Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Nikon AF Cameras - USA Warranty

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Sigma 85mm F/1.4: Picture 1 regular $969.00

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 Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Portraits, Sports/action, 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:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (36),Nice bokeh (33),Strong construction (32),Consistent output (28),Durable (22),Rugged (15),Easily interchangeable (12),Lightweight (5)
Cons:
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

Construction
11 Elements in 8 Groups
Angle of view
28.6°
F stop range
1.4-16
Closest Focusing Distance
85cm / 33.5"
Maximum Magnification
1:8.6
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
84.7x87.6 mm / 3.3x3.4 in
Weight
NA
Mfr #
320306
SKU
SG8514NKAF

Sigma 85mm F/1.4 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 50 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

At this price... you can't go wrong !

As [@] said : "We rarely publish uncompromising opinions in our summaries but here it would be difficult not to include one. Providing you own a Nikon or Sony reflex camera I personally don't see any reason why you should buy any brand-name 1.4/85 lenses. The Sigma is cheaper, better and it comes with a longer guarantee – as simple as that. You must be really very infatuated with "Zeiss" or "Nikkor" magical words to prefer their lenses to the Sigma."

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Still do not have a good copy

I have had to return this lens 4 times now to Adorama because they continue sending me copies that consistently back focus. This is a significant problems on a F1.4 lens where the depth of field is already paper thin. To the lens' credit, it is very sharp stopped down to 5.6 or so, when the back focusing issues are not as apparent. Adorama's customer support has been horrible and inconsistent with half the customer service agents assuring me that they would inspect the lens carefully for bac...

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I have had to return this lens 4 times now to Adorama because they continue sending me copies that consistently back focus. This is a significant problems on a F1.4 lens where the depth of field is already paper thin. To the lens' credit, it is very sharp stopped down to 5.6 or so, when the back focusing issues are not as apparent. Adorama's customer support has been horrible and inconsistent with half the customer service agents assuring me that they would inspect the lens carefully for back focusing issues before shipping it as a replacement. The other half of the agents tell me they NEVER open any merchandise before sending it out. Either way, I do not have a working copy of the lens and am very frustrated with Sigma. This focusing issue is very common and unless you have the time and patience to indefinitly exchange lens, don't bother.

Reviewed by 50 customers

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By

from Ellicott City, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

Regular basis

 
5.0

excellent lens

By

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

 
4.0

Nice portrait lens

By

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.

 
4.0

Like this lens

By

from San Diego  -  Photo Enthusiast

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

 
5.0

Excelent

By

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.

 
5.0

Sigma did it again....

By

from Madison, WI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very fast very Sharp lens great for portraits and weddings

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Can't compete with Nikon

By

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)

 
5.0

Good lens?

By

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)

 
1.0

Shipped w/ defective motor

By

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)

 
5.0

Excellent Product.

By

from Maryland  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Every day photography

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terri g  Considering this lens to use with my D7000 for outdoor sports of my children who play a lot of night games of soccer and softball. How does it work outdoors at night under stadium lights?
MEGAN C  I love my lens, and yes, it works well at night and would be great for your children! I use it mainly on my D800, but have used it on the D7000 and love it!
terri g  I am trying to decide on a faster zoom lens or this one. I can't make my mind up. What do you think?
Cindy G  I have a D7000 and am considering this lens to add to my mix. is this a AFS lens? I have never bought anything other than Nikon... with the exception of a Tamaron which went directly back to the store. Thank you..
STEVE W  Yes. Sigma calls it HSM, Hyper Sonic Motor. This lens is wonderful. Focus fast, silent and SHARP!!!
Shopper  will this lens work with my D800E?
JOSEPH K  Worked beautifully on my D800!
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