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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras

B&H # SI8514S MFR # 320205
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras
  • Fast f/1.4 Lens
  • HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor)
  • Quiet, Fast and Accurate Autofocusing
  • Super Multi Layer Coating (SML)
  • SLD & Glass Mould Elements
  • Pleasant Out-of-Focus Highlights
  • Accepts 77mm Size Filters
  • Includes Lens Hood & Adapter for APS-C
  • Only 3.4" (87.6mm) Long
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When you need a medium-telephoto standard lens for everything from portraiture to sports, the fast Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta Digital SLRs is a great solution. This large aperture beauty is designed with an SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element and a glass mold element which yield first-class, sharp image captures with high contrast.

The 85mm f/1.4 has Sigma's HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) which provides fast, accurate and quiet autofocusing. The exterior of this lens is EX-finished which translates to a superior build and optical quality, enhanced handling and appearance. It comes with a petal-type hood to block out extraneous light. A dedicated hood adapter for cameras with an APS-C size image sensor is also included to expand the length of the hood for blocking out extraneous light more effectively.

This fast f/1.4 lens is great for capturing fast moving images, allowing you to use faster shutter speeds, and is what you want when shooting under low lighting conditions. This highly efficient lens has a nine blade circular diaphragm for creating pleasant out-of-focus highlights (bokeh) which is a major asset to portrait and wedding photographers.

Note: This lens is designed for use with full frame digital cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 127.5mm with most cameras.

Note: If the camera body does not support HSM, autofocus will not be available.

Sigma's 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens is a large aperture medium telephoto lens optimized for use with digital SLR cameras and is especially ideal for portrait and low light photography.
Designed with SLD glass and a glass mold element excellent color correction is achieved for all types of aberrations and superior optical performance is ensured.
It is equipped with a rear focus system that minimizes fluctuations of aberrations caused by focusing and the Super Multi Layer (SML) coating reduces flare and ghosting even in backlight photography.
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed autofocus capability. and
The round 9 blade diaphragm creates pleasant out-of-focus highlights.
Made in Japan.
UPC: 085126320621
Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 28.6°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.79' (85 cm)
Magnification 0.11x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:9
Elements/Groups 11/8
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.4 x 3.4" (8.64 x 8.64 cm)
Weight 1.60 lb (725 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 4.9 x 4.8"
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Petal-type Lens Hood
  • Lens Hood Adapter
  • Lens Pouch
  • 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.
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Sigma85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras
     
    4.8

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent output (7)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (7)
    • Strong construction (7)
    • Nice bokeh (6)
    • Easily interchangeable (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low light (9)
    • Weddings (7)
    • Night photography (4)
    • Sports/action (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

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    5.0

    Amazing piece of glass!

    By Romzy

    from New York

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras:

      I bought this lens for my A7 using LEA 4 adaptor. I trade in my CZ 24 1.8 that I'm using from my nex 7 coz I wanted to get a FF lens. I thought I'm gonna missed my CZ but after taking few shots from this lens I have no regrets in trading in my CZ. The pictures are beautiful and sharp. The bokeh is amazing, with fast auto focus. The motor is so quiet and I like the proportion on my A7.

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      4.0

      returned because of QC

      By Slick

      from FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras:

        I returned this lens because it had a fiber inside the lens. I ended up buying a CZ lens in it's place. To be fair, this lens took excellent pictures, maybe just as good as the Zeiss lens.
        In hindsight, I should have just exchanged this for another Sigma and saved mucho $$.
        I would buy this again...just check to make sure you are getting a good one as QC seems to lack a bit with Sigma.

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        4.0

        I would buy this product again

        By cutylai

        from westminster ca

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras:

          I really like the performance and handling of this lens. It takes very sharp images without any noticeable defects or distortion. It's solidly made and looks beautiful on my Sony A77. You can't go wrong with this lens, and it' at a great price, too.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Super Sharp at 2.4

          By Otoki

          from New York

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras:

            Super Sharp at 2.4 Just look at the pictures...

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Superb Lens

            By Deveraux

            from Charlotte

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras:

              The lens focuses quickly and the images are great. I was cautious about getting this lens because I wasnt familiar with the brand but after I used it I was sold. I would recommend this lens and I will also purchase the 50mm version as well.

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              5.0

              Affordable 85 1.4

              By GjXray

              from Colorful Colorado

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras:

                After reading reviews till my eyes bled, I purchased this lens to shoot my daughter's basketball games. The quality of construction is great, and the lens performs flawlessly. Great IQ, with awesome bokeh. Sigma competes head to head with the big boys with this lens!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for still, okay for video

                By Robert McSwain

                from Davidson, NC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras:

                  Bought this lens to be mated with a NEX-FS700 via the LA-EA2 A-mount to E-mount adapter. With an f/1.4 for under $ this lens is great. Light weight and compact compared to its counter parts. The electronic controls for both the aperture and focus work great with the adapter. The manual/auto focus switch on the side is convenient for disengaging the focus ring.The construction seems solid for a plastic cased lens. The focus ring is somewhat smooth with a tad bit of give though. Some draw backs, mostly from a video standpoint, the focus ring is geared very short making it hard to pull focus, especially with a follow focus. This is understandable as this is not a video lens. The focus assist in the NEX-FS700 corrects for some of this. The focus ring also spins continous making it even harder to use with a follow focus. The auto focus gears are very noisy. I use this lens in manual most of the time so it isn't a huge issue for video. Overall, this has been a fine lens and would work grear for cost conscious indie film maker. Having the full auto mode is certainly a selling point, especially for beginners who are just getting comfortable with prime lenses and the f/1.4 is a huge plus as well.

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                  5.0

                  Stunning Lens

                  By RB

                  from Dewitt, Mi

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • LOW LIGHT MONSTER
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras:

                    This lens is for personal use and senior portrait work. Remarkable performer - dependable autofocus, low light marvel, amazing bokeh. If you have kids, get one of these lenses now.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fast, bright, sharp - awesome!

                    By Matt

                    from Switzerland

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful to look at
                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • None found just yet

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras:

                    I have used this lens under the rather difficult conditions of a concert shoot. I hasn't let me down. The images are sharp where you want them to be, and my A850 has no difficulties focusing in low-light conditions. Working with this piece of glass is fun! The angle covered by the 85mm on a full-frame camera is great for this type of photography as it lets you compose your image just the way you want it. I had access to the side-stage and to front-stage at this particular shoot; I can imagine from farther away it would be too wide.
                    The lens handles really well and it feels well-balanced on the rather bulky body of the 850. It feels like the solid tool that it is.
                    And at bright aperture, it's just bokeh-licious!

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                    5.0

                    it is a great lense

                    By don

                    from chicago

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Sony/Minolta Digital SLR Cameras:

                      i have been using it at me daughters basketball games.. it is great. Very fast to get action shots.. In the next month I will be shooting soccer games with it..

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