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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF

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Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Molded Glass Aspherical Element
  • Three Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Floating System & Large Diameter Design
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

The Canon EF mount Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens is a fast standard-length prime designed to achieve high optical performance through the incorporation of both three Special Low Dispersion glass elements and one molded glass aspherical element. These elements, coupled with an advanced optical design, work to minimize sagittal coma flare and chromatic aberrations in order to provide high image sharpness and clarity. The lens' large diameter and floating system also help to correct for vignetting to ensure maintained peripheral brightness. A Super Multi Coating has been applied to lens elements, too, to reduce flare and ghosting for higher contrast and color fidelity.

A Hyper Sonic AF Motor, along with an optimized AF algorithm, produces quiet, smooth, and fast autofocus performance that benefits this lens' use in a wide variety of situations. This AF motor also permits full-time manual focusing control for refined precision by simply turning the focus ring at any time.

Sigma Global Vision - Art
As part of the Art line within Sigma's Global Vision series, this lens' is designed to achieve truly notable optical performance and is ideally suited for creative and artistic applications.
Molded Glass Aspherical Element
This lens has been designed using an advanced optical structure to achieve both high resolution and sharpness along with an aesthetic out-of-focus quality for greater subject separation. A molded glass aspherical element corrects for sagittal coma flare and enables full use of the fast f/1.4 maximum aperture with maintained sharpness and clarity. This design also works to minimize vignetting, color blur, and other distortions help to produce natural and pleasing bokeh for selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques. By reducing these aberrations, this lens is also well-suited to astrophotography or other situations with point-light sources due to its ability to suppress blur near the edges of the frame.
Special Low Dispersion Glass Elements
Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements have been incorporated within the lens design to correct for axial chromatic aberration throughout the entire focusing range. This helps to ensure maintained image sharpness, clarity, and contrast regardless of focus point or aperture setting.
Large Diameter Lens
In designing the lens with a large 85.4mm diameter, and placing the widest elements within the front group, greater peripheral brightness is more easily attained when working with larger apertures. This design also lends itself to minimizing vignetting throughout the aperture range for greater clarity and detail across the image frame.
Super Multi-Layer Coating
A Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to lens elements in order to minimize lens flare and ghosting and contribute to producing contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery, even in backlit conditions.
Floating System
By employing a floating system, the distance between glass elements is adjusted during focusing in order to limit the amount of lens movement required when shooting. This floating system helps to realize a minimum focusing distance of 1.3' with a maximum magnification of 1:5.6. Additionally, this design also contributes to high detail rendering capabilities throughout the entire focusing range.
Hyper Sonic AF Motor
The integrated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) realizes quick and quiet autofocusing, which is further complemented by an optimized AF algorithm to produce smoother focusing performance. The HSM also permits full-time manual focus control simply by rotating the focus ring at any time.
Other Lens Features
  • A rounded nine-blade diaphragm helps to produce an attractive out-of-focus quality.
  • The lens is constructed using a Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material, along with traditional metals, for greater precision and use in wide temperature variations. The outside of the lens barrel is also engraved with the year of production.
  • The bayonet mount is constructed from brass for ensured accuracy and durability.
  • The included lens hood is fitted with a rubber connection for a secure fit.
  • This lens is compatible with the optional Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuning different lens characteristics and updating its firmware.
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 46.8°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.31' (40 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5.6
Elements/Groups 13/8
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Features
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.36 x 3.93" (85.4 x 99.9 mm)
Weight 1.79 lb (815 g)
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF
  • LCF III 77mm Front Lens Cap
  • LCR II Rear Lens Cap for Canon EF
  • LH830-02 Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects
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    Sigma50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF
     
    4.8

    (based on 36 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (31)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (26)
    • Strong construction (23)
    • Consistent output (17)
    • Durable (16)

    Cons

    • Heavy (11)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (26)
    • Night photography (20)
    • Weddings (19)
    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Sports/action (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (17), Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5), Casual photographer (3)
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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceptional lens for the bucks!

    By Bold Runner

    from Arlington, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

      It took over two months to receive this lens but it was well worth the wait! It takes exceptional high resolution images!

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      5.0

      Excellent

      By Jay

      from Southern CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

          The image quality of this lens is as expected, based on the countless reviews that we have all read. The AF is fast and smooth, especially when compared to the Canon 50mm 1.4. It's not as fast as my 70-200, but impressively close. The design and construction is beautiful, and the lens hood snaps on with good precision. An interesting first impression when mounting the lens, however...the mount was a bit clunky compared to my Canon Ls, and very clunky compared to my Zeiss lens. Guess it doesn't matter much, but I expected more precision, especially since I never heard any other gripes about it. Either way, it doesn't have any adverse impact on image quality, so I don't really care. Regarding the weight, I never get hung up on it...I actually like the feel of heavier equipment. If it's light, people complain it feels cheap, and if it's heavy, people complain it's too heavy. My kids might have a problem with the weight, but as an adult, I think it's a silly gripe. All-in-all an impressive lens that I plan to keep on my camera as much as possible.

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          5.0

          Very sharp, nice contrast

          By Linda

          from Pa.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

          I am using this lens with a Canon 5D Mark III. It is fast to focus, beautiful colors and contrast.

          The construction of the lens is very solid. Lens comes with a nice case and lens hood.

          I bought the dock, but did not have a need to use it yet. It is a bit large and heavy, but you will have that with a high quality lens.

          I have attached two photos, one of my 11 month old afghan hound, Bella, camera settings, 1/500 sec., f/8.0, ISO 250. The other is to show the shallow DOF, camera settings, 1/8000 sec., f/1.4,ISO 100. Both photos were centered, cropped and reduced using Lightroom. Minimum sharpening was applied.

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          5.0

          Very Sharp and clear images

          By DSP1004

          from FULLERTON CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

          This great lens as my main using taking pictures
          I really like and recommend who looking for sharp images

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          5.0

          Well worth the price

          By KermittheHermit

          from Madison, WI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

          Paired with a full-frame 5DM3 -

          My sample is perfectly usable at f/1.4, but the sharpness is not breathtaking. There is a bit of spectral highlight coma in the corners in night-time street shots, as well as pronounced vignetting that detracts at times (depends on the subject and composition).

          Stop down a single notch to just f/1.6, and the sharpness leaps into amazing territory from edge to edge and keeps getting better and better until around f/5.

          Stop down to f/2 and coma and vignetting issues are effectively resolved. This is my most used aperture.

          For practical purposes, chromatic aberrations and distortion are of no concern. Amazing performance!

          Perfect? Not quite....

          * The 50mm ART is heavy to the point where I have to lean on something in order to get good results handheld unless the light is very bright. Yes, I wish it was stabilized.
          * The lens doesn't balance well on a tripod with a 5DM3 unless the head takes an Arca-Swiss style plate.
          * The pinch cap often falls off and the hood doesn't screw on tight.
          * Background bokeh is very good, but not as creamy smooth as the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro; my reference lens. Foreground bokeh can be a little harsh at times, so you have to be careful what ends up in front of the plane of focus.
          * No weather sealing. Would it have been that difficult to add a gasket?
          * Focusing speed is above average for a portrait lens, but not fast enough for action. No surprise here.

          The advantages of the 50mm ART far outweigh the shortcomings and it is a bargain for the IQ. If Sigma comes out with a 135mm f/2 this good, I will buy it in a heartbeat.

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          5.0

          Unbelievably great!

          By Trevor

          from Tucson, AZ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

            I wrote a lengthy review below from "CT" from when I used it for a solid day upon its arrival. This would be my update to that.
            The lens is even sharper than my initial impressions made it out to be. I still wouldn't say that at f/1.4 its as sharp as the Canon 135L at f/2, but at f/1.8, the Sigma has made up the ground. Absolutely unbelievable! The bokeh is creamy, soft, and wonderful. I cannot get enough of this lens. It is everything you hope it is and more. Perhaps a little CA at f/1.4 (see the Audi picture attached and focus on the Audi symbol), but nothing outrageous. I don't see how you can buy this and be disappointed!

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            5.0

            Best 50mm I've ever used.

            By Matthew Johnson Photo

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                Just got the lens but am really impressed so far. I've used the Canon 1.4 and 1.2L and this lens is definitely sharper than either of them. The autofocus is quick and quiet and the color and contrast are a notch above my Canon lenses.

                The Canon lenses really stood up well to heavy use so hopefully the Sigma can match up there but the build quality looks really nice.

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                5.0

                A new Friend on the Block

                By TWIMC

                from NEW HARBOR ME>

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                My son says its a great lens... so it must be !

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Cisco316

                from Menifee Ca

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                  I use this lens for weddings, journalistic photography.
                  Very sharp lens, great color,
                  The build quality is impressive but the lens cap is super cheap and plasticy. Not a big deal. I am glad I got this one over the canon 50mm 1.2

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                  5.0

                  Best 50mm We have Used

                  By Dmart Films

                  from Absecon, NJ

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                  We rented just about every 50mm EF lens available to use for video on our Canon 5D Mk III and Canon C100. We normally always shoot with Canon L glass but were unhappy with the results of the 50 1.2L so we rented most of the available 50's out there. We were just about sold on the Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro but we saw all the great reviews of the new Sigma Art serries 35mm and the rumor that a 50mm was soon coming, so we waited to try it. We rented the lens for a weekend shoot and I placed my order to buy the lens before the shoot was even over.The color, contrast of the lens is beautifull, and the sharpness even wide open is amazing. The build quality is equal to the Canon L series, although not weather sealed. However it is big and heavy. For VIDEO it's the auto focus is not the fastest we use, but we do not use auto focus that often anyway.We use our 50's a lot and this so far has not let us down in the few weeks we have ha with it.

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                  4.0

                  A nifty fifty

                  By K.L. Jeffrey

                  from Vancouver, WA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                  Tack sharp, and built out of what I can only assume is the same material they use for airplane black boxes. It's a smidge heavy (it weighs the same as the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L, to give you a comparison), but if that doesn't bother you then this lens is a winner. I have heard that you need to pick up some sort of calibration dock from Sigma; this might explain why my autofocus seems a little slow at times.

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                  5.0

                  Wow.. Best 50mm out there

                  By GET BUCKSAUCED!!!

                  from San Diego

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                  I've owned the Canon 1.8, 1.4, and rented the 1.2L.. Finally an updated 50mm for Canon DSLRs!!! This thing is wicked sharp, great bokeh, fast focusing. I was really irritated to wait almost 3 months for my copy but it's totally worth it!!! Watch out Canon, if Sigma keeps this up (I also got the Sigma 35mm Art) I may be getting more primes (24, 85mm). Less than Canon equivalent, sharper = no brainer. I haven't done the micro adjust yet, but based on my first shoot, I don't think I need to.. Results far better than the Canon 50mm lenses I've used.

                  Ok.. So it's not small and lightweight, but neither is the 5d Mk III it sits on. I don't care. If I needed super lightweight, I'd go with a micro 4/3 system (which I may get in the future to supplement my Canon gear).

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                  5.0

                  Amazing

                  By ultrasound

                  from Sant Fe, NM

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Contrast And Shrpness
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                    Mostly for landscapes and portraits. The lens is a surprise. We've all seen the reviews, but what you can't really assess until you try it is the amazing sharpness and contrast even on a monitor. You can actually tell there is something unusual and special here. It seems like the same vibrance I get from my 300 mm f2.8 is l2. There is just nothing like it in this focal range.

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                    5.0

                    canon take note

                    By doug1408

                    from mililani, HI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                      waited and waited for canon to come up with something better than their current 50mm 1.4 and a lot less than the 50mm 1.2
                      i love my canon stuff but they missed the train on this one....sigma, who i never ever gave a second thought to, just blew the doors off of this lens...it's what everyone is saying...everything is 5 star, except no weather sealing...not a big deal for me..color rendition, sharpness, quick focus, solid build and the list goes on...great bokeh and although a little weighty on my 5dmk11, i find it comparable to one of my zooms and hence, it feels normal...great looking and the finish is flawless...and here's a few bonuses, you get a nicely formed padded bag, with zipper, and a bayonet lens hood to boot...with canon, you get a cheap flannel bag to put your expensive lens in and no lens hood...canon, i love your products...please take note of how it should be done....sigma is building a reputation that will have people talking...

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                      5.0

                      Nearly as sharp as the 135L wide open

                      By CT

                      from Tucson, AZ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                        I finally received my copy after two months of waiting just this morning, and after seven hours and hundreds of photos, I'll report my preliminary findings (with photos attached):Handling: I typically shoot with either a kit lens (24-105 f/4L), the 135 f/2L, or the 40 f/2.8, and the Sigma, while the heaviest, doesn't feel particularly out of place. Its fractionally heavier than the 135, and similar to the 24-70 f/2.8L ii. It feels exceptionally well built, looks stunning, and balances nicely on my 6D. In terms of design, it stands out while being subtle. The focus ring has good resistance. I don't typically use hoods, but the Sigma's looks really good. It is not weather-sealed.Autofocus:This was the one area that concerned me. I have read enough reviews on this and Sigma's 35mm Art to know that AF is the one potentially dodgy area. I did an AF test to see if micro-adjustments were necessary, and the AF was spot on. Outside, it performed well. It can make the tiniest bit of noise, and can hunt for focus a little more than my 135, but I am tremendously pleased overall.Performance & Comparisons:To my eye, it is extremely sharp wide open. On a brief shoot with a friend using his Canon 5Dm3 and 50 1.2L, there was no comparison. The Sigma, though half a stop slower, is substantially sharper. That should come as no surprise as it is a significantly newer design, and the Canon seems to have been designed for wonderful bokeh first and sharpness second. Back in my house I did some handheld comparisons to the 135 to see how sharp it was. The 135 has the reputation of being one of, if not the sharpest Canon lens at its widest aperture. At f/1.4, the Sigma approaches the 135 in sharpness, which is no small feat. Stop it down to f/2, and the Sigma is sharper to my eye. It is incredible! The Sigma has pleasing bokeh, with perfectly rounded bokeh balls. I also found the vignette to be nice, and both correctable in post or eliminated substantially by f/2.Wrap-up:I've had it for less than a day, but I'm completely sold. Sigma's Art line has its second clear winner. I don't see this glass leaving my 6D very often. If my opinions change, I'll be sure to update my review.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent

                        By Jay

                        from Southern CA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Mount Is A Little Clunky

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                          The image quality of this lens is as expected, based on the countless reviews that we have all read. The AF is fast and smooth, especially when compared to the Canon 50mm 1.4. It's not as fast as my 70-200, but impressively close. The design and construction is beautiful, and the lens hood snaps on with good precision. An interesting first impression when mounting the lens, however...the mount was a bit clunky compared to my Canon Ls, and very clunky compared to my Zeiss lens. Guess it doesn't matter much, but I expected more precision, especially since I never heard any other gripes about it. Either way, it doesn't have any adverse impact on image quality, so I don't really care. Regarding the weight, I never get hung up on it...I actually like the feel of heavier equipment. If it's light, people complain it feels cheap, and if it's heavy, people complain it's too heavy. My kids might have a problem with the weight, but as an adult, I think it's a silly gripe. All-in-all an impressive lens that I plan to keep on my camera as much as possible.

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                          5.0

                          Best 50mm on the Market

                          By Max

                          from Montreal, Canada

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Sharp
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                          I was eagerly awaiting the release of this lens and wouldn't stop reading pre-release reviews. This lens lives up to the maximum optical quality that Sigma is promising with its new Art series. I used to use the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and even tried the 1.2. Wide open, this lens will beat either of them stopped down to f/2. The vignetting is natural and smooth, aberrations are minimal and barely noticeable and the focus is super fast and accurate.

                          Warning, the lens is rather heavy, and might seem out of place on smaller cameras like the Rebel series, but the performance makes it all worth it.

                          The price is absolutely unbeatable for this kind of quality!

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                          4.0

                          Sharp for video

                          By rafa

                          from San Diego, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Rugged
                          • Shaprness
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                          Really sharp and well build lens. The autofocus is a little bit slow but acceptable.

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                          5.0

                          Great product!

                          By Stuee

                          from Sydney, Australia

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                            Love this lens. Taking my photography to a whole new level.

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                            5.0

                            Perfect

                            By ultrasound

                            from Sant Fe, NM

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • High contrast
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Sharp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                              On my 5D 3 this lens is outstanding. We've all seen the tests, but the real world apparent sharpness, contrast, and bokeh really surprised me at how excellent it was. I did not expect to be able to detect this without careful look at pixels, but, in fact, it just jumps out at you.

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