Sony 135mm f1.8 or new Sigma 100-400mm + Sony 85mm?

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OP tonyz1 Contributing Member • Posts: 514
Re: Sony 135mm f1.8 or new Sigma 100-400mm + Sony 85mm?

Jeff2013 wrote:

I own all three, but never use the 100-400 for portrait photography.

The real jewel is the GM 135 (on the RIV); however, you mentioned indoor portraits, for which 135mm might be a bit long... which leaves the 85mm.

If you are a pixel peeper (or crop a lot), I have found the Sigma 85mm ART to be noticeably sharper than the several copies of the GM 85mm I owned. The LenRentals MTF graphs verify this.

For convenience in street and travel photography, I use the Sony 85mm f1.8 (they can be had very cheaply on the used market).

Yeah I just grabbed a Sony 85mm f1.8 for street. I think I might end up grabbing the Sigma 135mm to save a few bucks when it comes up for sale again. It's not much bigger but a lot cheaper than the Sony version from what I can tell.

I was going to skip the 135mm f1.8 in general as a category but I do think I want some lenses that deliver unique results and it's definitely one of them.

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Sony a7R III Sony a9 Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 FE Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN +2 more
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