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Unveiled: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens

         

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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Hi 

can you tell me if this lens is compatible with the original Canon 5D camera please?

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens for Canon is compatible with the original Canon 5D, yes.

I would like to see a nighttime sky 5..30 second exposure with a crop/zoom into the center of the image and the corners of the image on a good body (7D or better)... :)

Too much chromatic abberation.  It seems distorted as well.  What are the specs the sample images were taken with?  Seems like the 50/1.4 should be a good lens, but it's not looking that way just yet.

How does this lens compare with Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4?

I own the Nikon 58mm f1.4. And I have decided to sell it toward buying Otus. Price not considered, is this lens as good as Otus? Or, is it better?

Willie

The sample images look very nice, however being that it has not yet been released, there are not any real world images posted from users to really see what its capable of in comparison to the Zeiss.  For the price it is a great choice even if its not matching the quality of a Zeiss.  Once it has been in the hands of users for a few weeks we can start to look for sample images submitted by them to get a better idea.

ishould like information on your series art and others  for Pentax K3

Please i am waiting

Denis Chevrette

Currently the only Art series lens Sigma offers for Pentax is the 35mm f1.4 DG HSM lens.  Below are two links, the first is for the 35mm f1.4 DG HSM lens for the Pentax mount, the second will be a link to all other lenses compatible with the Pentax K3 camera for you to browse over:

http://bhpho.to/1ifLDgf

http://bhpho.to/1ifLHwK

Really nice review.  You made me feel that I was there with you in your great city.

Best regards

Bob Kropp

I was going to buy the Carl Zeiss 55mm F/1.4 Otus Distagon for Nikon Mount. This lens looks great and has Autofocus. I will try to get one from B&H when available.

As a photo studio owner.........I cannot justify the expense and I used Sigma when plenty of people thought they

were J.C. Penney,Sears. I think this is an awesome lens and I have taken many beautiful photos with a 50mm.

Canon EF fast 50mm does me well.

Greg

The sample images were shot handheld, correct? 

Hi Folks,

Is any of those models compatible with Samsung NX300 camera?

Regards.

Unfortunately no, they do not currently offer this lens with the Samsung NX mount.

Thanks for the update, please accept my order acceptance with a Canon mount.

MW

B&H is accepting pre-orders for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4.  You can place a pre-order by simply going to the lens’s page on our site, adding it to your cart, and proceeding to checkout.

what camara does this lens connect to? what type of mount?

The lens is available with the following mounts: Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA and Sony A.

Not being mean, but I love how people are "pre-ordering" here within the post. Too funny

If they can't figure this out, I'm not sure they should be handling such a pristine lens as this!

Again, not being mean, just poking some fun, awesome lens!

Btw, put me down for Sony A Mount, thank you very much! Ha (For real though)

This lens would be compatible with my Nikon D700, correct?  I have an older version Nikon 50mm 1.4 that I like but it doesn't auto focus on my D700.

Yes, this lens is fully compatible with the Nikon D700 and all other Nikon DSLRs including the autofocus feature.

Well, can somebody add some shots from full-frame camera  with the Sigma 50 ART, especially with people to check out skin tone and bokeh presentation?  

Looks like a great lens, but not much info given.

Is it weather sealed/resistant?

Minimum focus distance?

Weight?

What size filter does it require?

Thank you.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 has a minimum focus distance of 1.31' (40 cm), weighs 1.79 lb (815 g), and has a front filter thread of 77mm.  Unfortunately, Sigma doesn’t mention if the lens is weather sealed/resistant, so I wouldn’t be able to say how weather resistant the lens might be.

I would really like to buy this lens instead of the Canon L but I just can't because of Sigma poor quality control in its manufacturing. I've been burnt so often by poor copies. Who knows maybe this is the lens marks a new beginning for them.

Love it... wish they made one with the Sony E mount for the A7/r!

Looks like some great optics, but why do you persist in that compressed focus-distance scale that goes from infinity to 10 feet in about one degree of angle?! Your f16 depth-of-field markers are almost useless on such a shortened set of focus numbers. And how often do you shoot at f16 on an f1.4 lens anyway? Especially when 80 percent of the lens cost is to achieve sharpness wide-open?  You packed this lens for a long trip and forgot the toothbrush!

Look at any of the prime lenses of old, and you will see a distance scale and DOF indicators that are acutally meaningful. I still use a 50 year-old Leica Summilux 50/1.4 on my M9, and refer to the scales on the lens frequently. Do *photographers* actually ever get consulted as you design lenses? The insipid distance scale makes me think not.

Will it work with an eos 1dx?

Yes, the lens is compatible with the 1DX and all other Canon DSLR cameras.

Dear Sir,

please pre book Sigma 50mm F/1.4 HSM lens for my Canon 5D Mk ii..

i have been subscriber and regular purchaser of Camera body , lenses from B & H only

Await my confirmation of bokking .

Best regards.

jaikumar menon 

Sultanate o f Oman

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.

Think you could add some more bokeh pics... indoor, and night scenes?

WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE ATTEMPTING TO "PRE-ORDER" VIA COMMENTS??? Have they never seen a comment section before? Shop from the SHOP page! lol

Can this Sigma Lens mount on a Sony Alpha77 without an adaptor?

Yes, the version for Sony is the "A" mount which does not require any adapter to mount on your A77.  See the following link for the Sony A mount version:  http://bhpho.to/1n13Q91

I don't know how to read, and for some reason I believe that the proper way to order a product is to ask in the comments section, so please put me down for a preorder!

Count me with one 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.

do they have a version that works with nilkon?

Yes they do.  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 see the version for Nikon among the others.

I'd like to preorder for canon mount pls!

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?

The sample images look very nice, however being that it has not yet been released, there are not any real world images posted from users to really see what its capable of in comparison to the Zeiss.  For the price it is a great choice even if its not matching the quality of a Zeiss.  Once it has been in the hands of users for a few weeks we can start to look for sample images submitted by them to get a better idea.

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.

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.

Wow very nice 

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

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