At this year’s Photokina event, Sigma just added three new lenses to its Global Visions line: the 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art, and 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport.

Sigma describes its 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens as “the ultimate portrait lens.” It’s engineered to support the highest resolution sensors on the market with an exceptional degree of sharpness. The high-performance optical system is purpose-built to produce the attractive bokeh effect sought after by discerning photographers. The lens’s advanced architecture features two SLD (special low dispersion) glass elements and one glass element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and refraction. A re-engineered AF system brings 1.3X the torque of its predecessor, while other features such as a full-time manual focus override have been added, which can be controlled when the focus ring is rotated, even during continuous AF.

“The Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art has been a highly requested lens and we are very confident those customers who have been waiting for us to deliver this lens will be more than pleased with the superior optical performance and zero compromise.”

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This first lens will support Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature a brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. The 85mm F1.4 Art lens will be available in late October and retails for a recommended street price of $1,199.00.

Second, the 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens ” for the era of ultra-high-resolution digital cameras.” It features the largest aspherical glass mold in the industry, offering photographers zoom with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting, according to Sigma. Performance highlights include constant F4 brightness and the brand new Sigma AF system with 1.3X torque boost. The 12-24mm F4 features lens elements made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance. Combined with an optimized power distribution, the result is outstanding image quality from the center to edges. With a minimum focus distance of 9.4 inches at 24mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive backgrounds.

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This second lens also supports Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. It will be available in late October and retails for a recommended street price of $1,599.00.

Sigma’s third addition, the 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is already being called Sigma’s “flagship Sigma super telephoto lens.” It incorporates the very latest in Sigma optical technology and innovation, designed for the professional sports and wildlife shooter. The ultra-durable lens features magnesium alloy components, a carbon fiber hood, water and oil resistant front element, and is dust and splash proof. It features a drop-in rear filter slot for polarizers, UV, and other critical filters. To help prevent damage during shooting and maintenance, the lens is also compatible with the exclusive SIGMA Protector LPT-11 (sold separately).

The lens incorporates two FLD and one SLD glass elements, while the optimized power distribution helps minimize spherical aberration and axial chromatic aberration. The optical system also effectively minimizes transverse chromatic aberration, which can affect the edges of the shots taken in the telephoto range. Also, image quality remains exceptional when the lens is used with a Sigma Telephoto Converter (sold separately). Other key performance features include Sigma’s two-mode Optical Stabilizer for enhanced performance when shooting handheld for still subjects or panning and tracking for moving subjects. There is also a customizable AF “return” function for setting the focus position of one’s choice and returning to that preset distance.

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Sigma’s flagship supports Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. It will be available in late October. The Nikon mount will be available in late November. The 500mm F4 will retail for a recommended street price of $5,999.00.

“The re-engineered 12-24mm F4 and highly competitive 500mm F4 Sport lens both embody the world-class performance our Global Vision lenses are known for. We look forward to seeing the incredible images our customers will create using these new Sigma lenses.”

Check back for upcoming reviews on this massive new Sigma release.