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

(based on 206 reviews)

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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

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

Verified Buyer

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

Verified Buyer

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

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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.

 
5.0

Works great

By Patrick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Super sharp lens. Works great with Canon EOS 5D III. When used with a Sigma MC-11 adapter on a Sony A6500, it tends to defocus before locking in on focus. Once locked, focus is perfect albeit slight slow compared to Canon 5D.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Lens

By Markandrew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Amazing lens... smooth bokeh, sharp, fast focusing and an all around great lens for my Canon C300 and 5D Mark IV.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm in love and I don't care who knows it.

By Chris O'Connor

from Dallas, TX

Verified Buyer

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

So I recently switched to full frame, and the 50 1.8 STM just wasn't quite doing it for me. Don't get me wrong, that is an amazing lens for the price, and with Lightroom adjustments, the vignetting is manageable.

But this lens.

I had the 18-35 Art before this, and it was my baby. But it only fits on crop sensors. So I sold it, bought a 35 1.4 L to replace it, and didn't realize just how freaking wide a 35mm is on a full frame sensor. Returned it. Then I bought this.

The images this lens makes are pretty much flawless. The sharpness is amazing. The bokeh is delicious. The colors are fantastic. At 1.4 it gets a little dark around the edges, but barely.

"But Sigma autofocus circa 2010". AF is dead on for me with this lens, just as it was on my 18-35.

Downsides, it's not your travel lens. This thing is beefy. I got it entirely for work. For travel, throw the 1.8 STM on. You won't miss that much to be honest. This lens is pretty much as perfect as you're going to find a 50mm until maybe Canon decides to update their ancient 1.4.

If you have the cash, buy it. If questioning your budget or if you *really* need it, get the 1.8 STM.

 
5.0

As good as I expected!

By Anna

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

I read a lot of reviews comparing this lens to the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L. Ultimately went with this one because of the unanimous votes that the auto-focus was faster and more consistently reliable combined with the much lower price for what you're getting. I personally don't ever need to go down to 1.2, so that didn't matter to me as much. So far, the focus has felt more reliable than other canon primes that I own.

 
5.0

Very Nice Lens....

By Ridge Runner

from Music City, U.S.A.

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

Never owned any Brand other than Canon L Lenses (11 years).
Purchased the Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art in December. Loved the lens so much I decided on the 50mm f1.4 Art. Again, near perfect lens. Nice Bokeh and Fast Focus. I am waiting for the new 135mm f1.8 Art to be released this Spring (2017).

 
5.0

Sharp, fast lens. I'm impressed!

By Austin

from undisclosed

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

This is one of the sharpest lens I've ever used. Great auto focus & low light focusing.

 
5.0

Another Sigma masterpiece

By Dennis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Used this lens on Maul in Hawaii and never missed a beat. 50 mm was long enough for candid shots and short enough for wide angle. f/1.4 was fast enough for low light conditions wide open. Colors popped out and didn't notice any soft spots in the corners.

 
3.0

Not sure I'd recommend this.

By James

from undisclosed

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

What a Fantastic lens that's laser sharp.... When it focuses properly! I've had it into Chrysler Camera Repair for 3 weeks now, back and forth with their technicians and they can't get it to autofocus consistently. It has now been sent to Sigma. Very frustrating.

 
5.0

So far so good!

By Evan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I've had a few opportunities to use my new Sigma 50mm Art lens, and so far there has been nothing negative to report! It's a little large and heavy, but that's part of what I like about the lens. I've used it on my full-frame 6D for some general photography, including some astrophotography, and I've also adapted it to my mirrorless EOS-M and taken some nice portraits with it.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Front Focus Major Issue

By John

from undisclosed

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

I love this lens, but the front focus issues are frankly inexcusable. Every shot is focused in front of the subject. Millimeters at the close range and feet at infinity. I had to spend hours adjusting the focus via the Sigma Dock and Software. I'm hoping it is pretty close to perfect now. It'll take a little more testing.
There are really no viable alternatives to this glass. The Canon 1.2L version is from 1875 and soft. The plastic 1.4 is plastic. The Zeiss is manual only.
Again, I love this lens. Everything about it is excellent. The build quality, the contrast, the speedy focus. It just will not nail its target without adjustment. And the process of adjustment is painstaking and requires additional equipment. Some copies ship and are dead on. Some do not. It's a gamble. But once all of the headaches are out of the way this glass is quite excellent. 5 Stars if Sigma could give me a lens that nails focus out of the box.

 
5.0

Love!

By Jennifer

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Outstanding lens!

 
5.0

My favorite lens!

By Charlie

from undisclosed

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

Excellent lens, sharp as a tack. Highly recommend. Also, great customer service from B&H. My package was damaged in transit and they sent me a replacement without any hassle.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE THIS LENS!

By JohnMRFromNY

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

Is it possible to love a purchase you have made? Well I do... so well made, focus is accurate, colors true to life and a pleasure to use. I use this ART lens on my C100mk2 and 5dmk2 and honestly do not miss using Canons Red banded L glass (16-35mm 2.8Mk2). This is a wonderful piece of kit and strongly recommend. Its a fair price for such an engineering achievement. DXO rates this lens as one of the sharpest ever made of its kind- rated 46 overall out of 50 ... sharpness up to 40 MP, Transmission at 1.8Tstop, Distortion at .1% and vignetting at -1.6EV and chromatic aberration at 6um. Named one of the best auto-focus prime lenses period. I am sure pros know and take note the 50mm when fitted to an APS-C camera, the angle of view is equivalent to a 75mm 'short telephoto'. Its also important to realize this lens was released on Jan. 2014 - if Sigma plans on doing any sort of improvements I would think it wouldn't be for at least 10 years from now (11-29-16). I would gladly lookinto other ART lenses by Sigma- this lens has made a firm believer of second party's lenses above and beyond Tamron and Tokina. This lens is as close to a Milvus or Otus in many ways and even better than these in others. I used this lens for many interviews for my film I Love My Country But Hate What They Are Doing part 2 and 3. Strongly recommended.

(4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

excellent lens

By Daniel

from undisclosed

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

Very sharp lens. Fast, quiet auto-focus. It's heavy, which is the only reason I didn't rate it five stars.

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