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.
Summary: The lens works great with my 5dMK3. Huge but not too heavy. Images seem just a bit flat, but easily fixed in post. I do find some chromatic problems, but those too are easily fixed in post. This lens finds the light for you. Even with a filter I was able to shoot deep into a dark shed and get a well exposed shot at 100 ISO. Very sharp at all stops.
Pros: Cheap when compared to Canon "L" lens. Auto focus is fast. Shoots in super low light!
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: 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.