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

reviewer#44215 date: Jan-25-2019
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 50mm 1.7
Minolta Rokkor-X PG 50mm 1.4
Konica Hexanon 55mm 1.4
Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 XR Di II LD
Sigma 60mm 2.8 DN ART
price paid:165.00 (used)
positive:Sharp wide open, extremely sharp if you dial it back a stop
Very fast aperture
Solid build
Quiet, fast, accurate AF
negative:Really big and heavy for a 50mm
comment:I was actually looking for a Sony or Minolta AF 50 1.4 when I came across this for right around the same price. The HSM tempted me.

No regrets. This lens is excellent, aside from it's huge size and weight. IMO it actually balances very well on the a77ii, so it doesn't bother me at all there, but it's ungainly adapted to the e-mount cameras.

It's plenty sharp at 1.4, mine took a tiny MFA but otherwise the focusing has been smooth and accurute and fast enough. There's an improvement in sharpness and contrast stopped down. I've had 2 copies of the Minolta AF 50 1.7, and there's no comparison. Also compared to various MF 50's and factoring in the overall lenses performances on the whole, this beats them all handily though some of those have specific traits that I may like better.

This is a great step up from the 50\1.7, and for a decent price this is a worthy alternative to the Sony or Minolta AF 50 1.4. I wouldnt pay too much though; if I had the money I would have skipped this and gone straight to the ZA.

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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