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Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM | A: A Master of Portraits

Sakshi Parikh exams the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art to look whether or not it is in a position to deal with the excellent requirements of the Sigma Art lineup. Here’s what she discovered.

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM | A

The 135mm top lens is a long-time favourite of portrait photographers, combining the compression of a telephoto lens with the slender depth-of-field of a quick aperture, leading to in point of fact blurred-out backgrounds. Sigma lately made waves with their lengthy awaited 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens. The 6th addition within the corporate’s top lens Art lineup, the 135mm f/1.8 provides portraitists a 2nd choice after the 85mm f/1.4. It options a surprisingly rapid f/1.8 aperture, environment it except its competition from Nikon, Canon and Zeiss.

The lens is strong. At 1130 grams, the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 with a posh optical building, makes its competition like Canon 135mm f/2L really feel modest. The 135mm f/1.8 Art wears its measurement like a badge of honor. The greater, heavier construct turns out made to remaining. It has an 82mm clear out measurement to check. The lens options Sigma’s feature swish, matte black end. The barrel itself is built out of Sigma’s proprietary ‘Thermally Stable Composite’ subject material, which permits for significantly better production precision, particularly in comparison to usual polycarbonate plastics.

It includes a new massive Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), which has additional torque for speedy focusing. In addition, the 3 step concentration limiter makes AF extremely conscious of distance from the topic, for a good sooner efficiency.

While taking pictures at night time, this lens has a tendency to offer stunning cinematic effects.
1/50sec at f/1.8 (ISO 2000). Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

The construct high quality of the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM is quiet strong. Its massive focusing ring has a ridged rubberised coating that lets you get an excellent grip on it when manually focusing. When you achieve both finish of the focusing prohibit, you are going to really feel a small click on in resistance from the lens, which can also be helpful, particularly when the usage of the camera along with your eye to the viewfinder. Since the focusing is inner, the entrance part of the lens doesn’t rotate in any respect, which is superb whilst the usage of positive types of filters… a round polarising clear out, for example.

Unlike the guide concentration Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 ZE, this lens has an AF/MF transfer at the aspect. It is accompanied through a spherical bayonet fastened lenshood. It was once a little bit free for my liking.
Its focusing ring rotates as much as 160° manually, which makes it advisable for videographers. The lens options 9 curved diaphragm blades to make up its aperture, which produce extraordinarily easy effects for bokeh. The weathersealing within the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art is rigorous and it has a mud and splash-proof building.

It has a most magnification of 1:4.3. With a close-focus level of 0.875m, the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 isn’t in point of fact a macro lens, even if you’ll use it for conventional macro topics. The Sigma 135mm Art provides a 3 step concentration limiter this is slightly helpful, taking into consideration the bigger concentration vary of this lens.

I used it with my Nikon D800 and it’s nearly utterly silent when focusing. In decrease gentle ranges, the lens can take just a little longer to procure concentration, nevertheless it’s definitely not more than you might be expecting and it’s nonetheless very usable. This is an excessively sharp lens certainly, with an astounding stage of efficiency vast open, which best improves when taking pictures one forestall down. Even at vast open at f/1.8, the lens produced nearly no nook softness. It doesn’t have symbol stabilisation, which generally is a downside all the way through sluggish shutterspeed photographs.
Fringing is nearly absent, and flare is managed. The lens presentations slight nook shading when used with its widest aperture. Bokeh is exceptional. It is easy, wealthy and the tonal distinction and heat color rendition that the lens produces provides a 3 dimensional glance.

Both Nikon and Zeiss Milvus have implausible 135mm f/2 lenses. The Nikon 135mm has an older shape of AF and a singular Defocus Control choice. The Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2, even if guide, has a high-end construct. However, the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art has two benefits over the Zeiss— a 3rd of a forestall of aperture, and autofocus. On the drawback then again, the 135mm f/1.8 Art is a big and heavy lens, however with a complete body frame, it does no longer really feel so bulky.

Priced at Rs. 1,19,000, the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art isn’t an affordable lens, however for a perfect construct high quality, improbable sharpness, and nearly 0 distortion, the lens is price each and every penny.

The Milvus 135mm f/2 is an outstanding piece of optics, however for Sony Alpha customers, Sigma provides a MC-11 mount convertor for Rs. 20,245, which can be utilized with the 135mm f/1.8 Art for Canon. Hence, except being an improve from Nikon and Canon, this additionally places Sigma on most sensible, at the side of Zeiss Milvus.

This article initially seemed within the June 2017 factor of Better Photography.

New HyperSonic motor for speedy focusing
Super sharpness, superb bokeh
Build Quality
Sturdy, large amount of weathersealing
Three step concentration limiter, helpful magnification ratio, massive concentration throw for better accuracy
Warranty & Support
Two 12 months guaranty, vast carrier community
MRP Rs. 1,19,000
Who must purchase it? Portrait consultants and wedding ceremony photographers who use high-resolution complete body DSLRs.
Why? Optics are higher than all else, extraordinarily rapid autofocus and excellent sharpness.


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