First leaked photo of the new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art for mirrorless shows a pretty tiny lens

Aug 3, 2020

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First leaked photo of the new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art for mirrorless shows a pretty tiny lens

Aug 3, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Last Thursday, rumours of a new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art series lens designed specifically for Sony and L mount mirrorless cameras was leaked, with an announcement expected for this week. Now, the first real-world image of the new lens has also leaked, courtesy of Sony Alpha Rumors, and boy, is it tiny!

It’s shown in the image next to the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD for full-frame Sony E mount, so we can get a rough idea of the size. In the image below, the line on the Tamron lens measures 463 pixels. The actual lens is 117.8mm long, according to the Tamron spec sheet. The new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art measures 377 pixels in the image, which after a little maths brings it to around 95mm long. That’s really short.

Obviously, the photo above was shot on a fairly wide lens pretty close to the two lenses, so there is some level of perspective distortion in there, but it should be relatively close to the real-world length.

The current Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM for E-Mount

By comparison, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art DG HSM for Sony E mount (the modified DSLR lens), is 126.2mm long. While it’s not quite the “half the size” that was originally rumoured, it’s still a pretty significant size difference.

The rumours also said it would be “half the weight”. With the existing 85mm weighing around 1,130g, there definitely seems some room for improvement given the small stature of the new lens. Whether or not it’ll be “half” or not remains to be seen, but I think Sony shooters will be glad of any weight savings the new lens could offer.

Sigma is expected to make an announcement live on August 6th at 2pm CEST, so stay tuned for more!

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[via Sony Alpha Rumors]

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2 responses to “First leaked photo of the new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art for mirrorless shows a pretty tiny lens”

  1. Nick Avatar
    Nick

    The Sigma 135mm Art for Canon has a shorter barrel than the Sigma 85mm Art for Canon so lens size difference does not surprise me anymore. This is of course backwards from Canons own EF L series 50mm and their RF 50mm where the EF lens is half the length of the RF.

    1. Chirp Avatar
      Chirp

      Yeah, mirrorless gives lens designers more options. I think this was obvious from the start but there are few inventions which were wholly embraced by the public upon inception e.g. books, lasers, cars, televisions, personal computers, etc. were all considered spawns of satan upon their arrival.

      https://photochirp.com/mirrorless-cameras/#comment-29169 ~ one of the biggest critics on youtube I can think of was the angry photographer. Obviously he doesn’t feel that way now (he owns half a mirrorless fuji factory) but it’s certainly psychologically interesting. I guess it’s an inability to think a few moves ahead. Now that people have accepted mirrorless more, I expect to see even more different lenses.

      Some of Canon’s are great, but sadly their cameras use 2x the current of a Sony camera and are of no interest to me because of it.