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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F

You Pay: $949.00
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 Nikon F 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 Nikon F
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 Nikon F
  • LCF III 77mm Front Lens Cap
  • LCR II Rear Lens Cap for Nikon F
  • 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 Nikon F
     
    4.9

    (based on 42 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (30)
    • Nice bokeh (25)
    • Strong construction (24)
    • Consistent output (17)
    • Durable (16)

    Cons

    • Heavy (18)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (27)
    • Weddings (27)
    • Night photography (19)
    • Landscape/scenery (17)
    • Video (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (20), Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Non-Apologetic !!

    Alexander, Napoleon, Mohammad, Lincoln — they were that too. Great & Non-Apologetic. Personally, I think Sigma 50mm ART should apologize to Nikon, Canon, Sony and (especially) Zeiss...Read complete review

    Alexander, Napoleon, Mohammad, Lincoln — they were that too. Great & Non-Apologetic. Personally, I think Sigma 50mm ART should apologize to Nikon, Canon, Sony and (especially) Zeiss Otus. Notice I did not say "The" Zeiss Otus.I purchased Nikon 58mm at its launch (for bokeh) with the intention of also buying Zeiss Otus (for detail). I bought Nikon 58 because I own and love the Nikon 85mm f1.4 bokeh lens. I could see Nikon 58 as the increase in frame coverage that Nikon 85 is missing. In the beginning I was happy with my Nikon 58 coverage solution to the Nikon 85. But over time, I came to see that the Nikon 85 bokeh is a class better than the Nikon 58. Hence, no person owning both of those lenses would use them both. They become mutually exclusive, as in 2-interval, 2-alternative forced choice. Therefore, I sold my Nikon 58 to buy Zeiss Otus 55.Zeiss had led me to believe that only a lens made without Auto Focus could be the sharpest. I was ready to buy even though I plainly understood what Zeiss understood (but was keeping silent on): The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th most important considerations about a lens is whether that lens can capture an image. And without auto focus, that is exactly what Zeiss Otus can't do. Outside the studio, with Otus, you'll always be lucky you captured the image. Why care so much that Otus is sharp? It is impotent! Otus is made with glass elements more expensive than Gold. Too bad, so sad that that glass was made available to optics designers who didn't even have a clue. Ever shall it be that the Idea means more than the Effort. "Isn't it enough just to be beautiful?" I say no. But Zeiss think so. I took notice of "The" Sigma 50mm ART lens when it was announced. And I heard the praise over the months — praise that ranged from sharper than Otus to only a hair behind Otus. This lens is to be Otus made with Auto Focus. The Sigma isn't made of glass more expensive than gold, but what glass it is made of is back by the right Idea. And the idea makes all the difference. If you want the extra hair that Otus only "might" be, you still need The Sigma to capture those images above and beyond Otus. And such will amount to a lot of images.Some reviewers have submitted that The Sigma suffers from lack of bokeh. I've shot many comparative images against Nikon 85 and found The Sigma to be a better bokeh/coverage solution to Nikon 85 than is Nikon 58. I am wondering where that lack of bokeh which others are seeing is. I can't see it.I have shot with The Sigma in all subjection: still, motion, low light and video. I am impressed! As I see it, as far as this and that goes, The Sigma is right in the middle of "all this" and "all that". It has no limitations.Except that it is a non-apologetic knockout punch. Perhaps, in future some lens will come along and teach it proper manner.I have included 2 Basic Setting jpeg photos. The 1st is a 1:30 a.m. night photo of my street at ISO 6400, f1.4 with only street light illuminating, but without a tripod. Here, Otus might be better but only if a tripod is used. If I owned Otus, I would glad I also own Gitzo Series 5. But owning The Sigma, my Gitzo is no matter.The 2nd is a snapshot of a lady walking away. Otus could image this shot only if the lady is beyond infinity. But with The Sigma, her image capture was as easy as eating pancakes. But what is even more is this: When I zoomed in on the ladies' butt, it was more detailed than Nikon 58 could have mustered at 10' from her. Beyond Otus and above Nikon is what this lens, The Sigma 50mm Art, is all about. I seriously wonder if this lens was never designed, but rather — wished for. Experiencing The Sigma has opened my eyes to the truth. I see Zeiss Otus owners as misguided people whom are paying the highest price a human can pay in life: The price of misunderstanding.Perhaps, Zeiss is so large that it suffers from what only large companies suffer — policy that allows only "The Chosen" to submit an idea and receive credit. The greatest likelihood is Sigma ART has one man hired who knows what is between the lines and also what is beyond the end of file. And they actually give attention to that man. Incredible does occur — rarely.I submit to you this — No committee could have designed all this, The Sigma ART 50mm lens. Thank you, Nikon, for the D810. It is just the turn of event my Sigma ART needs.Kings better themselves by toppling other kings. That's the way it is. That's the way it's always been. Usually, the masses have no problem accepting the new sovereign. It's a simple case of waving Goodbye to the old crew and waving Hi to the brand new. May I say that I have paired The Sigma with The Big Stopper and I got my best looking images yet. Perhaps, Sigma Art will do something for us masses than Nikon, Zeiss, Canon, Sony would never do—give us landscapers the perfect lens, an f8 to f64. Large format guys have had this detail lens option for decades. Nothing encourages Great Expectations so much as a newly crowned King.Welcome, King Sigma ART. And for the sake of us all — may thee fair well.Zeiss, Nikon, Canon, Sony — face the dirty LowDown. You have been placed on Notice.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Don't believe the hype!

    This super sharp, contrasty, & the color is beautiful! But it just does not produce a great 50mm look. the kind of look you get from the Sigma 50mm HSM 1.4,...Read complete review

    This super sharp, contrasty, & the color is beautiful! But it just does not produce a great 50mm look. the kind of look you get from the Sigma 50mm HSM 1.4, or the Nikon 58nn 1.4 or the Canon 50mm 1.2. It's sharp, really really sharp, but the bokeh is just not there.

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    5.0

    Great quality.

    By Lebrahn

    from Austin, Texas

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

    This is a great lens. The image quality is amazing when shooting with this lens and a D750. I had to fine tune the AF in the first couple of days of shooting with it but once it was adjusted the focus has been consistent and sharp. If you're thinking about buying, go for it!

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    5.0

    Best lens I have ever used

    By Egill Bjarki

    from Hong Kong SAR

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

    Had this in Canon and Nikon mount. This is truly a gem, super sharp and uncompromising in every aspect. Please consider strongly to get the dock with it. For my Canon, no adjustments were needed, but I did need to make changes for my Nikon bodies. Might be caused my the newer Nikon bodies (D810 and D750), Sigma might not have a up to date firmware for those just yet.This is my most prized and used lens ever. Every time I get the chance, I use it. I even try to get the situation to work out so that I can use this lens!

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    5.0

    Best Lens in my case.

    By Pete

    from Austin, Tx

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

      I use a D800 for my work. I own the holy trinty, 85mm and a 10.5 from Nikon. All GREAT lens. But, I was so impressed with this lens I have found my new favorite. Before buying I tried the Zeiss 55 then the Sigma 50 1.4. I found the image quality to be equal if not better from the Sigma. The price was also $ less. Oh, I also got auto focus which is not even avaliable on the 55 Otus. I can't wait for Sigma to release a 85 1.4 in the art line-up. I will be buying that too.

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      5.0

      The Bar Has Been Raised

      By BrianDavisPhoto

      from Des Moines, IA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

        I was shooting a wedding with my Nikon 50 f/1.4 G lens and it stopped working. I needed a replacement fast and I had heard great things about the Sigma 50 Art. Needless to say I ordered one on the spot. When it arrived few days later, I tried it out and was blown away. Not only did it out perform the Nikon 50G, but it out performed every other piece of premium glass I own. This isn't simply a new lens....it's a new yardstick. Its sharpness and contrast are unlike anything I've tried and the focus is lightning fast, accurate, and whisper quiet. I'm stunned and there are no words to describe how awesome this lens is.

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        5.0

        Greatest 50mm

        By Chris Perona

        from Paris, France

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Price

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

        A really great lens with great contrast, sharpness and bokeh. a little bit heavy but it worths. The price is the only thing that you worry about.

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        5.0

        Wonderful lens!

        By Mel the Runner

        from Indianapolis, IN

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

            This lens is simply amazing.

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            5.0

            Love this lens!

            By Jonnie

            from Arizona

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

              I use this lens on a d800 and its seriously incredible. The build is really sturdy and definitely feels a lot more expensive than it actually was! I get amazingly sharpe images wide open. I constantly shoot at 1.4 or 1.8 and always have incredible results with this lens. I'm really impressed with this lens and always always always recommend it to any photographer!

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              5.0

              amazing lens

              By tiffany sanford

              from tuscaloosa alabama

              Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

              This lens was recommended to me by another photographer. I went out on a limb and bought it.. it is the sharpest lens I own. It is amazing for families of three or more. I love the way it makes the backgrounds so creamy. It was am awesome investment. My main thing that I love is ots sharpness on newborns. Highly reccomend this lens.

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              5.0

              amazing lens

              By tiffany sanford

              from tuscaloosa alabama

              Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

              This lens was recommended to me by another photographer. I went out on a limb and bought it.. it is the sharpest lens I own. It is amazing for families of three or more. I love the way it makes the backgrounds so creamy. It was am awesome investment. My main thing that I love is ots sharpness on newborns. Highly reccomend this lens.

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              5.0

              Holy Moly! I'm finally in love with a 50

              By Chris the LA wedding photographer

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

              Quick to the point. I shoot weddings. My nikon 50mm 1.4G really disappointed me and i have tried the old Sigma 1.4...that was slightly better. But this 50 focuses fast and is very very sharp. It is definitely a winner. I'm so happy i pulled the trigger and waited for it. Sigma, thank you for making me love this focal length again. A little heavy, but it is worth the image quality! Very expensive, but worth it also.

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              5.0

              your money well spent!

              By Inta G Photography

              from west palm beach, fl

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

              I'm love with this lens. unbelievable in performance and sharpness. I saw couple comments here about weight....i would suggest eat more broccoli ! Lens is not heavy . I shot boudoirs and weddings ....cant imagine how I lived without it before.

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              5.0

              Absolutely the best f/1.4 lens

              By tomcat

              from Garner, NC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Incredible sharpness

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

              As a professional, I use this lens for portraits shots, for closeups (yes it does have macro capability, even though not specified). This is the sharpest lens I have ever had on my cameras. It is unbelievable how sharp the focus is. I now use it as a replacement for my 70-200 lens because the images can be enlarged to a 200mm perspective and still be sharp!

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              5.0

              Better than Nikon

              By jamoore07

              from Columbia, SC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                  This lens is absolutely incredible for the price and for the fact that is a "3rd party" lens. It far outperforms the Nikon 50 1.4 in wide open sharpness. It did take a lot of calibrating due to front focusing on one of my D800 bodies, but once calibrated it is spot on. It is heavy, but I like that on the bigger FF bodies instead of a dinky plastic lens.

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                  5.0

                  Wow - Much better than I expected

                  By NikonThomas

                  from Nashville TN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Amazing in low light
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Super sharp

                  Cons

                  • Expensive For A 50mm
                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Location Shoots
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Single Lens Walk Arounds
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                  I've been a lifelong Nikon user and never had much use for a 50mm, much less an off-brand 50mm. I mean, what working pro would really want a cheaper, off brand lens?I'm a heavy 80-200 and 24-70 2.8 user and I wanted to purchase a Nikkor 50 1.4 g lens to use on my D800. When I started researching, I came across the Sigma 50 art and was impressed by how much everyone loved the lens. I bought on on impulse and its turned out to be my favorite lens. I'd even say its forced me to think about photography a bit different and that's a good thing. Its basic - I use it like a short zoom lens for portraits and anything that I can physically walk up to. First, it is amazingly sharp. I mean REALLY sharp. My Nikkor 80-200 2.8 is a sharp lens as is my Nikkor 60mm Micro and it blows both away - totally different level of sharpness (at least with a D800 file). Second, its fast to focus and fun to hold. It feels like a good lens - a lot like shooting with a Hasselblad 500c and an 80mm lens from back in film days. Third, did I mention how sharp it is? Its heavy and that might be an issue for some but if you want a seriously high end lens, take a look at this one. Now if they will release an 85mm 1.4 art.....

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                  5.0

                  A Super Sharp 50

                  By Sirhuckalot

                  from San Francisco Bay Area

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                      Not much else to say from whats already been posted. It's a super sharp 50mm, on par with the Zeiss Otus, heavy, but I find it manageable for my needs. The bokeh can be hit or miss depending on what's in the background and your tastes. Yes, there is no weather sealing, and I guess time will tell how much of a problem that is or isn't. Perhaps, not the best lens for discreet street photography. I think the 50mm Art is very subjective to ones needs and shooting style, and there's enough things very much right with the lens that may deserve a test run on your camera to see if it fits your shooting style.

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                      5.0

                      Right Tool in your Hand.

                      By Mr.

                      from Newark CA

                      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
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                      I shoot couple of photos in a wedding.It is quite focus lens and bokeh is Great.

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                      5.0

                      Refined taste in a 50mm

                      By SSanceman

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                      This lens is for those that have distinguishing and refined taste in lenses and it is what a 50mm feels and looks like when it's at the upper-middle of the Nikon range of lenses. It is a heavy lens that is very well constructed that you cannot only see, but feel as well. For instance, the threading on the focus ring is a thicker tactile and beveled construction that functions like a quality product. I initially compared the size and weight to my Nikkor 24-70 when I first got it, but it "feels" like the weight of 3 Nikkor 50mm. The bokeh is insanely dreamy to those that would can could recognize it, but when I compared it to my Nikkor 50 the difference was incremental to my eyes. The focus was substantially more accurate and snappy when I did a comparison. The Nikkor can hunt a bit with certain kinds of close-up shots. Get this lens if you can afford to and would like a new and bigger feel to your 50 mm arsenal. It is not cheap and will not get you that significant difference in your brokeh like if you use a lens that went down to F1.2, let's say, but at that point, the question become - does it fit your application of the subject in your photography? I love the feel and construction of this lens, and when you look at this lens you kind of fall in love with it's construction and details of construction. Performance is tack sharp on focused areas, and focus hunt is minimal and sometimes stops. Which means, move your bum, you're using a 50mm!!! I don't know if the differences in this and the Nikkor is worth the extra money, but get it if you have the money and want a lens that feels, functions, and looks like a piece of art on your camera. Check out the two images and compare for yourself.

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                      5.0

                      pretty sharp

                      By Natur

                      from TUcson, arizona

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                      very recommend this one, even i want the zeiss 55 1.4, but for the price, no other 50mm lense in this price can beat this

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                      5.0

                      Best 50mm 1.4 SLR lens I have used

                      By Fruchstuck

                      from New York, NY

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                        I have rented the Otus by Zeiss, albeit not exactly same focal (55mm) nor price range (over $4K), and at least to my eyes I think the Sigma gives it a run for the money.Extremely high definition, sharp and with great micro contrast across the board, it also has autofocus, and wether we like it or not, the new cameras are not made for manual focus. I have a D800E and a D810, and prefer the rendering of the Sigma to any other normal focal lens I have used in my Nikons.And it's a great deal for the price.

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                        5.0

                        Amazing Lens

                        By Dana

                        from New York

                        Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                        I have the Sigma 35 1.4 Art, so when the Sigma 50 1.4 Art came out, I had to get it. It is just as sharp and amazing as the 35mm! Both of these are my two favorite lenses I've ever used. Definitely recomend the lens to everyone!

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