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Of course the Sigma 135mm works best with the MC-11 mount converter. These were with the A7Rii. The model is Alisha D.

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How well did the AF work? Eye AF function?
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Auto focus worked pretty well. I needed to be fairly close, however, for eye auto focus to kick in. Also, strong back light seems to fool the auto focus. There's a auto/manual slider switch on the side of the lens and occasionally it was easier to switch to manual focus. When you do, and use the focus ring, it immediately gives you focus magnification. (I haven't done the latest firmware update on my MC-11s.) I had the great Samyang 135mm f/2.0 before this and I like the Sigma better; for image quality, (slightly) faster aperture, and auto focus.
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Two more. The message here is that the Sigma 135mm is sharp. Both these have been cropped heavily (to less than a quarter of the original frame), and then down-rezed for online.

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^Wonderful bokeh from this lens!
I agree. But keep in mind that this is heavily cropped. If I had been in closer for a head and shoulders, the background would be even more smooth.

I'm a fan of Ilko Allexandroff. He has a video about the Sigma 135 (comparing it to the Canon that he used for years):

 

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Here's a picture showing the Sigma 135mm, f/1.8 itself. It's big. Obviously, the image was taken with a different lens -- the Sigma 85mm, f/1.4.

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Nice shots! I'm tempted to pick up the Sigma 135mm Art, but I'm also interested in the new Sigma 24-70mm Art! Which to choose? :D
 

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Nice shots! I'm tempted to pick up the Sigma 135mm Art, but I'm also interested in the new Sigma 24-70mm Art! Which to choose? :D
Jonathan,

I think the Sigma 24-70mm will be great, but (if you have ruled out the Sony) I suggest that you have a look at the Sigma 24-105mm, f/4.0. I have it and find that the extra reach is very useful -- and it's very sharp. The Sigma's not f/2.8, but for portraits the 105mm does a really good job of isolation, even at f/4.0.

The Sigma Arts are great, but one of my reasons for going with them is the cost of Sony lenses here in Australia. In Australia, the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM is TWICE the price of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4. If a 24-70mm is your target and you can get a good price on a Sony 24-70 f/2.8 G Master, all other things being equal, I think the native Sony is probably a better choice.

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Mine just arrived in a nick of time before a trip.
Though, I would really like this if it was a native mount. Couldn't wait for Sony since I got to have it now.
7R2 + 24mm Art @ f1.4
 
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To buy or not to buy? :D

I was thinking of selling my Nikon 85mm lens to help fund a 135mm purchase. Though I'd have a gap between 50mm and 135mm for my portrait shooting. I wish Sigma would release a 105mm version! ;)
 
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Jonathan, I know you want it. ;)
There is something magical about the 135mm FL and I'm willing to put up with some quirks if any being not native.
I got home late last night and still not open the box yet and of which I'm about to do soon. :dance3:
 

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To buy or not to buy? :D

I was thinking of selling my Nikon 85mm lens to help fund a 135mm purchase. Though I'd have a gap between 50mm and 135mm for my portrait shooting. I wish Sigma would release a 105mm version! ;)
Don't do it. There are too many times when a 135mm just won't work.
 

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The 135 is most impressive when there's plenty of light. That's true of most lenses, but with the Sigma 135, more so. This is Anastasia with window light and an LED.

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