Unveiled: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens

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Sigma has just announced the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, designed to be one of the most optically refined standard primes available. When designing this lens, Sigma set out to take the humble 50mm focal length and elevate it to be one of the company's most technologically advanced lenses available. Combining aspherical and Special Low Dispersion elements along with a large-diameter design and floating element system, this lens is poised to meet the demands of the ever-expanding user base of high-resolution DSLRs.

As part of the Art line in Sigma's Global Vision series, this lens is immediately contextualized by its prime focal length, large maximum aperture, and superior optical performance. With these attributes in mind, the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM is composed of thirteen elements in eight groups, including one molded glass aspherical element and three SLD elements, enabling the lens to effectively correct for sagittal coma flare and axial chromatic aberrations and, in turn, realize imagery with a high degree of sharpness, consistent peripheral brightness, and notable contrast and clarity. This design is effective at reducing aberrations and distortions throughout the aperture range, too, which is especially advantageous when working with larger apertures and selective-focusing techniques. A rounded nine-blade aperture further accommodates shallow depth-of-field techniques by producing an aesthetic out-of-focus quality. Also enhancing image quality, a Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to lens elements in order to minimize ghosting and flare for maintained color fidelity and image contrast.

The larger-than-normal design of the lens, which houses the refined optical composition, also benefits the way the lens is able to suppress vignetting, color blur and other distortions. By utilizing such a large-diameter lens structure, the widest elements in its construction have been placed at the front-most position to attain even illumination and detail-rendering abilities from edge to edge—at any aperture setting. The lens elements are also organized within a floating system, which helps to limit the amount of movement required during focusing and provides a minimum focusing distance of 1.3' with a maximum magnification of 1:5.6.

I was elated to be able to personally test the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM. Today I happened to be carrying my Canon EOS 5D Mark III with my EF 50mm f/1.2L, my favorite street shooting lens. When I was handed the Sigma, I was pleasantly surprised with the heft and solidity generally, and how precisely tight- but not too tight- it mounted on my 5D. Like other lenses in the Sigma Art line, it features thoughtfully-positioned matte black rubber grips on the barrel and the matched lens shade, giving it a secure, confident feel in hand. The low-key matte and gloss black exterior is refreshing in that doesn’t scream for attention directly, but beckons gently and hints at quality which does not require a hard sell.

Selective Focus On Selective Focus Off

On my walk around the neighborhood of the B&H Midtown office tower, I had opportunity to photograph details and architecture in the bright, contrasty midday light.  Immediately I was pleased with the fast, accurate ultrasonic autofocusing which is comparable to the EF 50mm f/1.2L, if not faster. This lens' normal perspective was well-suited to use in a wide variety of conditions, allowing me to shift from distant subjects to close-up details in just the same manner your normal vision would perceive the scene. And its optical design enabled me to shoot wide open without experiencing a noticeable decline in image quality toward the corners. Right away there was something different about my captures on the 5D that I could see even out in the bright sun, but could not immediately put to words. Specular highlights on linear elements with dark backgrounds look particularly crisp even at oblique angles, and strong textures look more dimensional than usual. Simultaneous manual focusing is possible with Sigma HSM lenses just as it is with Canon USM lenses, and the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM is no different: once autofocus is acquired it can be gently tweaked directly with the focusing ring without pausing to change AF modes. This made for fast, easy shooting around the neighborhood amidst the many working people and tourists taking in the warm sun and brilliant views.

The lens is constructed using metal components and a Thermally Stable Composite material, which provides greater precision and durability, as well as less susceptibility to variations in temperature. It is also fitted with a brass bayonet mount to ensure mounting accuracy and rigidity.

Available in Canon EFNikon FSigma SA, and Sony A mounts, this lens is also compatible with the Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuning lens characteristics, as well as updating its firmware.

 

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Please accept my pre-order for the new Sigma fifty  with a Canon mount....thanks for the outstanding service !

Please click on the picture of the lens above (or where it reads “Shop at B&H"), and it will take you to the product links for the lens on our website, where you may then pre-order the lens.  And you're welcome!  Thank you for your business!

Send it already!  I can't wait anymore!

Put me on the list for a Nikon mount Sigma 50 1.4.   Thanks!

Please click on the picture of the lens above (or where it reads “Shop at B&H"), and it will take you to the product links for the lens on our website, where you may then pre-order the lens.

Good morning.  I just purchased a Sony a3000 (in order to move to a larger sensor).  Can this new lens be purchased for that mount (Sony mirrorless)?  Thank you.   

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/50mm-f14-dg-hsm-a

there is preorder for the Sony A-Mount version. However....

Sony maintains two mounts, the A-mount for their bigger DSLRs, and the E-mount for smaller mirrorless compacts.

your A3000 is E-mount, which means you have to buy the LA-E3 adapter to fit the A-mount Sigma 50mm onto the E-mount a3000.

Brett’s information below is correct.  You would need that LA-E3 adapter to use the A mount lens on the A3000.  See the links below for the lens on our website, as well as the adapter:

http://bhpho.to/1n13Q91

http://bhpho.to/1ncFfvi

This lense is looking good.. But I already have the previous 50mm DG HSM FROM SIGMA.. What is the difference.? Cos the previous 50mm works very well for me.. Kindly advice.

In this incarnation of a 50mm lens, Sigma set out to design the lens to be as optically optimized as possible.  The larger size of the lens allows for larger glass blades to be used, which helps in the overall image quality, sharpness, contrast, and color rendition.  Overall it is a better lens.  Their standard 50mm lens would be comparable to a basic economy car such as Chevy or Toyota, whereas the new 50mm ART lens is comparable to a luxury vehicle such as a Rolls Royce.  Both do the same job, the one just has more considerations in its design for better overall quality and performance.

please I'd like to pre-order for nikon mount.

thanks

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Pre order, thank you

Pre order for Nikon, thank you

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I would like to pre-order the sigma 50 mm 1.4 Art for a Canon body. Please let me know further steps I need to take to insure that I have secures my copy. 

Best regards,

Gianni

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thanks

No IS?

Richard, have you ever seen a 50mm., from any manufacturer with IS?.... It's a 50mm. And at f/1.4 you'll have. Ore than double the spee of your lens' focal length....  Just hold your camera tightly :)

Hi Richard -

This lens does not offer an Image Stabiization (IS) feature.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

So how do you pre order? by making a comment?

Craig, I believe that people are just voicing their enthusiasm here... To pre-order it, you'll need to go through the same process as buying it.

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Yes please

Yes..looking forward to it. Nikon mount (d800)

You can see the version for Nikon at the following link:  http://bhpho.to/1n11BCO

sounds good to me! i'll visit you site asap. thanks for the heads up :)

Pre order - cant wait!

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Done! Pre-ordered for Nikon D800E. Can. Not. Wait. Stock it already Sigma!!

For those of you that can't find the link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1045459-REG/sigma_311306_50mm_f_1_...

And Canon: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1045458-REG/sigma_311101_50mm_f_1_...

Please accept my order for the Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART.

Please click on the picture of the lens above (or where it reads “Shop at B&H”), and it will take you to the product links for the lens on our website, where you may then pre-order the lens.

I would like to preorder the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens (Nikon mount). Thanks !

Please click on the picture of the lens above (or where it reads “Shop at B&H”), and it will take you to the product links for the lens on our website, where you may then pre-order the lens.

Looking forward to my preorder for Sony A99!

Please click on the picture of the lens above (or where it reads “Shop at B&H”), and it will take you to the product links for the lens on our website, where you may then pre-order the lens.

Place my order please B&H.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Please click on the picture of the lens above (or where it reads “Shop at B&H”), and it will take you to the product links for the lens on our website, where you may then pre-order the lens.

Sunf fotograf nunta Iasi, Romania si detin pe 50mm un Canon, sincer sunt ****** curios daca acest obiectiv impreuna cu al meu Canon 5D Mark III ma pot face sa o cumpar. Pare promitatoare, astept ceva teste si cred ca o voi comanda!

Cristi Timofte wrote:

Sunt fotograf nunta Iasi, Romania si detin pe 50mm un Canon, sincer sunt ****** curios daca acest obiectiv impreuna cu al meu Canon 5D Mark III ma pot face sa o cumpar. Pare promitatoare, astept ceva teste si cred ca o voi comanda!

I'd like to pre-order the Nikon mount 50mm f/ 1.4 DG HSM/A. Thank Yopu

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Seems to be an excellent lens. 
I want to try it

Wow very nice 

Please accept my pre order for the Sigma 50 mm f1.4 dg hsm lens for canon mount.

Please click on the picture of the lens above (or where it reads “Shop at B&H”), and it will take you to the product links for the lens on our website, where you may then pre-order the lens.

Please accept my pre-order for the new Sigma fifty  with a Canon mount....thanks...

Please click on the picture of the lens above (or where it reads “Shop at B&H”), and it will take you to the product links for the lens on our website, where you may then pre-order the lens.

How does it compare to the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon?

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