Reviews and Problems with Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
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Great Portrait lens
6 June 2014
Summary: I would recomend this lens to anyone. I am not a pro and therefore do not need the slight endge offered by the canon (for a great deal more money). Lens is not as heavy as people a letting on about. Beautiful background blur.
Excerpt: I have just purchased this but I had demoed it before deciding to buy it. It is a very nice portrait lens and very fast at f1.4. I took some shots at f1.4, f2, etc. and was amazed at how sharp they were. It was also much less costly than Canon's 85mm lens.
Summary: >>>>>>>>>>>> The long >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I'm actually writing this review about 10 months after having sold this lens which I have used at probably a few dozen weddings and portrait sessions. Btw, the price you will potentially get on the used market sucks if you buy this new, so better watch out for a used copy if you don't care about the 30+ days warranty. The Sigma 85mm f1.4 for Nikon is actually a great lens.
Summary: First off, let me say i already own Sigma's two previous 1.4 lenses, the 30mm and the 50mm. The 30 was a pretty intriguing lens for DX, but it had its issues, namely overexposure at open apertures and corners which never quite sharpened up. Still, it delivered excellent, creamy bokeh and was sharp enough at f/2-2.2, which is where you'd typically shoot a fast lens when capturing moving subjects. (For still subjects, you can shoot at even wider apertures).
Excerpt: I picked this lens up after buying the Sigma 50 1.4. I can't believe it, but the 85 is even sharper then the 50! After years of choosing zooms over primes, these two Sigmas have turned me into a primaholic. I use this lens to take candid shots of friends and portraits on my full frame 1DsMKII, the combination of vignetting and sharpness in this prime wide open is amazing. Stop it down to f/2 and get your mind hole blown.
Summary: Out of the box: built well with a good accessory kit and the generous Sigma warranty. Hood extender is ugly and a bit klunky: even on APS-C, I'd be happy with the standard hood, which is large and petal-style, offering very good shading. No weather sealing though. On camera: Feels hefty and well-balanced, unlike, say, Sigma's 24-70 HSM (which is too rear heavy and dense for a lens of its size). Focus ring comes to hand and AF/MF switch is in its usual spot.