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Archive 2019 · Paying a tribute to the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art

  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Paying a tribute to the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art


I just dropped off the lens today; it is on its way to the new owner. In the last 20 months, that lens was used to take portraits, not professionally but more as a passion. I was happy with the results this lens could produce and the AF, mine was a Canon EF mount, in combination with an adapter worked splendidly. But the lure of the new GM 135mm is simply too hard to resist...

I had and used similar lenses in this focal length, Sony 135mm f/1.8 Zeiss in A-mount, Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar, Canon 135mm f/2L but this Sigma lens was my favorite for various reasons and I didn't feel like this when I sold the other lenses. So, I am including a few images captured with that lens as a tribute.

Thank you for looking,
Joshua




Lilly

  ILCE-7RM2    135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017 lens    135mm    f/1.8    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

Anastasia

  ILCE-7RM3    135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017 lens    135mm    f/1.8    1/2500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

Taylor

  ILCE-7RM3    135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017 lens    135mm    f/1.8    1/320s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

Khrystyna

  ILCE-7RM3    135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017 lens    135mm    f/2.0    1/200s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

Khrystyna

  ILCE-7RM3    135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017 lens    135mm    f/2.0    1/250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

Katt

  ILCE-7RM2    135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017 lens    135mm    f/2.0    1/500s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  





© AGeoJO 2019

Claire

  ILCE-7RM2    135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017 lens    135mm    f/1.7    1/500s    125 ISO    0.0 EV  






Jasmine

  ILCE-7RM2    135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017 lens    135mm    f/1.7    1/500s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  




Mar 12, 2019 at 06:53 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Paying a tribute to the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art


Splendid lens and amazing photos. I have it and impresses me every time, probably the best optical performance ever seen together with the CV65.
You will for sure enjoy the GM, particularly if you shoot fast action and need perfect AF tracking.



Mar 12, 2019 at 07:15 PM
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You're a liar. You're more professional than most professionals
Seriously well done sir, these are stunning.

I'd like to offer that the 135GM isn't going to improve your shots much, but you're obviously very talented and a perfect candidate for purchasing the best gear.



Mar 12, 2019 at 07:38 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Paying a tribute to the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art


Joshua , these are truly beautiful shots ! So stunning and the post work is amazing. Makes me want a 135mm and I don't even do people

Birdie



Mar 12, 2019 at 07:41 PM
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Iím waiting him to sell the 50/1.4, rumours has it that he will be including a complimentary set of prints of Sabrina with the Shanghai dress


Mar 12, 2019 at 07:58 PM
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fplstudio wrote:
Splendid lens and amazing photos. I have it and impresses me every time, probably the best optical performance ever seen together with the CV65.
You will for sure enjoy the GM, particularly if you shoot fast action and need perfect AF tracking.


Francesco, thank you very much! The GM is lighter, a tad smaller and the AF since it is a native FE lens, is more responsive although frankly, the Sigma didnít let me down in that department. I just hope that I can gel with that lens the way I did with the Sigma.



Melindra wrote:
You're a liar. You're more professional than most professionals
Seriously well done sir, these are stunning.

I'd like to offer that the 135GM isn't going to improve your shots much, but you're obviously very talented and a perfect candidate for purchasing the best gear.


Thank you very much, Melindra! On occasion, even the Sigma was too sharp for my purposes. Not all models can handle that level of sharpness and most of the time, I soften the facial area but I really would like to get the eyes and eye lashes sharp, as sharp as possible. However, I am more interested in real life images rather than MTF curves . To what extent the new lens will render, will remain to be seen.



birdied wrote:
Joshua , these are truly beautiful shots ! So stunning and the post work is amazing. Makes me want a 135mm and I don't even do people

Birdie


Birdie, thank you very much! Hey, maybe you should look into taking portraits or next year, taking pictures of people in mask at the carnival in Venice.



Mar 12, 2019 at 08:06 PM
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vdo1 wrote:
Iím waiting him to sell the 50/1.4, rumours has it that he will be including a complimentary set of prints of Sabrina with the Shanghai dress


Haha, that lens will stay with me for a while longer. The bad thing is with me, I donít sell enough lenses to keep up with the increasing lenses. Do you want me to get Sabrina to sign the prints in the meantime? Just kidding...



Mar 12, 2019 at 08:12 PM
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Your shots are always tremendous.

Beautiful.



Mar 12, 2019 at 08:16 PM
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Excellent shots!


Mar 12, 2019 at 08:17 PM
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I donít really think the lens is going to matter for you. These are great.


Mar 12, 2019 at 08:17 PM
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Wait until the buyer doesn't get shots like these and thinks the lens is broken!


Mar 12, 2019 at 08:21 PM
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Looking forward to what you do with the GM. Iím there with ya

Be well



Mar 12, 2019 at 08:33 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Paying a tribute to the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art


How did you get the Sigma to shoot at f/1.7?


Mar 12, 2019 at 08:55 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Paying a tribute to the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art


What is the consensus between the Sigma 135/1.8 EF + MC-11 vs E-mount. Did anyone test them side by side for AF speed and accuracy?


Mar 12, 2019 at 09:02 PM
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bluloo wrote:
Your shots are always tremendous.

Beautiful.


Thank you very much, Luis!



GabrielPhoto wrote:
Excellent shots!


Luis, I appreciate that!



wittyphrase wrote:
I donít really think the lens is going to matter for you. These are great.


Vinny, thank you very much!



GMPhotography wrote:
Looking forward to what you do with the GM. Iím there with ya

Be well


Thank you very much, Guy! Six more weeks or so....



bluloo wrote:
Wait until the buyer doesn't get shots like these and thinks the lens is broken!


There is a disclaimer somewhere in the contract .... Just kidding.



Fred Miranda wrote:
How did you get the Sigma to shoot at f/1.7?


Good eye, Fred! Thatís a glitch in the previous FW of Metabones.



Mar 12, 2019 at 09:04 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Paying a tribute to the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art


Amazing images Joshua. Hard to see how you can to these with the GM.


Mar 12, 2019 at 09:06 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
What is the consensus between the Sigma 135/1.8 EF + MC-11 vs E-mount. Did anyone test them side by side for AF speed and accuracy?


Thatís a good point, Fred. As Luis @GabrielPhoto showed it in his recent video review, the Canon EF version plus MC-11 doesnít have any issues focusing under low light lighting conditions, like Manny reported in his comparison with of the GM.



Mar 12, 2019 at 09:08 PM
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chez wrote:
Amazing images Joshua. Hard to see how you can to these with the GM.


Harry, thank you very much, sir! Well, I am not sure myself to be honest with you, not from the IQ part, but the GM is lighter, smaller without adapter and, may be a little bit more responsive under low lighting conditions.



Mar 12, 2019 at 09:12 PM
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AGeoJO wrote:
Harry, thank you very much, sir! Well, I am not sure myself to be honest with you, not from the IQ part, but the GM is lighter, smaller without adapter and, may be a little bit more responsive under low lighting conditions.


Both lenses are undoubtably high IQ but according to Roger's 100lp/mm numbers, the GM will perform significantly better with future higher megapixel sensors compared to the competition. I guess we'll have to wait for Sony next generation high resolution body to test this out!



Mar 12, 2019 at 09:28 PM
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Just the AF motors in the Sony are fascinating. I think they will actually get even better with new technology going into the bodies to take advantage of how efficient they can be. My bet there is a lot of headroom to go even faster than can be done with the A9 today. Also itís a model that can be used in more longer lens builds. Yea that 200 F2

I had the Sigma outside the AF problems I had back than it did render very nicely. That was never my issue with it. To be honest it was the only Sigma I ever had that I thought had a nicest look to it .

Iím really looking forward to the Sony now



Mar 12, 2019 at 10:32 PM
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