An especially sleek portrait-length prime, the 56mm f/1.4 DC DN is part of Sigma's Contemporary series of lenses, and is designed for use with APS-C-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens is characterized by its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, which suits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers improved control over depth of field for isolating subjects and working with selective focus techniques. The optical design utilizes two aspherical elements and one SLD element, which help to reduce both spherical and chromatic aberrations for greater sharpness and clarity. A super multilayer coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting in order to achieve more contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions. Complementing the optics is a stepping AF motor, which suits both photo and video applications due to its quick, precise, and near-silent performance.
- E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
- 84mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- One SLD Element, Two Aspherical Elements
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Overview
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Specs
|Focal Length||56mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 84mm)|
|Lens Mount||Sony E|
|Lens Format Coverage||APS-C|
|Angle of View||28.5°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||1.64' / 50 cm|
|Optical Design||10 Elements in 6 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||9, Rounded|
|Filter Size||55 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.62 x 2.34" / 66.5 x 59.5 mm|
|Weight||9.88 oz / 280 g|
|Package Weight||1.025 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||4.2 x 4.15 x 3.75"|
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Reviews
Excellent 3rd Party Lens for Fuji-X
This has quickly become a favorite lens of mine. It does well in portraits with the fast aperture allowing for smooth and pleasant bokeh with good subject isolation. It's a sharp lens throughout the whole frame at higher apertures and is still quite good wide open. The build quality is excellent and is a mix of metal and high quality plastics and rubber and maintains a premium feel overall. The focus ring is dampened well and turns smoothly. The lack of an aperture ring did not bother me at all, which I thought it might. Readjusting to using the front dial was very easy and is now my preferred way to shoot. The lens hood is also particularly good and well made it's easy to attach and isn't made of brittle cheap plastics like some other lens hoods I've used.
Little Brother To The Bokeh Master 105 f1.4 Art
I vacillated over jumping into the Olympus 45 f1.2 Pro lens at $1400. I came upon some reviews and just had to give this Sigma a try. I'd read Sigma had essentially come up with this lens formula wise, to emulate their Bokeh Master 105 f1.4 Art for FF but wanted this 56mm for my new OM-1. I just had to give it a try for a mere $404.00. The build quality is superb and solid. The hood is a higher quality then most lenses out there in general. This lens proved to be sharp wide open across the frame, but even better, without any effort can be used in a portrait application to provide some of the sweetest bokeh money can buy. Your subjects face can be in focus but as it leaves their body it just melts away behind them so nicely. This lens can easily compete with lenses 3-4 times the price all day long. NO compromises either. Focus is instant and accurate. This on a OM-1 so I can't speak to all other formats nor models. If you have a OM-1 you can save yourself serious $$ going with this instead of a 45 f1.2 Pro lens.
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN for Fujifilm X, Great Value!
If you've seen the online technical reviews for this lens, you know that it competes well with Fujifilm's own 56mm f1.2. My experience in real world use confirms that it is very sharp, with good color rendering (slightly different than Fuji color) and decent autofocus performance. Considering it's barely over half of the Fujifilm lens price, it is an excellent value.
Super-fast autofocus, sharp, and creamy bokeh. Great in low light. The depth of field is so shallow wide open that it's sometimes necessary to fine-tune the focus. Very solid build; pairs well with the X-S10 (a body that is easily outbalanced by large, heavy lenses).
Really a fantastic lens
I purchased this for my MFT system. This is my first Sigma lens. I own a number of more expensive Olympus Pro and Panasonic Leica lenses. The image quality from the Sigma is comparable. Just wish it was weather sealed. Although not the smallest lens it is compact, light and sharp. Wide open you can get some really nice shallow depth of field images. I liked this lens so much that I went and bought a Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN too.
Good for low-light portrait
I bought this at the NYC store right before visiting a jazz club. What a wise decision! It worked very well with my Sony ZV-E10. See the attached photo. My dumb decision was to record video without digital stabilization on. My hand was too shaky.
The Portrait and Broll King
This is one of the sharpest, well built lenses you can buy. This is my go to lens. I use this for Broll and portraits. You pair it with the 16mm and you can create some amazing content. I recommend this lens to EVERYONE that wants a fast high quality prime lens. Works great with my GH5 and BMPCC4k. You can get nice and close for macro type shots and the AF is pretty snappy with the DFD although it does not do as good as my Panasonic native lenses. It can hunt and the IOS can give it some funny movement sometimes shooting at 1.4 but if you back it down it works just fine. The lens is sharp from edge to edge in all f stops. It is sharper than my Voitlander 42.5 f0.95 and I use this lens over it all the time. This is also my preferred lens for product and food photography.
Absolutely the best !
Super sharp, small and priced right !
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