Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Nikon F - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

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.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Portraits, Sports/action, Weddings and more.The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (80),Strong construction (72),Nice bokeh (67),Durable (50),Consistent output (48),Rugged (43),Easily interchangeable (36),Lightweight (12),Sharpness (4),Sharp (4)
Heavy (33),Blurry focus (11),Slow focus (9),Weak casing (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (58),Night photography (53),Weddings (46),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 (12),Semi-professional (7),Enthusiast (5),Casual photographer (3),Photography student (3)

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM 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.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Specifications

Focal Length
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 75 mm
Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance
1.48' (45cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Image Stabilization
Tripod Collar
Filter Thread
Dimensions (DxL)
3.3 x 2.7" (8.38 x 6.86cm)
1.11 lb (505g)
Mfr #

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


It is my walking-around lens.

I like this lens. Lights are distributed evenly from corner to corner of my photographs. There is no light fall off or any vignetting. I left the “cons” items unchecked because I really could not find any. The closest thing that could be a "con" is the size of the lens. But, hey, it has a lens filter size of 77mm in diameter. It is supposed to be big. However, it is my lightest lens with a 77mm filter size, and I several lenses of the same filter size. I would recommend this lens to any p...

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I like this lens. Lights are distributed evenly from corner to corner of my photographs. There is no light fall off or any vignetting. I left the “cons” items unchecked because I really could not find any. The closest thing that could be a "con" is the size of the lens. But, hey, it has a lens filter size of 77mm in diameter. It is supposed to be big. However, it is my lightest lens with a 77mm filter size, and I several lenses of the same filter size. I would recommend this lens to any photographer who does available light photography.

Reviewed by 102 customers


I love it


from New york  -  Pro Photographer

I got from adorma this lens just geat


A standard fast prime lens everyone should have.


from Hampton, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens mostly for street photography.


Fantastic 50mm - no joke


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.


Amazing sharpness and performance


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


Fantastic Art Piece


from Boston, MA

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


The BEST purchase that I've made


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.


Sharp Lens with set backs


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.


Finally! A Canon 50mm f/1.4 Replacement


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).


Blown away


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)


Hard to beat


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.


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DOUGLAS C  awesome bokeh
Sue C  will this lens work with a Nikon d80?
Shopper  does it work with full-frame camera?
MARC H  I have an APS-C camera and do not know if it will work with a FF camera It is a terrific lens
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