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Sigma85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
 
4.4

(based on 107 reviews)

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    (26)

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    (9)

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    (2)

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    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (75)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (58)
  • Strong construction (56)
  • Consistent output (43)
  • Durable (32)

Cons

  • Heavy (22)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (67)
  • Low light (61)
  • Night photography (27)
  • Portraits (27)
  • Sports/action (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (28), Photo enthusiast (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (79)

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

 

Almost perfect, but I need perfect

I am a very active professional photog and cinematographer. I have used many portrait lenses in the past and much of my work, both photographically and cinematically, is stylized around the intimate close-up....Read complete review

I am a very active professional photog and cinematographer. I have used many portrait lenses in the past and much of my work, both photographically and cinematically, is stylized around the intimate close-up. This lens interested me immediately with its 1.4 aperture which bests canon's 1.8 in speed and brightness and is a fraction of the L series lens (f/1.2) in price. I have had a rokinon previously, and used it largely for cinematic work and even on a 2x teleconverter. I loved the images produced, but the lens was MF and manual aperture... Fine for cinema, not for photo. And the filter size was 72mm (non-standard) and required a step up ring to be compatible with my other filters, rendering the hood useless.When I saw this sigma version, I was excited : 77mm filter mount, autofocus, auto aperture, 1.4 wide open and rugged... EXCELLENT! Ignoring the reviews of peers in hopes to get a good copy, I made the purchase. When I pay around $[$], I expect a worthy product. I am a Canon L series fan, but could not warrant the buy for their 85mm. I settled for this still-pricey buy. I will happy got back to the rokinon 85mm 1.4.This I set my focus to the center cross-type AF zone. The lens was repeatedly focusing inaccurately 1.5 inches ahead of the subject.. Sharp but inaccurate. At this shallow depth of field this renders images useless for photography. For cinema this does not matter as all your work is manual. Another major problem is the OVERWHELMING amount of chromatic aberration that should not appear in a lens of this cost. I have never seen a lens produce such a high amount of chromatic aberration. The rokinon at a fraction of the price produced little if any.In short I would recommend the rokinon. I was able to return the lens thanks to B&H's excellent service team and they supplied me with a store credit so that I could get the gear I needed for the shoot I was working ASAP. I hope this helps anyone considering this lens

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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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    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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      4.0

      My go-to lens for people

      By David Ressler Photography

      from Griffith, IN

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Bought this for portraits and it's exceeded my expectations. Focus is great in available light but does struggle in low light situations where timing could be an issue. I mainly use this as a studio lens so AF speed isn't a major concern. It's sharp in the center at 1.4 and tack sharp by 2.8 in the center. For studio portraits I have no regrets buying this over the Canon.

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      3.0

      Decent for what it is...

      By Shawn D.

      from Michigan

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus

      Best Uses

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

        I spent an extra #$ and got the L glass version of this. I just wasn't impressed and I wasn't impress with the images people have submitted with their reviews, but I took a chance. Most of everyone's image has a very noisy bokeh, as well as my own with this lens. Not good. Though if you're on a budget, this lens is good. Not great, but good enough.

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        5.0

        Amazing portrait lens

        By Leonato August

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        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 am using this lens mainly for portraits while shooting weddings.

        80% of the time I set it at F 1.4 & sure the focus is very critical at such a wide opening, however in return the results are gorgeous pictures.

        It is not a fast lens, and you certainly need to slow down while working with it especially at F 1.4

        The combination of of usning my Nikon D800E body and this lens is incredible. I added some samples from a recent event I worked on, have fun !

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        5.0

        Beautiful lens!!

        By Sadie S

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Tough To Attach

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

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

        This lens is so spectacular!! I actually returned this one because I failed to educate myself on the focus length I needed. I got a 35mm instead. I took some shots with this one and it is PERFECT for situations where you can't get up close to your subjects. This is not what I personally needed, but if you need a telephoto, you will not be disappointed! The photos I did take with it made me squeal with delight! Just beautiful!

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        5.0

        Nice & Sharp!!

        By Johnny T.

        from Michigan

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I bought this lens for my Canon bodies because I couldn't bring myself to spending $[$] on the Canon 1.2!! This lens didn't let me down. It is sharp as hell and saved me a ton of money. If you are questioning buying it rather than the Canon 1.2, don't even think about it. Just buy it, you'll LOVE it.

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            5.0

            Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens For Cano

            By Tona Diaz

            from Boise, ID.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            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:

              Remarkable piece of glass. First of all I have a Canon EOS 6D and I recently started with portrait photography, so it's seems like the 85mm is just one of the best focal lenses for portraits in full frame cameras. I considered the usual suspects the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 and f/1.2 the latter being the absolute best but filthy wicked pricey; after reading a ton of reviews on the subject I found a third alternative and that's the Sigma. It has after all, the best optical quality for all Canon full frame cameras, according to Dxo Mark Lens Reviews; it has mostly outstanding reviews in every relevant photography site, and it's certainly quite affordable much more than the f/1.2.Well, indeed it's a keeper. The autofocus is fast and accurate (I did not experiment any back focusing problems), super sharp, shallower depth of field than the Canon's f/1.8 and it feels way better. Along the lens it's also included a lens hood and a pouch.Is it better than the Canon's f/1.2? Overall I don't think so. But it offers like 97% of the functionality for less than 50% of the price so at least for me there no need in the immediate future to consider replacing it.

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              5.0

              Amazing Product for sharp portrait pix

              By tbaykal

              from Jersey City, NJ

              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:

                I was just looking for a portrait lens with good bokeh and sharp picture with my 5D Mark III. This lens gives amazing pictures in all light conditions for portrait and product photography. The price is reasonable and I would definitely recommend for all enthusiastic and pro photographers.

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                5.0

                Great except or dust

                By Dave

                from Phoenixville, PA

                Verified Buyer

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

                Love it except for the peice of dust inside the lens.

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                5.0

                Amazing Lens!

                By Lynne

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

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

                I've only used it for flower photos so far; but plan to move on to portraits. The DOF and image clarity are outstanding and the only negative would be the weight; but I think because of the quality of this lens it's to be expected.

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                5.0

                Excellent image quality

                By YovoPhoto

                from USA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Strong Construction

                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 use this lens for portraits and events. I first rented this lens for a job, with the intention of renting the Canon 1.2L lens. After one event, I ordered one for my own kit. I take a lot of event and kid portraits, so focus speed is a factor. Balancing bokeh, focus ability, image quality and price, I could not justify even renting the Canon L lens. Image quality is outstanding. The lens hunts a bit in low light but nothing more than I'd expect. I expect this lens will challenge the Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens in producing the images which sell the most.

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                  3.0

                  Almost perfect, but I need perfect

                  By Mark TB Matook

                  from Rhode Island

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Chromatic aberration
                  • Inaccurate Focussing

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I am a very active professional photog and cinematographer. I have used many portrait lenses in the past and much of my work, both photographically and cinematically, is stylized around the intimate close-up. This lens interested me immediately with its 1.4 aperture which bests canon's 1.8 in speed and brightness and is a fraction of the L series lens (f/1.2) in price. I have had a rokinon previously, and used it largely for cinematic work and even on a 2x teleconverter. I loved the images produced, but the lens was MF and manual aperture... Fine for cinema, not for photo. And the filter size was 72mm (non-standard) and required a step up ring to be compatible with my other filters, rendering the hood useless.When I saw this sigma version, I was excited : 77mm filter mount, autofocus, auto aperture, 1.4 wide open and rugged... EXCELLENT! Ignoring the reviews of peers in hopes to get a good copy, I made the purchase. When I pay around $[$], I expect a worthy product. I am a Canon L series fan, but could not warrant the buy for their 85mm. I settled for this still-pricey buy. I will happy got back to the rokinon 85mm 1.4.This I set my focus to the center cross-type AF zone. The lens was repeatedly focusing inaccurately 1.5 inches ahead of the subject.. Sharp but inaccurate. At this shallow depth of field this renders images useless for photography. For cinema this does not matter as all your work is manual. Another major problem is the OVERWHELMING amount of chromatic aberration that should not appear in a lens of this cost. I have never seen a lens produce such a high amount of chromatic aberration. The rokinon at a fraction of the price produced little if any.In short I would recommend the rokinon. I was able to return the lens thanks to B&H's excellent service team and they supplied me with a store credit so that I could get the gear I needed for the shoot I was working ASAP. I hope this helps anyone considering this lens

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                  4.0

                  not bad

                  By nickname

                  from Calgary

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus

                  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:

                  Use for portrait. A bit soft when wide open. Based on the other reviews I was expecting it to be a bit more sharp. Although f/1.4 is not that useful anyways, and it gets very sharp at f/2, so it is OK.

                  It focuses slightly back so I had to manually micro adjust on my 5D MkII. However, the focusing does not seem to be very consistent and need manual focus especially when the DOF is very shallow.

                  Not overly impressed but I think it is ok considering the price.

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                  5.0

                  It is powerful

                  By Alejandro Torres

                  from Guadalajara, México

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  weddings Portraits

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                  4.0

                  first image right out the camera of it

                  By SueGee

                  from southwest LA.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • My First Images Great
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Heavy Only To Me

                  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:

                  I will use it mostly for portraits, don't know how it will work for landscapes?The reviews of this were absolutely great, the Mike.... guy in sales gave me much info on this & how to get the best work from it. Look at my first image out camera with it, I was impressed. Only first few yesterday, in future, if not as great as these, will review again.my con, it was a little heavier than expected. For me, may mean a tripod since I'm older.

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