|Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens|
After the successful launch of the 50mm f/1.4 ART lens, Sigma is planning to add momentum to their 2014 offering by announcing the 85mm f/1.4 DG Art lens some time in August, just before the big Photokina Show in September in Cologne, Germany. Delivery is not expected till early 2015. The intention is perhaps to upstage Zeiss and serve notice Sigma is a company to be reckoned with.
Sigma Corporation has been on a roll this year and they are planning to announce more lenses, perhaps a long zoom in the 300 to 500mm range, to complement their current 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG model. Zeiss is planning to introduce the 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens at Photokina 2014. The performance of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art glass ($949 vs. $3,990) is very close to the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus lens, but at a fraction of the price. If the expected Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens performs like the new 50mm f/1.4 Art, it will again prove Zeiss lenses are over-priced and a bad value for the money.