Some days ago I could hold another new lens in my hands and I couldn’t wait to test it! I’m talking about the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 from the highly popular and much-appreciated Art series of the Japanese manufacturer.
Since today was the first day that I had enough time to focus on the latest technological tricks and since the weather wasn’t fine at all to do so, I had to improvise. Even though my camera, the Canon 5D MarkIII, and the lens are “splash-proof” to a certain degree, I didn’t want to challenge their technology in this doomsday mood outside. That’s why I made some efforts to test some aspects of the lens in a dry and warm atmosphere. Of course, in the next few days I’ll publish a second review where I will test the 135mm lens under different circumstances.
A few words on the technical details of the lens: With a 135mm focal length it counts among the tele-zoom lenses with an impressive light intensity level of 1.8. Its close-focus limit is 87.5 cm, which in my opinion turned out to be a pity during the test. But well, that’s why there are macro lenses such as the SIGMA 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM, right? The filter diameter is 82mm and it weighs impressive 1130g. Its top quality and optical performance make up for the rather heavy weight somehow, but this lens definitely won’t be part of my travel equipment. 🙂
However, in any case it’s perfect for portrait, landscape, wildlife and event photography. The wonderful bokeh of this lens really caught my eye. Its level of contrast, color performance and sharpness are some more clear benefits. As part of the Art family, of course, it was obvious to me that in terms of image performance this lens would count among the best. Still I was positively surprised by its level of sharpness. With an open aperture of 1.8 the lens guarantees impressively sharp full images. Even if you reduce the aperture (for example with a critical aperture of about f4), you can still increase quality a bit. The autofocus was fast and precise, but how else could it be with Art series lenses?! J
I’ve attached some photos for you where you can catch a glimpse of the high quality and the fantastic bokeh (with an aperture level between 1.8 and 4.0). In the next couple of days I’ll publish my second review where I will test the lens outdoor for you!
I wish you a wonderful weekend!