The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2016. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1082 €;
71 users have given it an average vote of 9.7 out of 10.
This lens is available with the following mounts:
Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.
Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.
Sony E: this lens is compatible with mirrorless fullframe and APS-C Sony.
L-Mount: this lens is compatible with mirrorless fullframe and APS-C L-Mount.
Sigma SA: this lens is compatible with reflex and mirrorless fullframe and APS-C Sigma SA-mount.
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Pros:Spectacular sharpness already at 1.4 - fuzzy fairy tale - autofocus fast and precise - flawless construction.
Cons:But the quality pays off.
Opinion:I took it recently, I made a photo exit and I can only praise this little big gem. I assume that I use it on nikon D810 and already at the maximum opening solves without hesitation its 36 MPs, closing a little becomes a sharp blade. There are maybe specimens with focus problems, especially on Canon that with my ex 6D was not accurate, I for safety, for what it costs, I took the USB Dock station and in addition to updating the firmware I made a small calibration , but he's a sniper in any photo situation he doesn't take a shot. Weight and clutter can be the only downside, for me it is not a problem indeed it is a pleasure to hold this sturdy beast in my hand. I recommend it to portrait lovers, impeccable results.
Opinion:I had occasion to try with a colleague all the Sigma Art series for Sony E-mount, we also did a review with AF test and handling of the whole series: Https://youtu.be/Fs8y9I-ah8Q very precise and engraved with a very fuzzy. For the photograph is a great tool, for the video.. Mmm. Shame about the weight, really much. Let's not talk about the body, basically they stretched the barrel to "incorporate" the MC-11 adapter... they could do better.
Pros:Optically perfect if you are looking for the only sharpness and bokeh, use in the studio for good sized prints is your field
Cons:Huge and delicate, images too flat and not very artistic due to the huge amount of lenses
Opinion:The perfect optics for studio use. Unfortunately it is really huge, with yes a very comfortable and precise ring, but unfortunately the dimensions limit enormously the use. Turn with two bodies on which one is present this will be a feat. On the other hand, it's a perfect lens. The MTF graph speaks clearly, the aberrations are almost not there, the astigmatism either. Canon must necessarily update its 85 1.2 L to upset similar optics (always according to terms of comparison "Nitideschi"). Compared unfortunately emerges a crushing victory of the Sigma Art. But honestly, however, I prefer the 85 1.2 L II, especially because of the micro-contrast and the more "magical" and "unique" of the photos. Unfortunately at the level of bare and raw quality this lens outclasses any 85 on the market, except perhaps the Sony 85 GM, which however apart from being Sony exclusive costs virtually twice as much. Strongly recommended for use on Sony. The set will be enormously unbalanced. Sigma has made it really crazy to produce Sigma Art e-mount attachment by simply sticking a extension cylinder on it, and the handiness suffers enormously.
Pros:Extreme sharpness all over the frame already at 1.4, nice coarse MAF bezel, standard lens hood, cosmetic
Cons:Weight and dimensions, filters 86mm, USB dock
Opinion:I had to calibrate Canon's camera support (Canon 5d II) before I could calibrate the lens with the appropriate USB dock (which would cost €50, but fortunately I borrowed it). Initially the AF went for its own business and it was not only a problem of micro-adjustment in the room. In my case it was also a room problem, which however with other 1.4 and 1.8 lenses were never there. After a long drawing between Canon assistance in Bologna and Sigma in Milan, I finally could use this lens to the full. Now the AF is accurate and fast. For now for me it is the definitive on this focal. Vignetting and chromatic aberration at 1.4 are easily read and solvable in PP. of sharpness is impossible to ask for more. The blur is "modern" and "cold". This is neither pros nor cons, it is just so, may like it or not. Maybe too easy to hate for those 10 years ago have spent €2000 for the Canon 1.2 II, who knows!
Cons:Weight and footprint superior to the competition, filters 86mm, AF "mysterious"
Opinion:This is an excellent optics and not only for sharpness but for all aspects of image quality for a bright. Hard to do without after trying it for a few days. It needs fine calibration with usb dock but then, at 90%, it's fine. The residual problems, at least on 6d2, are exclusively related to the AF, it is usually perfect, even at TA but suddenly it can go wrong without being able to understand why or at what juncture. The optics are so great that I do not intend to do without it for this, if it is on "day no" I go live view and the shots are even better than the best in AF . I must say that with the 6d2 and its articulated display it is not a big problem to use this mode indeed, once used "out of necessity" I tend to use it often as an already excellent image quality becomes excellent in 100% of cases. Update: contrary to what I thought in the end I had to do without it, the weight, size and uncertainties on the AF convinced me to give it up., for the moment I remain with the excellent 85/1.8Canon from 300 euros. With the 5D4, sooner or later I'll try again.
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