Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras - USA Warranty

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About Sigma 85mm F/1.4

Sigma's New 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens is a large aperture medium telephoto lens optimized for use with digital SLR cameras and is especially ideal for portrait and low light photography.

Designed with SLD glass and a glass mold element excellent color correctionis achieved for all types of aberrations and superior optical performance is ensured. It is equipped with a rear focus system that minimized fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing and the Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting even in backlight photography.

HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed autofocus capability and the round 9 blade diaphragm creates pleasant out-of-focus highlights.

It comes with a Petal-type hood to block out extraneous light. For digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, a dedicated hood adapter, which expands the length of the lens hood is supplied and enables the hood to block out extraneous light more effectively.

The Sigma 85mm F/1.4 is commonly used for Low light, Night photography, Weddings and more.The Sigma 85mm F/1.4 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sigma 85mm F/1.4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sigma 85mm F/1.4: 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 (36),Nice bokeh (33),Strong construction (32),Consistent output (28),Durable (22),Rugged (15),Easily interchangeable (12),Lightweight (5)
Heavy (9),Slow focus (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (39),Weddings (35),Night photography (19),Portraits (12),Sports/action (10),Landscape/scenery (8),Video (4),Wildlife photos (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (26),Photo enthusiast (17),Pro photographer (5)

Sigma 85mm F/1.4 Features

  • Designed for use with full frame digital cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 127.5mm with most cameras
  • HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensure a quiet, high speed autofocus and full-time manual focusing capability
  • SLD (Special low Dispersion) glass element and glass mold elements for superior optical performance
  • Minimum focusing distance of 33.5"

Sigma 85mm F/1.4 Specifications

11 Elements in 8 Groups
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
85cm / 33.5"
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
84.7x87.6 mm / 3.3x3.4 in
Mfr #

Sigma 85mm F/1.4 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Rivals the Canon 85mm f/1.2 in Every Way

I'll just copypasta an answer I gave about this lens already: [The Canon 85mm f/1.8 and the Sigma 85mm f/1.4] aren't even in the same ballpark. The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is more equally compared to the Canon 85mm f/1.2 II. Great sharpness even wide open, beautiful bokeh, [and] great colors. In my opinion, the Canon 85mm f/1.2 II beats the Sigma in produced colors, is about even on bokeh with a SLIGHT upper-hand, and is actually worse in AF speed and sharpness until about f/2.8. However, if you're ...

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I'll just copypasta an answer I gave about this lens already: [The Canon 85mm f/1.8 and the Sigma 85mm f/1.4] aren't even in the same ballpark. The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is more equally compared to the Canon 85mm f/1.2 II. Great sharpness even wide open, beautiful bokeh, [and] great colors. In my opinion, the Canon 85mm f/1.2 II beats the Sigma in produced colors, is about even on bokeh with a SLIGHT upper-hand, and is actually worse in AF speed and sharpness until about f/2.8. However, if you're not shooting on a full-frame camera, the Canon 85mm f/1.8 is actually a very good option. Since a crop sensor hits the sweet spot of a lens, the Canon 85mm f/1.8 shines. It has faster autofocus than the other two and, thanks to the sweet spot effect, is almost on par in bokeh and beats them both in sharpness until f/2.5 or so. Summary: If it's a crop sensor OR you're looking for lightning-fast AF for sports or the like, Canon 85mm f/1.8 is a great choice. For full-frame users, the Canon 85mm f/1.8 is out-shined by the Sigma f/1.4 and Canon f/1.2 in every way except AF speed. For price compared to quality, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is the real winner - being almost on par or better in every way as the Canon 85mm f/1.2 II, it becomes a question of if you're willing to pay double for an arguably small and limited marginal increase in quality.

Reviewed by 50 customers


Great Lens!


from Ellicott City, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

Regular basis


excellent lens


from Yachats OR  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Used this lens for the first time at Thanksgiving, in very low light, wide open. Even though I was still getting used to the lens, the images turned out stunning. Extremely clear and crisp where in focus, and nice bokeh. Focus acquisition is a little slower than for my 70-200/2.8, but I'd expect that for a f/1.4 lens


Nice portrait lens


from CT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have just purchased this but I had demoed it before deciding to buy it. It is a very nice portrait lens and very fast at f1.4. I took some shots at f1.4, f2, etc. and was amazed at how sharp they were. It was also much less costly than Canon's 85mm lens.


Like this lens


from San Diego  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works well on my full frame camera. Will make a great companian lens to the Sigma 35mm, 1.4.




from Santiago, Chile  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I really love this lens, I use it for kids portraits and it works great. Perfect focus, lovely bokeh.


Sigma did it again....


from Madison, WI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very fast very Sharp lens great for portraits and weddings

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Can't compete with Nikon


from Illinois  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this lens to replace a very old Nikon 85mm f/1.4D, which I was planning to keep as a backup. The Sigma is just ok. There is nothing awful about it, but the focus seems a little slower and slightly less accurate than the Nikon. I had hoped for faster focus than my old lens. The bokeh is also not nearly as pleasing as the Nikon (in my opinion).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Good lens?


from Spring Hill, KS  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I am not a fan of third party, off brand lens' but over the last 40 years I have bought some and tried some more. After reading mostly good views of this lens. I decided to give one a try. After all it is the best side of a grand cheaper. It is not an "L" lens but it is close. Don't think you are getting one because you are not. You will be getting outstanding optics and rugged build. Not weather resistant. The imagines are spectacular and my copy has worked perfectly right from the box. I use a 1D Mk III and a 5D Mk II. You get a hood with a sorta silly extender for use on a APS-C sensor camera. No extender for the APS-H sensor, however. Nice padded case that serves as the shipping protection. I can recommend the Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX without hesitation.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Shipped w/ defective motor


from Tx  -  Photo Enthusiast

Read many good things but lens was shipped w/ a defective focus motor. I will be returning it and asking for an exchange. I hope the next one works.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Product.


from Maryland  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Every day photography


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Wayne M  great lens
Shopper  Will this work on a 5D Mark 11 full frame?
LEW T  Yes, this lens works great on a 5D Mark II. That's what I'm using it with.
Shopper  I have a canon rebel EOS...will this be a perfect lens for this body?
BRIAN B  I own this lens and have used it on both a Canon 1Ds MKIII and recently a Canon 5D MKIII. It should work fine on your camera although with a 1.6 crop factor it will be in essence a 135mm lens. There is no such thing as one "perfect" lens. Some lenses are of better quality than others but the most important thing is matching the lens to the photographic situation at hand. I've used mine primarily for indoor, relatively low light situations because it's so much faster (f/1.4) than any zoom lens available (f/2.8 at best).

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