Reviews and Problems with Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
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I would give it less than 1 star if I could.
27 February 2014
Summary: I bought this lens with high hopes. Within 20 minutes I wanted to return it. Within 2 hours I had already gotten everything together to ship it back. The auto focus is absolute crap, I have a canon lens 50mm that cost $100 that focuses a million times better than this lens.
Summary: I ordered this lens because of the overall rating of the reviewers. I was aware of Sigma lens quality control issues, but wanted to try my luck. The first lens I received had pretty smooth auto-focusing. Given enough contrast and light, the lens seemed to focus well.
Excerpt: I have had to return this lens 4 times now to Adorama because they continue sending me copies that consistently back focus. This is a significant problems on a F1.4 lens where the depth of field is already paper thin.
Summary: After 4 attempts now, I have given up on this lens. All of my copies with different serial number batches were plagued by back-focusing issues. The first copy was horrendous, focus was off by 2 feet shooting at a distance of just 15 feet.
Summary: Short version: I wouldn't buy a Sigma 85mm... I believe they underestimated the huge demand for the lens, and as a result, I think their quality-control couldn't keep-up. If you buy this lens, you have (IMO) a better-than-even chance that it will be at-least partially defective.
Excerpt: Received my Sigma and was excited to do some senior pics. I chose it over the Canon due to much research about clarity and bokeh. I own, or have owned many L series Canon gear and thought this would stack up to them. One minute after I opened the package and put the lens on I knew I had a bad copy.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Sharp, Strong Construction
Excerpt: TERRIBLE COLOR FRINGING THE GOOD: - f1.4 aperture, which makes this lens really fast! - Very-very sharp images, when the focus finds the right target! - Very shallow depth of field that really brings out your subject like no other normal lens. - Large and fantastic glass.