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Nov 11

Review: Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art (Sony E Mount)

Conclusion

Pros

  • Absolutely brilliant sharpness across the frame right from f/1.8
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Good contrast and color
  • Very low chromatic aberration
  • Good flare performance
  • Minimal vignetting
  • Minimal distortion
  • Excellent build quality
  • Reasonable price

Cons

  • Very large and heavy lens
  • Autofocus is only average

The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art is a lens that not everyone will take to, as the medium telephoto length works well for many and not so well for others, but if you like this focal length, you really can’t do much better.  The lens has simply exceptional sharpness, beautiful bokeh, extremely low aberrations across the board and a fairly reasonable price for that level of performance at $1,399.  It is a rather large and heavy beast, which is par for the course for Sigma’s Art series, but if you can deal with the weight, you’ll be rewarded with truly stunning image quality.

The autofocus is only average, but it gets the job done, and the lens works very well with Sony’s EyeAF capabilities.  There really isn’t much more to say: it’s one of the best lenses I’ve ever had the pleasure to use.

Image Samples

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Golden Sunrise – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/6.3, 1/1250s, ISO 100

Fish – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/2.8, 1/800s, ISO 100

Scioto Mile – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/500s, ISO 100

By the Deer – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 100

Pillars – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/640s, ISO 100

Railing – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/320s, ISO 100

Huntington Building – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/8, 1/200s, ISO 100

Fish – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/1000s, ISO 100

Cat – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/160s, ISO 2000

Wild Teasel – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/160s, ISO 125

Custom Keyboard (another hobby) – Sony A7 III with Sigma 135mm f/1.8 @ f/2.5, 1/160s, ISO 100

If you enjoyed this review, please take a look at my other reviews in the Review Index.

About the author

Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad

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