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Sigma50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon EF
 
4.3

(based on 329 reviews)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (232)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (209)
  • Nice bokeh (207)
  • Durable (164)
  • Consistent output (126)

Cons

  • Heavy (70)
  • Blurry focus (47)
  • Slow focus (26)
  • Poor in low light (7)
  • Front focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Low light (205)
  • Night photography (147)
  • Weddings (143)
  • Video (64)
  • Landscape/scenery (59)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (94), Semi-pro photographer (81), Pro photographer (57), Semi-professional (21), Casual photographer (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (214), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

No more myth - front/back AF issue...

I received this lens on Aug 09 and tested with more than 600 shots on the same day. Also used in a local festival day and amazed the results. I never had any issue...Read complete review

I received this lens on Aug 09 and tested with more than 600 shots on the same day. Also used in a local festival day and amazed the results. I never had any issue spoke of this lens and I am writing this review after my 5th test, excluding the festival day shots. But so far, more than 800 shots were on this lens at various light conditions. I strongly recommend this lens but if you find an issue, B&H has 30 days return policy. Sigma announced 4 years warranty on all of their products purchased Jul 01, 2013 onwards and System Conversion for their new series of lenses.

This is a cross sensor lens, 1.6x sensor gives nice 80mm FL best for portrait and FF sensor gives the most realistic field of view. You don't need to worry whether you may switch crop to FF sensor in future. Sure, you'll love the flower hood.

Sigma gives milky, softy, dreamy at 1.4. I could get just <10% of all 1.4 shots are sharp within the DOF and acceptable for 1.4. The rest of 90% of 1.4 shots are unusable if you mind some sharpness at 1:1 view of 18MP photo. But these 90% of photos are best usable for some effects at different light conditions where sharpness doesn't matter in larger prints. Tested this hand held in the field how we supposed to use normally.

There is no 50mm prime AF lens gives tact sharp at neither 1.2 nor 1.4. But Sigma's bokeh is unbeatable even by Canon's 1.2L. It's is just 0.29in DOF when fully opened and focused at 24in, too shallow DOF for close up shots. Posted here some sharpness test photos too. Canon doesn't make all their 'L' lenses best in class. Example, Sigma's 85mm f/1.4 wins compared to Canon's 85mm 1.2L but the price is obviously doubled than Sigma.

This review is based on the test for Canon mount on EOS 60D - all 9 points are cross type AF with f2.8 at center AF sensor. I couldn't produce all my test results and so I am just reasoning here why we can't give a try or own this lens. Interested may continue reading, lot more comes.

Test Criteria: AF back/front & Sharpness, distance between Focal plane & subject was 24in, tripod mount, moderately illuminated as f1.4 at ISO 100 gave Tv 1/60. Sigma's f/1.4 will be fast enough for center AF sensor having f/2.8 in this type of illumination. Test chart used 'freezem.com' could find by Google - search string used "lens focus chart" under images.

I had almost found every review of this lens from various forums, test reports (dated between 2008-2010) by labs and all they spoke/still speaking about front/back AF issue, tons more of comments & complaints since the lens was launched in 2008. May be true that there were some issues during some of the production batches in initial days. Believed that Sigma won't have this issue left & unresolved being a third party lens manufacturer and their bodies are not so famous yet. But, people still get some bad copies, forums said.

1. There is a vast difference between Viewfinder AF (phase detection which is very fast but not a best one) and LiveView AF (contrast detection which is more accurate but slow). Even some dust/poorly maintained mirror will give a false AF test result, Viewfinder AF uses secondary lenses correspond to each AF sensor which in turn has its own limitations. The AF system instructs the lens where to focus & so the lens moves on. Any imperfection in AF system accumulates the error of its own in line with lens manufacturing tolerance. So, an AF issue in a lens doesn't need to be by lens itself.

2. Of each AF sensor, they are measured by Speed, Accuracy, Precision, Geometry and few more. Most EOS-1 systems are having the best AF sensors and the 7D was the one outside of EOS-1 until 5DM3. EOS 1DX is the best one of all in Canon now. Any lens to be tested for its AF performance should be on this EOS 1DX system to have more accurate results, but do we all have this? No manufacturer gives all the specification of their AF system.

3. Camera manufacturers cram the Viewfinder AF system and slowly bringing up Lens Fine Tune for Nikon and Micro Adjustment for Canon to their latest models where it was available in few bodies only. Sigma introduced their USB dock system and redefining their lens lineup. Why there is a necessity of this feature if only Sigma 50mm f1.4 is having front/back AF issue?

I never spent so much time in fixing my decision on a lens, but spent for this Sigma 1.4 and decided to keep it with me. I love the look & feel on my 60D, even would look better on 5D & EOS-1.

If anyone interested to buy a good prime 50mm but not interested to spend 1.4K for a 'L' lens, please consider all these and give a second thought to this lens as B&H won't let their clients down, they have good return policy.

You will be amazed looking into this big 77mm filter size where 1.2L is 72mm costs 3.5 times more than Sigma.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Terrible focusing issues!

I purchased this lens as the 50mm focal length on my 7D would put me right about 80mm. This was ideal for my portrait uses. Upon testing the lens I was getting very soft...Read complete review

I purchased this lens as the 50mm focal length on my 7D would put me right about 80mm. This was ideal for my portrait uses. Upon testing the lens I was getting very soft images when focusing on the eye. After switching to several other lenses and getting good focus (ruling out the 7D), I decided to setup my equipment for a controlled focus test of the Sigma 50mm lens. I was blown away by the result of the test. The lens was front focusing by over an inch. Even using MA on the 7D was not helpful as the lens had a very inconsitant focus. Sending this copy back in hopes of getting a decent focusing copy. Its very solidly built with good weight, so I truly hope the next copy is useable. Will write more one I get these exchanged and give the new copy a try.

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5.0

Great lens

By Nick

from Wisconsin

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

I purchased this lens for taking portraits. It is amazing. Focus is fast and accurate. The boken is beautiful. I definitely recommend this lens.

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5.0

Incredible Bokeh!

By Kameron

from Yuba City, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Portrait
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

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

This lens has become my favorite.
Build Quality: A+. Looks and feels very professional, nice focus ring.
Bokeh: A+. Cannot stress enough how well the 9 aperture rings make the picture amazing. The out of focus parts are SO creamy!
Focusing: B-. AF often misses at f/1.4, so if you are taking portraits, stop down to f/2.2 or so. Live view focusing (on Canon t5i) is terribly slow.
Image Problems: B. No chromatic aberration! Suffers pretty heavy longitude aberration at f/1.4.

I have never used an L lens, but I have previously used the Canon 50mm f/1.8

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4.0

Great Lens!

By Me in Weehawken

from Weehawken

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

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

    Shot at 1.4 the Bokeh and sharpness are amazing!

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    5.0

    Awesome lens

    By Mika

    from Montreal, Qc

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

    It's an awesome lens ! The deep of field is perfect, very nice to hold the lens too. The service is really fast.

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    5.0

    Great lens!

    By dfphotograph

    from new jersey

    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
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I have owned 50mm 1.8 lens by canon for years, but got fed up when it was not doing what I wanted. Along with that quality of lens did not match the price. So, I ungraded to 50mm 1.4 lens by sigma. It was worth the decision, because this lens is not only made beautifully. The depth of field and brokeh is beautiful! I recently used it to take just snap shots and every photo was perfect!

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    5.0

    great lens

    By Jinwang

    from Maryland

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

    This lens works very well in my Canon 70D. The shipping is fast. I love B&H.

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    4.0

    Very sharp

    By Roy Huang

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Focusing Issue

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

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

    I got this with a very decent deal. With this price, there is nothing to complain about. I also compared with 50L F1.2, the difference is really minor. Only concern is focusing, which really depends on your camera body. It works perfectly well on my 6d. For my 70d, unfortunately, I still have not figure out how to get right focused pictures.

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    2.0

    Fantastic IQ / Autofocus Problems

    By Dave

    from South Beloit, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Inaccurate Auto Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Weddings/Events

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

    The Sigma 50 EX has excellent image quality. Sharpness wide open is reasonable, becoming very good at f/2, and outstanding at f/2.8 and beyond.Vignetting is minimized for such a fast lens. Bokeh is best in class for f/1.4 lenses.Phase detect autofocus is an issue though and I don't believe it is tied to my camera body. Shoot near MFD and the lens will front focus. Shoot from maybe 5-15 feet with proper AFMA and the lens will focus properly. Shoot from 50+ feet and it will back focus.Some people on the internet believe that Sigma has improved the lens autofocus as time has gone on, but it does not appear to be the case in my opinion. I'm one of many who have had issues with focus issues at different distances.Shoot contrast detect AF (liveview) and the lens is accurate. As good as the image quality is, I could not accept having a liveview only lens and returned it.

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    4.0

    Sweet

    By Ed

    from Los Angeles

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography

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

      Still not quite the perfect low light lens, but pretty close for the price. Pleasant Bokeh w/ my 60d.

      -Perfect body would be full frame or larger
      -Perfect lens would be constant f1.2 zoom
      ... both consumer size.

      Bravo, Sigma for including a case & hood.

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      5.0

      Fun lens - great photos

      By El Fuego

      from Atlanta, GA

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

      I am new to photography and wanted to upgrade the kit lens on my Canon T5i. I read lots of reviews and looked at tons of sample images and decided my first upgrade should be a 50mm. This Sigma ended up at the top of my list. I was immediately pleased with the quality feel of the lens. The images it has produced so far are vastly better looking than what the kit lens can provide. Part of this is the aperture giving great. bokeh but even the colors are much better. My next lens will also be a Sigma. Hi highly recommend this lens.

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By G-man

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is an epic lens. Great low light capabilities at f1.4. Very fast auto focus. Perfect happy medium between the cheaper f1.8 lens and the new 'art lens' that is triple the cost.

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        5.0

        Nice lens, good value

        By Steve

        from Ontario Canada

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

        Very happy with this lens. I did have to make some micro adjustments to my 6D's AF setting since the lens was slightly front focused. This was only noticable when shooting wide open. I can easily overlook that issue given the value, build quality, and accurate focus after micro adjusting.

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        4.0

        Solid Performer at Good Price

        By JLouisIII

        from Twin Cities, MN

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Very Sharp In Center

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Portrait photography
          • Weddings/Events

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

          When this lens dropped in price after the newer Sigma ART lens was released at over $, the older lens became a bargain. I had given my daughter my older Canon 50mm F1.8 lens and was in the market for a new 50mm. I am using it on a Canon 5D II but mainly as an 80mm equivalent on my Canon 7D.The lens has beautiful bokeh and is extremely sharp in the center. Corners are a bit soft even when stopping down to F11. But since I am using it as a portrait lens it is of little concern to me.I have shot about 400 images with it and am pleased. Besides the resolution the auto focus is fast and quiet. This is not the best 50mm on the market but I believe it is the best value since its price was $ from B&H. Less than six months ago it was $.RECOMMENDED

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          4.0

          Great Lens for the buck

          By J photographer

          from Seattle, Wa

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I like to use the lens for simple photography and the lens does the job, it feels great, quick autofocus and the images are amazing. Of course the weight is a bit heavy but feels good to the touch. The lens has a slight focus issue but not a big deal since you can tweak it.

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          3.0

          Beautiful lens but not very sharp.

          By Juan Molina

          from Medellin, Colombia

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus

          Best Uses

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

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

          I bought it to replace my canon 1.8 metal mount from 90´, however is not as sharp and the autofocus is not that accurate as that old lens.
          The lens is beautiful, it feels solid and professional.
          The image quality is very good in the center and very bad in the corners of full frame.
          A lot of chromatic aberration.
          The big front element does its work very good because there is almost nothing of vignetting.

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          5.0

          The Best

          By Cameraguy

          from Atlanta, Ga.

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

          No one makes them like this!
          As good as Canon f1.2.

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          5.0

          Excellewnt Lens

          By Enchanted

          from Taos, New Mexico

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I use this lens in my portrait business. It has fast, accurate focus for tack sharp results. It is a bit soft around the edges/corners (as was indicated in dpreview), but this does not interfere with my intent for portraits, rather, it usually becomes a welcomed aspect. As a 50mm prime (I use it on full-frame Nikons)it delivers the speed and overall performance you would expect. Like most primes 50mm and down, it has no stabilizer, but it is always on a tripod in the studio and at high shutter speeds outdoors. The background bokeh is great, better than most 50mm's I have used. Some complain that it is bulky and heavy, but I'm an old film guy, used to plenty of weight, which helps with stability in hand-held situations.

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            4.0

            Great Prime Lens

            By Vortex

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Video

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

            The lens is built solid and of great quality. The only issue that I've seen so far is that when shooting at f1.4 the image is very soft. I love using this lens for video and the bokeh is amazing. Gave it 4 stars because of the softness.

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            4.0

            Great addition to my camera bag.

            By AndyW570

            from Midwest

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I will be using this lens mostly for portraits. love the shallow depth of field. Perfect balance between cost and performance.

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              5.0

              Excellent

              By Chinh Pham

              from REVIEW_NUMBER_FIELD_P

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

              This lens come out very good for portrait

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