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5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait Perfection, December 21, 2008
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This review is from: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics)
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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Initial post: Mar 27, 2009 10:00:18 AM PDT
It would be nice to know *which* 50mm Nikon you compared this to. There is a 1.4G and 1.4D, as well as some older versions, plus an f/1.8 and f/2. Only this Sigma and the Nikon 1.4G can be used in autofocus mode on a Nikon D40/60. The Nikon 1.4G is a new lens, and around the same price as the Sigma, and I am deciding between these two.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2009 10:40:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2009 4:25:09 PM PDT
Kevin says:
I compared it to the new AF-S G model....this is apparent by the statement I made "I had originally bought the new Nikon AF-S version"

Posted on May 14, 2009 5:32:48 PM PDT
Timtim says:
You can already find a complain about backfocus (see the comment of the guy who gave it 1 star). After I had hard time with the focus issues with the Sigma 10-20mm (I had to return two lens and only the third was fine), I think I'll stay away from Sigma...
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