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Sigma85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
 
4.5

(based on 121 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (79)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (86)
  • Strong construction (66)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (64)
  • Consistent output (50)
  • Durable (37)

Cons

  • Heavy (25)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Slow focus (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (75)
  • Low light (70)
  • Night photography (31)
  • Sports/action (31)
  • Portraits (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (39), Pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (17), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (91)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

WOW, what a lens!

I had been searching for my next lens, and figured it was time to invest in an 85mm. I have always been interested in the 85mm L, however, I have heard many complaints...Read complete review

I had been searching for my next lens, and figured it was time to invest in an 85mm. I have always been interested in the 85mm L, however, I have heard many complaints about the slow focusing, and vowed not to invest in that level of expense until they came out with a new version that adjusted that issue.

THEN I found the Simga 85mm f/1.4, much less expensive, and getting incredible reviews and comparisons to Canon's 85mm L. I have been suitably impressed. While it is prone to chromatic aberration wide open (which is typical for 50mm and 85mm lenses, even my 35mm L has some CA at times), it is easily adjusted in processing. It has focused fast for action shots, and with low-contrast. The compression of 85mm is lovely. It is one of my heaviest lenses, so I do have to take some care in upping my shutter speed to compensate, and giving my wrist a rest! But nicely built on brief inspection.

I can't recommend this lens enough. Given, I have owned it for a couple weeks now, so only time will tell for its hardiness (I have heard many horror stories of Sigma's customer service, but hoping that will be a non-issue!).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mixed Results

I truly wanted to like this lens, but in the end the CA on it was what led me to return it.As a background, I love my Sigma 50mm 1.4 (non-Art) lens....Read complete review

I truly wanted to like this lens, but in the end the CA on it was what led me to return it.As a background, I love my Sigma 50mm 1.4 (non-Art) lens. That lens performs even better than the Canon 50mm 1.2 in terms of focus speed and CA control. With that in mind, I decided to pick up the Sigma 85mm 1.4 since I was looking for a short tele for portraits.What I liked:The build is rugged and tough. The newer versions of this lens no longer have the matte texture and the new smooth finish feels very durable. The fit and finish on the lens is above average. And maybe not as solid as the metal manual focus Zeiss lens, nothing is. Focus speed is impressive. Faster than the Canon. It is very accurate and snaps into focus like a pro lens.Sharpness, the lens is sharp like the other reviews have stated. Shooting at 1.4 on an 85mm requires skills and practice, being a working photographer for over 15 years, I can do this. So no focus issues from the user error. Also no front or back focus like what people often are concerned with regarding Sigma. Disliked:There was too much CA on this lens. It is to be expected at 1.4, but even when stopping down to 2.8-4.0 the lens still exhibited too much CA to be useful for the way and what I shoot. I shoot fashion and backlight many of my subjects. The edges of models had too much purple fringing. Also when shooting metal jewelry, CA became a problem again. I know Lightroom and other apps can take care of CA in post, but my that doesn't work for my workflow and also my expectation of $ lens since it performs optically similar to the lesser priced Canon 85 1.8.Conclusion. In the end I returned the lens. The CA issue for me, is based on what and how I shoot. So if you shoot backlit or metal objects at larger apertures like 1.4-2.8, then I cannot recommend this lens.Outside of these subject and lighting settings, the lens performed well. It's sharp, well built and feels balanced in when handholding.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens, great value!

By LB

from Chicgao

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

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

I usually buy Canon lenses, but Sigma keeps surprising me with their great quality and great pricing. I honestly don't see any big differences with the Sigma 85 and the Canon 85. If you want to save a bit extra definitely go with this lens!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My portrait lens!

By MusicMan5

from Normal, IL USA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portrait
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I used to own a Canon 85mm f/1.8 but I was never quite pleased with the portraits I created with it. Never could quite put my finger on what it was, I just did not like them. Consequently I stopped using it and eventually I sold it.

    I had replaced my Canon 50mm with the Sigma 50mm Art lens and couldn't be happier. So I started looking into the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens.

    Long story short when Sigma reduced the price of this lens I ordered one and I have been using it for types of work. I am very pleased with the performance and images created by this lens. Very soon I will be giving it a real world portrait test but so far I am very satisfied with it.

    The images are much more appealing than what I got from the Canon lens.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again.

    By Bob

    from Oakdale, MN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I'm a landscape, cityscape and wild life photographer. This lens is perfect for me as I take a lot of cityscape pictures at night. I always us a tripod while doing so. This lens is specular. I owned the Canon 1.2 version of this lens and find that
      the Sigma focuses much faster and I find for my tastes the image quality is the same at less than half the price, sounds like a no brainer to me. The lens is very well made, is heavy, which I LIKE. Great product. Good work Sigma.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful

      By Marcio Silva

      from Boston

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

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

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

      Worth every penny....I am a professional wedding photographer and Canon shooter...This lens will deliver very sharp images at wide apertures with silk creamy bokeh...you will not be disappointed.

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      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Mixed Results

      By Fashion Min

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • CA

      Best Uses

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

        I truly wanted to like this lens, but in the end the CA on it was what led me to return it.As a background, I love my Sigma 50mm 1.4 (non-Art) lens. That lens performs even better than the Canon 50mm 1.2 in terms of focus speed and CA control. With that in mind, I decided to pick up the Sigma 85mm 1.4 since I was looking for a short tele for portraits.What I liked:The build is rugged and tough. The newer versions of this lens no longer have the matte texture and the new smooth finish feels very durable. The fit and finish on the lens is above average. And maybe not as solid as the metal manual focus Zeiss lens, nothing is. Focus speed is impressive. Faster than the Canon. It is very accurate and snaps into focus like a pro lens.Sharpness, the lens is sharp like the other reviews have stated. Shooting at 1.4 on an 85mm requires skills and practice, being a working photographer for over 15 years, I can do this. So no focus issues from the user error. Also no front or back focus like what people often are concerned with regarding Sigma. Disliked:There was too much CA on this lens. It is to be expected at 1.4, but even when stopping down to 2.8-4.0 the lens still exhibited too much CA to be useful for the way and what I shoot. I shoot fashion and backlight many of my subjects. The edges of models had too much purple fringing. Also when shooting metal jewelry, CA became a problem again. I know Lightroom and other apps can take care of CA in post, but my that doesn't work for my workflow and also my expectation of $ lens since it performs optically similar to the lesser priced Canon 85 1.8.Conclusion. In the end I returned the lens. The CA issue for me, is based on what and how I shoot. So if you shoot backlit or metal objects at larger apertures like 1.4-2.8, then I cannot recommend this lens.Outside of these subject and lighting settings, the lens performed well. It's sharp, well built and feels balanced in when handholding.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome lens

        By 10eggs

        from houston Tx

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

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

        1) f/1.4 give you very nice bokeh.
        2) cheaper then canon f/1.2 but give you similar quality of bokeh.
        3) A bit slow auto-focus, well this lens is not for fast moving things

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        exactly as advertised -- and that's good

        By Howard

        from Houston

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          My primary reason for buying this lens is the f/1.4 aperture. That means that it has to deliver the goods WIDE OPEN. And it absolutely does. Contrast is striking and bokeh is buttery. It may not make ugly people beautiful. But it'll definitely help.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sharp. Excellent value

          By Fugitive

          from Iowa

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

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

          Bought this lens for use in portrait photography. For the cost - excellent. I have used it on 3 sessions and a bunch of my own "for fun" work. Satisfied with image quality and lens performance. No need for me to spend twice the amount I paid for this for the top Canon 85mm. This does the job.
          It does seem a bit bulkier and heavier than I cared for. Overall, doesnt make a big deal to me. Only con I can think of at the moment.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          OMG!

          By Tracy

          from Elkhart, Indiana

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

          This lens is GREAT! I am so happy with it. It is spot on, so sharp. Yes, taking pictures with f/1.4, you have to be precise but that is with any fast lens. But this lens exceeded my expectations. I took pictures of my Grandson playing tennis, and I couldn't be happier. So happy I purchased this.

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          5.0

          So worth the money!!!

          By Sambug

          from Grayslake

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

          I'm only sorry I didn't invest a lot sooner in better glass!! This lens is beautiful and the sharpness is amazing! I don't have the Nikon version so I cannot compare but I'm loving this lens and the price was excellent!!!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very good lens

          By sangredetigre

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I use this either on a full frame camera (usually studio) or on an APS-C camera (usually weddings/events) for an equivalent focal length of approximately 135mm.
            Typically stop it down between f2.2 and f5.6.
            I like the focus speed, colour, sharpness and constrast.
            Great value for money.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Lens

            By chris

            from New York City

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

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

              I bought this lens almost 1 month ago to celebrate the people I have the privilege to work and play with. It's a joy to see their faces captured by such a high fidelity piece of hardware.

              I shoot using a Canon 70D and portraits are in breathtaking focus; depth of field is fantastic. I mainly use this lens to capture dinner party portraits and most of my candid shots are taken in low light, ie: candle light. The wide open aperture of this lens makes low light photography crisp and clear.

              I haven't run into any negative points since I started using this lens. It's as sharp and artful as advertised and expected.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Beautiful lens! Great bokeh! Sharp

              By Taconite

              from Duluth, MN

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

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

              Everything you could want from a portrait lens...especially at this price!

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic Lens

              By Bill

              from Baton Rouge, LA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

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

                I received my Sigma 85 f/1.4 the day before Christmas, unpacked it and starting shooting at our family get together. I am very please hot the 85 mm works with my full frame 5D II. The 1st 20 shots or so was before my flash broke, then I was forced to go totally without flash and the 1.4 gave me the speed I needed to capture the moment I wanted,This is the 1st non Canon lens I bought in 20+ years and I am glad I did. Yes I would recommend to a friend.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fresh out of the box!

                By Cirene

                from Washington, DC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I'm going to have a lot of fun with this lens! I just got it today and after snapping a few shots I'm finding it a pleasure to use. It focuses fast, is very sharp wide open and feels well built. I hemmed and hawed about whether to get the Canon 85mm 1.2 or this Sigma and at this point in my career (I'm a fledgling photographer) I couldn't throw down the extra cash for the Canon. And who knows, maybe I won't ever purchase it if this Sigma continues to impress!

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Lens at a Great Price

                  By Andy

                  from Dayton Ohio

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    I love this news lens. It is a much better value than the Canon f/1.2 and it's a fraction of the price. The build is really solid and the focus is accurate, at least for my copy. I have read that the focus on some lenses is not good. It comes with a nice lens hood and extender for APS-C cameras. The bokeh is nice and soft and the pop of this lens is really nice.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wow, what a beautiful piece of glass!

                    By Uly

                    from Wisconsin

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    This baby is sharp as a tac. I didn't know what I was missing. I tried it both on my 7D and my old Rebel, and it just makes even my little old Rebel sing with joy! Beautiful Bokeh, sharpness, etc. I use it to shoot portraits both animal and people, but I have also tried it in landscaping pictures. It just produces beautiful shots.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice Bargain

                    By FotografiaMoreno

                    from San Juan, PR

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Nothing so far

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Portraits
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    I was deciding between this and the 1.2 version of Canon. Glad I did it. Very sharp, warm, faster in the AF and a very good price. Very good construction, feels solid like a tank, much safer to work with specially at the time of switching lenses, better performance at low light which for me is a MUST, a bit lighter than the Canon's 1.2. Comparing the bokeh in 1.2 and this 1.4 beast, you can even tell the difference. This is a very good choice at a very good price.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love!

                    By Jessica

                    from Arcata, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    Great lens for portrait photography. This lens will get a lot of use from me. Almost purchased the Canon 85 1.2, but read so many reviews about how fabulous this lens is that I had to give it a try. SO GLAD I did. It is tack sharp & super quick -- and SO much cheaper than the Canon.

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                    (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    WOW, what a lens!

                    By Amy

                    from Charlottesville, VA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Long focusing distance

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    I had been searching for my next lens, and figured it was time to invest in an 85mm. I have always been interested in the 85mm L, however, I have heard many complaints about the slow focusing, and vowed not to invest in that level of expense until they came out with a new version that adjusted that issue.

                    THEN I found the Simga 85mm f/1.4, much less expensive, and getting incredible reviews and comparisons to Canon's 85mm L. I have been suitably impressed. While it is prone to chromatic aberration wide open (which is typical for 50mm and 85mm lenses, even my 35mm L has some CA at times), it is easily adjusted in processing. It has focused fast for action shots, and with low-contrast. The compression of 85mm is lovely. It is one of my heaviest lenses, so I do have to take some care in upping my shutter speed to compensate, and giving my wrist a rest! But nicely built on brief inspection.

                    I can't recommend this lens enough. Given, I have owned it for a couple weeks now, so only time will tell for its hardiness (I have heard many horror stories of Sigma's customer service, but hoping that will be a non-issue!).

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