Reviews and Problems with Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
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Yabob, B&H Photo
10 December 2013
Excerpt: I'm sorry to say that the copy I received front-focused significantly at the wider apertures and closer distances. I returned it and got the 85mm f/1.4 instead, which was spot on. It is truly a toss of the dice with this one.
Excerpt: Don't bother buying this lens, you'll return it later. Get the 50mm 1.4 from Canon if you can't afford the 50mm f1.2, because this lens is going to annoy you. In my experience, I wanted this lens for portraits mainly and some street photography since is not that heavy. It failed! It's not accurate and it hesitates all the time. For me is just not worth even testing it.
Summary: I just got my copy of this lens in tonight, and it seems like I've gotten a dud. In running focus tests (paper chart), I've found that an AFMA of +20 is barely acceptable with the point I want in focus but still generally front focusing. Here's to hoping that the next copy I get is better...
Summary: This lens arrived yesterday and I compared it with my Canon f1.8 50mm and Canon f4.0 24-105mm lenses. It was not nearly as good as either of them in terms of image sharpness. Even after trying to improve things somewhat with Photoshop, the final image was not nearly as crisp as with either of the Canon lenses.
Summary: Well, I really wanted to love this lens. So much that I tried two different copies. Both had severe focus issues on 5d Mark II. First copy with such a bad front-focus that Canon's focus micro-adjustment wouldn't fix it with +20 setting. I'd estimate that something around +30 would get that fixed. Second copy front-focusing as well, but in this case I actually managed to adjust that with +19 setting, and it looked awesome!...
Excerpt: I purchased this lens after having "hunting" issues with my Nikon 50mm. Well this lens is awful. Even after having it micro calibrated. It hunts, and its just a soft lens. Even at 2.0. Its looked like there was a plexiglass film in front of my pictures, and it missed focus more then it nailed it. Not only that but its heavy, heavier then my 85mm. It also wasnt all that great in low light compared to my nikon 50mm. Which is odd. This lens is on its way back to B&H.
Sigma Firmware Required!!!! - Not a 1.4 rather a 2.0
17 October 2012
Summary: I waited months after owning to write this review. I really wanted to give Sigma the chance to correct the mistakes with this lens. After reading mixed reviews (either love or hate) I am ready to share my experience using this on a Nikon D5100. First. The lens had major focus issues. This is something sigma will not admit. We sent the lens to a Sigma authorized repair center in AZ where they confirmed the focus issues.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens as the 50mm focal length on my 7D would put me right about 80mm. This was ideal for my portrait uses. Upon testing the lens I was getting very soft images when focusing on the eye. After switching to several other lenses and getting good focus (ruling out the 7D), I decided to setup my equipment for a controlled focus test of the Sigma 50mm lens. I was blown away by the result of the test. The lens was front focusing by over an inch.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Cons: Blurry Focus, Front focusing, Inconsistent Focusing
Latest copy purchased 2012-July still out of focus- Canon 50mm F1.4 is better
E. K. Wlin, Amazon
7 July 2012
Summary: I am not a pro but serious about photography enough trying to become one. I tried this lens on my Canon Mark iii and compared it with my new 24-70L 2.8 lens. The Sigma back focus as many has claimed, my 24-70L even at wide open for this lens has no focus problem. I have no reason to keep this lens other than the better Bokeh it can create at 1.2. I got to say the bokeh is very creamy and delicious but the out of focus problem just drove me crazy.