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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF- my review

During the fall I have updated my lens collection with one heavy new friend. The Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens.

Since most of my readers are hobby photographers or just bloggers I find that there is an interest in the equipment I use and when I buy new stuff I always check out bloggers and their review of stuff, since the reviews given by non professionals feel more trustworthy to me than the reviews made by magazines, since they are live on payment through commercial. This is a non sponsered review that is only here for my readers who appreciate my opinion and are not an expert review of any kind.

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But, having that said. What is the Sigma 50mm Art lens then?

When first announced to be released, the art series 50mm hit the roof in photo circles with articles like ”The new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens should be crazy good”.

I bought my Sigma Art lens in Paris during my vacation there in October. Somewhat not that smart maybe if you want to return it. But checking out reviews on Fotosidan, a Swedish photography consumer page the reviews are excellent (almost all fives except for one).

Here comes the tricky part. What do I think about it then?

PLUS

* Sharp as steel

* Good building quality

* I tried the Canon 50 mm when I bought this one and the colors in the pics that comes out from the Sigmas was much better when I compared on the same setting and same motif.

* The price for this quality

* The warranty. It is five years on the Sigma lenses. At least I was told so.

MINUS

* Heavier than the heaviest of lenses ever. This means heavy!

* I have not had any specific problems but one photographer points out that the focus is a bit weird (not trustworthy) on the Sigma in the review on photosidan.

* I love it but sometimes I feel that I have a hard time handling it (as said above, nailing the focus is one), the other being that it is heavy hand have no IS, antishake, which might become a problem with tired arms.

* Not weather sealed.

* The price- I paid around a 1000 dollars depending on the currency, less than 1000 Euros and aroun 7000 Swedish (do not know exact). This is a lot of money just for one lens that have no weather sealing or IS.

Conclusion: My gut tells me though that the sharpness is aiming at professional levels, more than very excellent even but that it is a bit ”difficult” to handle and seem to have it´s own opinion on where to focus sometimes. I´ve gotten the tip to micro adjust it, but have at the moment no idea what to adjust to get a more thrustworthy focus.

Katarina


 

The below photo is in full format so it is possible to zoom and check it out. I had very dry skin that day which the camera saw, I barely detected that myself in the mirror. 

Shot on: 1/40 of second, f 3,5 and iso 100 in a bit grey weather.

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13 Comments

  1. Can you adjust manually once it has auto-focussed? If you can see its slightly off then a minor manual adjustment may do it. To micro adjust you need to know whether it focuses in front or behind where it should. But if isnt a problem every time you may still get problems if you adjust. Does the focus miss at the same settings each time? If it is a problem and you have an international warranty you should send it back to be fixed.

      • Nej! Det är så mycket man vill ha. Jag är inte så förtjust på fastat objektiver.
        Jag testade en 50 mm 1.8 men jag skickade den tillbaka efter en vecka.
        Säkert jättebra för porträtt, men sånt fotar jag typ aldrig.

        • Ja nej och den billigaste från Canon är inte så bra kvalite direkt men roligt ibland och ibland riktigt bra som när jag gick i solljuset senast.

  2. Kul läsning och att det dessutom är så stor skillnad mellan olika märken. Väntar på mitt Nikon som fått jättebra recensioner och jag tror inte det är riktigt sådär dyrt/hög kvalitet men garanterat fullt tillräckligt för mig. Ser fram emot att kunna få till så låg bländare som 1,8! Det kommer vara bra i Norrländsk vinter 😉

    • Japp. Det är perfekt! Nej men jag är rätt nöjd med mitt billiga men kände att jag var tvungen att ge det ganska hård kritik med tanke på priset 🙂

  3. EricB says

    Looks very sharp here. How often does it miss the focus? And how fast does it focus?

    • Good questions. Im not even sure that it actually miss focus more than any other but anyway, it was a comment from one photographer. And two, fast- normal+. Almost as quick as my L series lens. Maybe some problems when it is very dark. It is built like a canon l series lens, strong and heavy but no anti shake and maybe a bit slower focus. But it is a portrait lens and not a action lens I guess. 🙂

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