It has been two days since Sigma announced price and availability of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and we already have plenty of reviews and sample images to get an idea of its potential. Does the lens live up to the hype? It seems so.
The reviews are mostly glowing, the main complaint being the weight of the lens (815 g / 28.7 oz.), but it is the unavoidable trade-off for achieving higher performance here.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review roundup
- Gear for Image: In-depth technical review, comparison with Canon 50mm f/1.4, sample images
- SLR Gear: In-depth technical review, comparison with Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4
- SLR Lounge: Field review, sample images, RAW files available for download
- CNET: Short review, sample images
50-to-58mm large-aperture DSLR lenses
From left to right, approximately to scale: Canon 50mm f/1.4, Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX, Canon 50mm f/1.2 L, Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art, Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4.
50mm DSLR Lenses to Scale
Double-gauss designs can be spotted easily: they are short and usually wider than long. Sigma and Zeiss strayed away from this formula with their latest 50/55mm lenses.
I’m reading here and there that the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art adds some difficulty in choosing a lens in the ~50mm segment. I disagree. I don’t see any redundancy here – on the contrary, the new Sigma lens is a much needed offering. Read on to understand what I mean.
$400-$500. Good performers stopped down, but show the usual nasties of simple double-gauss designs: lack of contrast at wide apertures, degraded performance up close, barrel distortion, CA and LOCA, coma, etc… Relatively compact and lightweight. May or may not be “good enough” depending on one’s needs, but image quality will most likely fall apart on high-megapixel cameras.
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