Sigma has been rumored to announce an art series lens in the 135mm focal length with an aperture of 1.8 for some time.  Feb 2017, they did just that!  This week that beautiful lens went up for pre-order with a retail price of $1399.99.  Although the price which is higher than the Canon and Nikon counterpart through some people off, I’m betting it’s a fantastic lens.

This Sigma art 135mm 1.8 lens should be releasing end of April per retailers.

From B&H:

“A fast telephoto prime, the Nikon F-mount 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM from Sigma pairs bright and sophisticated optics with intuitive handling and design. As part of the Art line of lenses, this 135mm f/1.8 is designed for high-resolution rendering, and utilizes FLD and SLD glass to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for notable clarity. A Super Multi-Layer Coating also enhances image quality by suppressing lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity in strong lighting conditions. Additionally, making it an ideal lens for portraiture, the bright f/1.8 maximum aperture pairs with a rounded nine-blade diaphragm to benefit selective focus and shallow depth of field imaging with smooth bokeh.”

Focal Length 135mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View 18.2°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.87′ (87.5 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 13/10
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 82 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.60 x 4.52″ (91.4 x 114.9 mm)
Weight 2.49 lb (1130 g)

For more specifications and pre-ordering visit https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1321304-REG/sigma_135mm_f_1_8_dg_hsm.html