Simga’s next Art series lens might come in the form of a 135mm f2 DG optically stabilized prime lens if early reports are to be believed. Sources told Canon Rumors that the supposed prime lens will be released sometime around September, right around photokina, the big camera show in Germany next year. The report goes on to say that Sigma plans to be even more aggressive next year with the announcement of more high performance glass; plus Sigma may have a surprise DSLR camera announcement.
For now we can only speculate on what Simga will really do later this year, but it seems a bit odd that the Japanese lens company would skip right past updating their 50mm and 85mm prime lenses after its stellar 35mm f1.4 DG HSM entry. If the lens news is true, Simga’s 135mm will come in direct competition with the Zeiss 135mm f2 and Sony Zeiss 135mm f1.8.
Comparing the lenses, the Sony Zeiss might be a third of a stop faster, but Sigma’s new addition could have the added bonus of image stabilization, which both lenses lack. That could be a huge boon to photographers especially while they wield the 135mm f2 as a zoomed-in portrait lens.