Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Auto Focus Lens Kit, for Maxxum & Sony Alpha Mount. (*Auto Focus only if body supports HSM) with Tiffen 77mm UV Filter, Lens Cap Leash, Professional Lens Cleaning

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About Sigma 50mm F/1.4

This is a large aperture prime lens with a standard focal length of 50mm, ideal for all digital SLR cameras. This lens has superior peripheral brightness even at the maximum aperture and corrects a possible sagittal coma flare.

This lens is perfectly suited for a wide range of subjects enabling outstanding, sharply defined images against a nicely blurred background. The fast, F1.4 aperture makes this lens desirable for use with Digital SLR cameras.

This lens effectively becomes an 80mm medium telephoto lens on digital cameras with APS-C size image sensors. The optimum optical design and molded glass aspherical lens element provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations.

The super multi-layer lens coating reduces fare and ghosting. Superior optical performance is also ensured throughout the focusing range. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 45cm (17.7") and has maximum magnification of 1:7.4.

It creates a very attractive blur, even when a small aperture is used. This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed AF* as well as full-time manual focus override.

Please Note: * If the camera body does not support HSM, auto focus will not be available. (will work on manual)

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (79),Strong construction (71),Nice bokeh (66),Durable (49),Consistent output (47),Rugged (42),Easily interchangeable (35),Lightweight (11),Sharpness (4),Sharp (4)
Cons:
Heavy (33),Blurry focus (11),Slow focus (9),Weak casing (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (58),Night photography (53),Weddings (45),Landscape/scenery (28),Sports/action (16),General purpose (13),Video (13),Portraits (11),Landscape photography (7),Portrait (5),Special effects (4),Wildlife photos (4) Travel (4),Upgrade (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (34),Semi-pro photographer (25),Pro photographer (11),Semi-professional (7),Enthusiast (5),Casual photographer (3),Photography student (3)

Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Features

  • Large Aperature, standard prime lens, has superior peripheral brightness and corrects the sagittal coma fare
  • Standard lens with large maximum aperture of F1.4.
  • Creates sharp images with high contrast and ensures superior peripheral brightness
  • Incorporates molded glass aspherical lens, perfectly correcting coma aberration and creating superior image quality.
  • Super multi-layer lens coating reduces fare and ghosting.
  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensuring silent, high-speed AF.
  • * If the camera body does not support HSM, auto focus will not be available.

Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Specifications

Minimum Focusing Distance:
45cm/17.7in
Focusing:

HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) quiet, high-speed AF
Full-time manual focus override
Focal length:
50mm
Maximum Aperture
f/1.4
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Angle of View
46.8°
Lens Construction
6 groups 8 elements
Maximum Magnification Ratio
1:7.4
Filter Diameter
77mm
Diaphragm Blades
9 pcs
Standard Accessory
Hood, Case
Weight:
520g/18.3oz.
Dimensions:
84.5mm x 68.2mm / 3.3in x 2.7in

Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 101 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

WOW!!!

This is an amazing lens. I know some people who think I was crazy for paying so much more for this Sigma than I would have for the Sony 50/1.4 but it was worth every extra cent. And I would buy it again in a heartbeat. It's fast, super fast. It's sharp, super sharp. It's so quiet it makes my other lenses sound like power drills. And the results, well I've never been more pleased with a lens. This should be the industry standard for a 50mm prime lens.

Reviewed by 101 customers

 
4.0

A standard fast prime lens everyone should have.

By

from Hampton, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens mostly for street photography.

 
5.0

Fantastic 50mm - no joke

By

from NYC  -  Pro Photographer

I have to admit, in the more than 30-years I've been a professional commercial/advertising photographer, I have, generally, always been brand loyal. In my case, that's Canon. For years, I used the Canon 50/1.4 (going through two of them) and replaced my second one with the Canon 50/1.2. I have to say, for the past three years I've owned that lens, I've been underwhelmed. I've always felt the adage was true -- almost any lens is sharpest 1-1/2 to 2 stops from maximum aperture. Sadly, this was never the case with my 50. I had to stop down to at least 5.0/5.6 to get decent sharpness across the frame, which negates the reason to own a fast, expensive. It was time for a change. I decided to rent the Sigma 50/1.4 three different times to use on three different shoots, because of the various reviews I'd read. Each time I was impressed by the sharp images the lens delivered. If there is a negative, it's slight. I discovered the the lens is perhaps about 1/3 stop (maybe 1/4 stop) darker in exposure than my other Canon lenses at any given value. (95% of the time, I shoot on manual, so you see the difference. This is not the case when used on "Av".) So, the true transmission value is less than the nominal f1.4. Not a huge deal, but worth noting. What IS worth noting is that the lens is quite sharp at 2.5 to 2.8 -- much more so than my Canon. My only other potential reservation is servicing. I know what I have with Canon (I'm a CPS member), but I hope I won't have to send the lens to Sigma. From what I've heard, though, they've much improved their repair support over the years and turnaround is relatively fast. An additional note: buy the Sigma Lens Optimizer (for focus tuning). I haven't had to use it on my bodies, but it's peace of mind to know that I can fine tune the lens if needed. Buy this lens. You won't be disappointed with the quality -- both optically and build.

 
5.0

Amazing sharpness and performance

By

from Washington  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Using the lens for professional model portfolio shoots, senior portraits, etc. Amazing sharpness and focus performance on the Canon 6D

 
5.0

Fantastic Art Piece

By

from Boston, MA

Great ergonomics & art work for artists. I use it at events to capture various items (rings, floral exquisite floral arrangements, etc).

 
5.0

The BEST purchase that I've made

By

from Phoenix, AZ

I purchased the Sigma Art 50mm specifically for boudoir photography, and it did not disappoint. The lens is crisp and clean. I love how my images turn out. It's a fast lens, and is a great addition to my equipment. I was hesitant to purchase it because of the piece, but I am so sorry that I did. I highly recommend this glass.

 
4.0

Sharp Lens with set backs

By

from Findlay, Oh

I use this on my Canon 6d. This is by far the sharpest lens I've ever used. It doesn't focus as sharp on the outer edges. When you use your outer focus points, it struggles to keep up with Canon's L series lenses. But overall I would recommend this lens as a cheaper alternative to the Canon 50mm 1.2L.

 
5.0

Finally! A Canon 50mm f/1.4 Replacement

By

from Atlanta, GA

USE: Everything and anything for low-light and dramatic day-time photography. PROS: Spectacular MTF optical clarity like the Zeiss. Beautiful bokeh. Great build and ergonomics. No plastic feel. Solid and accurate internal focus system. Great advantage over the Canon 50mm f/1.4. Wider field of view than the Canon 50mm f/1.4. CONS: Much longer and heavier than the Canon 50mm f/1.4; however, given the optical improvements, the size naturally has to increase in order to output the proper results (so not really anything to complain about).

 
5.0

Blown away

By

from Ohio

The Bokeh is extra creamy, and this lens is the sharpest one I've ever used. Canon 6d Portraits

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hard to beat

By

from Maine

I recently purchased this based on discussion forums and test results. It replaces a Nikon 50 1.4G. While I only have a couple hundred snaps with it, I can safely say that the focus speed is faster than the 50 1.4G and it is sharper in every situation. Particularly sharp at 1.4 vs the Nikon. Bokeh is surprisingly good, especially with a near subject and distant background. It may not have the super soft bokeh look of the Nikon 58 1.4 but it is quite fine. From what I can tell, bokeh depends on aperture and subject distance and you may want to read objective comparisons (if you can find them) on the subject. I will say that I like the bokeh more than the 50 1.4G. Sharpness? Really can't be beat at this focal length except the manual focus Zeiss Otus. I love it for informal portraits and find myself gravitating toward it more and more. While it is big for a 50, it balances nicely with a D800. Some complain about the 77mm filter but I have many large lenses with that same size so it is a plus for me.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good

By

from Concord Twp. Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

Purchase use. Very good from F/2.2. Front focus 1.4-2.0. After 2.2 have litle back focus. From f4 focus is perfect. Work very well in life view with Canon 60D. Mutch better than Canon 50/1.8.Very happy.

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r y  can you verify that this will work on an a99? there were hsm issues with this lens before. thanks!
MICHAEL G  I have the A65 so I can't verify. I did call the factory direct to confirm it would work prior to purchase. The answer was yes and they were correct. It does work with the A65.
Shopper  ls the Sony Alpha mount the same as the E-MOunt? will it fit onto an NEX cam? Specifically a NEX-EA50UH
PAUL Y  No, it's a different Mount but I believe there's an adapter.
Socrates T  Socrates: I have an old sony alpha A550, will this lens functions compatible with my camera? Thanks!
CAMERON C  I use this lens on both my Sony a850 and a77, the former being full-frame and the latter an APS-C sensor (like your a550). This lens is definitely compatible with both styles of camera and blows the Sony versions out of the water for quality. I use it for fashion photography (detail shots, etc.) and it has delivered excellent images. You're going to get a cropped image with your a550 similar to the view at about 75mm. This lens has 8 contact points and should support all of your camera functions.
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