Mounts

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