Sigma Brings a Global Vision Lens Quartet to CP+


Sigma continues to release more and more exciting and unique lenses for its ever-expanding Global Vision series, this time with four new full-frame options that will appeal to many photographers. The much-loved Art series sees a trio of options, including an ultra-wide 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM, a perfect portrait option with the 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM, and a professional staple in the 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM. The Contemporary series is also gaining a new zoom, the 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM, a super telephoto option that offers an excellent range while keeping weight and size to a minimum. These lenses will be available in Nikon F, Canon EF, and Sigma SA mounts.

The Art series of full-frame primes is being expanded on both the wide and telephoto ends with the release of two super-fast f/1.8 lenses: the 14mm and 135mm. The 14mm is the widest and fastest lens of its kind, making it an easy choice for astrophotography and dimly lit landscapes, as well as offering a unique ability to create a shallow depth of field with an ultra-wide perspective. The lens is designed to retain sharpness at all settings and incorporates four aspherical lenses, including the large 80mm front element, two F Low Dispersion (FLD), and four Special Low Dispersion elements to minimize aberrations. On top of this, it can focus as close as 10.6" for interesting close-up compositions, and has a speedy AF motor.

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens

At the telephoto end is the 135mm, which claims a no-compromise design for excellent image quality, even wide open. The f/1.8 aperture is among the fastest available for this focal length and allows photographers to create images with extremely shallow depth of field, minimal distortion, and high sharpness. Its optical design employs two SLD and two FLD elements to control chromatic aberrations. Designed for ultra-high resolution cameras of 50+ megapixels, a floating element in the focus system ensures maximum quality at any focus distance, while a focus limiter allows users to speed up performance based on their current shooting style.

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens

Not just targeting more specialized markets, Sigma has unveiled an extremely popular zoom lens choice for professionals, the 24-70mm f/2.8. It is fast, versatile, and this model even features an Optical Stabilizer (OS) to minimize the effects of camera shake in your images. Designed for extensive use as a workhorse lens, it features thermally stable composite external construction, with many internal metal parts. This helps ensure rigidity for high performance in varying conditions. Specialized elements in its design include four aspherical and three SLD lenses.

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens

Last, but certainly not least, is the Contemporary 100-400mm f/5-6.3. Aiming to balance a long focal-length range with size and weight, this lens manages to offer a relatively compact barrel, considering its capabilities. It can even take standard 67mm screw-on filters. Regarding its imaging capabilities, this lens is very capable, with four SLD elements that keep aberrations to a minimum and offer a minimum shooting distance of 5.2' for a magnification ratio of 1:3.8 for close-up shooting. Handheld shooting benefits greatly from the use of an optical stabilizer, which in this lens, features a new gyroscopic sensor to account for shake in all directions and can be set to one of multiple modes via a switch for enhanced performance based on your subjects. It can be operated quickly and efficiently with standard twist zoom and push/pull zoom operation while a focus limiter can improve AF speed. It offers users a custom switch, as well, which can be programmed for a variety of different settings using Sigma’s USB Dock and Optimization Pro software. Finally, it is compatible with Sigma’s Global Vision Teleconverters, extending the focal length by 1.4x or 2x.

Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens

One benefit of Sigma’s Global Vision lenses is a unified approach to features, since these lenses share a plethora of proprietary technology. Starting off with the Hyper Sonic AF Motor (HSM), these lenses will focus quickly and quietly, with full-time manual focus available for making precise adjustments. They all use Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting and create sharp, high-contrast images in difficult lighting conditions. Bokeh is a highlight of the Global Vision lenses, and these options feature a rounded 9-blade diaphragm for smooth, circular out-of-focus areas. Moving on to construction, they feature a durable brass mount, while the Canon and Nikon mounts also use a rubber gasket to keep dust and moisture away from the lens and camera. Additionally, these lenses will support the MC-11 Mount Converters for use on mirrorless Sony E-mount cameras and can be customized using the Sigma USB Dock.

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I remember sigmas first 135mm f1.8 over 35yrs ago, it was very soft. It is interesting to sigma  try again. Sigma was the only lens that focal length that fast.

E-mount please. Adaptors are a pain.

These lenses are auto focus or manual

Hi Hasmukh,

All of these lenses are autofocus (with manual focus as an option).

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen European swallow?

Also, if whomever monitors this discussion would care to say, what would be their ideal lens?

FInallly, I saw the questions about the pentax and A-mounts not being available this time. Would these lenses still be able to be changed over with Sigma's mount changey program? (I can't remember the name of it, apologies) It would seem to be possible, but also to be not exactly reasonable to expect. Additionally, if Sigma ever announces E-mount lenses, is that mount conversion backwards compatible to an EF or Nikon mount? (If these are bad questions, and you don't have the answers, I apologize! Not trying to be either the rock or the hard place! Thanks for your time!)

Hi Joshua,

Per their FAQ on the mount conversion service, you can only request mounts that have already been released for the lens in question. Short answer is unfortunately no, until they release them in the other mounts you will only be able to request Canon, Nikon, and Sigma versions. Also, as of right now, you can simply pick up the MC-11 Mount Converter to use Canon EF or Sigma SA mount lenses on a Sony E mount camera with full compatibility, you wouldn't need to do an actual mount conversion. Hope these answers help!

about 20 mph. but they can veer quickly. best bety, 300-400mm lens, you'll be surprised at the difference in getting birds. you need a motor drive. 5-8 fps. expect lots of misses. find a spot they're feeding, especially over a creek with lots of insects. where they're swarming is the best. don't try to follow them, that's a fool's errand. oh yeah, good AF. you don't walk out and get 'the' shot. takes lots of patience, lots of misses. you do it over and over. don't buy a 2.8. key to bird shots is watch them see where they go back to.

will this fit panasonic lumix gx85 camera?

Hi Jonathan,

None of these lenses will natively fit a GX85. However, if you purchased a Canon EF version and got an adapter you would be able to use the lenses on your camera. You would need a "smart adapter" to get electronic communication for aperture control and likely limited AF functionality.

Are any of these Sony A-mount compatible?

Hi Gary,

Unfortunately, Sigma has not decided at the moment to release these lenses in Sony A mount, though this may change in the future.

Will the 135mm Nikon mount be available?


Sigma is creating an Nikon F mount version of the 135mm f/1.8, but we do not have an expected availability date yet. You can go to the product page and sign up to receive email notifications when we learn more.

Does Sigma have a pro service enabling photographers to try out their lenses?  Or do you rent these lenses for trial purposes?

Hi Alex,

I'm not aware of any Sigma program and we do not rent equipment. When these lenses become available we will have copies available in our SuperStore for customers to get their hands on them. But, if you would like to rent them for an extended period of time you will have to go to a dedicated rental company.

No Pentax mounts????

Hi Larry,

Unfortunately no Pentax mounts this time.

I'm wishing for Sigma to make more Sony Emount lenses, I'm very happy with my Canon mount lenses and have transitioned to Sony, but I need Sigma's help

Hi Douglas,

Sigma's current solution is the MC-11 Mount Converter, which is compatible with all these lenses. While not perfect, it should provide full compatibility between these lenses and your Sony E mount camera.

When is this baby getting here?  I can't wait to see it!!!

Hi Harriet,

We currently do not have any dates for these new lenses, but if you go to the linked product pages above you can sign up to be notified when we have more information.

In description of 100-400 mm lens it states: " It can be operated quickly and efficiently with standard twist zoom and push/pull zoom operation". Really? How is this accomplished?

Hi F.K.,

Per Sigma, the lens has a standard zoom ring and the hood is designed for people who prefer to push and pull the zoom mechanism instead. The actual zoom ring doesn't move, as you may think from other push/pull style lenses. It's definitely a little odd compared to existing push/pull designs.