Reviews and Problems with Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
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Its not all about the DOF
Edward Weston, Amazon
19 February 2014
Summary: This lens in THEORY is amazing. But in practice its just didn't live up. The lens had focus issues. It wasn't me. I'm no noob to the world of cameras and autofocus too. My other lenses focus just fine and I'm not a Nikon fan boy, I usually look for the best lens at the best price. Ended up returning the lens.
Excerpt: I wanted to love this lens. I have been in the market for a new 50 for a while and had the canon version at one point and sold it, and then regreted it. The first copy of this lens front focused so bad that I could not micro adjust it enough, and the second copy just would not focus on anything…BH is always great however so this review does not reflect their service. Simply on the lens.
Summary: I got this lens along with two Nikon lenses (35mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8). I don't know if I got a defective one but the auto focus was fast but it would not lock onto subject well... It was also louder than the Nikon lenses. I suppose I learned a lesson and will not be be buying any off brand lenses anymore... When the auto focus got it right or I manually focused the images came out very nice.
Summary: After going back and forth with the "should I's" about getting a 50mm 1.4, I own the Nikon 1.8 and I love it but wanted to try out the 1.4, I decided on the Sigma based mainly on the price. It seemed just as good as the Nikon version on paper but boy was I wrong. I've had the lens for 1 week and all my test shots are really soft. I also tried calibrating with no success. Returning today but I'm not soured on the lens and have requested a replacement.
Excerpt: I really wanted to like this lens, it's beautiful on the camera. The build quality is definitely a step above the canon 50mm 1.4. The problem is that each shot you take with AF is a complete gamble. Depending on the distance from the object you are trying to focus on it experiences different problems. Relatively close and it front focuses, get a bit farther away and it back focuses. A problem that focus adjusting your camera wont solve.
2 tries, no luck. You should know what you might be getting into
4 May 2013
Summary: I purchased this lens as an upgrade to my 50mm Canon 1.8 which I have had since the beginning and absolutely love. I purchased it having read the reviews and knowing about people getting a bad copy with focus issues. I thought I would take my chances and hope I get lucky. My first one arrived and I was immediately impressed with the design and the heft compared to my cheapo 50. Also the opening on this lens is massive compared to the canon.
Excerpt: Great build and feel. Love the 77mm filter. Absolutely terrible CA, halation and focus. Couldn't get it to even micro-focus adjust. CA is not just on the edges but VERY prevalent dead-center as well even at F2.8 when compared side-by-side with a Canon lens. Will give it one more shot and hope to exchange for a good copy.
Excerpt: I just received my Sigma 50 f1.4 today and have been testing it for the last couple of hours. My findings after a couple of hours are the following: 1. Auto-focus is very quiet and fast. 2. Build quality is very good. Light years beyond my old Canon 18-55 kit lens, and better than my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. I've not owned an L lens to compare this with. 3. My copy has a bad front focusing problem. It focuses consistently 1-2" in front of the subject.
Excerpt: I tried two copies of this lens with my 5d mark 3 and both of them were soft. The build quality is superb, and the bokeh is great, but when it comes to sharpness it fails. Also suffers from pretty bad green chromatic aberration. While the build quality is better with the sigma, im sticking with my canon 50mm 1.4.