Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Last updated (14 April’13):
- Review & Sample Photos @ Photozone

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM features 85mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.4. The lens construction has 11 Elements in 8 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 28.6 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 85 cm / 33.5 in and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens weighs TBC and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 3.4 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Expert Reviews

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Reviews

Photozone reviews the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“Lateral CAs are minimal and not field-relevant. Same goes for image distortions. The vignetting is, of course, visible at large apertures but it remains in line here with the rest of the gang. The quality of the bokeh is generally excellent except in very tricky situations.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

The-digital-picture reviews the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“This lens delivers very high image quality in a very well-built, high quality package that has a reasonable price tag. As I said in the beginning of the review, portrait photography is the first use that that came to my mind when acquiring this lens. With the potential to sell your portrait services, it should not be hard to pay for this addition to the kit. Or just use it to capture high quality memories of your own family. This is a very fun and useful lens for the price.”
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SLRGear reviews the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“Sigma has produced an excellent lens here: as sharp as any of its contemporaries, even wide open at ƒ/1.4. As well, the lens offers remarkable tolerance to chromatic aberration, marred only by the presence of longitudinal chromatic aberration that seems to be common with fast glass. Distortion and corner shading are also excellent.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Cameralabs reviews the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“The Sigma AF 85/1.4 EX DG HSM delivers a very good performance and is actually the cheapest 85mm f1.4 lens with AF. In some aspects its image quality reaches Nikon’s AF-S 85/1.4G – at 60% of the price.”
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Photodo reviews the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“For a lens costing under half that of some of the competition, this 85mm from Sigma is certainly capable of holding its own. Wide open at f/1.4, sharpness in the centre is already good and the clarity towards the edges of the frame isn’t far behind. Stopping the lens down just one stop to f.2 results in very good centre sharpness and peak quality across the frame is achieved between f/5.6 and f/8, where the clarity across the frame is excellent.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Lenstip reviews the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“When it comes to the image resolution the Sigma can compete on equal terms with the new Nikkor 1.4/85 and the expensive Canon 1.2/85 and it fares better than the Zeiss 1.4/85 and the Samyang 1.4/85. In the case of the chromatic aberration, distortion, vignetting of the work against bright light the tested lens defeats most of competitors hands down.”
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Photoreview reviews the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM and writes;
“Rectilinear distortion was effectively negligible with only slight barrel distortion detected. Vignetting was barely detectable at the widest apertures and gone by f/2. Autofocusing was as fast you would wish for from an f/1.4 lens and accurate under different lighting conditions. We noticed very little hunting when shooting after dark.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Video Reviews

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Reviews

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Review Video By JaredPolin


Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Sample Photos

- Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Sample Photos @ Flickr

- Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Sample Photos @ Amazon

- Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Sample Photos @ The-digital-picture

- Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Sample Photos @ Photozone

Features & Specifications

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Specifications

Sigma’s New 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens is a large aperture medium telephoto lens optimized for use with digital SLR cameras and is especially ideal for portrait and low light photography. Designed with SLD glass and a glass mold element excellent color correction is achieved for all types of aberrations and superior optical performance is ensured.

It is equipped with a rear focus system that minimized fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing and the Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting even in backlight photography. HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed autofocus capability and the round 9 blade diaphragm creates pleasant out-of-focus highlights.

It comes with a Petal-type hood to block out extraneous light. For digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, a dedicated hood adapter, which expands the length of the lens hood is supplied and enables the hood to block out extraneous light more effectively.

See also: Lens Reviews | Sigma Lenses

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