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Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon

by Sigma
13 customer reviews

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  • Large aperature, standard prime lens offering superior peripheral brightness
  • Standard lens with large maximum aperture of F1.4
  • Super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • Includes fast and near silent HSM autofocus
  • Incorporates Aspherical and SLD Glass
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  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm ; 816 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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  • Item model number: 311101
  • ASIN: B00JPL7CK6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 April 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,788 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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Uncompromising in every detail, this large-aperture standard lens offers the ultimate in image quality. Its high resolution makes it perfect for the high-megapixel era. Resolution is extremely crisp at the area in focus, while both front and rear bokeh are silky-smooth. Offering the ultra-high performance that characterizes our Art line, this lens inherits the design principles of the line's first model, the flagship Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM.

While maximizing resolution at the area in focus, this lens offers a silky-smooth bokeh affect to the front and rear. To achieve exceptionally crisp resolution, we have minimized sagittal coma flare, chromatic aberration, and every other type of optical aberration that affects image quality. The result is minute detail without bleeding or streaking, even at wide-open aperture. Moreover, we have also minimized both vignetting and colour streaking to the front and rear of the area in focus, thereby establishing a bokeh effect that is natural and aesthetically pleasing.

Axial chromatic aberration is difficult to correct after a photograph is taken using image processing software. For this reason, this lens features SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass to minimize axial chromatic aberration and deliver sharp, high-contrast image quality throughout the frame.

An ideal large-aperture standard lens offers outstanding image quality across the image plane, even at wide-open aperture. Sagittal coma flare is an optical aberration in which point light sources near the image periphery have a tail ("coma") instead of appearing round. To minimize this aberration, we have included a precision-moulded aspheric lens element in the rearmost lens group. Since it minimizes the streaking of point light sources near the edge of the image, this lens is an excellent choice for shooting heavenly bodies and night-time illumination. In addition, its beautiful bokeh effect makes it a great go-to lens for portraits, interior shots, and many other applications.

Distortion is an optical aberration in which straight lines appear bent or curved. Since adjusting the focus cannot correct this aberration, it must be minimized at the design stage. This lens features aspheric lens elements and an optimized power distribution to minimize distortion from the centre of the frame all the way to the edges.

Large-aperture lenses are prone to reduced peripheral brightness. In this lens, we have made the forward lens group large-aperture, thereby raising aperture efficiency. The result is minimal reduction of brightness at the image periphery and even image quality throughout the photograph. Even at the wide-open aperture, you can shoot a blue sky without fear of reduced brightness and achieve a beautiful bokeh effect at the same time. The x-axis represents image height (distance from center of image in mm), and the y-axis represents the relative illumination at the edge of the image (with illumination at the center of the image defined as 100%). When relative illumination is low, the corners of the image appear dark, resulting in vignetting.

HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) delivers high AF speed and extremely quiet performance. An optimized algorithm offers even smoother automatic focusing, and full-time manual focus override is another key feature.

Sigma's floating system adjusts the distance between lens groups during focusing, thereby reducing the amount of lens movement required. The result is less aberration at different shooting distances. Thanks to this system, this lens offers a minimum focusing distance of just 40 cm, a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.6, and superb image quality at every shooting distance.

Conventionally it is considered essential to leverage the qualities of metal and polycarbonate in camera and lens layout design. A first for the industry, the barrel of the new series of Sigma lenses features a new TSC (Thermally Stable Composite)* that offers minimal thermal shrinkage combined with exceptional hardness. It also offers 25% greater elasticity than polycarbonate. Since its thermal shrinkage is low, TSC matches well with metal parts, further contributing to the high-precision construction of the lens.

When photographing with point light sources such as electric lights or reflections on a body of water in the background, the rounded 9-blade diaphragm helps produce an attractive bokeh effect-even at large-aperture settings.

The brass mount combines high precision with rugged construction. Its treated surfaces and enhanced strength contribute to the exceptional durability of the lens.

Box Contains

50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A
Petal Lens Hood
Fitted Padded Case
Front and Rear Caps
Instruction Manual

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By wockawocka on 13 July 2014
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When in focus this is an insanely sharp lens that beats the Canon 50L (The 2007 version) hands down.

As with all lenses you have to be in focus so whilst yes, there is a little variance on the Sigma 50 art it's hardly anything to worry about in the version I have.

It's gorgeous, the colour rendition is excellent and best of all I can confidently shoot this wide open when I couldn't with the 50L.

I'm Chris Giles, a professional photographer and someone who wasn't a fan of Sigma previously. Now I am.
This bodes well for the next iteration of the 50L and I would expect it to top the Sigma as there have been some huge jumps in the quality of lenses in the last few years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dutton on 13 May 2015
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My favourite standard lens now, beating the pants off the Canon 50mm f1.2 L at all comparable apertures with greater sharpness corner to corner, greater brightness and more accurate colour. Prefer it to the manually focused Zeiss 1.4 as well, and has the benefit of fast accurate AF. Couldn't be happier.

Sigma Art lenses are far better than the Sigma branding might make you believe, and Quality Control seems to be much improved. I own three fixed focal length Art lenses now, and each is a significant improvement over the Canon L range equivalent - I can't recommend hem highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. G. Prisk on 19 Jun. 2015
I use this on a 5d III and a 5DSR. The long and short of it is... It's slow to focus. Kids running around a garden - forget it. Low light is even worse. Doesn't even appear to be able to hunt. Just sits there confused. Good news is it's bloody sharp, consistent, well made (I have had two, one got pinched out of a car in Portugal), and makes awesome images. I'm seriously thinking of selling my Canon 35mm 1.4 and getting the Sigma Art version.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Longdistanceal on 16 Oct. 2014
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I had read a lot of stellar reviews about this lens and after my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 was dropped by an assistant a few months ago I could never quite trust its focus, so I took the plunge with this one.

I have shot a bit of video footage with it and recently took it on its first stills mission which was a test shoot in London on a beautiful fall day. You can see the results of that shoot here including a few notes on exposure etc...

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.736828319706288.1073741847.333578280031296&type=1

Overall I'm very pleased with this lens. The build quality is excellent. It feels solid and precise. The autofocus is silent and very fast and when I could confirm that I'd grabbed the focus spot I was aiming for it was pin-sharp. When reviewing my photos it seems I missed my mark a few times, but this could be a fault of the 5D MKIII's focus system and not always being able define a small enough area in a photo for focus (the focus boxes I use in the viewfinder often focus on a small branch, or something near the subject if they're far away in the frame). The bokeh is superb. Really creamy out of focus highlights. The flare was hard to produce given the superb coatings Sigma have used to supress it, but when I was able to get flare with low sun it was a really nice effect which resolved beautifully in a reddish hue at the top of the frame (you will see this photo in the link provided above). If I moved the lens slightly I was able to get a more emerald hue. Lovely stuff for arty lifestyle, or editorial fashion photos.

The only reason I'm not giving the lens 5 stars is because I find the manual focus ring a tad too sensitive.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Justin Berkovi on 1 Jun. 2014
When Sigma brought our their 35mm ART prime I bought it and within a few shots I was immediately blown away, the lens was wonderful at capturing mood, emotion and was also very sharp and optically brilliant. 35mm on my full frame 5D MK iii is fairly wide and not the lens I would go to for portraits.

However after being disappointed by renting Canon's crazy expensive 85mm 1.2 (Nasty CA and a little fiddly for video focussing so I couldn't justify the high price) I then was in the market for a solid portrait prime. I did consider the Sigma 85mm but then out of the blue Sigma launch their 50mm ART lens.

I've had it two days and these are my first thoughts.

I don't care much about weather sealing, size, weight, etc. because my main interest in a lens is what it does in terms of capturing a moment, how it deals with colour, mood, and so on.

This lens is superb optically - it really DOES live up to the hype in terms of distortion control and sharpness. It is extremely sharp. After examining my pictures today I'm very impressed by the optics and how my images are super sharp.

But there are some negatives with this lens and they are worth noting. Another reviewer commented on the lack of richness and bokeh compared some some Canon L glass. He or she is totally right.

And this is a slight problem because this lens is very expensive and it made me wonder should i return this lens?

A few weeks ago I rented a Canon L glass 2.8 100mm prime. Wow. I wanted to make love to the lens. Picture after picture popped with sharpness, beautiful colour and wonderful creamy bokeh. But the 100mm focal distance was perhaps too restrictive for me so I didn't buy it.

But the Sigma doesn't render bokeh as well as the Canon I rented.
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