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

(based on 176 reviews)

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    (149)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (112)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (101)
  • Strong construction (100)
  • Consistent output (74)
  • Durable (64)

Cons

  • Heavy (61)
  • Slow focus (5)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (100)
  • Weddings (85)
  • Night photography (62)
  • Landscape/scenery (45)
  • Sports/action (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (54), Semi-pro photographer (46), Photo enthusiast (25), Photography student (6), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (133), Yes (4)

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

Beautiful

By Tricia

from Redlands, CA

Verified Buyer

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

The quality of Sigma Art Lenses can hardly be matched. This is my second lens and I love the creamy portraits it produces. The bokeh is beautiful and the light is fantastic. So far I love it!

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5.0

I would buy this lens again

By Matt

from Anchorage, Alaska

Verified Buyer

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

Very sharp and solidly built. Great quality

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5.0

Incredible lens for the price

By Media Mark

from Harrisonburg, VA

Verified Buyer

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

Wonderful Lens, sharp wide open and very solid feeling. Been using for video, added a lens gear to use for follow focus. Can't recommend enough!

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4.0

Gorgeous

By fazillah

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is one of the best 50mms on the market. It has a certain look to it and because of this, a propensity to produce amazing portraits.

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5.0

Hello, GoodBUY. =]

By JaimeChanPhoto

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

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

• I use this with either my Canon EOS 6D or my Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I've been contemplating for a long time which 50mm prime I will buy to step up from my MARK I Canon EF 50mm ƒ/1.8 lens. It's an old, classic piece of glass, but it's not quite up to par with me (understatement, I know) since I've really expanded into commercial/editorial portrait photography. Having consistent and fine quality is a must. On occasion, I do shoot events as well and that also demands autofocus that can keep up with moving subjects and low-light capability for the worst of the worst.
• What I like about this lens? It performs. I never thought I'd stray away from the Canon family for a lens, especially something I have to invest some good bucks on. I was a little skeptical, but I am now interested in possibly getting the 35mm Sigma Art lens because of how much I've come to enjoy this one. I own the Canon 85 1.2LII, Canon 135 2L, Canon 70-200L 2.8LII, Canon 24-70mm 2.8L, and Canon 100 Macro 2.8L and I find that this lens is my preferred when shooting portraits. The autofocus is fast and it seems to be well-focused consistent. Although I can shoot only up to f/16, that doesn't bother me. I can shoot at f/1.4 if I need that bokeh, and it still seems to perform well when wide open. Closing it down make things even sharper, especially past f/4.0. The autofocus is also silent and quick. Like a ninja. I have nicknamed this lens "Ninja" because of it. This also cost a lot less than the Canon 50 1.2L and even though it's f/1.4, I don't really find that a bother. It might actually be impractical to spend that much more for only 1/3 more light. It comes with a nice case (very protective case, you'll know if you ever see the interior. The lens hood snaps into place nicely also and is made nicely. I feel like this is a high-end piece of glass.
• What I don't like about it… I kinda wish it had IS, but that's okay. I will practice shooting with a steadier hand when on the move.

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(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would buy this product again and again...and HAVE.

By noggin30

from San Diego, CA

Verified Buyer

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

The hype is true, the Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM is as sharp as they come. This lens creates simply stunning and sharp images. So why the four stars?

I am a cosplay photographer, and shoot mainly at large comic conventions. Each convention, I come away 1000 - 2000 images. This is the second time I have owned this lens. The first time, The lens performed beautifully, with fantastic images. I owned the lens for almost 3 years. But as time wore on, every 500th - 600th image the lens would just shut down. I'd press the shutter button, and the AF would not activate and I could not take a photo. The only solution, that I found, was to power everything down and turn it back on again. This seemed to get worse as time went on, and eventually was happening every 200-300 images.

It was embarrassing to be stood in front of a model and having them wait whilst I turn everything off and on again.

Finally becoming too much to bear, I decided I had had enough and traded for a Canon EF 50mm f1.2. At twice the price, I was expecting to be at least almost equal to the Sigma (I had read the reviews and knew the Sigma was better than the Canon). But with every picture I took, I looked at the result with bitter disappointment and wished that I had my Sigma back.

So...here I am again, with this incredible but heart-breaking lens. I can only hope this copy lasts a while longer than the previous one...but you simply can't beat the lens for price and sharpness.

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5.0

Great Lens

By Jim

from Pennsylvania

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

Great lens! Rented it once for a styled shoot and fell in love with it. Purchased the lens shortly after. Tack sharp and quick autofocus.

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5.0

Love it!

By Cris M Photography

from Mexico

Verified Buyer

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

In love with this lens. The sharpness is amazing. I haven't have any focussing issues as several have. For me is the best!!

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5.0

The best!

By Alex

from Boston

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    Love this lens. Great bokeh, sharp as a tack. I like it way better than the 50L. It is also balanced nicely on the 5D.

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    • No

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    2.0

    it WAS amazing...

    By LP

    from Texas

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus

      Best Uses

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

        I had and used this lens for less then 6 months before I started noticing that my shots weren't in focus. This lens is seasonal for me as I primarily shoot portraits/ Lifestyle during the summer, so the lens wasn't used often. My first shoot was amazing! Second amazing! Then it started to back focus, and then front focus and now it is all over the place... It ended up getting to the point where I went from a 90% + keep rate wide open, to less then 20%.... I'm currently hunting down my receipt to send it back to Sigma for them to take a look at it... I have heard it's a HUGE problem with this lens, and that there isn't a fix yet... SO this being said I hope Sigma fixes the issue, or provides a new lens.... Because the color and sharpness WAS perfect...

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        • No

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        5.0

        Exceeded all expectations!

        By KT

        from Syracuse, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          I recently bought a 24mm Sigma lens(came with a dock) for my Canon 6D as a change from Canon lenses. I was so impressed with it i decided to try another and replace my Canon 50mm 1.8 with the Sigma 50mm Art lens1.4. I love this lens! I am not a professional but an avid intermediate, rabid shooter and the clarity and sharpness are just fantastic. The quality and look of the lens are impressive and my photos, mostly all nature, are making me much happier as well. I can also update the lens software using the dock I already have, another reason I went for the Sigma. It is a little heavy but it doesn't bother me a bit; seems like all my lenses are heavy anyway! So far, I haven't found anything to complain about.

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          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great low light performance....but HEAVY

          By SaltyKine

          from Honolulu, HI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

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

          I upgraded to the Sigma 1.4 when my autofocus started giving out on my Canon 50mm 1.4. The Canon 1.4 is a great lens, especially for the money. I've shot 4 events with the Sigma Art lens now and have been impressed at how well it autofocuses in the dark compared to the canon. It's also got really nice Bokeh. I've done 2 surf shoots with the Sigma Art in my SPL water housing and have been very impressed with the focus on fast moving targets as well.

          The only downside to this lens is that it's really, really heavy. I'm sure that's a sign of quality, but it comes in significantly heavier than any of my L series primes.

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          (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great value and quality lens

          By Cassio

          from Miami

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

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

          I was undecided between the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 and Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 but after renting both lenses for a week, I purchased the sigma.
          The Zeiss is weather seal and great for landscape but very very hard to focus.

          Both lenses are very sharp and well built but the fast AF on the sigma is a plus. I only give 4 star because the sigma is not weather seal

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          5.0

          Delivers as promised

          By Randy Fath

          from Dalton, OH

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Just what I needed in Commercial photography with my Canon 5DS R, a great match for a great work flow.

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            5.0

            Best bang for your buck

            By Riley

            from Iron River, MI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • 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've used this lens for several shoots both indoors and outdoors and I'm in love. I have been debating between this and the Canon 1.2L for a long long time, but when my canon 50 1.4 went out of commission recently I knew I had to make up my mind.

            I have rented the Canon and it is no doubt a beautiful lens, but for the price comparison the Sigma 1.4 holds its own.

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            • No

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            5.0

            My new go-to lens!!

            By Fleurdelisphoto

            from Seattle, WA

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

            I love love LOVE this lens! I had the Canon 50mm 1.4 for the last 7 years and this lens blows that one out of the water! Tack sharp, even at 1.4, the bokeh is heavenly and the compression is dreamy! I wish I had gotten this lens sooner. It will stay on my camera a lot!

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing lens!

            By Geoff

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Sharpness
            • 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 prefer this lens to the canon 50mm 1.2L. After owning two Canon 50mm 1.2L lenses I bought this lens. The inaccurate auto focus, constant back focusing, and purple and green fringing around out of focus edges made be lose faith in the Canon. This sigma is sharp, has superb contrast and smooth out of focus.

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sharpest Fastest Best Built 50mm

            By Stowe Richards - Capture Control Inc

            from New York, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              Using this on my Canon 5DSr gives me the most perfect sharpness at maximum resolution. Only paralleled by extremely high end manual focus lenses, this lens blows Canons own 50mm out of the water. The weighty and solid construction makes me feel like it will be in my camera case for a long time.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Makes the Canon 50mm 1.2L obsolete

              By Peter

              from Palo Alto, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Up to now, all the Canon 50mm offerings were compromised on some aspect. This Sigma provides consistently better results in all aspects -- center sharpness, corner sharpness, build quality, bokeh, etc. If you want an inexpensive 50, get the new 1.8; if you want the best, get this one.

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              (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it!

              By Hannah

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

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

              Upgraded from a Canon 50mm f/1.8. Was deciding between the Canon 50mm f/1.2 and this one. The focus is really sharp, struggles in low-light (as do most). I would definitely recommend!

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              • No

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