Surprising things come out of the blue!
Like the way this lens, the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | ART was dropped off into my lap this rainy afternoon!
No doubt, this lens is one of the most looked-forward to lens this season as many would have already seen several reports of how it has surpassed several Marquees’ premium offerings, and is leveled at challenging the Carl Zeiss 50mm 1.4 OTUS and apparently, according to some reports, it seems to come very close to the performance of the OTUS.
Tech reports and charts etc are available on the net. In line with CS reviews or overviews, we would like to show the lens, in REAL-LIFE use. A quick overview with Sample photos.
Introducing the NEW SIGMA 50mm 1.4 DG ART Lens!
50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A
Redesigned, Reengineered, Revitalized
Typical Photography: Travel, Wedding & Events, Portrait
• 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
The staple Sigma 50mm 1.4 DG HSM has been redesigned and reengineered 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 autofocusing 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.
Lens Construction: 13 elements in 8 groups
Angle of View: 46.8º
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Minimum Apeture: f/16
Minimum Focusing Distance: 40 cm / 15.7 in
Filter Size: 77mm
Maximum Magnification: 1: 5.6
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 85.4 x 99.9 mm/ 3.4 x 3.9 in
Weight: 815g/ 28.7 oz
Corresponding Mounts: Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Sony
* The appearance, specifications, and the like of the product are subject to change for improvement without notice.
Unboxing was a straight-forward affair, with a simple yet sturdy box and a pouch inside. That pouch is foam lined and provides quite a nice protection which can be used on it’s own (belt loop, no eyelets).
First thing to hit you when you handle the lens is how solid, and moderately heavy it feels! Coming in just a shade over 800 grammes, it won’t be mistaken for anything less than a really serious-looking lens. Paired with a Prosumer DSLR preferably with a Battery Grip, or a Pro DSLR and it looks and feels more like a tank – like a premium 85mm f/1.4 or 100mm f/2. Mounted on my 1 series cam, it balances really well and I would be very thankful for the extra weight especially if I’m shooting in the wind.
One of the other things I appreciate is a proper focal length appropriate lens hood! Believe it or not, many manufacturers design theirs to be a little to too short for a particular focal length.
If you notice, in practice, the 50mm ART lens hood very effectively shields the powerful flash output in this shot.