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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Large Aperture Medium Telephoto Prime Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras - Fixed
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- Lens not zoomable
- With a faster aperture than the typical camera kit lens it is an excellent choice for the photographer who has higher expectations for their photo
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.45 x 3.4 x 3.45 inches|
|Item Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.85 m|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm FF|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||85 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||11|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.51 pounds|
|Style Name||Nikon Digital SLR Cameras|
Style: Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
From the Manufacturer
85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
The Ultimate Wedding & Portrait Lens
The Sigma 85mm 1.4 is the standard for portraiture lenses. Its distinctive focal length and large aperture give it great movement between uses, from portraits to everyday images. Designed for full frame sensors, the 85mm 1.4 is also equipped with a multitude of Sigma technology to further ensure unmatched image quality. A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet, accurate, high speed autofocusing, Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, and a rear focusing system to minimize fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing. Truly designed to optimize available light, it has dedicated lens hoods to block out extraneous light, glass coating for better results from backlighting scenarios, and a 9 blade diaphragm for great background effects.
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 86.4mmx87.6mm / 3.4in. x 3.4in.
Weight: 725g / 25.6oz.
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.
- Large aperture medium telephoto lens
- Rounded 9 blade diaphragm for beautiful bokeh
- Lens hood, carrying case, front & rear caps
Top Customer Reviews
I took some time to compare this one to the 85mm f1.8 and the 85mm f1.2 L II by renting all three before making any decisions, and I have to say that this lens really impresses!
The Sigma lens is much lighter than the Canon f1.2 and therefore, much easier to handle. The first thing that comes to mind when putting the canon f1.2 on my camera is how awkward everything feels - it's weight and "top-heaviness" really throw the balance off (I'm using a 7D) and makes the whole set-up feel wrong. With the sigma, I don't get this feel.... it feels right. It feels like almost a rubbery-plastic, and while the canon f1.2 feels more solid, the Sigma feels more modernized to me. The Canon f1.8 is no slouch, but feels lacking compared to the other two in build quality. The Sigma comes with a unique 2-part lens hood to help avoid hood vignetting on full-frame cameras. There is a middle section that you leave off if you are using a full-frame camera, but then add back on if you have a crop camera.
As for image quality, I'm not going to go too much into detail here because other reviews across the web have conducted much more scientific tests than me and provide images to compare. I will just summarize my experiences though: in my opinion, the Canon f1.2 has the sharpest photos, especially in the center of the image. The Sigma bests the other 2 in corner sharpness though. The f1.Read more ›
The Sigma autofocuses faster than the Canon L and almost as fast as the Canon 85 1.8. There have been reports of this lens hunting, having seizures, and making squeaking noises. If your copy of the Sigma does any of these things, return it immediately as you definitely have a dud copy. Mine rarely ever hunts, the autofocus is smooth, quiet, and accurate. The lens is tack sharp even at 1.4--as sharp as the Canon 85L at wide apertures and with similar color and contrast. Like with 85 1.2L, the depth of field wide open is razor thin and requires precise precision in where to put the point of sharpest focus. The faster focus of the Sigma does help in attaining accurate focus quickly.
In summary, I feel Sigma got it right with this lens. It is truly an alternative to the 85L at half the cost with similar image quality and actually faster focus. The Sigma does have a different bokeh than the Canon L. Not necessarily better or worse, just different.Read more ›
I'm actually writing this review about 10 months after having sold this lens which I have used at probably a few dozen weddings and portrait sessions. Btw, the price you will potentially get on the used market sucks if you buy this new, so better watch out for a used copy if you don't care about the 30+ days warranty.
The Sigma 85mm f1.4 for Nikon is actually a great lens. You can use it indoor (=usually short-ish focusing distance and no straight sunlight) at low light levels with f1.6 or even f1.4 with great results (amazing results!). For outdoor portraits stay at f1.8 or better f2.0 unless you like chromatic aberration or unsharpness (the same goes for many other lenses including Nikon's products though). However, if your focus point is very close and you're all in the shade then f1.4 will work too, but not if you're focusing on something further away. Again, in this case stay at f1.8 or above and you will get tack sharp results. The bokeh is pretty nice. I really loved this lens and just sold it at that time to justify spending $1,400 on the Sigma 70-200 OS which is my bread & butter lens (and it used to replace the 85mm for many portrait sessions).
Why I'm writing this review NOW is because after a while of exclusively using a 70-200 for portraits (which has some benefits) I have bought a Nikon 85mm f1.8G (not the D which is not as good as the G) and I'm getting the same great results with it at f2 that I used to get with the Sigma at f2. For a lower price. With less weight. And a highly desired more value-keeping original Nikon lens (if you plan to sell your lenses again at some point).
In comparison the Sigma has a beautiful bokeh but the Nikon has a beautiful bokeh too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a Christmas present for our son. He loves it! This is his second Sigma lens. Picture quality is great....we would buy again. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Erik T
I love the 85mm lenses but over just a few months I feel like the sharpness is declining when I pick a point of focus & it's not clear when I zoom in later on my computer to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by suzieharvey
I love my new lens. Though it is a little heavy. It's soo worth itPublished 2 months ago by Benedetta Vallone
I have a professional photographer for 4 years I will have to say this is my favorite lens for portraits definitely the sharpest lens I've ever owned very accurate and pretty quick... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing lens! Having previously used the Canon 85mm f/1.8 for years, the Sigma really took the image quality to the next level. Read morePublished 3 months ago by 6spd
Solid build. Fast focus. Sharp images. The bad thing about my copy of this lens, is that it had too much CA (purple fringing). Read morePublished 3 months ago by VeloCat
Wow! Impressive product, Sigma. I could say more, but other reviewers have already said it. I've had it a couple of weeks now and have had zero issues so far. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Oldham
The lens is capable of taking magical looking photos, it is sharp at 1.4 and has beautiful bokeh, but as many others have complained, my copy has auto-focusing issues. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John