Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM A-mount lens review by Collingsandheal

reviewer#19378 date: Oct-15-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF20RS. Minolta AF28f2. Minolta AF35f2. Zeiss FE2,8/35. Minolta AF50. Sigma 50mm f1:4. Zeiss 85mm f1.4. Zeiss 24-70 f2.8.
price paid:£365.00
positive:Impressive look when mounted on your camera.
negative:Mines bigger than yours approach to lens building. Heavy for a 50mm. No improvement on £65.00 Minolta AF 50mm f1.7
comment:Earlier examples....
No better than a Good Minolta AF50 f1.7 and much more of a pain in the *** to live with. Best used as a 75mm portrait lens on cropped sensor cameras.
Later examples....
I have recently acquired a late model with the smooth black finish and it is greatly improved. It's still the same size as most 85's but the new example is really sharp with great contrast, fast focusing and very quiet.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 61
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.64
  • distortion: 4.82
  • flare control: 4.59
  • overall: 4.69 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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