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Gear Review: Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM

My thoughts and sample images about the lens I now use most of the time. Click here to read the full review…

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  • Agreed again! The Sigma 50 and the 85 are the only non L lenses I own and they hold their own and more, love them!

  • Great review again Sam. I’m seriously considering selling my 50/1.4G and buying the Sigma. Sharp wide open AND fast AF? I’m pretty much sold. At least until Nikon comes out with a real pro-spec 50mm lens, like a 50 1.2G with AF-S, Nano coating and a 77mm front element.

  • I agree Sam… The only thing that I wish the Sigma did, was give some flare, it has very little. I hated the G too… Another reason why I think that I like the Sigma “50” is, it’s not really a 50mm, it’s more like 45mm… http://nikonrumors.com/2011/11/03/seven-50mm-prime-lenses-for-nikon-f-mount-compared-by-cary-jordan.aspx/ if you shoot this lens and a nikon 50, the Sigma is a little wider… I still love the quickness of it!

  • I like this lens a lot and it produces some amazing pictures. :-)

  • I agree totally on your observations on the Sigma 50 and 85. I too am a strong Nikon fan and I always went Nikon first (even my polarizer) when it came to purchasing gear. Almost 2 years have passed and I have never doubted that my purchase of the Sigma 50 and 85mm 1.4 was a very good choice. I still look at Nikon first when contemplating buying equipment but in the case of these 2 lens I have not loss any sleep on my decisions. Here’s hoping the 35mm 1.4 lives up to these 2.

  • Chris

    Cool review! Where is that location in the video? Looks like an awesome place.

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  • Hugh Reilly

    Agreed! If you buy a 1.4 lens you want to shoot at 1.4!!! I just bought the D600. It is my first digital. I’m coming from a Rolleiflex SL35E with a 50mm Carl Zeiss 1.4 HTF lens. I took just about all of my photos at 50mm and as wide open as possible (since I shot mainly K25) without any concern for sharpness. I am spoiled and would love to find a lens as sharp as the Zeiss. I tried an adaptor but it didn’t work. The Nikon 50mm 1.8 AF I have is OK but not as sharp and colorful as the Zeiss. Thanks for the review, maybe the Sigma is just what I’m looking for.

  • My Nikon 50mm f1.4G broke…. the focus ring stopped turning after only a year of using it! I didn’t want to risk buying another and then I found this review and I brought the Sigma 50mm f1.4. Mannnnnnn, is it fast, accurate and sharp! Just a quick thank you Sam for this review! Can’t wait to use this at my next wedding on Saturday!

  • Do your sigma 50mm F/1.4 has focusing issue?

  • Jerry Tosh

    Beautiful review and as someone who live in the DMV area *dc maryland and Virginia* im honored to see such beauty captured near by :) I was wondering where that first picture was taken?

  • ori

    sam – do you prefer the sigma 50 1.4 over the new nikon 50 1.8G ?

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  • Great review for a better lens!

  • Could you explain the what’s happening in the first photo?