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Sigma50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF
 
4.8

(based on 118 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (83)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (76)
  • Strong construction (74)
  • Consistent output (56)
  • Durable (46)

Cons

  • Heavy (49)

Best Uses

  • Low light (75)
  • Weddings (61)
  • Night photography (44)
  • Landscape/scenery (31)
  • Sports/action (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (38), Semi-pro photographer (34), Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Real, Unbiased Review

If you're like me, you're reading hundreds of reviews, forum pages, and comparisons, while watching video reviews and reading all the posts on techie sites. And like me, you're probably also worried...Read complete review

If you're like me, you're reading hundreds of reviews, forum pages, and comparisons, while watching video reviews and reading all the posts on techie sites. And like me, you're probably also worried about the autofocus issues Sigma's last 50mm was known for (I owned it for three years and sold it two months ago; and yes, I had to send it to Sigma for calibration and it still wasn't perfect).

Bottom Line Up Front: You just can't turn down a lens that performs like the Art does for the price point it sells at, especially when you consider the negative attributes of the highly debated 50L (focus shift, CA, softness). I wanted so badly to sell my old Sigma 50 and order the 50L, but no amount of brand loyalty and professionals saying, "the 50L just has a look to it" or "the bokeh's just better on the L" could've convinced me to not at least TRY the Art. It was not an easy decision; but as I said above, you just can't deny which is currently the better choice.

The 50 1.4 Art's autofocus on my 5diii is spot on. Period. Just to put it to the test, I used Ai Servo at 1.4 (not advisable) and had a shoot with my dogs in the backyard playing. It nailed every shot that I was able to get the autofocus point (using center point) correctly aimed at. It was tough to hit shots because (1) they were moving, and (2) I was holding the camera a couple of inches off the ground and therefore not even looking through the viewfinder. Considering all of this, it's focusing abilities are nothing short of amazing. So while we all know there is copy variance, I really wonder how many of those posts out there are of people who actually have the lens and are doing everything correctly.

As far as the remarks about the 50L's bokeh being better, I think they're more related to the extra speed of the L than the quality of the bokeh. We know the L has a touch of additional speed (1.2 vs. 1.4), and this I believe is why in SOME cases, the bokeh looks a touch smoother. The bokeh I've seen (with my own eyes and with my own copy of the Art) is perfect. It's smooth, it's silky, similar to the older Sigma 50's bokeh. The only issue I've noticed so far is that the Art doesn't like focusing on shadow areas when there are brighter areas in front of and behind the focal point. And I'm pretty sure this is to be expected with any fast, non-tele prime.

Until Canon steps up its game (there are signs of this happening later this year), the Sigma is hands down the best (autofocusing) 50mm on the market.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quality Control Issues

While this lens delivered great optical performance, I'm not sold that Sigma can produce a long lasting product mechanically.

32 days into ownership, my diaphram fell apart and I have two...Read complete review

While this lens delivered great optical performance, I'm not sold that Sigma can produce a long lasting product mechanically.

32 days into ownership, my diaphram fell apart and I have two blades flopping around inside the camera. It's now in a repair facility and the parts have been backordered going on a month. Not a great start into the world of Sigma lenses for me.

Of the few repairs I've ever needed with Canon's bodies or lenses, CPS has always had my equipment back to me within a week or less. From now on I'll stick with Canon. Sigma is still an enthusiast company, not durable pro level gear or service in my experience.

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5.0

Awesome Lens!

By Kate

from Boulder, CO

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

    This is a great lens and works perfectly with my 5D mark iii. I would definitely recommend this product. Five Stars!

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    5.0

    Superb!

    By JKP

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

        Pro Use

        Feels and Shoots like a quality lens of My Film Days...

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        5.0

        Sharp!

        By austin87

        from Southern California

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

        I did a lot of debating, reviewing, and researching before purchasing both the Sigma 50mm Art and the 35mm Art lenses. Most of the reviews told of the Art series' sharpness, to which I must say it is all true! The 50mm Art in particular has such a beautiful crispness to it! I have shot a lot on the legendary Canon 50mm f/1.2L and have to say that my new Sigma 50mm easily surpasses the speed and sharpness of the L lens. Hard to believe, but give it a try and let yourself be impressed.

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        5.0

        Sharp as a tack

        By drred

        from new hyde park, ny

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

        accurate autofocusing even wide open. very pleased

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        5.0

        Amazing

        By Andie Watson

        from LOXLEY, AL

        Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

        I used this for portrait and newborn photos and it's the best!! Very very sharp quick focus! Highly recommend

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        5.0

        Sharp, fast, pretty!

        By T

        from Denver

        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 Canon EF:

            I kind of shoot everything from newborns, babies, weddings, and events and this lens is great. It's sharp, fast, great in low light, and much cheaper than the Canon 1.2mm. I love this lens.

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            5.0

            Excellent

            By Sal

            from New York

            Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

            This is the first time I am using other than Canon lens! I am glad i gave a chance to this lense! Super sharp and fast focus. I love it!

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            5.0

            Beautiful Glass

            By Len

            from Bolingbrook

            Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

            It is one of the sharpest 50mm! Auto focus is fast and accurate.

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            5.0

            Best Nifty Fifty!

            By Richard F of Shuttered Light Photography

            from Santa Clarita CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

              I got the lens for my wedding photography business. I mainly use the lens for head shots, portraits, beauty shots and getting ready shots.

              I love the wide aperture that is perfect for low light situations and the bokeh effect.

              It is affordable compared with the Canon L counterpart.

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              5.0

              50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens for Canon EF by Sigma

              By Tina

              from san jose

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

              It is very nice lens. I love it a lot. This is my first time buying this lens and I cannot believe how sharp this lens is. So sharp and very clear. I would like refer this lens to other people.

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              5.0

              Best investment to my photography by far

              By Chadillac

              from Maryland

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

              I can not express to you the sharpness and clarity that I have achieved with this lens.
              I've read every publication, review and comparison to this lens compared to every possible 50mm made. Here's the fact, just buy this lens. You will not regret it, sure the bokeh isn't as blurry or creamy as many say....but I think the bokeh is perfect for the tack sharpness achieved on your subject. I've found that the lens even has some macro sensibility to it as well. I can get some excellent detail shots using this lens with weddings and engagement photos!
              I love this lens, I am a firm believe in the ART series lenses and I intend to purchase ART series lenses from now on...

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              5.0

              So far so good

              By Jennifer

              from Upstate NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • 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 Canon EF:

              I decided on this lens over the Canon 1.2 based on various great reviews and comparisons I read. It is a little heavier than I expected and that's been my biggest adjustment with it. Sharpness and image quality however has been a vast improvement over my previous Canon 50mm 1.4 (da) so I'm pleased with that. We'll see how durable it is as I get further into shooting season.

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              5.0

              Great buy

              By JoBa

              from Denton, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                This is my first professional lens purchase and I wouldn't trade it for anything else. Very crisp and sharp, great in low light. Literally no complaints. I did countless hours of research before purchase, by far the best bang for the buck and I'd say that it's better than even most lenses in the 3k-4k range. If you're thinking about getting this, just do it.

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                5.0

                Stinning Quality

                By James

                from Goose Creek, SC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                The image quality is very crisp. This lens stays on my 5D MarkIII.

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                5.0

                Perfect straight out of the box!

                By Sam B

                from LA, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                  This lens is used for low light events as well as action, ring-side shoots. Focus is fast, image quality is over the top. Feels hefty, not wimpy like other primes.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing lenS

                  By Michael93

                  from New York

                  Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                  i use this lens both for stills and video! The 1.4 sigma 50mm is a very fast lens and the quality of the end product is just phenomenal! Very satisfied with my purchase!

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                  5.0

                  I bought the right 50mm

                  By Dano

                  from Rio Nido, Ca

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                  There are plenty of choices in a 50mm out there. I had discounted my need for another fifty as I already own the nifty 50 (f1.8) and have worked with the f1.4 (non L) Canon 50. After using a Canon L f1.2 I realized just how much I was missing.
                  So when I decided that my Canon 5D Mkiii really deserved a nice prime, I remembered the buzz about the Sigma Art 50 and went back for a closer look. So Glad I did.
                  The Sigma Art 50 sits in that perfect spot of being high quality at low price. Autofocus is almost instant. Clarity is tack sharp. Yes its heavy... but I don't really care about that and I have plenty of Lowepro bags to carry it in.
                  If you are on the fence about this lens vs. the Canon L f1.2 I'd say there is no real arguement. Unless you are seriously considering an Outus, I think this lens is right in the sweet spot.

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                  5.0

                  Love it !!

                  By Pedro

                  from Fort Lauderdale

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                    Works makes magic happens .. Get it!!

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                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again and agai

                    By Chris

                    from Davis, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                    The best lens I ever have!!!

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                    5.0

                    The Sigma 50mm Art is a auto focus Ziess

                    By Warhog

                    from Pittsburgh,Pa.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF:

                    I own the 50mm f/1.4 Ziess Nikon mount.the lens is great. the Sigma though is insanely sharp (i cut myself looking at the pictures). I lock it on my Canon 7D MkII. the lens motor - fast and whisper quite.A STM Prime Whoe. At less than $ I'll buy any Zeiss. oh i mean sigma Art series.

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