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

(based on 220 reviews)

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    (24)

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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

50mm

By Roberto

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

good help from the sells person.
Thanks

 
5.0

Definitely buy this.

By Coltondaniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Amazing lens. Great build quality. Image quality is also amazing. Hard to beat the L lenses from Canon but I think Sigma has done it for sure!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So happy with this lens

By Elizabeth

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my favorite lens I have ever owned! I am so happy I bought this. The photos are crisp, beautiful, and give me the effect I want.

Also, I found B&H upon recommendation from two multi-decade professional photographers, and was very pleased with my experience.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic lens

By Nancy

from undisclosed

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

This is a gorgeous lens. The f/1.4 produces fantastic images. Would definitely recommend.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love the lens and it's sharp as a tack!

By Jennifer

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love the lens! Incredibly sharp. Only thing I would say that beware of the fact that the lens is heavy and longer than the Canon 50mm f/1.2. Other than that, it's $400 cheaper than the Canon and even sharper all around the edges of the frame! Great value proposition.

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Debra

from undisclosed

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

I've had this lens for a few weeks. I upgraded from the Canon 1.8 to this so it is a huge change in build quality as well as size and weight!! I have taken some indoor shots but nothing yet in low light so I can't give a assessment of that situation....the photos I have taken are sharp. Very pleased with this lens.

 
5.0

Recomendable

By Andres

from undisclosed

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

Tremendo lente

 
5.0

My love...

By Julia

from undisclosed

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

Sharp, sleek, ... a little heavy. Feels almost as heavy as my 70-200mm, but it's worth the weight.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would definitely purchase this lens again.

By Jeff

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I sold my first 50 mm Sigma in favor of this ART version as it is one of three Art lenses I now own. Excellent build Quality and as always, tack sharp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Why didn't I buy this a long time ago?!?!

By Caleb

from Atlanta, GA

Verified Buyer

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

I'm a big fan of the Sigma art series which started for me with the 35mm 1.4. But I just thought my Canon 50mm 1.4 would have been good enough for both video and photo work.

Fast forward a few years and I finally jumped in for the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and man I'm glad I did. I wanted it mainly for video interviews for my Sony cameras with the Metabones ultra speedbooster. And even though I have cine lenses, I found myself using this lens for a majority of the time because the depth of field and the sharpness of the lens is outstanding.

I can't talk enough about how important the sharpness of this lens is for video. The primary reason is because most video picture profiles the sharpness needs to be reduced. So with other lenses it can produce a somewhat mushy image and that's not the look I like. This lens is crispy and smooth in all the right places. AND it's a killer photo lens. So what was I thinking not getting this lens earlier???

Get it. It's worth it.

 
5.0

Sigma Art vs Canon 1.2L - a Noob's Perspective

By C Law 24

from Atlanta, GA

Verified Buyer

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

The headline was intentional. My review should not be a deciding factor for professionals or the highly technically-minded. Instead, I want to share what drove an amateur (me) to the Art over the 1.2L. After much (literally 50 hours) of research and comparison of these two 50mm lenses, I was still left undecided. Thirty minutes of silent contemplation paired with a nice glass of bourbon finally led me to realize that I appreciated the sharpness of the Art over the dreaminess of the 1.2L. This is not to say that the Art produces poor bokeh or that the 1.2L is soft (it sort of is for a prime). Instead, I came to the conclusion that I could post-process a little dreaminess much easier than I could sharpen an image.

Fast forward to today and I sleep like a baby. My experience with the Art has been fantastic and I'm thrilled with its all-around performance. I have found the need to soften a face or two in post production, but that's not time consuming or grating. On the other hand, I'm loving the crazy fine detail captured in every snap. As a result, I use this lens almost exclusively.

Note 1: I shoot on a Canon 5D Mark IV. I cannot speak to it's performance on any other body.

Note 2: Many reviews noted the need to make micro adjustments to this lens. My experience and testing of the lens found it to be spot on right out of the box. My own two cents (completely uneducated) is that the early batches of the lens may have had more QC issues or perhaps the lens didn't cooperate as well with older camera bodies.

Conclusion: Unless your style or wallet dictates otherwise, the Art is a near perfect prime for your collection.

 
4.0

More great than bad

By Joel

from Washington, DC

Verified Buyer

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

Everyone has read the reviews describing the superlative nature of the lens' rendering and I will spare you yet another outpouring - when it nails focus, it really is excellent.

That being said, the lens has difficulty nailing focus on my 5dsr in situations with relatively low contrast. It's more than a bit frustrating. Also, it occasionally bonks on focus altogether - it occasionally is so far off that it's comical. For family candids I don't mind, but commercial work? Not acceptable.

Also, the lens required major calibrating out of the box. Not the end of the world, but not something that I expected - the dock is an absolute must have.

All that being said, when it nails it? I love it. I wouldn't use it for fast-moving subjects, though slow and deliberate work is a reasonable task for the lens.

See the attached sample for OOF rendering.

 
5.0

perfect

By mari lopez

from gaithersburg MD

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

perfect

 
5.0

Sharp

By ivn

from New York, NY

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

Super sharp lens, amazing quality.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a very good lens.

By Ivan

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

I have been shooting with it for about six months. This is a very good lens, it just requires some getting used to. I shoot mostly with prime lenses and the 50 mm is not my favorite one but I still use it a lot.

1.4 aperture is what makes it great! I can shoot without a flash at near complete darkness. The focusing woks quite well in the dark. The depth of field is extremely shallow at this aperture, its easy to get an eye in focus and a nose and an ear out of focus. This gives a lot opportunities to reveal or blur background to the degree you like.

The image produced by this lens is very-very-very soft and low contrast (@1.4). Not non-sharp but soft in an artistic sense. The bokeeh (how do I spell it?!:)) is pleasant and not obtrusive, it fits my style of photography very well.

This lens is also great to play with backlighting and flare (@1.4).

The only drawback of this lens is the annoying inconsistence of focusing in backlight. But again, after some practice I have learned to overwhelm this.

At smaller apertures the lens turns into a regular one but... why do we buy a 1.4 glass again?:) To sum up, if I loose this lens I would buy the same one again.

 
5.0

Amazing quality lens

By Romina

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is beautiful. Feels amazing, sturdy, and of great quality. The photos are razor sharp, and the bokeh is beautiful. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a 50mm

 
5.0

Super Solid Lens - Student Discount!

By GW

from Fort Collins, Colorado

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

I 100% recommend this lens, I am a college student, and if you sign up for an EDU account you get about $100 off this lens new! DO IT

 
5.0

Great!

By Omarjr

from undisclosed

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

As soon as you grab it you can tell it is a good lense.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Lens!

By Deborah

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I cannot say enough about this lens. Wow! It is tack sharp and focuses quickly on moving objects, I really didn't want to like this lens, I wanted the Canon 50mm f1.2, but with everything I read and viewed on this lens I had to give it a try. I DO NOT have any buyer's remorse with this lens. Great product, Sigma has definitely upped their game with this one.

 
5.0

incredible lens

By Sharon

from undisclosed

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

I LOVE this lens. It's fast, tack sharp and has beautiful bokeh when wide open! Gorgeous, just gorgeous.

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