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Lab Test Results: Sigma 135mm f/1.8 HSM DG ART


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#1 Klaus

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:59 AM

http://www.opticalli...-sigma135f18art

 

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#2 toni-a

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:44 AM

Excellent as always, from field test you will tell us about focus accuracy.
With MFT you were inspired and took some really good pictures, looking forward to see how this lens has will inspire you for photography.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:56 AM

Well, 135mm is not my thing but let's see what I can produce.

 

Fortunately Sydney will be helping me a little with this ... https://www.vividsydney.com/


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#4 Rover

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:43 AM

Effin' knockout.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 09:56 AM

http://www.opticalli...-sigma135f18art

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That was fast 😀

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 09:57 AM

Triple 5, not many candidates made that so far. I'm impressed by how impressed you are  :D

 

On one sentence in the conclusion I have difficulties to comprehend:

 

"However, we've rarely seen lenses that can [...?] and they were not as fast anyway."

 

Now I'm looking forward for pictures out of Dr. Baker's rotary disco  ^_^



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:33 AM

Thx, JoJu. Seems as if I've the habit that my thoughts are getting too much ahead of my writing speed ...  :rolleyes:


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:18 PM

Triple 5, not many candidates made that so far. I'm impressed by how impressed you are  :D

 

 

Me too. Perhaps I didn't get some latent irony, but I understood Klaus' "preview comments" as a sort of "I thought it was better". So far the only defect seems to be cat's eyes (which aren't necessarily a defect according to some tastes...).


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:28 PM

Well, if it has a extreme corner resolution at f/4 a lot of other lenses don't even have in center...

 

When I tried the 85 and 135 Art (in this order) I was quite surprised about better subjectively balance of the 135. It was a real pleasure mot only to shoot with, I eben got some manually focused shots right. To my own surprise... After all, I was biased against "boring" 135mm FL, but for this lens I'm tempted to make an exception.



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:29 PM

MTF graphs seem ridiculously good. 



#11 toni-a

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:35 PM

Well, 135mm is not my thing but let's see what I can produce.

 

Fortunately Sydney will be helping me a little with this ... https://www.vividsydney.com/

 

Most important enjoy it, if you don't enjoy the show and don't see the beauty how can you transmit it ?



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 10:58 PM

Well, Vivid Syd is certainly good for bubble making ... 

It's damn dark though - even for a f/1.8 lens.

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#13 JoJu

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:05 PM

bokehlicious.

 

Interestingly, the distance doesn't matter much in terms of bokeh? Okay, foreground bulbs are smaller but in the background it appears either on or off to show some lamps.



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:17 PM

A few days ago I saw this lens out in the wild. In Nikon mount though.



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:52 PM

For Nikon it's more necessary than for Canon. ;)  The only 135mm Nikon is the 135mm f/2 D AF DC-NIKKOR version, and when I was looking at that, there was a movie coming up "80 years of Nikon lenses"... I'm really tempted, but I will sleep a couple of nights about it. It's also another kilogramm glass.



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:57 PM

Do you like the DC feature though? Still a very beautiful lens otherwise but I never found it to be particularly a breathtaking effect.



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Posted 05 June 2017 - 12:27 AM

Never used that lens. I have a Fujinon 56/1.2 APD. Soon on sale, because the downsides (only CDAF) make it, although beautifully creamy bokeh, nearly useless in dark situations. The DC is something similar? But it's independent from the aperture, no? There's a separate DC ring.

Don't know about it's AF, the Sigma is very fast. I first thought, MFD of the Sigma is surprisingly short (87.5 cm), but Canon is also 0.9 m, so equal. However, doing portrait with this lens would be a new experiece for me, i always used 85 mm. And I'm not sure: usually there's a reason if a popular FL is only covered by a lens out of film camera's last year's era?

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 03:00 PM

 Good review of a new flagship lens!

 

Lenstip came to similar conclusions............other video reviews stated the AF was spot on......unlike the 85mm version.



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Posted 05 June 2017 - 05:29 PM

This is somewhat tempting, as it seems to address the problems I had with the 135/2L which I have since sold on. I have a contact which can get me Sigma at below retail pricing, but can I get used to such a short focal length again? Even passed on a 200/1.8L as a bit short.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 05:39 PM

This is somewhat tempting, as it seems to address the problems I had with the 135/2L which I have since sold on. I have a contact which can get me Sigma at below retail pricing, but can I get used to such a short focal length again? Even passed on a 200/1.8L as a bit short.

Haha, short indeed. What do you use the narrow FOV for?






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