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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


Hi! I have a question for you guys.
I shoot people for over 90% of my pictures, so I finally want to buy an awesome portrait lens.
My doubt is: is the nikon worth the extra money, or the sigma is already a top portrait lens and no need to stretch for the 105?
I have a nikon d750



Sep 17, 2017 at 11:13 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


The question you've got to ask yourself is about the field of view.

The 135mm certainly is awesome for headshots, but I wouldn't want to use it for full body portraits or environmental portraiture.

For me, the 85mm focal length is awesome, but I will, some day, get the 105mm for the look it provides.
The 135mm is too long for my personal taste.



Sep 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


Buy both... I did.
The 105 is brilliant...had it on release.
A couple of weeks ago I picked up the 135....It was on special with $300 off so couldn't resist.
Haven't used it yet.

I also have the 85 and it used to be a favourite but the 105 has taken over...I pair it with the 200 mm and it's a great combo for me when doing family/children shoots.

The 135 will get thrown in there as well.



Sep 17, 2017 at 11:37 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


bbourizk wrote:
Buy both... I did.
The 105 is brilliant...had it on release.
A couple of weeks ago I picked up the 135....It was on special with $300 off so couldn't resist.
Haven't used it yet.

I also have the 85 and it used to be a favourite but the 105 has taken over...I pair it with the 200 mm and it's a great combo for me when doing family/children shoots.

The 135 will get thrown in there as well.


I'm mulling this decision as well.
Have been eyeing the 105 since the announcement but it's so close to my 85 that I will have to decide between the 2.
Back when I had a Nikon 85 1.4D and the 105 F2 DC, I barely touched the 105!

This 105 however is special @ 1.4 so I am back to decision making time.
However the Sigma 135 makes a compelling alternative as well.

I am a little nervous about buying another after my not so stellar experience with my 85 Art.
The side focus points refuse to focus properly on my D5.
The centre is sharp though.
This is despite sending my lens back to Sigma twice and they acknowledging the issue but not offering a solution.
This is not fixable with the dock which I have because you cannot adjust the individual points.
The side focusing points are fine when the subject is more than 15 feet away though...

How is the focusing on your 135 Art?
Specifically the side focus points?



Sep 17, 2017 at 11:58 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


IMO if you already own an 85/1.4 then the 135/1.8 is the more sensible option.
If you only want one portrait prime, then the 105/1.4 is the better option.
The 105/1.4 when cropped to 135mm FOV will also give the same dof characteristics but with reduced resolution of course.
The 135 is sharper and focus much faster I've heard but I prefer the rendering from the 105 personally.



Sep 17, 2017 at 12:47 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


I have both, Nikon 105 and Sigma 135. The sigma is sharper wide open and stopping it down only increases depth of field. The Nikon is also sharp wide open, but not as sharp as the sigma. The sigma focuses twice as fast as the Nikon, it just depends on how far away you want to be from your subject. I like the 105mm for full body shots, the 135mm for head and waist up shots, the 135mm can also handle the full body shots. There is a sigma and Nikon thread on both lenses, have you looked at them yet? As for the weight and size, they are about the same on both accounts. Both have 82mm filter threads.


Sep 17, 2017 at 01:25 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


This is more a question of focal length. Having both 85mm and 135mm lenses and knowing which end I preferred the 105 just made more sense for me.

the nikon does focus super slow, if you had plans to do it for fast moving stuff I'd look at the sigma.



Sep 17, 2017 at 02:27 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


How is the focusing on your 135 Art?
Specifically the side focus points?
Mu 85 Art has issues focusing using the side and top focusing points on closeups.


Todd wrote:
I have both, Nikon 105 and Sigma 135.





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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


I haven't tried those points I usually stick to the center and a few left or right of center. I haven't done much closeup work, how close are we talking here? So far my 135 works great on my D810. I have used pretty much all points at one time or another, but haven't necessarily used them all up close. I've always been the guy that will focus and recompose the shot, especially if on a tripod. But I will be willing to test mine for you if you can instruct me on how you would like my test done.

T

DavidM5 wrote:
How is the focusing on your 135 Art?
Specifically the side focus points?
Mu 85 Art has issues focusing using the side and top focusing points on closeups.






Sep 18, 2017 at 04:22 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


When the Sigma 135 was released, someone did a great side-by-side comparison with the 105. I'm sure there were lots of ways to interpret the results but to me they were so close to identical the Sigma's cheaper price and USB hub autofocus fine tune ability won me over.


Sep 18, 2017 at 04:31 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


Which lenses character do you prefer?

Todd wrote:
I haven't tried those points I usually stick to the center and a few left or right of center. I haven't done much closeup work, how close are we talking here? So far my 135 works great on my D810. I have used pretty much all points at one time or another, but haven't necessarily used them all up close. I've always been the guy that will focus and recompose the shot, especially if on a tripod. But I will be willing to test mine for you if you can instruct me on how you would like my test done.
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Sep 18, 2017 at 04:41 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


Todd wrote:
I will be willing to test mine for you if you can instruct me on how you would like my test done.


The close distance is about 4 -6 feet.

You have to download and print this focus chart:






Aim the focus point on the centre line and take a photo @ F1.4 using the centre and then top and bottom AF points followed by the extreme side ones.

My experience with my 85 Art is the centre ones are OK but not the top, bottom or side ones.
I have worked around this by using the centre AF point to focus and then recomposing. I would much rather move the AF point to the person's eyes and not have to do the head bob everytime I shoot.








Sep 18, 2017 at 04:46 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


fetopher wrote:
When the Sigma 135 was released, someone did a great side-by-side comparison with the 105. I'm sure there were lots of ways to interpret the results but to me they were so close to identical the Sigma's cheaper price and USB hub autofocus fine tune ability won me over.


Here's the post I was referring to:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1484875/0#13993754

The whole thread is a good read.



Sep 18, 2017 at 04:49 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


Well..... they both are great in the bokeh department, I use the 105mm the most for general shooting because of the shorter focal length. 85mm has always been my favorite FL, now that the 105mm is out, it is now my favorite.

The 105mm has that neat swirl distortion or out of focus area where the Sigma 135mm is a flat even bokeh. I don't think I've favored either one, but if I had to choose, I guess the Nikon 105. Since they are different focal lengths, the rendering usually looks different depending on the camera to subject distance. The 105 background looks more flat and even when the subject is close and more swirly when further away like with full body shots. I like the way the 105 looks with full length kids photos or dogs, but up close, the Nikon and Sigma look very similar in terms of bokeh.

Blakehfreeman wrote:
Which lenses character do you prefer?





Sep 18, 2017 at 05:39 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Sigma 135 1.8 or Nikon 105 1.4


Thanks everyone, in the end I chose the 105. I tried them both and while the sigma is an incredible lens and the af is a bit snappier, I found the 105 to be more versatile, the extra brightness is always welcome and the af is no slouch either. Good pictures to everyone


Sep 23, 2017 at 06:51 AM







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