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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 28 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
    • Nice bokeh (15)
    • Strong construction (15)
    • Consistent output (11)
    • Rugged (11)

    Cons

    • Heavy (13)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (18)
    • Weddings (18)
    • Night photography (15)
    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Video (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Believe da hype

    Shot a whole wedding with this on the D800...rehearsal, ceremony, and the reception. I think I missed 6 shots in 2 days. Over half the captures were north of ISO3200 as...Read complete review

    Shot a whole wedding with this on the D800...rehearsal, ceremony, and the reception. I think I missed 6 shots in 2 days. Over half the captures were north of ISO3200 as it was an outdoor sunset gig. FWIW, I haven't even stuck it on the dock. Suffice it to say it exceeded my expectations (I have their 35 "A" as well) The sharpness and contrast is on another level, the AF the best of any 50 I've ever used. 35 yrs w/Canon, last 6 with Nikon...and I've had 'em all. Wish I could give it 6 stars for coming in under a grand. Patiently waiting for a 135 from our reborn Sigma dudes. I'm a believer...just sayin'

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    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

    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

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        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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          5.0

          Non-Apologetic !!

          By Willie Johnson

          from Houston

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • NONE

          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 Nikon F:

          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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          5.0

          Larry the Yankee

          By Larry from Ossining

          from Ossining NY

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

          What a great lens. So sharp and crisp. Spent all last weekend with it on my d610 and it performed. Amazing. Also have the Nikon 50 mm 1.4.
          No comparison. Sigma hit a home run. Can't wait for Sigma to announce the 24mm 1.4. Will be all over that. Of course, B&H gave great service. Always a pleasure to do business with them

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          5.0

          Sigma 50mm vs. Nikon 85mm - a comparison

          By Jim

          from San Mateo, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I have shot about a thousand photos through this lens and here are my initial impressions:Solid build, fast autofocus, tack sharp out of the box, lens cap- cheaply made and it fell off once already, image quality is amazingly sharp across the frame, weight not an issue (I have the Nikon 24-70mm, f2.8 & 85mm, f1.4, and the Sigma falls somewhere in between). Note, the Sigma 50mm f1.4 feels slightly front heavy on my D610 though not uncomfortable. I imagine on the D800 it would balance perfectly. For what it's worth to some fence sitters, here's a comparison of the Sigma 50mm f1.4 vs. Nikon 85mm f1.4. Yes, they are different focal lengths so it's an unfair comparison (apples to oranges) but if you plan to take portraits here are some points worth considering: First, price: Sigma 50mm ($[$]) vs. Nikon 85mm ($[$]).Second, the images coming out both of these lenses are truly fantastic. You will not regret buying either one. Third, portraiture lens. I got both for that reason. The Sigma probably has more versatility beyond portraits.Here are my thoughts:I've got a 3-year old who is constantly on the go and I found the Sigma slightly better/faster at locking onto him under any given situation. The Nikon 85mm gets the job done too but is a bit slower in focusing.Nikon 85mm balances better on my D610, think of a grapefruit sitting on your camera. The Sigma, slightly front heavy and sticks out more (about an inch more).1. Why I'd pick the Sigma 50mm over the Nikon 85mm: Great price for what you get, slightly quieter and quicker autofocus, the black and white markings on the lens give a sexy look on a Nikon camera, if you wish to take your game to the next level, the Sigma 50mm will do it.2. Why I'd pick the Nikon 85mm over the Sigma 50mm:The Nikon 85mm is lighter, smaller, and balances better on a Nikon 610, the pics coming out of this lens are "magical", the bokeh creamier, the skin tonality is slightly warmer on the Nikon 85mm, slightly more clinical on the Sigma 50mm. I don't know about you, but for me I take thousands of photos. Many are throw-aways, some are keepers, but every once in a while I come across one that simply takes my breath away. All the stars align, the colors and focus are dead on, you see the pic, slowly smile and nod your head- perfection sought, perfect attained. Your friends and family see it and they are quite blown away by it. It's nearly magazine quality right out of the camera with no Photoshop added to the mix, there's a magic in the recipe. Basically, this happens more with the Nikon 85mm, less with the Sigma 50mm.I can't say if that justifies the extra cost of $750 over the Sigma. Only you can decide. But when I buy a lens, the pain of the sticker shock lasts about a day and I am left with the lens. If you are going to invest $1000 in a lens, why not chip in an extra $750, and get yourself a dream lens.

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              4.0

              An Excellent Optical Performer

              By Brian

              from Queens, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I am an 25 year fashion, event and street photographer. I purchased the Sigma 50 1.4 Art in July and after two weeks I returned it for several reasons.

              First the positives. The lens is indeed an excellant performer optically. When photographing people they will appear to pop out at you with a three dimensional visual. Autofocus was fast and accurate on my copy.

              I found the color rendition of this lens to exhibit a slight grey hue. This is even after white balance correction. The next minus is the weight!! This lens is heavy!! Compared to other 50mm lenses, it's like carrying around a small zoom instead. When I think "Nifty Fifty", I think small and light weight. A 50mm is a lens I can carry in my bag with no thought of it getting in the way.

              The Bokeh was not up to par when compared to my other 1.4 lenses. When shooting street photography I also like having a lens with some sort of dust and weather protection.

              In conclusion I would say Sigma did a great job in creating a lens that performs much better than the competition. If the added features were improved upon in the future, it would make this lens a more complete product for my needs.

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              5.0

              Worth the weight

              By Mike

              from Oxford, Ohio

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Low Light Ability
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • A Little Pricy For A Fast

              Best Uses

              • General Carry
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

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

              Although I had to wait for this lens as I pre-ordered I found that it was well worth it. The lens is on the sturdy side but not too heavy. I have been using it as my carry around lens for the past few weeks and really falling in love with it. It has a real ability to produce some great bokeh and you can get some amazingly thin DOF.Sharpness is outstanding on my D800 and I like the fact that it has the same filter size(77mm) as my other glass which allows all the filters to work without additional rings and such.Focus speed is as fast as any of my Nikon glass.I have not had the opportunity to do any night photos with it yet and this was the main reason for purchase, but I suspect it will do fantastic This lens will always be in my bag if not on my body.Its a little pricey but in this case, you get what you pay for.

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              5.0

              I've Fallen In Love with This Lens!

              By AlanLawrence

              from Bellevue, WA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Contrasty
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Street photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I, too, have read the reviews and seen the hype so I decided to give this lens a try knowing B&H would take it back if I wasn't sold. After using it for a week, I've fallen in love with it. I guess I'm keeping it! This lens is tack sharp wide open and I love the creamy background. It stays at f/1.4 (otherwise, why have it?) Yes, it is heavy and quite obvious on your camera unlike most 50s but the images more than make up for the size.

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              5.0

              A whole new ballgame

              By thekurgan

              from Sacramento, California

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Focus Rotation Too Fast

              Best Uses

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

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

              Shooting at f/1.4 was never a reality for me, with contrast, clarity and sharpness in the corners. This is a truly remarkable lens. AF is very fast and is inaudible, focus rotation is smooth and dampened well. The only minor complaint is that the turning lock-to-lock is too fast; I would have liked more rotation for minor focal adjustments manually.

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              5.0

              Fantastic, Sharp, Fast!

              By RENKOR Photography

              from Calgary, AB. Canada.

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

              What can I say about this lens that has not been said already... Yes, it has some vignetting wide open (easy fix in post), yes, the bokeh is not as creamy as some of its competitors, yes it's a big lens for a 50mm prime... But who cares!!! I need this lens to be sharp, fast and contrasty. The rest is secondary. No regrets here, awesome lens for the money!

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              5.0

              Sharp

              By Cj

              from Miami, Fl.

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

              I was somewhat skeptical before buying this lens given how heavy it was but in the end iam a believer. I previously had the 35mm sigma art lens and it was one of the sharpest lenses I had ever used. This 50 is right up there. Some reviewers said the bokeh was not as smooth but I have found the exact opposite. The lens is absurdly sharp wide open and only gets better when stopped down.

              One of the best lens at any focal length I have ever used.

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              5.0

              Sharp and Quiet

              By Kiki

              from Portland, OR

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

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

              Very impressed with how sharp this lens is after hearing all the rave reviews. What most people don't mention, though, is how quiet it is. This thing makes almost zero noise when it's autofocusing, which comes in quite handy for wedding ceremonies or other jobs that require a certain level of discretion.

              Only downfall is the size -- I shoot with a D3S and the 50mm is my most used focal length. Not looking forward to the added strain on my poor wrists, but it is what it is. Definitely an A+ in all other regards!

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              5.0

              Super sharp and great bokeh

              By Bill

              from Dexter, MI

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

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

              Great lens in terms of fast auto focus and super sharp image. More difficult to focus at 1.4 then my Nikon 50mm 1.4 because SO much bokeh in this lens. Significant less vignette at 1.4 then my Nikon lens and incredibly sharp at 2.2 and 2.8. Use this for food photography where the sharpness is great and also as a portrait lens for new born pictures and pictures of my kids. Biggest negative is that the lens is very heavy compared to my Nikon 50 mm 1.4. But it is a great lens and seems to be built well.

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              3.0

              Don't believe the hype!

              By Kris

              from North Carolina

              About Me Pro Photographer

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

                    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 lens better than competition

                    By Jason

                    from Honolulu, HI

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    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 Nikon F:

                    SHARP! Even wide open. Nice color rendition. Bokeh could be better. Compared to Nikon equivalents, this is the best 50mm ever. Only thing is weight. Its very heavy.

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                    5.0

                    Amazing Lens

                    By luminairefoto

                    from Naples, FL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I'm a professional wedding photographer, I shoot over 50 weddings a year. I've always been skeptical about anything less than Nikon glass. With all the articles and reviews on the Sigma Art series lens. I figured why not try it, if it doesn't live up to what's written I'll send it back.I own a Nikon 58mm 1.4 lens, this was my benchmark. Can I use the 50 instead of stealing my wife's 58mm all the time. After using it for now a month I can tell you without a doubt this is an amazing lens. It's as good if not better than Nikon's 58 1.4. For half the price, this is a no brainer lens. The only, and the only downside is the weight. It's much heavier than the 58mm. The 58's weight is amazing, light but still professional feeling. The sigma is heavy, but feels rock solid.

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