Reviews and Problems with Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
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Decent for what it is...
Shawn D., B&H Photo
24 January 2014
Excerpt: I spent an extra #$ and got the L glass version of this. I just wasn't impressed and I wasn't impress with the images people have submitted with their reviews, but I took a chance. Most of everyone's image has a very noisy bokeh, as well as my own with this lens. Not good. Though if you're on a budget, this lens is good. Not great, but good enough.
Excerpt: I am a very active professional photog and cinematographer. I have used many portrait lenses in the past and much of my work, both photographically and cinematically, is stylized around the intimate close-up. This lens interested me immediately with its 1.4 aperture which bests canon's 1.8 in speed and brightness and is a fraction of the L series lens (f/1.2) in price. I have had a rokinon previously, and used it largely for cinematic work and even on a 2x teleconverter.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Heard good things about this sigma lens. I got one with bad AF ... it would hunt and hunt then suddenly snap off an exposure. Then I ordered a replacement asap as I had an event to cover with my new lens. The second lens has a dark shaded circle in the middle of the image. I called the Sigma folks and they said that it sounded like a misaligned element and that the lens probably was jarred in shipment somewhere along the way.
Excerpt: I bought this for portraiture and landscapes where I want a very shallow DOF and have use it mostly at f1.4-f2. My next largest aperture lens is f4 and the first 2 days I certainly got shots that I could not get with my other lenses. It does lock focus quickly, however, it is certainly somewhat inconsistent (tested on a tripod). It generally front focuses on my T1i, but I can still get am acceptable (for me) hit rate by focusing just behind where I want sharp focus.
Pros: Nice Bokeh, Price vs IQ, Sharp, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Sharp, fast lens... when it decides to focus correctly that is. As far as sharpness or bokeh, the canon 85L has nothing on this lens, nothing! However, this lens, on my Canon 7D, had front/back focusing issues... alot of them, which ment that micro-adjustments can not address both front and back focusing issues so I am out of luck. If you get a good copy of this lens then you have just saved a $1000+ over purchasing the 85L. Good luck!
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction