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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Large Aperature, standard prime lens, has superior peripheral brightness and corrects the sagittal coma fare
  • Standard lens with large maximum aperture of F1.4.
  • Creates sharp images with high contrast and ensures superior peripheral brightness
  • Incorporates molded glass aspherical lens, perfectly correcting coma aberration and creating superior image quality.
  • Super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting.

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Style: Canon Digital SLR Cameras
  • Brand Name: Sigma
  • Model: 310101
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Mounting Type: Canon
  • Minimum focal length: 50 millimeters
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Maximum Format Size 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F1.4 F1.4 F1.8 F1.4
Minimum Aperture 16 22 22 16
Photo Filter Thread Size 77 millimeters 58 millimeters 52 millimeters 77 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.45 meters 0.45 meters 0.45 meters 0.4 meters
Weight 1.1 pounds 0.6 pounds 0.3 pounds 1.8 pounds
Dimension 68.0 x 85.0 x 2.7 inches 2.0 x 2.9 x 2.0 inches 2.7 x 2.7 x 1.6 inches 99.9 x 100.0 x 85.0 inches
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Style: Canon Digital SLR Cameras
  • Product Dimensions: 68 x 85 x 2.7 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0018ZDGAC
  • Item model number: 310101
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Style: Canon Digital SLR Cameras


Sigma's 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM is high quality, professional optics and you'll know it the minute you pick it up. In the past few years, camera manufacturers have overlooked the need for a reasonable fast prime lens that is compact enough for everyday use, yet provides the necessary image quality to meet the highest expectations. Now, with the advent of the APS-c cameras, the long popular 50mm focal length takes on double duty as a portrait length lens of approximately 90mm on most of the small chip cameras. At a fraction of the size, weight and cost of comparable lenses, this is a lens that you might have on your digital SLR at all times.

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Customer Reviews

Sharp focus, rich colors, and very nice bokeh.
Scott Chou
In order to get the autofocus to work I would have to put it manual, focus on something, take a picture, and then put it back into auto.
Meredith Erin
I can't compare it to the Nikon lens as I don't own that one but I can say the Sigma is worth every penny!
Kcoruol

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

146 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Danny on January 19, 2011
Style Name: Canon Digital SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
Prior to ordering this lens, I probably spent more time reading owner reviews than I have for any other lens I own. At the time of my order, I think Amazon listed some 85 customer reviews of this lens. It was hard to arrive at a conclusion. Image quality was generally not a point to be disputed. In fact the majority of owners had nothing but good to say about this lens. But, some complained of issues related to a failure to auto-focus when shooting at or near wide open aperture settings especially shooting close-ups in subdued light. I wondered why so many were pleased while others had focus problems. And, while what I have to say should not be construed to be conclusive (perhaps there are some bad copies that slipped through the QC department at Sigma)I wanted to share with others my experience with this lens and what I did to fix my focus problem. Obviously, I purchased one.....

A lens like this is generally purchased with one or both of the following in mind. Either for portrait work or for low light shots. Therefore, it is near essential that the auto-focus be spot on. No auto-focus lens is perfect in that it is impossible to be on the dot 100% of the time, but if the majority of your shots are not keepers, there is a problem to be reckoned with. You could rely on manual focus (I do sometimes where a shot is critical, I won't trust auto-focus alone)but you paid for auto-focus and you obviously laid out the cash for a reason.

When my lens arrived, I went to work shooting test shots to see how auto-focus worked at these wide open settings. Sure enough, many shots were blurred. I tried manual focus, no problem, most of the shots were sharp. I sat down and thought about it for a while and it occurred to me that the camera was set to use multiple point auto-focus.
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114 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Andres Hirmas Adauy on November 23, 2008
Style Name: Canon Digital SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
I'm a primary Canon user. I owned before the canon 50 mm 1.4, a trully excellent lens for the money too. But not to sharp wide open. You have to stop down at least to f2 in order to get good contrast and saturation. Also, the focusing ring was bad in my opinion.
In the other hand, the 50L 1.2 was a big dissapointment to me.I expected the same image quality as the 35L or the 85L for that price.
When I received the Sigma lens I really love it at once. The construction was amazing, solid as a tank, and the ring is very smooth.
What have really impressed me was the performance wide open. Images are clear as crystal with good color and rendition.
Fully recomended.
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104 of 116 people found the following review helpful By D. Jacobowitz on August 13, 2008
Style Name: Canon Digital SLR Cameras
In a world of zooms, many people would find plopping down $500 for a 50mm prime -- from a third party manufacturer, no less -- to be a bit absurd.

However, if you are a "prime person" -- and you know who you are -- you'll love the performance of this lens: super sharp photos, incredibly creamy background bokeh, nice contrast and flare resistance, and operation in low-light without needing super-high ISO or a blast of flash.

Pros:
+ @1.4 it's quite usably sharp
+ @1.8 and beyond, it's very sharp
+ the bokeh (rendition of out-of-focus areas) is really amazingly smooth. More so behind the DOF than in front, though
+ colors, contrast, etc, all excellent
+ great build quality, solid feel, free case and lens hood

Cons:
- weight
- price
- big filters (77mm)

Canon already has three 50mm lenses: the 1.8, 1.4, and 1.2L, so you might wonder why Sigma felt the need to jump into this market. The Canon's are all pretty good, with the 50/1.8 being an great value at $80, the 50/1.4 being a reliable workhorse (though prone to a dreamy look wide open), and the 1.2L, being, well, $1500. This lens is priced between the 1.4 and 1.2L, and judging from photos I've seen, it probably performs in that range as well. So it is filling an niche in the wide gulf between the 1.4 and 1.2L.

On my camera, a 400D, a 50mm is like a short tele, and I use it mostly for relatively close up photos of people. I like that when if upgrade to FF, I'll be able to continue to use this lens (and I'll sell my Sigma 30/1.4) whose place it would take.
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102 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on December 21, 2008
Style Name: Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
This is one of the best portrait lenses I have ever used.

I had originally bought the new Nikon AF-S version of this lens. While it was nice, I really had a problem with the way small bright lights looked in it's bokeh. After using the Sigma version once I sold my Nikon and never looked back.

First, the bad:

At F/1.4 this lens is slightly softer than the Nikon version. Unless you're printing poster sized prints and then standing a foot from them you will not notice. At about F4-F5.6 its razor sharp.

Quality control...Sigma has a poor reputation in this department. Unlike their other lenses I have yet to see reports of this lens having the same issues, but you never know.

Weight...it weighs a fair amount, and a little bit more than the Nikon version. Both are heavy however, and if you're used to using a lens of this quality you won't notice.

Now, the good:

The Build Quality is superb. I'd have no regrets with shooting in the rain, snow, or desert.

Bokeh...Wow. The first word that comes to mind whenever I take a picture with this lens is "Creamy". It truly has some of the finest bokeh I've ever seen. When taking portraits you want nothing to distract the viewer from the face of the model; this lens does just that. It turns the background into a beautifully soft collage.

When comparing the bokeh of the Nikon and Sigma lens it is really clear who the winner is. The Nikon is just SO harsh with lights (especially Christmas style) it really distracts the viewer.

Bokeh is the reason most people buy F/1.4 lenses these days, don't waste your money on the inferior Nikon.
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