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

reviewer#9370 date: Aug-30-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Sony 50mm f1.8
price paid:£379
positive:Very Sharp right from 1.4
Superb from from f2.8
negative:out of focus highlights at f1.4 a little unpleasant, from f2 OK
comment:A superb lens and improved image quality over the Sony 50mm f1.8 that was traded in. (Reduced purchase cost to £300).

The principal reason for change was to get a FF standard lens, with low light capabilities. So far not let down by this lens.

Large and chunky it feels very solidly built and more in keeping with the scale of the a700/a900.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania