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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Overall score: 84%
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- 50mm focal length
- 75mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 100mm equivalent focal length on Four Thirds / Micro Four Thirds 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
- 0.45m/17.72" minimum focus
- Available in Canon EF, Four Thirds, Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA, Nikon F (FX) mounts
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Included Components||Perfect Hood (Bayonet), Front & Rear Lens|
|Item Dimensions||3.35 x 3.35 x 2.68 inches|
|Item Weight||1.11 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm FF|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||17.7 inches|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||8|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||46.8 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.76 pounds|
|Style Name||Nikon Digital SLR Cameras|
Review summary from DPReview
The Sigma 50mm 1.4 has smooth out-of-focus backgrounds, improved sharpness at large apertures, and lessened vignetting due to its large lens barrel. It's a far better portrait lens on APS-C than legacy primes designed for 35mm film, as well as an extremely competent standard on 35mm full-frame.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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Sample images for Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
- Focal length: 50mm
- Maximum aperture: f/1.4
- Lens construction: 8 elements in 6 groups
- Angle of view: 46.8 degrees
- Number of diaphragm blades: 9
- Minimum aperture: f/16
- Minimum focusing distance: 17.7 inches
- Maximum magnification: 1:7.4
- Filter size: 77mm
- Corresponding AF mounts: Nikon
- Dimensions: 3.3 inches in diameter and 2.7 inches long
- Weight: 17.8 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year
Style: Nikon Digital SLR Cameras | Package Type: Standard Packaging
From the Manufacturer
50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
The Perfect Standard Prime
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 75mm on most of the small chip cameras.
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 84.5 x 68.2 mm/3.3 x 2.7 in
Weight: 505g / 17.8oz.
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.
- Fast, large aperture standard lens
- Molded glass aspherical elements
- Carrying case, lens hood, front & rear caps
- Sony and Pentax mounts are discontinued
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
YES ITS BETTER THAN CANON'S 50MM F1.4 LENS!
Out the box this lens is impressive. Better yet on camera it's more impressive. The lens hosts some of the best performance features and specs any normal lens can offer including razor sharp images (at par with Canon's best lenses), fast and accurate focus, and breath taking Bokeh (blur) quality. All of this comes enclosed in a very solid body bundled with essential accessories all for under half a grand. For me this is value 101. But before getting into details lets answer the question why buy a prime lens like this Sigma?
There are two main unique benefits to this lens A) it's a prime B) it offers a wide maximum aperture.
Primes come in fixed focal lengths, making it essential to physically move back and forth to reduce and enlarge the frame coverage respectively. Zoom lenses on the other hand can reduce or enlarge the frame coverage with a twist of a ring. Traditionally, the main advantage of primes is that they are lighter, smaller, sharper, control distortion better, and come in wider maximum aperture. With the advent of better zoom lenses those advantages have eroded. New zoom lenses are as sharp and control distortion as well as primes. Size and weight, however, remain a prime advantage.Read more ›
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.
+ @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
- 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got the used lens for my Canon 70D and although the photo and video quality is PHENOMENAL, the lens clicks and whirs during focus, which is very distracting during filming. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Alexa Oo
Bokeh, bokeh, and more bokeh. I love this lens, it's the first I reach for when I'm doing portraiture, and it's always in my kit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katy W.
Good lens but it's a 80% hit rate on auto focus images. Colors and bokeh look great but it's a third party lens so buyer bewarePublished 1 month ago by Brianna Miller
I like this lens.
Very good image quality however I wish it had Image Stabilization.
This is the older version of the Sigma 50mm lens, not their Global series. Read more
This lens is a gem that all camera users should have in their arsenal. I'm learning how important this lens is in low light shooting situations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Derwin Avery
Lens was defective. It would not fucus properly when looking throught the LCD screen. This problem was not described in the description of the product. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Painter