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Sigma 311205 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony Alpha Cameras

by Sigma
96 customer reviews
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Overall score: 92%
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  • 50mm focal length
  • 75mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 80mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F1.4 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
  • Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • 77mm filters
  • 0.4m/15.7" minimum focus
  • Available in Canon EF, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA, Nikon F (FX) mounts

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Style: Sony

50mm F1.4 DG HSM ART- redesigned and reengineered to set a new standard for the Art line. A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet, smooth and accurate autofocusing and paired with Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass and Super Multi-Layer coating, the 50mm 1.4 is a high performance lens for modern DSLR sensors.

Product Details

Style: Sony
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.4 x 3.4 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00JPL7E0E
  • Item model number: 311205
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 11, 2014

From the Manufacturer

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon Cameras

Redesigned, Reengineered, Revitalized

The staple Sigma 50mm 1.4 DG HSM has been redesigned and re-engineered to set a new standard for the Art line. With a large 1.4 aperture, the Sigma 50mm 1.4 prime lens is a pro level performer for shooting everything including portrait photography, landscape photography, studio photography and street photography. A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet, smooth and accurate auto-focusing and paired with Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass and Super Multi-Layer coating, the 50mm 1.4 is a high performance lens for the modern DSLR sensors. 13 elements in 8 groups allow for unsurpassed performance even at wide apertures and close-up photography is easily managed with a minimum focusing distance of 40cm. The Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens is the new exceptional standard, standard prime.

Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 85.4 x 99.9mm / 3.4 x 3.9 inches

Weight: 815g/ 28.7 oz

USB Dock Compatibility

Sigma has developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.

About Sigma

Since 1961, and with the recent introduction of Sigma Global Vision, we have worked toward one single, simple goal: To hold ourselves to the highest standard of design & manufacturing of imaging products. Photography is all we do. And it’s all we’ve done. So you can rest assured that it’s something we know extensively and care deeply about. You have a vision. We’ve made it our mission.

  • Completely redesigned and reengineered
  • Exceptional Image Quality
  • Incredible focal point sharpness when wide open
  • Pairs well with Pro-Level DSLR’s
  • MTF A1-tested
  • Front & rear lens caps and lens hood (LH830-02) is included

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143 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Nick Smith on May 2, 2014
Style Name: Canon
I just got my copy today and used it on a photo shoot with my Canon 5D Mk III. There's only one word to say. WOW! The sharpness is on a whole different level than anything I've ever used, the in focus area's practically pop off of the photo. The color rendition is really good as well. Chromatic aberrations are almost non-existent compared to other lenses in this category. Sigma said they wanted to challenge the Zeiss Otus and it looks like the have!

Overall I would highly recommend this lens to anybody who wants a really professional quality lens on a bit of a budget.

I will update this when I have had more experience with the lens.

UPDATE: 7/3/2014

After having used the lens for the past few months I thought I'd make a few more points about it and upload some pictures to the user image gallery.

The lens construction is really nice, the thermally stable composite material feels extremely stable and more like a metal than a polycarbonate.

The focus ring is really thick, its wider than any of my fingers. The focus ring is also very grippy and nicely damped, which makes it easier to nail your focus evertime. Overall manual focus is a very pleasing experience.

The lens did not need a single bit of AFMA, it was dead on with all of my tests right out of the box.

Vignetting is minimal and completely gone by f2.

Chromatic aberrations are hardl there, if the are its usually less than one or two pixels of fringing.

Autofocus is incredibly fast, near instant in some cases.

In focus areas are tack sharp, even at f/1.4

The bokeh is super blurry and very pleasing.

While the depth of field is very narrow at f/1.4, you can easily stop it down and not have to worry about the out of focus areas getting jagged since the 9 aperture blades keep things smooth.
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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Shane Long Photography on May 7, 2014
Style Name: Canon
I am a professional wedding photographer shooting with a 5Dmkiii and 6D. I have owned all three of Canon's current 50mm lenses. This lens is head and shoulders above them all. After I micro adjusted the lens, the focus was spot on. It is razor sharp. Even at f1.4 it is much sharper even then my 135L @f2. The color and contrast at f1.4 are perfect. No purple haze or CA like I experienced with the 50 f1.2. Well done Sigma.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Orange L. on June 24, 2014
Style Name: Nikon Verified Purchase
I received my lens today and after work I started testing it. I am both amazed and slightly disappointed by the lens. First my credentials: I have been a photographer for 25 years. I like good optics so much that I could probably buy a small house if I sold them all. My optics range from Leica, Zeiss, Contax, Canon, Hasselblad, Nikon and this is my first Sigma.

PROS:

This lens is breathtakingly sharp and contrasty. The images are so real looking, there is almost a 3D feel to them. I kept on looking at my screen in disbelief. When I took the same picture on the D800 with this lens and the Nikon 50 1.4G, it is as if the Nikon lens picture is blurry and full of artifacts in comparison.

At least in my limited tests, I could not see any chromatic aberration. This is a big plus because both the Canon 50 1.2L and the Nikon 50 1.4G I have so much CA that they restricted me on what I could do. The main reason I stopped using my 1.2L

On a D800 focus is quick and perfectly focused...yes perfect unlike any other 50mm I have tested. I also bought the dock to calibrate (just in case) but it is staying in its box for now.

So why the title ?

CONS
When the out of focus areas are completely blurry, they look good. But the zones that are partially out of focus look bizarre, as if there are two images superimposed on top of each other... or a picture with two flashes that went off while zooming out. For example instead of having one window frame you will have two, one into the other. If makes the background buzzy and quite unpleasant.

Anyone who buy a lens like this, buys it to shoot at 1.4 otherwise, we might as well use a smaller lens.
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82 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 27, 2014
Style Name: Canon Verified Purchase
I've been using this lens for a couple of days now, and from a technical/objective standpoint, it's an optically fantastic lens and a great value compared to its direct competition. Subjectively, however, the lens has a very edgy quality to it that at times can feel a bit uninspired, clinical, and lifeless.

As a point of reference, I'm a wedding/portrait/event photographer who has owned a good number of different fast primes and the typical assortment of zooms a wedding photographer keeps handy. My current kit consists of the Sigma 35, Canon 85 1.2, 24-70 2.8II, and 70-200 2.8II, mounted on a pair of 5D Mark III's, and a Sony a7r, which I use to mount my Canon lenses.

Overall the professional reviewers are on point when they say that this lens is a technical marvel. The amount of detail this lens is able to resolve at its widest aperture is a technical feat that few lenses outside of the $4,000 Zeiss Otus are able to best (though the Sony FE 55 1.8 comes very close as well). In terms of resolving power, Sigma set a goal to leap-frog Canon and Nikon and set its sights on the Otus....a goal which they largely succeeded at reaching, at a quarter of the price of the Zeiss.

That said, any good portrait photographer will tell you that there's more to an image than how sharp it is, and more to a lens than its ability to resolve detail. Though sharpness is one of the few characteristics of a lens that we can objectively quantify, at the end of the day, its only one of the many criteria one should consider when evaluating a lens.
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