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Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens for Canon
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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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Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon 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: 815 grams / 28.7 ounces.
USB Dock Compatibility
Sigma has developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.
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 and 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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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.94 x 3.35 x 3.35 in||1.54 x 2.72 x 2.72 in||2.01 x 2.91 x 2.91 in||2.6 x 3.39 x 3.39 in|
|Item Weight||1.8 lbs||5.6 ounces||0.64 lb||1.28 lbs|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||49 millimeters||58 millimeters||72 millimeters|
SIGMA 50MM A LENS F1.4 DG HSM CANON EF MT
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Its crazy sharp, awesome bokeh, no distortion or vignette that a human being would notice. All lenses distort a little but any larger and this lens would be weird, its construction is better than canon L lenses its well balanced with a FF DSLR.
I shoot weddings and its on my camera 90% of the time. it absolutely blows every 50mm out of the water including the 1.2. If you need more bokeh than 1.4 use a longer focal length. If you need more sharpness there isnt anything that autofocuses at 50mm that beats this.
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.
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.
Update on durability: I dropped then lens while shooting a wedding. It fell hard about three feet onto a marble floor. Something inside of it came loose. Sent it into Sigma and it was 150 to get it fixed.
These are my thoughts.
•The images are beautiful from this lens, significantly less distortion then most and the color is fantastic.
• Yes this lens is incredibly sharp but so are most 50's. The bokeh is very disappointing and just not pleasing in my opinion.
• For a heavy and large lens like this (which I prefer) it still feels kind of cheap. The metal base is the highlight and is by far the best portion of the lens. The rest of the barrel, including the AF/MF switch and focus ring is made of some very cheap feeling plastic which seems like it would crack if I squeezed it hard enough. Even just putting a little pressure below the focus ring and I can feel the barrel give. One drop and this thing would be a goner.
• The AF while obviously better than the extremely loud Tamrons and past Sigmas I have used is by no means quiet and is extremely jumpy. When shooting stills this lens (while pretty fast) will adjust about 6 times. You hear the barrel spin to the approximate distance and then "click,click,click,click,click,click." Very quickly, all of these micro adjustments while you are waiting for the shutter to release. This wouldn't be such a big deal if it nailed the focus every shot. But it does not.(more on this later)
• Occasionally if trying to focus on something small in the frame. The lens will search a bit and then give up . I have to release the shutter button and repress to get it to search for focus again. Yuck.
• The AF is not accurate on my 5D MKIII nor my older camera. In my test, I went out and shot 300 pictures to test the AF. 200 with the new Sigma, and 100 with my Canon 50mm 1.4 (which is literally broken and doesn't respond all the time) I took my time and when I got back to my computer to check out the images I was loving the detail in the Sigma. It really is a stunner. However the lens blew focus far too often. Of the 200 sigma images, it missed focus (just by a bit but nonetheless missed) 38 times out of 200. My broken cheapo canon missed 3 images. As a professional, this is absolutely unexceptable.
I can't have the lens blowing focus when the bride is walking down the aisle, during the first kiss, or capturing any little once in a lifetime moment. It needs to nail the focus. It must. If you are not shooting important events and are just using this for personal projects then I'm sure you could live with it just fine.
I pretty much look to my canon 135mm f/2 as the lens I compare all others to in terms of AF prowess. At around the same price as this sigma the 135's AF is instantaneous, nearly silent, spot on accurate and leaves absolutely nothing to be desired.
Comparing the AF of these lenses one after another just really shows how far off the sigma is. I can buy another Canon 50 (for stills) and a Rokinon 50 cine (for my video days) for less then this lens and never have to worry about the focus being an issue.
I saw many people write about the lack of any chromatic aberrations and color fringing. It is pretty minimal in most cases. (mostly with the in focus bits) But sometimes I am seeing lots and lots of it. (see the image of the tree against the sky) I know that image is a pretty extreme high contrast situation but the sheer amount of green and purple color fringing in this image is unusable. It's easily removed in stills but not so much in video which I will primarily will be using this lens for.
Speaking of shooting video...Though the focus ring is mostly very smooth. During my time with this lens shooting video I noticed some slight slipping of the ring when racking focus and some minor stickiness at times. Nothing major but certainly not ideal. I'd go as far to say that it seems like it can be a bit inaccurate when I was pulling focus. Definitely better then the Canon 50 1.4 but again that lens in a third of the price.
But this is just another example of times that I've realized most of the people out there reviewing and posting their thoughts on gear, don't actually use gear on a daily basis for hundreds of jobs a year.
How have only hand full of the hundreds of people that have provided feedback on this lens mentioned these problems that are so clearly obvious .Anyone giving this lens a 5 star rating is clearly not testing or using other brands of gear to compare this against. If this lens was $400 I would totally get it. But this is marketed and priced as a pro lens. Sadly however, this is not a pro lens.