Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon FX|
|Lens Description||50 millimetres|
|Max Focal Length||50 Millimeters|
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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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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
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon FX||Nikon FX||Nikon DX||Nikon FX||Nikon FX||Nikon FX|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.68 x 3.35 x 3.35 inches||2.09 x 2.83 x 2.83 inches||2.09 x 2.76 x 2.76 inches||3.94 x 3.35 x 3.35 inches||2.13 x 2.91 x 2.91 inches||2.87 x 3.15 x 3.15 inches|
|Item Weight||1.11 lbs||6.53 ounces||7.05 ounces||1.80 lbs||0.64 lbs||0.77 lbs|
|Maximum Aperture||1.4||1.8 millimeters||1.8||f/1.4||1.4||1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||58 millimeters||52 millimeters||77 millimeters||58 millimeters||67 millimeters|
L9) 50MM F1.4EX F/NIK DG HSM Lens
Designed for Nikon digital SLR cameras, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 prime lens is ideal for a wide range of applications, from landscape photography to portraiture. The lens offers an extra-large aperture that guarantees superior peripheral brightness, helping create sharp images with high contrast even at the edges. The molded glass aspherical lens, meanwhile, perfectly corrects for coma aberration to ensure that images look sharp and crisp against a nicely blurred background. And thanks to the integrated Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), the lens enjoys a silent, high-speed autofocus system. Other features include a super multilayer lens coating that reduces flare and ghosting, a minimum focusing distance of 17.7 inches, and a maximum magnification of 1:7.4. As with all Sigma lenses, this 50mm lens carries a one-year warranty.
- 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
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The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens checked all of the boxed on my list. It was very affordable, the build quality is outstanding, but when I shot with it over the Christmas holiday I was blown away by the images; they were sharp and the color fidelity was amazing.
I would definitely recommend this lens if you can't get the Art Lens, but even if you can this lens saves so much money and is a terrific value.
I don't doubt that issues exist. I use a camera all the time and get paid for it, been using them for 40 years. When I bought my Canon EOS 7D body, I thought it was a horrid decision, and I was ready to dump the piece of c&*p. Turns out part the problem was basically the factory settings. It has 19 focusing points, and I could not get correct focus with any of my 14 lenses, including "L" lenses. Without breaking some egos here, remembering my physics education that you cannot possibly focus on 19 points at the same time, I selected the center as the only point, and turned off focus hunting with one-shot AF. I haven't had a focus issue since. Yes as long as there is not much angle change when reframing the shot, it holds focus well.
The good part is, if I had believed all the negativity, I would not own this superior lens. I'm a "Prime" lens lover, my style doesn't call for zooming. Can't get the amount of light and bokeh with zoom's, and love the drama in my shots. It isolates the subject, and gives a 3D feel. I hate busy backgrounds, as they detract from the shot.
I do own the Canon 50mm f1.4 lens, and will be selling shortly (there is a noticeably visible difference from the Sigma). The Sigma is superior in bokeh and saturation. I've taken some dreamy shots wide open that the equivalent Canon cannot match. Although this lens is very, very sharp, it is not a match for the Canon "L" series 100mm Macro, 135mm or 200mm Series "L" glass. The latter lenses are even creamier on the bokeh wide open and dead sharp wide open.
To make a long story short, in my opinion is the best 50mm option for Canon Cameras. I will not be buying the Canon f1.2 version, as there is no advantage to me paying at least one grand more for gaining 1/3 of a stop of light. I found what I was looking for, and thought it was a worthwhile purchase.
The lens hood is sturdy, love that being included and not a separate purchase, and the lens cap is the Sigma center pinch design, you don't have to remove the hood to take off the cap. This is my second Sigma purchase, and I study carefully before buying. This is one big, impressively built lens, not a wimpy one.
1) the focus really is a hit and miss. I never felt confident that I would get my photo sharp at selected focal point.
2) by no means it is a light or a small lens.
1) build quality is nice
2) for the shots that i was able to get with accurate focus actually turned out very nice.
3) Bokeh was awesome. Loved the round light circles and creamy feel of bokeh
4) comes with a lens hood and a decent case.
So after a use of about 3 weeks I finally gave up and returned it. I just got a canon 50mm 1.4 a few days ago and right after the first use I could tell that focus was a lot more accurate with canon even at f1.4. I yet have to compare the bokeh of the two lenses because I heard people say that sigma has a better bokeh. I guess I will know that soon but in any case focus was much more important to me than the bokeh.
Before you do make a final decision for your purchase, do know that sigma has a good warranty where they would fix and fine tune the focus problem for your camera's model but I just didn't have time or energy to give it a try. If it doesn't work for me out of the box sorry its going back.
Update: In case it might help anyone i wanted to mention that the above review is based on a my usage on a canon 60d body.
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When shooting video on 70D, it also struggles to focus nicely, it is like tik-tik-tik, stepping not running smoothly like HSM lens should be. Experienced that for first time, as non of my lens in my collection does it like this, all are smooth and nice, 70D focuses very well on video, but not with this lens.
I also found that there are lots of CA issues with this lens, high contrast areas, it does better than some older design Canon EF lenses, but it is out of competition when compared to EF 70-200 F2.8 L IS II USM, or even cheap EF 40mm F2.8 STM. But real problems with CA I found only indoors, black item on white background, almost no problems outside, my 24-105 F4 L IS USM showed a way more problems outside, for example, sholder or hand in high contrast area, with Sigma were no any CA, while 24-105 showed a lot of CA in these areas. Ok, it is not as important as AF, as you can fix it in Lightroom.
I liked the build of this lens, it is nice and solid. It also comes with lens pouch and hood out of the box. Also it is 77mm filter diameter which is nice as I have most of my filters in that size.
And, when used in manual focus, it produced really nice images, loved that bokeh and colours, this is why I'll try ART lens now, hope there no AF issues anymore, and IQ will be even better.
I chose to try one for my 5DII, ordering from Amazon because of their excellent return policy. The first copy front focused quite badly at short distances (< 2m) but rear focused at around 3m and beyond. In other words, there was no way to fix this using AFMA.
I applied for a replacement, but the second copy exhibited much the same behavior, rendering it just about unusable for regular use.
I'm now sending that copy back too, and I've asked for a refund. When the refund goes through I'll get the Canon 50mm f1.4 instead. It may be inferior in a number of ways, but overall I think it'll be a lot less hassle than the Sigma.
Here's a quote from Roger Cicala of LensRentals in the States concerning the Sigma 50mm:
"On full frame cameras and to a slight extent on crop frame cameras, the lens exhibits what I will term “schizophrenic autofocus”; i.e. when closer than 5 feet, it will front focus, further than 20 feet it will backfocus. This is not a calibration issue, it’s just how it is."
I got my first copy two weeks ago. Of Course just after arrived started testing lens as I've heard about focusing problem… and yes that was my case as well but I took that into account ordering Sigma over Canon 1.4 and knowing about issues it can have. 99% of my tests were done on 1.4 cause that's why you buy 1.4. Lens was front focusing from minimal focal distance to about 2-3m after that seems to be ok. As amazon run out of stock I've decided to send it to sigma for calibration. First impresion of Sigma support were great, lens came back to me with in a week "calibrated". Started testing again and … It was much better but not perfect still front focusing at the same range. On minimal focal distance 45cm / 17.7in I had .5 inch front focusing. You would think that it is not that much but on 1.4 you have only 1 inch narrow dof. My next step was to adjust that in camera micro adjustment. After doing so it was spot on until I've make a picture from over 3m away. Adjusting lens to focus correctly on minimal focal length made it over 20 inches back focusing on further focal distances. I've decided now to leave it as Sigma calibrated and have look how it is in real life situations as all tests I've done were done on tripod with ruler and printed calibration charts etc. on different distances and different angles. I've started shoting my 2yo daughter and my wife. With my child it was miss and hit as she can't be really still so it was hard to tell if she moved or I've moved a bit but keeping rate I would say was 2 out of 10 shoots at best. Moving to my wife… done some full body portraits and some headshots. On full body everything looked good but moving to half body and head and shoulders you start seeing this .5 inch focus difference. I had to focus somewhere between eyes and ears to get eyes in top sharpness if I would focus exactly on eye. tip of nose would be in this sweet spot. I've started to thinking that there may be something wrong with my 1 month old canon 6d because lens should be calibrated but there is nothing wrong with my 17-40L and 24-70 L Mk1 lenses tested same ways. But then I thought this is 1.4 lans other are f4 and 2.8 so I was still confused if that can be indicator. Until 2 days ago a got my self canon 100mm F2.8L macro IS. Tested as other lenses if need any adjusting and… spot on … 0 adjusting couldn't be better. And DoF on macro lens at 2.8 is even narrower than it is on 50mm 1.4 obviously. So I decided to try another copy of this lens. Amazon return is second to none… Received another one today but… lens couldn't get any worse… now I have 1.5-2 inches front focusing. I took maybe 20 shots and give up. Already applied for refund and I'm going for canon 50 1.4. rather have a bit of less sharpness on 1.4 which can be probably correct in PP and less creamy bokeh than missed focused picture witch can't be fixed.
Apart from focusing problems lens is lovely, feels nice and solid. Shame I can't have it but a I have no patience to keep sending back bad copies of lens and hoping that I will get good one eventually. If it would work correctly a would give it 5* because when I managed to get good focused picture it's beautiful. But I won't pay extra over canon lens to get manual or half manual lens if that would be a case I would go for Zeiss 50mm 1.4 planar T not for Sigma.
Sorry for any misspelling but english is not my first language.
I've got the smooth plastic finish version and build quality is perfectly acceptable. Weight and size are fine for a Canon 5D.
This is a very sharp lens but more importantly to me this lens has a wonderful look (on full frame cameras). I can only describe the resulting images taken at wide apertures as '3-dimensional' or having 'pop'. I assume that this is due to a combination of extremely smooth out-of-focus areas and very high central sharpness. I'm not a lens tester so I haven't used the lens beyond f4 or looked in the corners of images so to some Sigma may not have created the perfect lens in absolute terms, but I think this lens is perfectly designed for me and my own requirements.
For the record, I was torn between this lens, the Canon 35mm f1.4 (which I felt was perhaps too wide) and the Canon 50mm f1.2. Had I found the Sigma to be a dud I would have gone for the 50mm f1.2 in all probability (which is not without its own flaws apparently and is much more expensive).