Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Last updated (26 August’12):
- Review by Lenstip

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is a standard lens features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.4. The lens construction has 8 elements in 6 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 46.8 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 17.7 inches and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens weighs 17.8 ounces and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 2.7 inches long.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“The lens offers the best optical properties in its class, after all, the best warranty conditions and a lot of equipment. To sum up, a very good lens, certainly worth a serious interest of every photographer. “
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Popphoto reviews the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“This Sigma offers most of the perks of a top-drawer, high-speed normal lens: satisfyingly sharp images in low light, along with creamy, defocused backgrounds when used at or near maximum aperture.”
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Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“An amazing lens that is priced above the norm but delivers results that are similarly elevated. As it is available in a range of lens mounts, the greatest number of photographers have access to its immense power.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoreview reviews the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“With each of the camera bodies we used for our tests, the review lens turned in an excellent performance, producing sharp images with accurate colours and no evidence of colour bias or coloured fringing.”
Rating: ★★★★½

SLRGear reviews the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“The Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 is an interesting lens, offering excellent resistance to chromatic aberration and low distortion. Corner shading isn’t an issue when used on a sub-frame body, but on a full-frame body it’s significant, and distinctive in that it never really goes away.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“The lens is fairly big and heavy due to unusually big glass elements but thanks to the design efforts it is already capable of delivering very sharp images straight from f/1.4 and the resolution is truly impressive at medium aperture settings… The bokeh can be a bit nervous at f/1.4 but it’s smoother and more buttery from f/2 onwards. The build quality of the lens is excellent.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

The-digital-picture reviews the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens is a bit sharper (less dreamy) than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens until f/4 where the Canon has much sharper corners. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens has sharper corners from f/2.8, but is not sharper than the Sigma in the center. The Sigma is similar in sharpness to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens throughout the aperture range. “
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User Opinions

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM User Reviews

The lens that never leaves my camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“I love the color, contrast and sharpness of this lens on my A700. It is fast focusing and hits more than any other 50mm that I own. It is way more reliable than the Canon 50mm f1.4 for sure. From f2.8 on the Sony 50mm f1.4 is its equal and the Canon version is close. I choose this lens over my cz24-70mm f2.8 mostly due to the superior DOF and low light capability….. “ – by W. E. Hattersen

Yes, it’s better than Canon’s 50mm F1.4 lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“…. Sharpness is at par with the 85mm f1.8, which is a big statement since the 85mm is one canons sharpest lenses. Chromatic and flare distortion are well controlled in the Sigma, outperforming Canon’s 85mm in both areas by a good margin. Vignetting also seems very well controlled and better than Canon 85mm. I would rate the Sigma as excellent in all of the above areas…. “ – by Abdulrahman Aljabri

Sigma 50 mm vs Canon 50 mm F1.4 | Rating: ★★★★★
“I had both Canon and Sigma 50mm F1.4. Both lens perform equally well over F2.0. However, the major usage of this lens is at F1.4. At F1.4, Sigma beat canon easily in terms of sharpness, bokeh, saturation and contrast. The build quality of Sigma is obviously much better than Canon’s.” – by J. F. Zhou

Fantastic, but pricey. | Rating: ★★★★★
“Images I captured with this lens are very crisp, as I expect from Sigma and its other line known as Quantaray. Sigma IS more pricey, however, when compared to Canon, but if you can find them, I recommend the Quantaray lenses which are about half the cost. Either lenses brand give me fantastic results, proving that Sigma/Quanataray is worthy to get. “ – by H. Hatje

Now THIS is a fun lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The build quality is excellent and compares favorably to the Nikon lenses I own. The focus is accurate and the fastest I’ve seen…. The bokeh is extraordinary. The narrow depth of field at the widest apertures is striking but I find that it is a better representation of the way my eye sees than to have a figure entirely in focus. “ – by R. McDonald

Excellent sample, despite Sigma’s quality control issues, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The autofocus on the 51 point-AF Nikon bodies is fantastic. It is lightning fast and tack sharp so long as there is enough available light. However, I have noticed that if the light levels drop, it tends to hunt a little, unless you focus perfectly on your subject’s nose using the single-point AF. I have heard of Sigma’s front-focus quality control issue on this lens, but the sample I got was perfect. “ – by Joel Bazzle

Excellent | Rating: ★★★★★
“Coupled with my Canon 50D, this is an awesome lens. f/2.8+ very sharp. Solid build, excellent-smooth bokeh.” – by Kyr Leontovich

Great lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Extremely quiet focusing, images are sharp and clear even at f/1.4. Bokeh is always very nice and soft.
Great lens, definitely would recommend to anyone who can afford it. “
– by aatist

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM User Manual

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Specifications

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 90mm on most of the small chip cameras. At a fraction of the size, weight and cost of comparable lenses, this is a lens that you might have on your digital SLR at all times.

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